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Pulmonology - Fellowship


 

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The Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine/Children’s Hospital Colorado and has trained over 60 pediatric pulmonologists.  Our graduates practice around the country and many are recognized as leaders in the field.   Our faculty is committed to providing outstanding fellowship candidates exceptional educational experiences. During the three-year fellowship, clinical and research opportunities generate the knowledge, skill and technical expertise necessary to become an excellent academic pediatric pulmonologist.  We aim to train fellows to become experts in pediatric pulmonary medicine who enhance the care of pediatric patients with lung disease through educational, clinical, investigational activities and advocacy.

"To improve the health of children through coordinated programs of excellence in clinical care, education, research and advocacy.”

 

 

First Year

 

Duration

Children's Hospital Colorado Pulmonary Service:

     Divided between inpatient and consult services

     Outpatient service

18 weeks

16 weeks

2 weeks

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)

4 weeks

Pulmonary and Allergy Clinic at NJ*

4 weeks

Introduction to Sleep Medicine*

2 weeks

Elective ( Anesthesia, Radiology, Pathology, etc)*

4 weeks

Research*

18 weeks

Ambulatory Clinic

½ day per week

  

  

Second Year

Duration

Children's Hospital Colorado Pulmonary Service:
    Divided between Inpatient and Consult Services

10 weeks

Ambulatory Clinic

    General Pulmonary (3/month) or Cystic Fibrosis (1/month)

½ day per week

Research*

42 weeks

 

Third Year

 

Duration

Children's Hospital Colorado Pulmonary Service:
    Divided between Inpatient and Consult Services
10 weeks*
Ambulatory Clinic
½ day per week
    General Pulmonary (3/month) or Cystic Fibrosis (1/month)
Research*
 
42 weeks
 
 
 
*Fellow may take vacation during the rotation.
 

NB: The fellow’s clinical experience can be tailored to the fellow’s interests.  Fellows have opportunities to explore additional clinical interests, including working with each faculty member in clinic over the first year and working at network of care sites, including cystic fibrosis clinic in Colorado Springs.  There are also opportunities to work with respiratory therapists, volunteer at lung disease camps, explore multidisciplinary clinics (aerodigestive, neuromuscular, spine, Down syndrome), and additional pediatric intensive care unit time. 


Overview

The research portion of the fellowship will occur predominantly in the second and third year and comprise a minimum of 22 months. Scholarly work, per the American Board of Pediatrics, can be broadly defined based on the fellow’s interests, including basic laboratory research, clinical research, outcomes research, or education.  We have a strong tradition of scholarly work in basic and clinical research with many collaborative groups across campus.

Scholarly time in the first year should be dedicated to exploring opportunities, choosing a mentor, and laying down the groundwork to jump into scholarly work as a senior fellow. 

Each fellow has a Scholarly Oversight Committee (SOC) consisting of three or more individuals with at least one member from outside the division.  The goal of the SOC is to evaluate and guide the fellow’s scholarly work requirements, and it meets 5 times throughout the three years of fellowship.


Overview

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

 

Conferences

Pediatric Pulmonary Grand Rounds

These weekly meetings are required for pediatric pulmonary fellows.  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

Pediatric Pulmonary Journal Club occurs monthly.  Faculty work 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.  Each fellows presents and critically reviews an article at 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

 This conference is scheduled the 4th Tuesday of every month. It is an interdisciplinary conference for discussion of complex patient cases that required a lung biopsy or that resulted 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.

 

Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease Conference

This conference is scheduled monthly.  It is an interdisciplinary conference with 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

 This conference is scheduled monthly in the evenings during the academic year.  It is a regional conference web –based conference, and Colorado has a strong presence with at least once presentation annually.  This is a unique opportunity to learn about unusual cases from other centers as well as different centers’ approaches to diagnosis and management.

 

Pediatric Grand Rounds

Pediatric Grand Rounds is scheduled weekly during the academic year.  Speakers include University of Colorado faculty and invited guests who are nationally and internationally recognized experts in pediatric-related topics.

 

Research Group Meeting

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. Those in attendance develop competencies directed at knowledge and performance-based learning.

 

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, 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 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 be allocated $1,500 to attend either the Cystic Fibrosis meeting or the American Thoracic Society Meeting.  Senior fellows are expected to submit an abstract or proposed presentation, and are supported to attend one conference annually.  Additional meetings at which the fellow will be presenting research papers or abstracts may be arranged with their research mentor. 

 

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


Eligibility

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 therefore committed to matching the highest quality candidates and providing them with exceptional educational experiences.  We look forward to you learning from us and us learning from you. 

 

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. 

 

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 typically 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 Pulmonary Medicine, and 3 letters of recommendation.

  

Interview Dates

Competitive applicants are offered on-site interviews, which will take place January-March 2015.  Interview days typically start at 8 AM and finish by 4 PM.  Applicants should anticipate a dinner with the fellowship director or other faculty the evening before the interview day. 

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 School of Medicine - Graduate Medical Education Stipends

Please address further questions to:

Diana Harrison, Fellowship Coordinator

Email:  Diana.Harrison@childrenscolorado.org

Children's Hospital Colorado

13123 East 16th Avenue, B395

Aurora, Colorado 80045

Tel: 720-777-4949

 

Pulmonology Fellows 

Front Row ~ L-R: Jordana Ellway (PGY5); Benjamin Hughes (PGY5); Douglas Bush (PGY4); Stephen Hawkins (PGY5); Heather Hoch (PGY5) Not pictured Deborah Liptzin (PGY6) 

 

1st Year Fellows

Douglas Bush, MD
Residency: Cohen Children's Medical Center of NY
Medical School: Foreign Medical School Graduate
Research Interests: Pulmonary artery hypertension, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, Trisomy 21, acute lung injury
 
Stephen Hawkins, MD
Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program 
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia 
Research Interests: New therapies to treat pediatric sleep apnea
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2nd Year Fellows

Heather Hoch, MD

Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program

Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine

Research Interests: Prediction and prevention of asthma exacerbations, evaluation and treatment of children with moderate to severe asthma and health outcomes research in the area of respiratory diseases

Heather.Hoch

 

Benjamin Hughes, MD

Residency:  University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program

Medical School:  University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

Research Interests:  Pediatric sleep medicine. My main project investigates the validity of home sleep studies in evaluating obstructive sleep apnea in children. My other project examines the impact of altitude on sleep disordered breathing in children

Benjamin.Hughes

 

3rd Year Fellows

Jordana Ellway Hoppe, MD

Residency: University of Colorado Pediatric Residency Program

Medical School: Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

Research Interests: Prospective clinical and laboratory evaluation of outpatient antibiotic treatment for pulmonary exacerbations in children with cystic fibrosis

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

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