Fourth Year Opportunity
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Although the basic board-required fellowship program is three years in duration, qualified fellows are encouraged to extend their experience for a fourth year. This additional year affords fellows an opportunity to further enrich their clinical and research education, to augment their teaching skills, and to receive additional, invaluable training in a junior faculty role. During this period, fellows are normally appointed as an Instructor (faculty level) and become independent practitioners with protected research time. The Department of Pediatrics sponsors two career development programs for junior faculty— the Junior Faculty Career Assistance Group (CAG) and the Research and Clinician-Educator Special Interest Groups (SIGs). Those trainees who elect to become Instructors are eligible to participate in these programs. A popular component of the fourth-year experience involves participating as an attending physician on the hematology-oncology unit for a onemonth period, with the support and mentorship of senior faculty members. One of the key features of the fourth year is that it offers an additional year of “protected” research time, which usually serves to enhance research productivity. Overall, the fourth-year experience is viewed as a critical “stepping stone” to a successful career in academic medicine.