We also expect you to attend conferences and complete necessary course work during your Fellowship. All copies of syllabus and attendance dates for courses you complete should be kept in your fellow’s file.
1. Clinical Scientist 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.
2. Department of Pediatric First Year Fellows Seminars – 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.
3. Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology: This course is required for all 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 endeavors.
1) Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Weekly Meetings: These meetings are considered required for pediatric pulmonary fellows. Different patient problems in the area of pediatric pulmonary disease are presented with reviews and current research data in these areas. Fellows are frequently involved in these presentations. Additionally, before national conferences, speakers present their data and receive feedback from the group. The second year fellows create the schedule for these meetings. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at patient care, knowledge, and performance-based learning.
2) Journal Club: Pediatric Pulmonary Journal Club will be scheduled on an every other month basis. The Associate Program Director oversees Journal club and works with the fellows to select and present appropriate journals. We believe these experiences are essential in teaching a fellow how to review a paper and critically analyze the literature. You will be required to attend and critically review a paper once a year. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at patient care, knowledge and performance-based learning.
3) Clinical/Radiology/Pathology Conference: This conference is scheduled the 4th Tuesday of every month and is required. It is an interdisciplinary conference for discussion of complex patient cases that required a lung biopsy or that result in an autopsy. The focus of these cases is a systematic review of the patient’s problem, discussion of complications if they occurred in the case, and a review of the literature about the problem. All patients from the pediatric pulmonary service that have died and had an autopsy will have their case reviewed in this conference. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at patient care, knowledge, performance-based learning, and system-based learning.
4) Research Groups' weekly meetings: Depending upon the basic or clinical investigator that you may elect to work with, they all will have a weekly research meeting, which you will be expected to attend. These meetings will be critical for you to review the work of others in your lab and for them to review your work. These meetings are arranged based upon the investigator's group you have chosen and your mentor sets the schedule. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at knowledge and performance-based learning.
5) Annual Fellowship Education Meeting ("Cotton Club"): This is an annual meeting developed in honor of the founder of the fellowship program, Dr. Ernie Cotton. Current faculty and fellows, previous fellows, one or two invited distinguished professors, and other members of the pediatric pulmonary health care team to include respiratory therapists, nurses, nutritionists, and social workers 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 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!
6) Research in Progress: This meeting is also highly encouraged. Speakers are scheduled from laboratories such as the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center as well as The National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Fellows in their latter years of laboratory work are also encouraged to present during this conference. This is an excellent time to establish collaboration with other investigators and understand how different research projects are completed. Your attendance at this meeting is highly encouraged, especially for fellows at National Jewish Medical and Research Center. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at knowledge and performance-based learning.