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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


Clinical Nutrition Fellowship

Adequate and appropriate nutrition is essential to the well-being of all children from the in-utero period through to adulthood. A child’s nutrition plays a major role in maintaining health and recovering from illness as well as ensuring normal development. However, many physicians caring for children feel inadequately trained in nutrition and health behavior change and its relationship to health, metabolism and development.
Our fellowship training offers physicians training and additional skills in key areas of clinical nutrition 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
Content areas include:
  • Body composition, calorimetry
  • Assessment and treatment of growth problems and inpatient & outpatient nutrition problems
  • Breastfeeding assessment and management
  • Obesity assessment and treatment including bariatric
  • Inpatient/critical care nutrition support
  • Micronutrient requirements, deficiencies
  • Public health nutrition policy
Clinical rotations include obesity and lifestyle medicine; growth faltering/FTT; and breastfeeding concerns (on the nutrition service), as well as inpatient physician nutrition consults. Other nutrition related training opportunities are tailored to individuals’ interests, such as cystic fibrosis, hyperlipidemia, short gut syndrome, and others.
Clinical training consists of 12 months of clinical service in Pediatric Nutrition and in related areas in adult medicine as appropriate to the trainee's interests. This training prepares the fellow to sit for the Physician Nutrition Specialist boards. This dedicated time 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.
Various options for Nutrition Specific training, could include the following and is tailored to the Fellow’s interests:
  • Child Development/Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Critical Care/ Nutrition Support
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology /Hepatology
  • General Pediatrics (obesity, growth, breastfeeding)
  • Hospitalist Medicine
  • Neonatology
  • Preventive Cardiology
  • Cystic Fibrosis/Pulmonology
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 Clinical Nutrition fellowship:
  • Outpatient GI clinic opportunities
  • Educational GI opportunities
  • Career mentorship
  • Potential opportunities for GI/Nutrition-related research, if completing a research fellowship
  • Potential GI procedure opportunities
Potential career options:
  • Divisions of General Pediatrics
  • Academic career including research and teaching
  • Nutrition specialty clinical care
  • GI related clinical support
  • Primary care specialist
  • Global Health
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.

For information about the Pediatric Clinical Nutrition Fellowship please contact:

Darcy Thompson, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
Section of Nutrition
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Mail Stop F561
12631 East 17th Avenue, Room 2605
Aurora, CO 80045
Tel: 303-724-7471

Our application deadline is July 1st for a start date of July 1 of the following year, however, we will accept applications submitted after this deadline if the position is not yet filled.  Please bear in mind that it benefits the applicant to have the application submitted as close to this deadline as possible.

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.
  • Physicians who have completed a 3-year ACGME accredited residency program
  • Proof of US citizenship or a valid Visa allowing fellowship training is required
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.
Current Nutrition Fellows
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)​​



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