The Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine section is dedicated to educating health professionals at all levels of training in pediatric pulmonology. We offer a three-year Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology, as well as month-long rotations for pediatric residents and medical students. A one-year Pediatric Sleep Medicine Fellowship is also available through a combined program at National Jewish Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado Sleep Center.
All faculty members are involved in fellow and resident education at the University of Colorado. Faculty provide numerous lectures and education conferences as well as bedside teaching. Most faculty are also involved in research concerning lung disease in children and often mentor fellows in their laboratories. Dr. Jeff Wagener is the Director of the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship and Dr. Steve Abman advises trainees and is the principal investigator for the NIH supported pediatric pulmonology training grant. Dr. Scott Sagel also advises several Cystic Fibrosis Foundation funded trainees. Research opportunities are available throughout the School of Medicine and at National Jewish Health involving a broad range of areas including lung development, pulmonary hypertension, cystic fibrosis, asthma, airway inflammation, pulmonary infection, and interstitial lung disease. We are very proud of our fellow’s successes, with most fellows pursuing careers in academic pediatrics following graduation.
Resident and medical student education is also considered an important priority for the Pulmonary Section. The inpatient pulmonary service is directed by a member of the Pediatric Pulmonary faculty, and includes three pediatric residents during their second year, along with a fellow, one or two medical students, and a nurse practitioner. This service cares for children with complex pulmonary issues, cystic fibrosis, chronic ventilator support, non-invasive ventilation, complicated pneumonia, and asthma. In addition, residents and medical students can attend outpatient pulmonary clinics every day of the week, depending on their interests and goals. Pediatric residents often take electives on the Pulmonary outpatient and consult services to expand their knowledge of Pediatric Pulmonology. Fourth-year medical students can take a fourth-year elective on the pediatric pulmonology service.