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Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship

Pediatric Hospital Medicine Faculty, Dr. Jason Zamkoff
The University of Colorado
Department of Pediatrics &
Children's Hospital Colorado 
are proud to offer a 2-year
Pediatric Hospital Medicine

Our program offers:

  • Superior academic training in a professional, collegial atmosphere

  • A breadth of scholarly opportunities in research, education, and Quality Improvement

  • Clinical experience in academic and community hospital settings

  • Dedicated clinical supervision and scholarly oversight by experienced faculty

  • Participation in conferences, M&M, journal clubs, and work-in-progress sessions

  • Opportunities to educate Medical Students, Residents, and Advanced Practice Providers

  • Unique leadership development training


  Fellowship Leadership

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Program Director

Mark Brittan, MD, MPH

Associate Program Director

Kimberly O’Hara, MD




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University of Colorado Denver (UCD)

The UCD-Anschutz Medical Campus includes the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Nursing, and a Graduate School with doctoral training programs in Basic Sciences, Analytic Health Sciences, and Clinical Sciences. In 2013, UCD researchers received over 500 grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) amounting to more than $184 million, making it one of the top ten public universities with NIH support.


Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO)

Children's Hospital Colorado is a national leader, ranked 9th in the nation in 2016 by U.S. News and World Report. The main hospital is located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora with 15 additional community or Network-of-Care affiliations throughout Colorado.  CHCO receives referrals from seven surrounding states. As of 2015, there were 479 beds, ~17,500 admissions, and ~164,000 ER and urgent care visits. The Department of Pediatrics has 724 faculty members with $67 million in external grant funding, including $43 million in NIH funding.

CHCO was awarded the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Award, for nursing excellence by the Magnet Recognition Program in 2015, and as one of the “10 Best Children’s Hospitals” by Parents magazine.


Fellows will receive comprehensive training and guidance in clinical care, academic scholarship, and education in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. At completion, Fellows will be primed to begin a career in Pediatric Hospital Medicine in academic and/or community settings. Structure and allocation of time for clinical and scholarly pursuits in each year are outlined in the table below, though there is some flexibility depending on the Fellow’s interests. Time allocated to various activities may change as ACGME requirements emerge.


 Clinical Care

Academic Scholarship

Medical Education


Administration and Leadership

12 weeks

24 weeks

8 weeks

 4 weeks


Clinical Care

Fellows receive comprehensive inpatient clinical experience at both our tertiary care and community hospitals. This experience includes attending on the general medical services at Children’s Hospital Colorado and at one or more of the Network of Care sites, which include well newborn and level II NICU management. In addition, Fellows may perform procedural sedation, metabolic lumbar punctures, consultations for surgical patients, and co-management of complex surgical spine patients. Responsibilities include taking call from home and working very few overnight shifts each year.

Fellows will have the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest through clinical electives, including but not limited to:

  • Neonatology & Well Newborn Nursery
  • Anesthesia
  • Intensive Care
  • Pulmonology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Acute Pain Service
  • Palliative Care

A supportive faculty will ensure that Fellows thrive throughout their training. The degree of clinical supervision will balance the Fellow’s comfort level, need for autonomy, and patient safety.


Academic Scholarship 

Fellows will have substantial time allocated to developing academic scholarship. Opportunities exist for projects in clinical effectiveness, medical education, translational research, health services research, patent safety, and Quality Improvement (QI).  Our Section of Hospital Medicine has highly qualified mentors with varied interests and expertise (see Mentorship tab). The Section is supported by research coordinators, an epidemiologist, and a survey methodologist.

UCD has additional research support infrastructure, including:


Fellows will be expected to participate in one or more quality improvement initiatives, submit abstracts to conferences, write small grant applications, and begin to submit manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. Fellows interested in QI have access to Hospital leadership and Process Improvement specialists through the Quality and Patient Safety Department .

To support the development of their academic skills, Fellows can participate in formal training programs. These include the Master’s in Clinical Sciences (MSCS) Program and the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency (IQHSE) Certificate Training Program. These programs will be supplemented with a monthly Section of PHM lectures series led by faculty, workshops through the Center for Faculty Development, GME Fellowship Education retreats, monthly work-in-progress sessions, and University-based learning opportunities through the CCTSI. Fellows will be able to attend and present at national conferences, including Children’s Colorado Clinical Concepts & Conundrums in Pediatric Hospital Medicine, Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting, and the Pediatric Hospital Medicine annual meeting. 


Medical Education

Our educational mission is to develop leaders skilled in the education of trainees, patients, families, and the community at large. Fellows will teach a variety of learners while conducting Rounds at CHCO and our community hospitals. They will receive training and support to design educational curricula, present didactic lectures in their areas of interest, and help create clinical pathways. Educational learning opportunities at UCD include:


Fellows can hone their teaching skills through other forums in the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics:

  • Work-in-Progress Sessions
  • Morbidity and Mortality conference
  • Journal Club
  • Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine meetings
  • Morning Report
  • Noon Conference
  • Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Lecture Series


Department of Pediatrics Fellowship Educational Series: This series was recently developed to address areas of scholarly interest common to all pediatric core fellowships.  Fellows attend 5-6 half-day seminars spread across their Fellowship. In addition to providing core educational material, these sessions allow trainees in different disciplines throughout the department to meet and interact with one another in an informal and collegial environment. Topics for this curriculum: Department of Pediatrics Fellowship Educational Series.

In addition, the Pediatric Educational Excellence across the Continuum and the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) annual meetings may be of particular interest for rising Medical Educators! 


Administration and Leadership

Trainees in PHM Fellowships are the hospital leaders of tomorrow. Our Fellows will gain experience through leading process improvement teams, collaborating on hospital committees, participating in community outreach programs, and developing clinical pathways. Within the PHM Section, there are notable leaders in administration, medical education, research, and Quality Improvement who will guide Fellows to develop leadership skills and competence (see Mentors tab). Formal avenues of training include People Development at CHCO, which focuses on leadership style and effectiveness, personal evaluation, crucial conversations and communication models; the IQHSE Certificate Training Program; and the Academy of Medical Educators Faculty Development Program.


Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine Mentors

Our PHM Section includes 37 physicians, 9 Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), 2 statisticians, and a survey methodologist. The leadership roles and academic interests for select members are listed below:

Leigh Anne Bakel, MD, MSc
Associate Medical Director, Clinical Effectiveness
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Decreasing practice variation to improve clinical outcomes and care; Clinical Pathways development and evaluation; Cognitive bias in learners and Pathways to promote critical thinking, resource utilization; Cost and charge analysis
Maureen Cunningham, MD, MPH
Senior Investigator, Center for Global Health
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Child health and development in Guatemala; Health outcomes research for children with hearing loss; Mobile health applications
Mark Brittan, MD, MPH
Program Director, PHM Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Pediatric readmissions, hospital discharge and care transitions; Hospitalized children with medical complexity; Social determinants of health
Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH
Research Director, Section of Hospital Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics 
Scholarly Interests: Health services research, secondary database analysis, pragmatic clinical trials, immunization delivery, dissemination and implementation science, health communication
Jolie Eirich, MSN, PNP-AC/PC
PHM APP Program Director
Clinical Instructor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: APP leadership, training, and professional development; Integrating APPs into Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Brittany Everson, FNP-C, MS, RN, CPN
Co-chair PHM Section M&M Conference
Clinical Instructor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Patient safety and systems improvement; Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia; Nurse Practitioner education
Daniel Hyman, MD
Chief Medical and Patient Safety Officer, CHCO
Associate Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Hospital quality and patient safety; Target Zero Patient Safety Initiative; Improving health systems to promote safe, effective patient- and family-centered care
Justin Lockwood, MD, MSCS
Code Committee Steering, Sepsis Leadership Team
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Optimizing care for the deteriorating patient; Care escalation systems including PEWS, RRTs, and situation awareness; Improving inpatient sepsis outcomes
Lisa McLeod, MD, MSCE
Director, Pediatric Surgical Outcomes Research Center (PSORC)
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Research mentorship; Comprehensive Unit Based Safety Team for Perioperative Care; Surgical co-management; Comparative Effectiveness; Dissemination and Implementation Sciences
Jennifer Reese, MD
Section Head, Inpatient Medical Director, CHCO
Associate Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Pediatric Early Warning Score as a predictor of deteriorating patients; Reducing unplanned ICU transfers; Clinician Resiliency and burnout; Patient handoffs; Opioid prescribing policies and guidelines
Kevin Messacar, MD
Assistant Professor, Sections of Hospital Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Scholarly Interests: Clinical impact and cost effectiveness of rapid diagnostic technologies for Pediatric infectious diseases; Novel etiologies of CNS infections; Enterovirus and Parechovirus surveillance in infants
D. David Scudamore, MD
Medical Director - Network of Care Inpatient, CHCO
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Clinical operations and efficiency; Physician partnership with APPs in the inpatient setting; Clinical pathways and physician decision-making; BRUE
Kimberly O’Hara, MD
Associate Program Director, PHM Fellowship
Director of Medical Education
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
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Scholarly Interests: Medical education focusing on curriculum development and reflection; Qualitative research focusing on clinical Pathways and high value care
Justin Searns, MD
Assistant Professor, Sections of Hospital Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Scholarly Interests: The potential impact from antimicrobial and resource stewardship on clinical effectiveness, rapid diagnostics and quality improvement methods for pediatric musculoskeletal infections; Treatment implications of complicated sinusitis; EMR alert triggers for acute kidney injury.
Christina Olson, MD
Telehealth Medical Director, CHCO
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Innovative models of telehealth clinical care and education; Telehealth value and cost effectiveness; Multicenter pediatric telehealth research (SPROUT research network); Patient safety and systems-based care
L. Barry Seltz, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Residency Program, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Resident medical education: Academic Half Day, Morning Report, learning during inpatient rounds; SHM mentored I-PASS Implementation Program
Suchitra Rao, MD
Associate Medical Director, Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
Assistant Professor, Sections of Hospital Medicine, Epidemiology, and Infectious Diseases
Scholarly Interests: Influenza epidemiology, evaluation and treatment; Influenza vaccination effectiveness and uptake
Michael Tchou, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor, Section of Hospital Medicine
Scholarly Interests: Overuse and over-diagnosis related to diagnostic testing, high-value care education and culture, quality improvement methods, administrative database research

1st Year Fellow


Kristin Kalita, MD

Undergraduate: Loyola University - Chicago

Medical School: Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine

Pediatric Residency: University of Colorado – Denver

Pediatric Chief Residency: University of Colorado - Denver

Academic Interests: Pediatric palliative care, care of medically complex children, global health, opioid prescribing practices


Selected Bibliography

Kalita K., Grenolds, A., Liptzin, D. (2016, April). Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling in a Child with High Altitude Pulmonary Edema. Poster presented at the ATS International Conference, San Francisco, CA.

McClure C, Graham J, Floyd E, Lenhart-Pendergrass T, Kalita K, Persson J, Ritchie L, Ross-Cowdery M, Rumack A, Shields M, Todd J, Messacar K, Gaensbauer J (2017, May). A Resident-Driven Effort to Identify Best Use of Tracheal Aspirates in Pediatrics. Poster session presented at Pediatric Academic Societies, San Francisco, CA. 

Kalita K., Hannan K., and Olson C. (2017, July). Labial Bruising and fever in a young infant. Poster presented at the annual meeting at the Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference, Nashville, TN. 

Beil E, Kalita K, McClure C, Okada C, Williams J, Gaensbauer J (2019, March). Educating Pediatric Trainees to Navigate Medical Uncertainty: The Answer Isn’t Always “C”.  Poster session presented at the Chief Forum at the APPD Spring Meeting, New Orleans, LA.


 2nd Year Fellow


Cristin Fritz, MD, MPH

Undergraduate: Washington and Lee University, B.S in Biology, Minor in Human Poverty and Capability Studies

Medical School: Vanderbilt Medical School

Pediatric Residency: Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Academic Interests: Developing evidence-based guidelines for diagnostic testing in common infections of childhood such as pneumonia and fever in neonates. Understanding and improving disparities in health outcomes in underserved populations, locally and globally. 


Selected Bibliography: 

Fritz CQ, Blevins M, Lindegren ML, Wools-Kaloutsian K, Musick BS, Cornell M, Goodwin K, Addison D, Dusingize JC, Messou E, Poda A, Duda SN, McGowan CC, Law MG, Moore RD, Freeman A, Nash D, Wester CW. Comprehensiveness of Care Provided at Global HIV Treatment Sites in the IeDEA Consortium: 2009 and 2014. Journal of the International AIDS Society 2017, 20:20933

Fritz CQ, Edwards KM, Self WH, Grijalva CG, Zhu Y, Arnold SR, McCullers JA, Ampofo K, Pavia AT, Anderson, EJ, Wunderink RG, Bramley AM, Jain S, Williams DJ “Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Outcomes of Pediatric Bacteremic Pneumonia" Accepted for Oral Presentation: Pediatric Hospital Medicine Conference, Nashville, TN, July 2017

Quinn CE, Sivasubramaniam P, Blevins M, Hajajra, A, Taleb A, Khuri-Bulos N, Faouri S, Halasa N. “Risk Factors for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Admission in Amman, Jordan” East Mediterranean Health Journal. 2016 Jun 15;22(3):163-74

Sivasubramaniam, PG, Quinn CE, Blevins, M, Al Hajajra, A, Khuri-Bulos, N, Faouri, S, Halasa, N. Neonatal Outcomes of infants Admitted to a Large Government Hospital in Amman, Jordan. Glob J Health Sci. 2015 Jan 14;7(4):217-34.

Quinn CE, Sivasubramaniam P, Halasa N, Blevins M  “Outcomes of Hospitalized NICU Infants In Amman, Jordan”  Poster: American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, New Orleans, LA,  Oct 2012


Alumni Fellows


Jill Cotter, MD

Training Years:  2017-2019

Undergraduate: University of Pennsylvania, BA in Biology and Economics

Medical School: Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Pediatric Residency: University of Colorado - Denver

Academic interests: Evaluating and improving the use of rapid diagnostic stool tests in diarrhea, specifically relating to Clostridium Difficile, Investigating the cost-effectiveness of commonly ordered interventions


Laura Lockwood, MD

Training Years:  2017-2019

Undergraduate: University of Denver, BS in Biology

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

Pediatric Residency: University of Colorado - Denver

Academic Interests: Improving trainee medical education through curriculum development, personal and professional development of learners, and educational scholarship


Justin Lockwood, MD, MSCS

Training Years: 2016-2018

Undergraduate: Michigan State University Lyman Briggs College, BS in Human Biology

Medical School: Michigan State University College of Human Medicine  

Pediatric Residency: University of Colorado - Denver

Academic Interests: Clinical Research and Process Improvement focused on escalating care for the deteriorating child


Kimberly O’Hara, MD 

Training Years: 2015-2017 

Undergraduate: Cornell University, BA in Biology and Nutrition

Medical School: Chicago Medical School at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science 

Pediatric Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center 

Pediatric Chief Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Academic Interests: Enhancing the medical education of faculty and learners, specifically regarding high value care; Qualitative research focusing on resource stewardship


Sarah Luthy, MD, MSCS

Training Years: 2014-2016

Undergraduate: Amherst College, BA in Political Sciences

Medical School: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 

Pediatric Residency: University of Michigan Health System

Fellowship: Harvard Palliative Care Fellowship (2016-2017)

Academic Interests: Investigating resource utilization among children with psychogenic nonepileptic seizures; Improving the documentation of care conferences and discussions surrounding goals of care

Dear Fellowship Candidate

The University of Colorado Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship program is designed for the motivated, self-directed learner who wants to develop an academic career based on excellence in research, scholarship, and clinical pediatric hospital medicine. To be considered for admission to our program, applicants must be in the process of completing training in (or completed) a 3- year ACGME-accredited Pediatric Residency program, and we encourage applications from members of underrepresented minority groups to apply.


Application Deadline & Interviews

If you are interested in applying to our fellowship program, the application period will open on July 1, 2019 and the deadline to submit your application is Sunday, September 15, 2019. Applicant interviews will be conducted August through November of 2019.


Applicant Review Period & Match Date

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Submitting Your Application

Please use the Apply Here button provided below to complete our online application. In addition to the application, we also require the following documents to be submitted on the same day:

  1. Curriculum Vitae

  2. Copy of Medical license(s)

  3. Copy of DEA License

  4. Personal statement describing how the fellowship program fits with your career interests and goals (no more than one page).

  5. Please provide three letters of recommendation. If within 5 years of residency training, one of these letters must be from your residency program director.

  6. The Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellows’ website ( ) is an online community for residents and faculty who are interested in PHM. Please use the “PHM Fellowship Shared Application 2019-2020” posted on this website when applying to our fellowship.

Please submit your documents to the following email:


We look forward to hearing from you!