Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital/McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center

Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital at SUNY Upstate Medical University, in collaboration with the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center, offers an ACGME accredited 3-year fellowship in child abuse pediatrics in Syracuse, NY. This unique training program provides opportunities for a broad clinical experience as well as robust opportunities for research and scholarly activities. Flexibility is offered in Pediatric Hospitalist Medicine and specialized General Pediatrics, as desired. Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is the major pediatric referral center for a 17 county area covering one-third of New York State. There are up to 20 calls per day to the Onondaga County Child Abuse Hotline. The child abuse fellowship program is among only four other programs in the Northeastern United States.

Fellows are part of the multidisciplinary team at the McMahon Ryan Child Advocacy Center (CAC). The CAC integrates advocacy, prevention, investigation, prosecution, and treatment services for cases involving all aspects of physical abuse, sexual abuse, human trafficking, child medical abuse, medical or other types of neglect, and child maltreatment. The CAC coordinates Onondaga County’s Child Fatality Review Team.

Fellows will provide care and teaching at the University Pediatric and Adolescent Center, an outpatient pediatric site providing almost 55,000 visits per year, including a dedicated service for refugees, an adolescent clinic and other underserved populations. Upstate offers the only regional pediatric emergency department, a poison control center and a 24/7 Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. Inpatient experiences for the fellow includes consultations as part of Upstate’s Level 1 pediatric trauma and inpatient pediatric hospitalist teams.

Comprehensive clinical education and research opportunities are provided by expert academic faculty in general pediatrics and pediatric sub-specialties. Fellows become part of the national network for child abuse medical provider program (CHAMP), funded by the New York State Department of Health to support provider education. This program, supported by the CARE team and faculty across New York State, provides opportunities for case review and participation in web-based seminars.

Fellows build skills through clinical activities with interdisciplinary professionals, help to innovate new teaching and research methods, and are eligible to earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Public Health. The program prepares highly marketable physicians for rich careers in any geographic location as leaders in clinical care, as educators to colleagues and the community, and as scholarly researchers.

Fellows must be graduates of an ACGME accredited pediatric or medicine/pediatrics residency and be either American Board of Pediatrics Board Certified or eligible to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics Board Examination.

Open positions vary depending on funding cycle, please contact us for updated information.

Please send application inquiries to:

Alicia R. Pekarsky, MD
Program Director and Associate Professor of Pediatrics
SUNY Upstate Medical University
750 E. Adams Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
[email protected]