Skip to main content

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Visitor Restrictions, Resources, and Updates

Explore URMC

Pediatrics / Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

Adolescent Medicine Fellowship

With your safety in mind, all Adolescent Medicine Fellowship interviews for positions starting in the 2021-2022 academic year will only be offered virtually.
View application information.

Adolescent Medicine Fellows

From left: Fellows, Melissa Dundas, M.D., Nicole Cifra, M.D., M.P.H., Mai Tran Ngoc, D.O.


Shellie Yussman

Susan Yussman, M.D., M.P.H.,
Program Director

As one of the first established Adolescent Medicine fellowship programs in the country, we offer ACGME accredited fellowship training at the University of Rochester Medical Center. The training combines education, research, and clinical experiences preparing fellows to sit for the adolescent medicine subspecialty certification exam.

I invite you to explore and learn more about our Adolescent Medicine Fellowship and life in Rochester. You will find information about our community based curriculum, our current fellows, our alumni, and our faculty. Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I wish you much good fortune with your future career in adolescent medicine.

~ Susan “Shellie” Yussman, M.D., M.P.H.

Our Hospital-based Clinical Programs

  • Child and Adolescent Eating Disorder Program – We are a Regional Center of Excellence and referral site for eating disorders. Our clinicians have been involved in the development of treatment guidelines with the American Psychiatric Association and the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.
  • Gender Health Services for Children & Young Adults – We provide this multi-department, multi-division, program to aid, youth, and young adults who identify as transgender, gender fluid, or have questions or concerns about their gender.
  • Adolescent & Young Adult Reproductive Healthcare – We provide a full range of gynecological services as well as contraceptive counseling and procedural competency in the placement of progesterone implants and IUDs.

Fellowship Highlights

  • Work/Life Balance – The University of Rochester is committed to providing an environment that promotes the health and wellness of our fellows.
  • Diversity & Inclusion – The University of Rochester embraces diversity of all kinds and is mindful of all aspects of human differences such as socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability and age.
  • Support for an Advanced Degree – The University of Rochester offers a 95% tuition waiver for University employees and the division is extremely supportive of fellows pursuing an advanced degree or certificate program.
  • Faculty/Fellow Relationships – The adolescent medicine faculty work closely with fellows throughout their fellowship, serving as their mentors and helping them to achieve their professional goals.
  • Flexible Curriculum – Fellows have the ability to individualize curriculum to personal interests and career goals by creating their own custom electives.
  • Living in Rochester – See why we love living and working in Rochester, NY.

Program Aims

  • Recruit the highest quality candidates from diverse backgrounds.
  • Train fellows in the biopsychosocial model to be fully competent, board eligible, and capable of practicing independently and assuming a leadership role in the field of adolescent medicine.
  • Actively involve fellows in a breadth of Adolescent Medicine clinical services, teaching activities, and scholarly projects.
  • Engage fellows in a variety of community health activities that aim to reduce medical and psychosocial disparities for adolescents and young adults.

A National Leader in Improving Quality and Safety

ACGME has chosen URMC to be one of eight institutions to help transform the way we improve quality and safety. Our fellows play a key role in changing the clinical learning environment here at our institution and across the country. This initiative furthers our commitment to continuously improve health care by advancing the quality of physician education.

Golisano Children's Hospital

Our state-of-the-art children’s hospital is dedicated to children and their families and encompases 8 stories, 124 beds, and 52 private rooms with sleeping accommodations for families. Our investments in technology, led us to be recognized as one of the Most Innovative Children's Hospitals by Parents' Magazine.

Community Experience

We have close relationships with local teen centers, school-based health centers, university health services, Planned Parenthood, the county STD clinic, and the juvenile justice system which provide unique training opportunities.

Interactive Seminars

Fellows participate in the weekly Adolescent Medicine Education Series (AMES), interactive didactic sessions based on content specifications for the Adolescent Medicine Boards.


Our location enables training in urban, suburban, and rural settings, providing experience in caring for a culturally and geographically diverse population.

Approach to Care

The University of Rochester is home of Engel’s Biopsychosocial Model of medicine which emphasizes a comprehensive approach to clinical care for patients.


Dr. Elizabeth McAnarney, Professor and Chair Emerita of the Department of Pediatrics, is the recipient of the 2013 John Howland Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Pediatric Society, for her work helping to develop the board-certified subspecialty of Adolescent Medicine, her research examining the best ways to care for pregnant adolescents and her career-long commitment to education and mentorship. Elected to the Institute of Medicine, Dr. McAnarney provides valuable mentorship to our fellows.


Dr. Richard Kreipe, Professor Emeritus, is a former President of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and received that organization's 2012 Outstanding Achievement award for his lifetime dedication to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents. Among his many current leadership roles, he is a consultant to the American Psychiatric Association regarding diagnostic criteria for eating disorders and the founder of the Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kreipe provides teaching and mentoring to our fellows.

Happy Fellowship Appreciation Week to Our Adolescent Medicine Fellows!