Community Pediatrics And Child Advocacy Fellowship | MedStar Georgetown University Hospital | MedStar Health

The MedStar Health—Georgetown University Hospital Fellowship Program in Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy

Our fellowship is a three-year training program designed to give fellows the skills, knowledge, and experience for a career in clinical community pediatrics, academic medicine, public health, government, or policy.

The fellowship is a critical educational component of the Division of Community Pediatrics. The division’s mission 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 healthcare 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.

Why train here

Distinctive opportunity

The Community Pediatrics and Child Advocacy Fellowship offers a unique opportunity to have experience in direct services, program innovation, research, and advocacy in Washington, D.C.,

The Division of Community Pediatrics has been providing place-based care to underserved and vulnerable communities in Washington, D.C., for 28 years. Our interdisciplinary team has worked hard to build trust with the families we serve.

The fellow becomes a core member and leader in the team and is mentored by the Division Chief to tailor the Fellowship to reach professional goals both during the program and for career development.

Academic advancement

Fellows earn a Master’s 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 and other faculty to engage in research and develop and evaluate applied projects aligning with their interests.

Committed to community medical care

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.

Experiential community health learning

Our training engages learners in experiential learning and provides the opportunity to gain knowledge 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 such as best-practice guidelines, case studies, journal reviews, and expert speakers. The meetings also foster leadership development, presentation skills for learners, team-building, and collaborative multidisciplinary problem solving.

Academic excellence

MedStar Georgetown is one of the oldest academic teaching hospitals in the national capital region. We have been affiliated with Georgetown University School of Medicine for over a century.

Today, we continue to make history through world-class patient care, clinical training, and research.

The Jesuit principle of cura personalis, or caring for the whole person, guides all that we do. Cura personalis reminds us that we may not always be able to cure, but we must always strive to comfort. This mission is what sets us apart and makes MedStar Georgetown University Hospital a special place to work. We offer cutting-edge care in a compassionate, patient-centered environment.

Our non-profit, 609-bed facility in Northwest Washington, D.C., has expanded along with our acute-care, teaching, and clinical research efforts.

As an academic medical center, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is committed not only to promoting the health of our community, but to training the next generation of clinical leaders. Through clinical research efforts, we are pioneering groundbreaking new treatments.


  • Clinical

    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®–Comprehensive pediatric primary care in a state-of-the art, 300-square-foot mobile unit
    • School-Based Health Centers–Two locations allow students to access convenient, high-quality health care without worrying about transportation, missing school, or not having insurance
    • The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile® Focused on FITNESS Program–A school-based initiative designed to get children and families moving, eating well, and enjoying good health

    Fellows learn to lead multidisciplinary teams including physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and mental health providers, as well as work with community partners, including a medical-legal partnership, in collaborative care.

  • Advocacy

    Fellows engage in both self-study and experiential activities in advocacy including local government, health systems, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, as well as in community health collaboratives.

  • Leadership

    Fellows gain leadership experience in pediatric clinical team management, medical education, quality improvement, and partnership and program development. Additional skill development includes grant writing, budgeting/finance, operations, and staff development.

Application information

Applicants must:

  • Be pediatric board eligible/certified and have a current District of Columbia license prior to starting
  • Upcoming fellowship cycle is July 2023 to June 2, 2026
  • Applications accepted starting Fall 2022

Contact us

We welcome your questions about our program. For additional information, please contact:

Janine A. Rethy, MD, MPH
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, D.C., 20007

P 202-444-0350