Adolescent Medicine | Education and Scholarship

The Boston Leadership Education in Adolescent Health (LEAH) Curriculum is the core curriculum for first year Fellows. The LEAH Program is an interdisciplinary experience and offers intensive interdisciplinary and discipline-specific curricula, including seminars in adolescent health, research, advocacy, public health, motivational interviewing, health equity, writing and teaching, and opportunities to learn with other specialists in the field to develop clinical and leadership knowledge and skills. In addition to this LEAH curriculum, trainees participate in multiple conferences over the three years of training to meet all necessary competencies:

Weekly conferences:
• Interdisciplinary Faculty/Fellow Clinical/Research Conference
• Reproductive Endocrine/Bone Health Conference

Bi-monthly conferences:
• Eating Disorder Case Conference

Monthly conferences:
• Core (Morbidity & Mortality, Journal Club, Quality Improvement, Racial Equity and Social Justice, Research/Leadership presentation)
• Medical Fellow Case Conference
• Mental Health/Medical Fellow Combined Case Conference
• Combined Adolescent Medicine/Gynecology Conference
• Combined Adolescent Medicine/Endocrinology Conference

Additional conferences:
• Alumni Journal Club
• Complex Care Case Conference
• Substance Use Conference
• Problematic Interactive Media Use Conference
• Harvard CME Adolescent Medicine Post-Graduate Course
• Harvard CME Pediatric/Adolescent Gynecology Post-Graduate Course
• Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine Annual Conference

From a scholarship and teaching standpoint, first year Fellows work with an Adolescent Medicine Faculty mentor to co-author a review update on a clinical topic of interest which will then be submitted to Current Opinions in Pediatrics for publication. Fellows present at journal club at the monthly LEAH Core conference and teach the Residents and Medical Students who rotate through the BCH AYA Clinic. Fellows meet with the Fellowship Director, the Director of Fellowship Research Training, and their assigned Scholarship Oversite Committee to explore academic interests, select their research mentor(s), and facilitate the eventual selection of a research project. In the Spring of the first year and the Summer of second year, Fellows work with their mentors on their research with the expectation of submitting an abstract by the end of the Summer and completing the corresponding manuscript to submit for peer review by the winter of second year.

Fellows completing three years of training select a track in the final year with Faculty guidance. Current tracks include: Advocacy, Clinician Educator, Clinician Innovator, Global Health, Health Equity, Research, and Advanced Degree. This third year is individualized to meet the career development needs of each trainee.