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Pulmonary Medicine - Fellowship


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The Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine & Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the oldest and most respected programs in the United States. We have trained over 64 pediatric pulmonologists.  We change the lives of children with lung disease through clinical practice and innovation. Our graduates practice around the country include 11 Cystic Fibrosis Center Directors, 13 Academic Program Directors, 11 Division Chiefs/Section Heads, and 2 Deans.  During this 3-year fellowship, faculty guide fellows through numerous clinical and research opportunities customized to generate the knowledge, skill and technical expertise necessary to become an excellent academic pediatric pulmonologist.

The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine holds the distinction of ranking #1 in the country for public institutions with the highest NIH Funding. Our faculty currently have over $10 Million in research funding with more than $1 Million in funding for junior faculty. Our fellowship is funded by the prestigious NIH T-32 Fellowship Training Grant, which has been awarded for 20 consecutive years. We are leading the charge in research and innovation and are consistently ranked among the best.


Program Aims

  1. Provide outstanding clinical and procedural training experience on pulmonary inpatient, outpatient, and consult services at Children’s Hospital Colorado and related training sites to deliver safe, patient centered, comprehensive, and quality care for pediatric patients and families

  2. Provide exceptional opportunities for fellows in clinical, translational, basic, outcomes, quality improvement, or education research principles to prepare for successful academic careers

  3. Establish a career development plan to guide fellows in reaching individual professional goals and objectives

  4. Teach trainees strategies to maintain wellness (of self and others), to build resilience, and to minimize burnout


Fellowship Leadership

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Ricky Mohon, MD
Program Director
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, B395
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Phone: 720-777-5837  
Emily Mitchell, MA
Fellowship Coordinator
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue B395
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 720-777-5641

Rotation Schedule

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ROTATIONS = 2 week rotations 




Orientation in Pulmonaryspan>

1 rotation

Sleep physiology and testing                                 

1 rotation

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)                

​1 month

Continuity Clinic                                                                             

½ day per week

Children’s Hospital Colorado Consult Service Shadow                 

1 rotation

Children’s Hospital Colorado Consult Service                               

6 rotations

Children’s Hospital Colorado Inpatient Service                  

3 rotations

Elective time                                                                                     

2 rotations

Outpatient clinics/Research*                                                    

​8 rotations



Children’s Hospital Colorado Consult Service                               

​2 rotations

Children’s Hospital Colorado Inpatient Service                           

​1-2 rotations

Continuity Clinic                                                                 

​½ day per week

Outpatient clinics/Research*                                               

​22 rotations



Children’s Hospital Colorado Consult Service                                   

​2 rotations

Children’s Hospital Colorado Inpatient Service                                 

​1-2 rotations

Continuity Clinic                                                                                

​½ day per week

Outpatient clinics/Research*                                                           

​22 rotations


The clinical experience can be tailored to the fellow’s interests. Fellows have opportunities to explore additional clinical work, including working with each faculty member in pulmonary sub-specialty clinics and working at network of care sites across the state of Colorado. There are also opportunities to work with respiratory therapists, volunteer at lung disease camps, and take additional pediatric intensive care unit time.


The first year of fellowship has time dedicated to exploring research opportunities, choosing a mentor, and laying down the groundwork to complete a scholarly work product as a senior fellow. In the second and third year of fellowship, a minimum of 22 months are set aside for research. Opportunities for research include basic laboratory research, clinical research, outcomes research, quality improvement, education, and more. We have a strong tradition of scholarly work in basic and clinical research with many collaborative groups

The Pulmonary Department is very proud of the robust research our faculty are known for.

  • Dr. Frank Accurso was a key investigator in the clinical trials that led to the development of the break-through drug Kalydeco ® (ivacaftor).
  • Dr. Steve Abman is a nationally recognized leader in pulmonary hypertension and helped found the PPHNet and the BOD Collaborative. He holds the prestigious NIH T-32 Grant that helps fund the pulmonary fellowship.
  • Dr. Robin Deterding is an internationally known specialist in rare and diffuse lung diseases in children who founded the chILD Research Network and the chILD Foundation and research. She has held an ATS Foundation grant in 2012 and currently holds an ATS Documents grant under which she is co-chairing the first set of medical guidelines for proper supplemental oxygen levels in children.  

As a fellow, you will be given the opportunity to work with these and many other stellar faculty mentors who will help lead fellows in their own research project and innovations.


Fellows are expected to attend conferences and engage in additional educational opportunities to meet his/her academic needs.

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Our program is proud to provide numerous learning environments for our fellows to learn the latest in pulmonary science and technology. Some of our meetings include:


Pediatric Pulmonary Grand Rounds (weekly)

Topics range from case presentations, research in progress presentations, morbidity and mortality conferences, and lecture topics designed to complement/supplement the clinical experience. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at patient care, knowledge, and performance-based learning.


Journal Club (monthly)

Faculty work with the fellows to select and present appropriate journals. Journal club is essential in teaching a fellow how to review a paper and critically analyze the literature. Fellows co-lead journal club at least once a year. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at patient care, knowledge and performance-based learning.


Clinical/Radiology/Pathology Conference (monthly)

This interdisciplinary conference focuses on discussion of complex patient cases that required a lung biopsy or that resulted in an autopsy. The conference involves a systematic review of the patient’s problem, discussion of complications (if applicable), and a review of appropriate literature. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at patient care, knowledge, performance-based learning, and system-based learning.


Interstitial & Diffuse Lung Disease Conference (monthly

This interdisciplinary conference involves chILD experts from pulmonary, pathology, and radiology. 1-2 patients with chILD are presented, either from Children’s Hospital Colorado or external consultations.


Western States Pediatric Pulmonary Case Study Conference (monthly)

This regional conference is web–based and provides a unique opportunity to learn about unusual cases from other centers as well as different centers’ approaches to diagnosis and management. Colorado has a strong presence here with at least one of our fellows presenting annually. 


Research Group Meeting (monthly)

The research leaders and mentor in the pediatric pulmonary department meet to review the work of fellows and other faculty. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at knowledge and performance-based learning.


Annual Fellowship Education Meeting ("Cotton Conference")

This annual meeting was developed in honor of the founder of the fellowship program, Dr. Ernie Cotton. Current faculty and fellows, previous fellows, and one or two invited distinguished professors attend the meeting, creating a rich atmosphere of learning. This meeting is focused on the fellow’s career and research development. Fellows will be required to present a case report or other topic during their first year and their research in progress during years two and three of their training. This provides an opportunity for the faculty to monitor their progress in the laboratory and gives fellows a chance to receive feedback about their research. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at patient care, knowledge, performance-based learning, and system-based learning. Besides it is FUN!


National Conferences

As a section, we support exposing the fellows to national level research meetings.  First year fellows will attend either the Cystic Fibrosis meeting or the American Thoracic Society Meeting. Senior fellows are also supported to attend these meetings and are expected to submit an abstract or proposed presentation. Additional meetings at which the fellow will be presenting research papers or abstracts may be arranged with their research mentor and the fellowship director. 


Our fellowship curriculum is designed to customize the learning experience to each fellow’s interests and career goals. For fellows who are interested in furthering their education through coursework, some pulmonary-specific resources are listed below. There are numerous resources also available through the University of Colorado.


Course Work

Clinical Scientist Master’s Program
This is graduate level course work for individuals who will pursue clinical research such as translational clinical research, clinical trials, or outcomes research. This program is a unique opportunity to develop more in-depth training and a comprehensive exposure to competencies required for a successful career in clinical research. Funding for this program is provided through grant support or directly by the pediatric pulmonary section. A copy of your transcripts must be included in your fellowship file at the end of your fellowship. Those who complete the required course work develop competencies directed at patient care, knowledge, performance-based learning, professionalism, and system-based learning.


Department of Pediatric First Year Fellows Retreats
These seminars are required for all first year fellows. Those who complete the required seminars develop competencies directed at patient care, knowledge, performance-based learning, professionalism, and system-based learning.


Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology
This course is recommended for second year pediatric pulmonary fellows who plan to pursue research in a basic laboratory. This course runs through July and establishes basic molecular biology techniques and the principles behind these techniques. It also reviews essential biochemistry and molecular biology that may be needed in your future research



Our program has a long and successful history of training pediatric pulmonologists that now practice in academic centers around the country and are nationally and internationally recognized. We are committed to matching the highest quality candidates and providing them with exceptional educational experiences. To be considered for admission to our program, applicants must have successfully completed training in an ACGME-accredited residency program in Pediatrics. Unfortunately, due to funding sources for the fellowship, we are only able to accept fellows who are US citizens. 

The University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Required Application Materials

All application materials should be submitted through the ERAS website.  We participate in the  NRMP Fall Match and typically do not offer any positions outside of the match.


Required application materials through ERAS include:

  1. Completed ERAS common application form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. USMLE (or COMLEX/ECFMG) transcript
  4. Personal statement addressing your interest in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
  5. 3 letters of recommendation (We do not require the standardized letter of recommendation)

​All items, included letters of recommendation, are initially pulled from ERAS by fellowship leadership on the first day ERAS opens: July 15th

Important Dates

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Interview Dates

Competitive applicants are offered on-site interviews, which will take place between August and November of 2019. Interview days typically start at 8 AM and finish by 4 PM.


Salary and Benefits

The University of Colorado offers salary and benefits packages that are competitive with other fellowship programs across the country. Current salary levels can be found at the CU School of Medicine - Graduate Medical Education website.


Please address further questions to:

Emily Mitchell, MA

Fellowship Coordinator


Phone:  720-777-5641 

Pulmonary Fellows  

 1st Year Fellows


Daniel Hinds, MD, MS

Medical School:  Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency: Riley Hospital for Children

Email:  Daniel.Hinds




Mfonobong Udoko MD

Medical School: University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Residency:  Banner Unversity Medical Center

Email:  Mfonobong.Udoko


 2nd Year Fellows


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Patricia M Lenhart-Pendergrass, MD, PhD 

Program: Pediatric Pulmonology

Medical School: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill 

Residency: University of Colorado 

Research Interest:  TBD

Email:  Patricia.Lenhart-Pendergrass     


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Thomas S. Poore, MD 

Program: Pediatric Pulmonology 

Medical School: Medical College of Georgia 

Residency: University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Research Interest:  TBD

Email: Spencer.Poore 





3rd Year Fellows


Erin Khan, MD

Residency: Indiana University

Medical School: University of Kansas School of Medicine

Research Interest:  Cystic Fibrosis, medical education infectious disease processes and treatment, cardiopulmonary medicine

Mail:  Erin.Khan


Monica Vielkind, MD, M.Sc

Residency: Emory University

Medical School: Albany Medical College

Research Interest:  Pulmonary & Pathology procedures, high acuity patient care, holistic patient care

Mail:  Monica.Vielklind