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Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Fellowship

The mission of the Division of Community Pediatrics is to provide access to evidence-based, comprehensive, coordinated, compassionate health care to those who need it most. Our services and programs  aim to decrease health disparities and train the next generation of community-oriented health care professionals.  Our expert team offers a full range of healthcare services to every child in our community, regardless of insurance status. Since 1992, the Division of Community Pediatrics has served more than 7,000 children with over 60,000 patient visits.

The Division of Community Pediatrics is committed to growing the community primary care workforce. Since the 1980s, the number of American medical school graduates pursuing primary care specialties has decreased and falls far short of filling available graduate medical education (GME) slots. Studies have shown that training primary care specialists within the context of a public health framework that focuses on the social mission of community medical care can create a dependable primary care workforce development pipeline.  Our  training engages learners in experiential learning and provides the opportunity to learn and apply the principles of community health including the social determinants and community health systems. We host a bi-monthly Community Pediatrics Academic meeting as a tool for teaching evidence-based themed content including best-practice guidelines, case-studies, journal reviews and expert speakers, as well as fostering leadership development, presentation skills for learners, team-building and collaborative multidisciplinary problem solving. 

The Community Pediatrics Fellowship is a three-year program where fellows will emerge with the skills, knowledge and experience for a career in clinical community pediatrics, academic medicine, public health, government or policy.


Faculty level primary care health services in a variety of clinical settings serving underserved communities including the KIDS Mobile Medical Clinic/Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, School-Based Health Centers and The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® Focused on FITNESS Program. Fellows learn to lead multidisciplinary including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers and mental health providers.


Fellows gain leadership experience with pediatric program management, medical education  and partnership and program development.  They develop skills related to management such as grant writing, budgeting/finance, operations, program development, quality improvement, and staff development.


Fellows earn a Masters in Public Health from George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.  Within the Division of Community Pediatrics, the fellow is mentored by the Division Chief to develop and evaluate applied projects aligning with their interests.

Applicants must be pediatric board eligible/certified and have a current District of Columbia license prior to starting.

Upcoming fellowship cycle: 2020

If you are interested in more information or applying please contact:

Janine A. Rethy, MD, MPH
[email protected]
Division Chief, Community Pediatrics
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
Georgetown University School of Medicine
3800 Reservoir Road NW
Gorman Building, Ground 11
Washington DC 20007

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