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Pediatric Fellowship Educational Series

Three Year Core Curriculum


This educational series has been developed by the Committee on Fellowship Education to address areas  of scholarly interest common to all pediatric fellows.  Over 75 sub-specialized physicians in training will attend 5-6 half-day seminars spread across their 3 years of fellowship. Attendance is mandatory and the trainee is excused from clinical responsibilities. In addition to providing core educational material, these sessions allow trainees in different disciplines and throughout the department to meet and interact with one another in an informal and collegial environment.

Co-chairs of the Committee

Thomas Parker, MD

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director, Training Program in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

Jennifer Barker, MD

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics
  • Director, Training Program in Pediatric Endocrinology


​Members of the Committee ​Fellow Members
Angela S. Czaja, MD, MSc
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Critical Care
Kimberly O'Hara, MD
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Sonali Patel, MD, PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
  • Associate Director, Pediatric Cardiology
Eric Sommers, MBA
  • Director of Medical Education & Medical Staff
  • Children’s Hospital Colorado
Josh Rosenfeld, MBA
  • Manager, Medical Education
Michael Baca
  • Pediatric Fellowship Education Coordinator
Kristine Smith
  • Neonatology Fellowship Coordinator
Jennifer Saulino
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship Coordinator
Marisa Gallant, MD
  • 2nd Year - Pediatric Gasterenterology
Lindsey Gumer, MD
  • 2nd Year - Pediatric Gasterenterology
Ryan Israelsen, MD
  • 2nd Year - Allergy & Immunology
Laura Zastoupil, MD
  • 1st Year - Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Erin Kahn, MD
  • 1st Year - Pediatric Pulmonary


Questions can be directed to

Michael Baca
Mentoring Scholarship & Fellowship Education Coordinator
Medical Education Office
UC Denver Department of Pediatrics
13123 E. 16th Ave, B-158
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Email: michael.baca
Phone:(720) 777-4804


Session 1

  • Leadership Training - Resolving Conflict
  • Ethics 1 - Difficult Conversations
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Mentorship: Obligations and Expectations


Session 2

  • IRB Process & Research Compliance
  • Developing Your Research Question
  • Professionalism - Resiliency
  • Evidence-based Medicine

Session 3

  • Quality Improvement Methodologies
  • Scientific Writing - Part 1
  • Ethics 2- Bioethics Case-based Learning
  • Writing and Submitting a Grant Proposal

Session 4

  • The Process of Finding a Job
  • The Job Search: Panel Discussion
  • Cultural Awareness
  • Scientific Writing - Part 2

Session 5

  • Job Search - Interview Tips
  • Avoiding Medical Malpractice
  • Academic Portfolio and Promotion
  • Negotiating a Physician Contract
  • Personal Finance

Supplemental Activities

Introduction to Fellowship Training
Biostatistics for Clinicians: A Short Course
Pediatric Spring Poster Session