Medical Biochemical Genetics Fellowship

Currently accepting applications for 2022!


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Built on a foundation of innovation and excellence, the Medical Biochemical Genetics program at the University of Colorado offers fellows the opportunity to expand their knowledge as physicians in the field of Inborn Errors of Metabolism. Providing clinical services at The Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colorado, the section follows a large number of patients from Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and parts of Nebraska, Kansas, and New Mexico.

Program Overview

This large patient catchment area has allowed us to care for kids and adults with a broad variety of inherited metabolic disorders. We have daily outpatient and inpatient consultation services through the main Children’s Hospital campus, answer regional provider questions about concerning patients, manage patients detected through the states of Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana newborn screening programs, and have outreach and telehealth clinics across the Rocky Mountain Region. Staffed by 5 Biochemical Genetics clinicians and a team of outstanding genetic counselors, nurses, and dieticians, our fellows have the opportunity to work with a diverse array of specialist in the field. Further, our on-site Clinical Biochemical Laboratory, run by Dr. Stephen Goodman, allows ongoing and immersive education in clinical laboratory interpretation and a variety of biochemical techniques.

The campus integrates world-class education, research, and patient care on one of the nation’s newest health sciences campuses. In addition to state of the art facilities and internationally renowned faculty, the Denver metro area is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country and provides fellows with the chance to be a part of a diverse and vibrant community.

Our one-year ACGME-accredited fellowship is open to physicians (MD or DO) who have completed a residency program in Medical Genetics and Genomics. Residents must be eligible to work in the United States, have ECFMG certification (if applicable), and obtain a Colorado medical license before the commencement of training.


We accept applications for the next academic year from May - July.
Virtual interviews take place from June - August.

To Apply:

1. Fill out the application form
         The following should be uploaded with the application:

  • A personal statement (up to 1 page) describing your motivation for training and future career goals
  • CV outlining your education, clinical and research interests, and publications
  • USMLE scores

2. Provide 3 original letters of reference

  • One should be from your most recent Program Director
  • All should be emailed directly from the author to the Program Coordinator

Potential applicants are welcome to contact our program year-round for information on our program or guidance on the application process.

Pete Baker, MD
Program Director

Holly Ables, MA
Senior Academic Professional​


Fellows participate in the Metabolic Clinic at the Children’s Hospital Colorado. This clinic involves the general care of inborn errors of metabolism including but not limited to urea cycle disorders, fatty acid oxidation disorders, organic acidemias, amino acidopathies, lysosomal and peroxisomal disorders, and congenital disorders of glycosylation. There are regular multidisciplinary clinics devoted to care for phenylketonuria, galactosemia, and mitochondrial disorders.

Opportunities for outreach and telehealth care are also available. We directly participate in the Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana Newborn Screening Programs. Consultation services to the Children’s Hospital Colorado, and regionally by phone, are routine. Finally, fellows train in the clinical biochemical genetics laboratory at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Fellows are expected to undertake a mentored quality assessment or quality improvement project during their training. Trainees at the University of Colorado have co-authored peer-reviewed publications and have regularly presented their work at regional and national meetings.


Emily Shelkowitz, MD

Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Pediatrics Residency: University of Colorado/Children's Hospital Colorado 
MGG Residency: University of Colorado/
Children's Hospital Colorado Research Interests:  Neurogenetics and neurometabolics, mitochondrial disease, and newborn screening


Lauren Pronman, DO

Medical School:  Edward via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Spartanburg, SC
Peds/MGG Residency: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Cleveland, OH
Research Interests:  Inborn errors of metabolism

Diversity / Equity / Inclusion


We are committed to creating a diverse environment for students, residents, fellows, and faculty. We believe that an environment of inclusiveness and respect promotes excellence and that a setting where diversity is valued leads to the training of physicians who are prepared to practice culturally effective medicine and meet the needs of the various populations we serve. Visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in PEM page for more.