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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Pediatrics
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Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship program of Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center is a three year ACGME-accredited program based at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. One fellowship position is offered annually.

The mission of our Adolescent Medicine Program is to provide trainees with opportunities to become:

Expert clinicians with skills in primary care, inpatient and outpatient consultative care, care for marginalized populations, reproductive and gynecologic care, gender and sexual development, management of substance use disorders, treatment of common mental health concerns, and care for youth infected with HIV. 

Expert leaders of multidisciplinary teams.  

Leaders in clinical & translational research with a specific focus on health disparities affecting marginalized youth.

Exceptional educators and mentors for medical trainees and community providers in adolescent health care.  

Effective advocates for adolescents at local, regional, national and international levels. 

Our program is committed to being individualized and creative taking into account each trainees interests and career goals. Our program has a focus on public health issues that affect marginalized populations and we promote and encourage interdisciplinary care models that include and elevate the voices of the youth we provide care for. 


The Adolescent Medicine Fellowship program is designed to provide the fellow an extensive and comprehensive foundation in the field of adolescent medicine. While independent learning is encouraged and expected, the fellow will have protected time every other week to attend the Fellows Core Seminar Series — which covers a variety of clinical, scientific and professional topics — as well as participate in divisional meetings, journal clubs and multidisciplinary conferences. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in institutional conferences such as firm rounds, grand rounds, and fellows college offered through the department of pediatrics. 

Fellows develop their teaching skills through lectures and didactic sessions with residents and medical students. Clinical teaching skills are also developed as fellows precept residents in the Adolescent Outpatient Clinic.

Fellows will have the option to acquire a Masters at Northwestern University or take advantage of the Clinical Scholars Program

 Clinical Experience

Our fellows develop and master clinical skills unique to the field of adolescent medicine and those related to the primary, sexual and mental healthcare of adolescents. Fellows acquire these clinical skills and competencies through a variety of outpatient clinical experiences as well as inpatient consult services. These clinical opportunities include: Adolescent Continuity Clinic, Gender Development Clinic, Adolescent Gynecology, Adolescent HIV, STI Clinic, Transition Clinic, Substance Use Clinic, Mental Health, College Health, Weight and Wellness Nutrition and Sports Medicine. Fellows also have the opportunity to develop areas of special clinical interest during their second and third years.

 Requirements & Eligibility

Applicants must have completed an ACGME-accredited residency in pediatrics, be board-eligible for American Board of Pediatrics certification (or equivalent in respective specialty) and meet the State of Illinois’ requirements for medical licensure. Non-U.S. citizens need to obtain a valid Visa and authorization to work in United States.

 Application Process

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program; therefore, applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We accept applications starting in July. We interview applicants from Sept. 1 to Oct. 15. For all technical questions, contact ERAS.



Contact Us

Cherie Priya Dhar, MD

Cherie Priya Dhar, MD

Fellowship Program Director

Adolescent Medicine

cpdhar( at )

Cassie Bruggemann

Program Coordinator

Adolescent Medicine

cbruggemann( at )

More Information


Further program details, including the housestaff manual and a sample training contract, are available on the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University site.

Diversity & Inclusion


Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. We encourage a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity, please see the Northwestern McGaw Underrepresented Residents & Fellows Forum and Feinberg School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Graduate Research Resources

We offer a wide range of resources, mentorship opportunities and training to help our fellows excel as physician-scientists. Explore all of the resources and hear from housestaff who are making research a major part of their career development plans.

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