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