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Nutrition - Fellowships for Physicians


Physicians L Diab, J Moore, A King, & M Saint-Cyr

We offer both clinical and research fellowship opportunities for physicians

 

Pediatric Clinical Obesity and Nutrition Fellowship:   

The University of Colorado School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado offer a Pediatric Obesity and Clinical Nutrition Fellowship program. The goal of the fellowship is to provide physicians who are board certified or eligible in pediatrics or family medicine with in-depth training in pediatric obesity and clinical nutrition that will prepare them for a career in clinical or academic medicine.
 
Program strengths include:
• Superior academic subspecialty training in a professional, collegial atmosphere.
• Teaching by national and international experts across multiple disciplines. Our fellows work with faculty across numerous fields including Nutrition, Endocrinology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, and Pulmonology.  Faculty offer a broad range of complementary clinical and research expertise. 
• One-on-one working relationships between fellows and supervising faculty.
• Broad exposure to clinical nutrition both inpatient and outpatient, with both common and rare diagnoses.
• Opportunities to obtain in-depth training in each fellow’s specific area of interest.
• Long-standing fellowship program with more than 15 years in existence. Fellows join the Section of Nutrition at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, which was the 1st independent section of nutrition in pediatrics in the United States.
• Participation in the education of residents and medical students.
 
The dedicated time of the fellowship enables trainees to develop the knowledge and skills needed to pursue a range of career options including academic medicine and inpatient and outpatient pediatric clinical care.
 
Potential career options:
• General Pediatrics – Academic or community-based
• Academic career including research and teaching
• Nutrition specialty clinical care
• GI related clinical care
• Primary care specialist
• Global Health
 
Recent fellows are currently engaged in weight management programs (in both academic and non-academic settings), growth faltering clinical programs, promotion of nutrition in health care at the national level, nutrition-related QI, GI-related research, obesity-related research including clinical care, pharmacotherapy and community-based research. 
 
Nutrition Research Fellowship:  Physicians are eligible to apply for the NIH T32 Research Fellowship.  For most physicians, this will be upon completion of the Clinical Nutrition Fellowship.

 

 
 
Our fellowship program offers training in key areas including, but not limited to:
• Obesity: Infant to Adolescent
Growth faltering/FTT
• Malnutrition
• Behavioral medicine
• Nutrition support
• Metabolism in critical illness
• Well child nutrition, including breastfeeding and infant feeding
 
Through our program, fellows have unique opportunities to develop skills in:
• Assessment and treatment of growth problems
• Assessment and treatment of inpatient & outpatient nutrition problems
• Body composition, calorimetry
• Breastfeeding assessment and management
• Inpatient/critical care nutrition support
• Micronutrient requirements, deficiencies
• Motivational interviewing
• Multidisciplinary obesity assessment and treatment including pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery
• Public health nutrition policy
 
Clinical training consists of 12 months of clinical service in pediatric obesity and nutrition.
• Pediatric obesity training occurs both inpatient and outpatient through the Children’s Hospital Colorado Lifestyle Medicine Program. This multidisplinary program involves numerous different disciplines including medical and surgical specialties, dietitians, clinical psychology, and exercise physiology. Training in related areas in adult medicine is also available as appropriate to the trainee's interests.
• Nutrition (non-obesity related) training occurs during both inpatient consults, inpatient training (NICU, PICU) and outpatient clinics, including work in our Children’s Hospital Colorado Growth and Parenting clinic. Training covers assessment and treatment of growth and nutrition problems, breastfeeding assessment and management, and inpatient and outpatient nutrition support.
• Other nutrition related training opportunities are tailored to individuals’ interests, such as cystic fibrosis, hyperlipidemia, short gut syndrome, and others.
• For GI-trained physicians, our fellowship, through a partnership with our GI department, is able to offer the following experiences as a component of the 12-month fellowship program:
• Outpatient GI clinic opportunities
• Educational GI opportunities
• GI career mentorship
• Potential opportunities for GI/Nutrition-related research, if completing a research fellowship
• Potential GI procedural opportunities
 
This training prepares fellows to sit for the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (NBPNS) and American Board of Obesity Medicine exam.

 
Research training is available following the 12-month clinical training year under our NIH T32 Research Fellowship.

 

In additional to the clinical training, fellows participate in the following:
 
Nutrition Rounds: These are bimonthly meetings with nutrition faculty and hospital dietitians to discuss current clinical cases.
 
Collaborative Case review: Faculty, clinical staff and fellows attend this meeting aiming to collaboratively identify system level issues and solutions to improve the quality and safety of care provided.
 
GI/Nutrition Case conference: A joint meeting of faculty and trainees from both the Nutrition and GI sections.
 
Nutrition seminar series: A yearlong series of talks from experts sharing the latest in nutrition research.
 
Nutrition journal club: A joint faculty/fellow journal club.
 
Lifestyle Medicine meeting: Program planning for the Lifestyle Medicine program.
 
Department of Pediatrics Education Series: Fellows participate in this series as an adjunct to their clinical training. Session topics include mentorship, providing feedback, forming your research question, quality improvement, professionalism, presentation skills.
 
Motivational interviewing: We encourage all fellows to participate in on on-campus training course on this topic as an adjunct to their clinical practice.

Pediatric Clinical Obesity and Nutrition Fellowship Brochure

For information about the Pediatric Obesity and Clinical Nutrition Fellowship please contact:
 
Tara Wood
Fellowship Program Coordinator
720-777-3187
tara.wood@childrenscolorado.org  
 
Or


Darcy Thompson, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Section of Nutrition
ClinicalNutrition@ucdenver.edu


We are currently accepting applications for a start date of July 1 of the following year. Please bear in mind that it benefits the applicant to have the application submitted as soon as possible.

Eligibility:
This program is designed for motivated individuals with an interest in a career that involves nutrition medicine.  We encourage applications from members of under-represented minority groups. The Pediatric Clinical Obesity and Nutrition Fellowship complies with the GME Eligibility and Selection Policy.

 

Living in Denver, Colorado:
The Mile High City is nestled at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains and is the largest city in the region with a population of 2.9 million. Denver enjoys one of the best climates in the country, with 300 days/year of sunny skies. Although it snows in the winter, the snow melts quickly and temperatures are usually moderate. Hot summer days give way to cool summer evenings. The city is the home to dozens of highly rated restaurants and a vibrant nightlife. The city attracts many outdoor enthusiasts with its extensive system of hiking and bike trails and the largest city park system in the country. The Denver Center for the Performing Arts is the largest performing arts complex under one roof in the country and attracts many of the top national theater tours each year. Red Rocks Amphitheater, a natural amphitheater in the foothills west of town attracts the nation’s top touring musical talent throughout the summer. Denver is home to the Denver Broncos (NFL), the Denver Nuggets (NBA), the Colorado Rockies (MLB), the Colorado Avalanche (NHL), the Colorado Rapids (MLS) and the Colorado Mammoth & Outlaws (MLL). The University of Colorado, the state flagship school and a world-class educational institution, is based in nearby Boulder. In addition, Denver is the gateway to the Rocky Mountains, which offer abundant recreational and sightseeing opportunities year round. The state of Colorado is home to over 20 major ski areas, many of which are within 2 hours of the city.
 
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NOTE: Nutrition Fellowships are not ACGME-Accredited Programs.
 
 
Current Nutrition Fellows
 
·       Stephanie Gilley, MD, PhD (2019-20)
 
·       Paula Holland Price, MS, MD, PhD (2019-20)
 
 
Recent Clinical Fellows:

 

·       Martine Saint-Cyr, MD (2018-19)

 

·       Alexandra King, MD (2017-18)

 

·       Carina Kugelmas, MD (2016-17)

 

·       Jaime Moore, MD (2015-16)

 

·       Liliane Diab, MD (2014-15)​​