Thank you for your interest in the Hospitalist Scholars Program - Subspecialty Track at the University of Pennsylvania. We are excited that you are interested in our program and invite you to explore its many benefits. Our program was specifically created for individuals seeking a short-term career in hospital medicine ("gap years") prior to subspecialty fellowship training. We aim to provide a meaningful experience as a hospitalist, regardless of your career goals.
One of the program’s greatest strengths is the individual mentorship provided by our faculty within hospital medicine and the various subspecialty fields. We thoughtfully pair our scholars with a subspecialty mentor based on his or her clinical and research interests. With this personalized mentorship, they engage in academic pursuits that can result in scientific presentations and peer-reviewed publications. Our scholars gain invaluable insight and experience within a subspecialty field prior to fellowship.
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Check out the profiles of our current Subspecialty Scholars by clicking here and setting the Areas of Interest pulldown to Hospitalist Scholars Subspecialty Track.
Aside from the mentorship, we have dedicated programming for our scholars, as many are recently graduated from residency. We have faculty development meetings primarily focused on helping our scholars adjust to practicing independently. In addition, the Section of Hospital Medicine has more programming for all its faculty to advance themselves as hospitalist physicians.
The clinical work is focused on nights and weekends at the flagship hospitals of the University of Pennsylvania Health System – the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. To provide ample non-clinical time to devote to meaningful time with mentors, work on projects and interviewing, Subspecialty Scholars work a 50% reduced shift load compared to junior faculty on the traditional academic track (typical month: just 7-9 shifts, mostly at night; 2 full weekends - 1 as a daytime rounder).
For every year of clinical service completed, scholars are eligible to receive a generous annual bonus that can be applied for loan repayment. Those who stay more than 1 year are eligible to enroll in certificate programs such as clinical research or quality improvement/patient safety, using Penn's generous tuition reimbursement benefit. Our scholars are fully integrated into the professional and social life of Penn Hospital Medicine, including robust faculty wellness and development programs and sponsored social events in Philadelphia.
To apply to the Hospitalist Scholars- Subspecialty Track, visit the Jobs tab and follow the links on the bottom of the page.
We are dedicated to seeing our scholars flourish as hospitalists and successfully match in a fellowship. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions regarding the program. We look forward to hearing from you.
James D. Park, MD, MPH, MSHP
Director, Penn Hospitalist Scholars Program