Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: (301) 295-3130
Fax: (301) 295-3898
Ildy Katona, MD, CAPT, USN (Retired)
Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Secretary: Ms. Daphne Thomas
The National Capital Consortium (NCC) consists of four military medical centers located in national capital area:
Walter Reed Army Medical Center,Washington DC
National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Malcolm Grow Medical Center, Andrews AFB, MD
USU, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine,Bethesda, MD
The NCC, by supplying leadership and resources, complies with the ACGME Institutional Requirements and ensures that Consortium-sponsored programs meet ACGME program requirements. GME programs operate under the authority and control of the NCC. The Consortium regularly assesses and improves the quality of its educational programs.
Fellowship Qualifications and Applications
Candidates must be board-certified or board-eligible in Pediatrics and be active duty members of one of the Uniformed Services (Navy,Army, Air Force, Public Health Service). Applicants must apply through and be sponsored for postdoctoral training by the Graduate Medical Education office oftheir respective branch of service. Requests for training should list the respective specialty Pediatric Program of the National Capital Consortium atDepartment of Pediatrics, USUHS, as their site of choice. Application deadlines are usually in September and are determined by the individual services. Wherefeasible applicants are encouraged to visit the USUHS facilities and arrange personal interviews with faculty members. If a visit is not practical,applicants should contact the program director and submit a recent curriculum vitae to the section office.
Application information is available from localGME offices (major military hospitals). Application deadlines are those ofthe individual services.
The National Capital Consortium Pediatric Subspecialty Fellowships' Core Curriculum in Scholarly Activity
Our goal is to develop high-quality military pediatric subspecialists who are well balanced and skilled in the areas of clinical practice, teaching, and scholarly activities. Additionally, we seek to develop the future leaders of military pediatrics. The programs exist in affiliation with the combined National Capital Consortium (NCC) pediatric residency program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNNMC), Bethesda, MD. The fellowships, which come under the umbrella of the NCC, are based within the Departments of Pediatrics at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and WRNMMC. The pediatric subspecialty fellowship programs in the NCC are Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Pediatric Infectious Diseases.
As mandated by the American Board of Pediatrics and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, all NCC pediatric subspecialty fellows must participate in a core curriculum in scholarly activity. The NCC Subspecialty Fellowship Programs have developed curricular elements to meet the educational requirements of fellows. The NCC has a variety of institutional resources to enrich this core curriculum. In addition to WRNNMC and USUHS in Bethesda, MD, the NCC includes the Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic, Joint Base Andrews, MD, and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, VA. Furthermore, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is in immediate proximity to the Bethesda campus, and numerous reciprocal clinical and educational opportunities are available to fellows.
The major component of the Pediatric Subspecialty Fellowships' Core Curriculum in Scholarly Activity is a themed didactic session that occurs bimonthly. Each session has a topic focus, with the cycle of topics repeating every two years, to allow fellows the opportunity to remediate missed sessions. Program directors ensure fellows' clinical duties are covered for this protected learning opportunity. The curriculum provides in-depth training in biostatistics, clinical and laboratory research methodology, study design, preparation of applications for funding, approval of clinical and research protocols, critical literature review, principles of evidence-based medicine, and the achievement of proficiency in teaching, quality improvement, health care economics, cost-effective patient care, preventive care, resource allocation, clinical outcomes, and special topics in death and dying. Instruction in bioethics includes ethical principles involving research, ethical and legal implications of confidentiality with informed consent, physician-patient, physician-family, physician-physician/allied health professional, and physician-society relationships. Fellows receive focused training in clinical and didactic teaching, structuring and delivering effective and constructive feedback, and critically evaluating learners. Military-specific topics include, but are not limited to, career development, cross-cultural care, career mentorship, military leadership, military health care management issues, and practice of pediatrics in the context of the military health care delivery system.
In addition to the Pediatric Fellow's Core Curriculum, there are abundant additional opportunities for fellows in the National Capital Area. Examples include:
USUHS classroom courses
- Introduction to Clinical Research
- Tropical Medicine
- Humanitarian Medicine
- Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
- Learning resources tutorials (PubMed, Embase, EndNote, geographic information systems, etc.)
- Faculty Development
EdX online courses
- Clinical Research Design
Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) at the NIH classroom courses
- Laboratory Science Courses
WRNNMC Research Programs Offerings
- Clinical Research Course
- Laboratory Methods Courses