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The Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine has a history of training numerous successful pediatric pulmonologists who now practice around the country. Many of these individuals are recognized as outstanding leaders, both locally and nationally. Our faculty is committed to providing outstanding fellowship candidates exceptional educational experiences. During the three-year fellowship, there are both clinical and research experiences that generate the knowledge, skill and technical expertise necessary to become an excellent academic pediatric pulmonologist. We foster a collaborative environment in all aspects of clinical care and research. Ultimately, our goal is to have the fellowship candidate become a leader in academic medicine and enhance the health of patients with pediatric lung disease through educational, clinical and investigational activities.
First Year
Duration
Children's Hospital Colorado Pulmonary Service:
Consult Service (3) and Inpatient Service (2)
5 months
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
1 month
Pulmonary Function and Physiology*
2 weeks
Pulmonary and Allergy Clinic at NJ*
1 month
Sleep and Technology Dependent Children*
2 weeks
Outpatient Clinics
CHCO Pulmonary (1), NJH Allergy/Pulmonary (1)*
5 per year
Elective ( Anesthesia, Radiology, Pathology, etc)*
1 month
Research*
3 months
Ambulatory Clinic
½ day per week
  
  
Second Year
Duration
Children's Hospital Colorado Pulmonary Service:
Consult Service and/or Inpatient Service
2 months**
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
0 or 1 month**
Ambulatory Clinic
½ day per week
Outpatient Clinics
CHCO Pulmonary (1), NJH Allergy/Pulmonary (1)*
5 per year
Research*
10 months
 
Third Year
 
Duration
Children's Hospital Colorado Pulmonary Service:
Consult Service and/or Inpatient Service
1 or 2 months**
Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
0 or 1 month**
Ambulatory Clinic
½ day per week
Outpatient Clinics
CHCO Pulmonary (1), NJH Allergy/Pulmonary (1)*
5 per year
Research*
10 months
 
 
*
 
Fellow may take vacation during the rotation.
**
Fellow may take a PICU rotation either during the second or third year. Most fellows take PICU rotations both years.
1.    Satisfactory completion of the program length required by the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship (residence) by the American Board of Pediatrics (3 years).
2.    Satisfactory completion of all Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Competencies as listed for the University of Colorado training program and as evidenced by supervisor reports and evaluations that substantiate proficient performance.
3.    Satisfactory completion of all clinical training assignments and competencies as identified by the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Training Manual and as evidenced by supervisor reports and evaluations that substantiate proficient performance.
4.    Satisfactory completion of all curricular activities as evidenced by acceptable levels of attendance and participation in local conferences, course work (mini-clinical certificate), in-service examinations, and national conferences.
5.    Satisfactory scholarly presentations throughout the fellowship to include local and/or national conferences.
6.    Satisfactory professional and ethical behavior throughout the course of training and as evidenced by supervisor reports and evaluations that substantiate proficient performance.
7.    Satisfactory completion of a scholarly project that results in publication in a peer-reviewed journal or that is acceptably reviewed by your scholarly oversight committee (SOC).

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.

 

Course work:

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.

 

Conferences:

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.

Eligibility

We particularly hope to attract applicants who are motivated and self-directed learners who want to develop academic careers based on excellence in research, scholarship, education and clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine. To be considered for admission to our program, applicants must have successfully completed training in an ACGME-accredited residency program in Pediatrics or Pulmonology.

Required Application Materials

All application material should be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  We participate in the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) and do not offer any positions outside of the match.  Required application materials include a completed ERAS common application form, curriculum vitae, a USMLE (or COMLEX/ECFMG) transcript, a personal statement addressing your interest in Pediatric Pulmonology, and 3 letters of recommendation.

Deadlines

Applications for positions starting in July 1, 2015 will be accepted as soon as the ERAS Post Office opens in November 14, 2013.  The deadline for applications is December 31, 2013

Interviews

Invitations for interviews will be sent mid-January.  Interviews will be conducted in February and March of 2014. 

Amanda Anderson
Fellowship Coordinator
Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program
Children's Hospital Colorado
13123 East 16th Avenue, B395
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: 720-777-5264

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Pulmonology Fellows

Front Row ~ L-R: Jordana Ellway (PGY5); Deborah R. Liptzin (PGY5); Heather Hoch (PGY4) Back Row ~ L-R: Benjamin Hughes (PGY4); Paul Houin (PGY5)

 

1st Year Fellows:

Heather Hoch, MD

Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Research Interests:  TBD

Heather.Hoch

Benjamin Hughes, MD

Residency:  University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program

Medical School:  University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Research Interests:  TBD

Benjamin.Hughes

2nd Year Fellows:

Jordana Ellway Hoppe, MD

Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program

Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Research Interests: TBD

Jordana.Hoppe

Deborah Liptzin, MD

Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, PA

Medical School: University of Massachusetts Medical School

Research Interests: epigenetics and asthma.

Deborah.Liptzin

3rd Year Fellow:

Paul Houin, MD

Residency: Indiana University School of Medicine

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Research Interests: Researching rare lung diseases. He is currently doing translational research looking for therapies for plastic bronchitis using the sulfur mustard-exposed rat model.

Paul.Houin

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