Adolescent Medicine

The Section of Adolescent Medicine in the Division of Child and Adolescent Health at the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital sponsors an ACGME-accredited fellowship program designed to prepare young physicians for careers as leaders in the field of academic adolescent health care.
The Adolescent Medicine fellowship is based primarily based at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, one of the top-ranked children's hospitals in the nation. Fellows also participate in clinical and academic activities at our affiliated institutions: the Weill Cornell Medical College at the New York Hospital campus, the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University. The fellowship accepts one new fellow each year; candidates must have completed a residency in pediatrics, medicine/pediatrics, internal medicine or family medicine. Below is a description of the training program, by year of fellowship.

First Year of Fellowship:

The first year of fellowship focuses primarily on clinical training, although quality improvement initiatives, teaching and the development of a research project are also critical to this year. Adolescent medicine fellows usually spend three sessions weekly providing primary ambulatory care in the general adolescent practice, where they see their own patients under faculty supervision. Over the year, time is also spent at a family planning clinic, a young men's clinic, a teen/tot clinic, a psychiatry inpatient consult service and in a variety of pediatric subspecialty clinics. Additionally, for 16 weeks, under the supervision of an attending physician, fellows provide consultative care for adolescent patients admitted to the hospital. Educational conferences include the following: weekly core adolescent medicine lectures/meetings, bi-weekly research meetings (in conjunction with the Primary Care/Academic Medicine Fellowship), weekly pediatric grand rounds and chief-of-service rounds and monthly pediatric fellows’ conferences. During their first year, fellows are also expected to meet with research faculty, choose a research mentor, and develop a well-defined research question.

Second Year of Fellowship:

The second year of training is devoted to acquiring research skills and strengthening teaching and clinical skills. At least 50 percent of the fellows' time is protected for research and conference activities. In addition to continuing to provide three sessions weekly of general adolescent ambulatory care, fellows gain expertise in managing patients with eating disorders during a one-month rotation with the New York Psychiatric Institute's Eating Disorder Inpatient Treatment Unit. They also rotate through school-based health clinic settings and consult on the pediatric inpatient service for 16 weeks, always under the supervision of an attending physician. Fellows continue to be active participants in clinical and research conferences, leading discussions about journal articles and presenting their research work at conferences. Those who have not completed an MPH or equivalent training before starting fellowship are given the opportunity to pursue a summer of basic research coursework at the Mailman School of Public Health. Fellows are expected to begin implementation of their research project during their second year of training.

Third Year of Fellowship:

The third year of training is dedicated to advancing research, scholarship, teaching, administrative and clinical skills. The adolescent medicine fellows are given two outpatient clinical continuity sessions per week; during at least one session, they precept residents and medical students, functioning as co-attending physicians. During this year, they also rotate through a college health program, and again provide 16 weeks of inpatient adolescent medicine consult service. Between 50 and 70% of their time is protected for research and scholarship endeavors. The third year fellows are expected to take a leadership role in administrative work, education, conferences, and program development. By the end of their third year, fellows are expected to have completed their research project, and they are encouraged to submit at least one paper reporting their original research to an established medical journal before completing their training.


David L. Bell, MD, MPH
Marina Catallozzi, MD
Jane Chang, MD
Alwyn T. Cohall, MD
Melanie A. Gold, DO
Jennifer Francis, MD
Lisa S. Ipp, MD
Mara Minguez MD, MS
Betsy Pfeffer, MD
Susan L. Rosenthal, PhD
John Santelli, MD, MPH
Karen Soren, MD


Applications will be processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at and open each July for the next application cycle. Please submit your common MyERAS application form along with the following documents via the ERAS system:

  • A personal statement
  •  A CV
  •  Three letters of recommendation from faculty members at your institution, including one from your program director or chair
  •  Your board scores

Once your application is complete, we will contact you to schedule an interview. We participate in the NRMP Match, and decisions will be communicated on Match Day.

Please email with any questions.


Karen Soren, M.D.
Director, Adolescent Medicine