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Our PHM fellowship has received ACGME accreditation. Fellows will receive comprehensive training and guidance in clinical care, scholarship, and education in Pediatric Hospital Medicine. At completion, fellows will be primed to begin a career in Pediatric Hospital Medicine in academic and/or community settings. Structure and allocation of time for clinical and scholarly pursuits align with ACGME requirements for PHM fellowship programs, allowing flexibility and individualization when possible so fellows can pursue their career goals.
Mark Brittan, MD, MPH
Kimberly O'Hara, MD
Fellowship Associate Director
Fellows will receive outstanding inpatient clinical experience at both our quaternary care and community hospitals. This experience includes working on the Hospital Medicine services at Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado Newborn Nursery, and at one or more of our community or Network of Care sites. In addition, fellows will gain procedural and sedation experience, perform hospital medicine consultations, and co-manage patients with our surgical colleagues. They will also have the opportunity to rotate in our critical care units or Emergency Departments and with our Acute or Chronic Pain, Palliative Care, and Complex Care services. Responsibilities include taking calls from home and working very few evenings or overnight shifts each year.
Fellows will have the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest through clinical electives, including but not limited to:
Fellows will have substantial time allocated to developing scholarship. Opportunities exist for projects in translational research, health services research, Medical Education, Clinical Effectiveness, patient safety, and Quality Improvement (QI). Our PHM Section has highly qualified mentors with varied interests and expertise (see Mentorship tab). The Section is supported by highly experienced Research Directors, research coordinators, statisticians, and a survey methodologist.
To enhance their research skills, fellows may participate in formal training programs. These include the Master’s in Clinical Sciences (MSCS) Program and the Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency (IQHSE) Certificate Training Program . These programs will be supplemented with Section of PHM’s monthly educational and research conferences, workshops through the Center for Faculty Development, Department of Pediatrics Fellowship Educational Series, bi-monthly work-in-progress sessions, and University-based learning opportunities through the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) and Adult & Child Consortium for Health Outcomes Research & Delivery Science (ACCORDS) .
Fellows will be expected to participate in one or more QI initiatives, submit abstracts to conferences, apply for small grant applications, and begin to write manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals. Fellows interested in QI have access to institutional leadership and Process Improvement specialists through the Quality and Patient Safety Department.
Fellows will be able to attend and present at local and national conferences, such as Children’s Colorado Clinical Concepts & Conundrums in Pediatric Hospital Medicine, local QI Symposiums hosted by CHCO and the University of Colorado, Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) annual meeting, Pediatric Academic Societies’ annual meeting, and Pediatric Hospital Medicine annual meeting.
Our educational mission is to develop leaders skilled in the education of other learners, patients, families, and the community at large. Fellows will teach a variety of learners while conducting family-centered rounds at CHCO and our community hospitals. They will receive training and support to design educational curricula, present small group teachings or didactics in their areas of interest, provide effective feedback, and serve as mentees or mentors to others. Educational learning opportunities at CU Anschutz include:
Fellows may hone their educational skills through other forums within the Section of Pediatric Hospital Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics:
PHM fellows are the hospital leaders of tomorrow. Our fellows will gain experience through leading process improvement teams, collaborating on hospital committees, participating in community outreach programs, and developing clinical pathways. Within the Section of PHM, there are notable leaders in administration, medical education, research, and Quality Improvement who will guide Fellows to develop leadership skills and competence (see Mentorship tab). Formal avenues of training include People Development at CHCO, which focuses on leadership style and effectiveness, personal evaluation, crucial conversations and communication models; the IHQSE Certificate Training Program; and the Academy of Medical Educators Faculty Development Program.
Leadership roles and scholarly interests for some faculty members of our PHM Section are listed below:
Leigh Anne Bakel, MD, MSc
Scholarly Interests: Decreasing practice variation to improve clinical outcomes and care; Clinical Pathways development and evaluation; Cognitive bias in learners and Pathways to promote critical thinking, resource utilization; Cost and charge analysis
Maureen Cunningham, MD, MPH
Scholarly Interests: Child health and development in Guatemala; Health outcomes research for children with hearing loss; Mobile health applications
Mark Brittan, MD, MPH
Scholarly Interests: Pediatric readmissions, hospital discharge and care transitions; Hospitalized children with medical complexity; Social determinants of health, Quality Improvement Methods and Medicaid Claims Analyses
Amanda Dempsey, MD, PhD, MPH
Scholarly Interests: Health services research, secondary database analysis, pragmatic clinical trials, dissemination and implementation science, qualitative research, health communication, modeling, cost effectiveness
Jolie Eirich, MSN, PNP-AC/PC
Scholarly Interests: APP leadership, training, and professional development; Integrating APPs into Pediatric Hospital Medicine
Brittany Everson, AC-PNP, FNP, MSN, RN
Scholarly Interests: Patient safety and systems improvement; Neonatal hyperbilirubinemia; Nurse Practitioner education
Daniel Hyman, MD
Scholarly Interests: Hospital quality and patient safety; Target Zero Patient Safety Initiative; Improving health systems to promote safe, effective patient- and family-centered care
Justin Lockwood, MD, MSCS
Scholarly Interests: Optimizing care for the deteriorating patient; Care escalation systems including PEWS, RRTs, and situation awareness; Improving inpatient sepsis outcomes
Jill Cotter, MD, MSCS
Scholarly Interests: Evaluating and improving the use of rapid diagnostic stool tests in diarrhea, specifically relating to Clostridium Difficile, Investigating the cost-effectiveness of commonly ordered interventions
Laura Lockwood, MD, Med
Scholarly Interests: Improving trainee medical education through curriculum development, personal and professional development of learners, and educational scholarship
Lilliam Ambroggio, PhD, MPH
Scholarly Interests: Improve outcomes for children with common, serious infections, such as pneumonia, by developing methods to improve diagnostic accuracy, implementing these methods into clinical practice and improving the overall management of children with these infections.
Jennifer Reese, MD
Scholarly Interests: Clinician Well-being and Resilience, Care Escalation and Communication Practices
Kevin Messacar, MD
Scholarly Interests: Clinical impact and cost effectiveness of rapid diagnostic technologies for Pediatric infectious diseases; Diagnostic Stewardship; CNS infections including encephalitis, meningitis, acute flaccid myelitis; Enterovirus and Parechovirus infections
D. David Scudamore, MD
Scholarly Interests: Clinical operations and efficiency; Physician partnership with APPs in the inpatient setting; Clinical pathways and physician decision-making; BRUE
Kimberly O’Hara, MD
Scholarly Interests: Curriculum development and reflection; Qualitative research focusing on Clinical Pathways and high value care
Justin Searns, MD
Scholarly Interests: The impact of antimicrobial and resource stewardship on clinical effectiveness, rapid diagnostics and quality improvement methods for pediatric musculoskeletal infections.
Christina Olson, MD
Scholarly Interests: Innovative
models of telehealth clinical care and education; Telehealth value and cost effectiveness; Multicenter pediatric telehealth research (SPROUT research network); Patient safety and systems-based care
L. Barry Seltz, MD
Scholarly Interests: Resident medical education: Academic Half Day, Morning Report, learning in the inpatient clinical environment; patient handoffs
Suchitra Rao, MBBS, MSCS
Scholarly Interests: Influenza epidemiology, evaluation and treatment; Influenza vaccination effectiveness and uptake
Michael Tchou, MD, MSc
Scholarly Interests: Overuse and over-diagnosis related to diagnostic testing, high-value care education and culture, quality improvement methods, administrative database research
Amy Tyler, MD, MSCS
Scholarly Interests: Evaluation of practice patterns and patient outcomes in bronchiolitis and croup; Implementation and De-Implementation Sciences; Comparative Effectiveness; Quality Improvement methods
Kaitlin Widmer, MD
Scholarly Interests: Collaboration with care alliance partners to improve regional access to pediatric care through a multifaceted approach, including quality improvement initiatives, dissemination of evidenced based best practices and streamlining care coordination.
Jason Zamkoff, MD
Scholarly Interests: Clinical operations and medical education; Eliminating preventable harm
Sonja Ziniel, PhD, MA
Scholarly Interests: Biostatistics; Quality Improvement methods; Survey Methods; Pediatric Integrated Care Measure
Sarah Mundt, CPNP
Scholarly Interests: Standardization of care in the community, LP simulation training
Stacey Wall, MS, RN
Scholarly Interests: APP professional and leadership development, standardization of APPs roles
Amy Willis, MD
Scholarly Interests: Information technology
Molly Kurtz, PA
Scholarly Interests: Information technology
Lauren Anderson, MD
Scholarly Interests: Faculty development, curriculum design, medical education, workflow optimization
Justin Beverly, MD
Scholarly Interests: Medical Education
W. Aaron Manning, MD
Scholarly Interests: Point-of-Care Ultrasound, care of adult patients hospitalized in pediatric institutions, medical education
Jessica Boat Landry, MD
Scholarly Interests: Medical Education, Curriculum development and evaluation, International Child Health, Child Injury Prevention
Cristin Fritz, MD, MPH
Laura Zastoupl Lockwood, MD, Med
Jillian Cotter, MD, MSCS
Justin Lockwood, MD, MSCS
Kimberly O'Hara, MD
Sarah Luthy, MD, MSCS
The University of Colorado Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship program is designed for the motivated, self-directed learner who wants to develop a career based on excellence in scholarship, education, leadership, and clinical pediatric hospital medicine. To be considered for admission to our program, applicants must be in the process of completing training in (or completed) a 3-year ACGME-accredited Pediatric Residency program. We encourage applications from members of underrepresented minority groups to apply.
Please stay tuned to this website for additional details and information as they become available.
If you are interested in applying to our fellowship program, the application period will open on TBD, and the deadline to submit your application will be TBD. All fellowship programs will send out initial interview offers starting on TBD (in alignment with the ERAS timeline). Applicants are encouraged to submit their application prior to this date.
ERAS Application Timeline
|Wednesday, September 22, 2021||Match Opens|
|Wednesday, October 27, 2021||Ranking Opens|
|Wednesday, November 17, 2021||Quota Change Deadline|
|Wednesday, December 1, 2021||Rank Order List Certification Deadline|
|Wednesday, December 15, 2021||MATCH DAY|
We require the following documents as part of your application:
Please submit your documents to the following email: PHMfellowship@childrenscolorado.org
For additional questions about our fellowship program, please contact:
Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (720) 777-5211
Fax: (720) 777-7873
|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.
|Well-Being / Resilience|
By embracing wellness and improving personal resiliency, physicians can reconnect with the meaning of their work and fend off stress. Reducing or eliminating burnout also has practical implications for the entire department such as improving patient safety, student advancement, and the overall campus environment.