Penn Medicine

Hospitalist Scholars Program - Subspecialty Track

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.

We are proud that our Scholars have moved on to these prestigious fellowships:
George Washington University
Stony Brook University
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Tufts Medical Center
University of Pennsylvania 

Dermatology (Residency)
University of Pennsylvania 
University of Pennsylvania
Albert Einstein, Philadelphia
Harvard University, Brigham and Women’s Hospital 
Larkin Community Hospital (Florida)
Penn State Hershey
University of Minnesota
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of Vermont
University of Michigan 
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Infectious Diseases
Memorial Sloan Kettering
Palliative Care
Pulmonary and Critical Care
Cedars Sinai
Main Line Health
NYU Langone- Long Island/Winthrop University Hospital
University of California, San Francisco
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
Temple University Hospital
Transplant Hepatology
University of Pennsylvania
Others have moved on to become academic hospitalists at these programs:
University of Pennsylvania
Columbia University

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 professional 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 time to working on projects, meeting with mentors, and interviewing, Subspecialty Scholars work a reduced shift load (~10 per month) compared to junior faculty on the academic track (~16 per month) but still are provided a full attending salary.   

For every year of clinical service completed, scholars are eligible to receive a generous annual bonus that can be applied towards loan repayment or other expenses. Those who stay more than 1 year are also eligible to enroll in certificate programs such as clinical research or quality improvement/patient safety, among many others, 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 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






Penn Hospital Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, Maloney Building
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Main Reception: 215.662.3797
Fax: 215.662.6250