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Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship

What do we do? During this 3-year fellowship program, faculty actively guide fellows through numerous clinical and research opportunities customized to each fellow. Our core faculty have widespread knowledge, skill and technical expertise necessary to help all our fellows become the best academic pediatric pulmonologist they can be.

How awesome are we? Glad you asked! The Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine holds the distinction of ranking #1 in the country for public institutions with the highest NIH Funding. Our entire pediatric faculty currently have over $15 Million in research funding with more than $1 Million in funding for junior faculty. We are leading the charge in research and innovation and are consistently ranked among the best of the best.

Who are we? The Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine & Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the oldest and most respected programs in the United States. We change the lives of children with lung disease through clinical practice and innovation, and through wonderful fellows like YOU!

Trained over 68 Pediatric Pulmonologists

Including 11 Cystic Fibrosis Center Directors, 12 Academic Program Directors, 11 Division Chiefs/Section Heads, and 2 Deans

10+ Programs and Subspecialties

Aerodigestive program, cystic fibrosis, community outreach, diffuse lung disease, fontan clinic, pulmonary hypertension & vascular disease, neuromuscular clinic, sleep program, ventilator care program

Research

Unparalleled resources in choice of research mentors, potential projects, and patient populations

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5th in the Nation


Ranked among the "Best Pediatrics Programs" in 2021 by U.S. News & World Report

 

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Research is a core pillar of the Pediatric Pulmonary Department. You are joining renowned pulmonary faculty who are leaders in their respective fields and have a passion for education

 



Innovation

We have been busy changing the world of medicine. Here are just a few examples of what we've been up to.

 

Fellow Research Resources

You will be successful. And here is how.

 

  • 26 months set aside for research throughout the fellowship (4 months in year 1, 11 months in year 2, and 11 months in year 3)
  • Over 55 faculty research projects currently being performed in the areas of basic, clinical and translational science, quality improvement, medical education, and more!
  • Three dedicated biostatisticians- Dr. John Brinton, Dr. Brandie Wagener,  and Maxie Meier, MS
  • Scholarly Oversight Committee-dedicated group of faculty  members from both outside and within the department who meet regularly to support fellow progress
  • Portfolio of research resources built exclusively for fellow use including: Fellowship Research Timeline, Roadmap for Research Career Development, Manuscript Development Template and Resources, Scholarly Oversight Committee Presentation Template, and much more!
  • Dedicated faculty research mentors for each fellow
  • Fellowship Director of Research, Dr. Stan Szefler, who supports fellow research through meeting regularly with fellows, supports department research operations, and advocates for fellow research with department leadership 

Recently Published Fellow Research:

 

Matthew McGraw, MD- University of Rochester Medical Center, Golisano Children's Hospital

Amanda Messinger, MD- University of Colorado, Children's Hospital Colorado 

Monica Vielkind, MD, MS, MSCS- University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children's Hospital 

  • "Airway Obstruction and Inflammation on Combined Bronchoscopy in Children with Down Syndrome"

Erin Khan, MD- University of Missouri-Children's Mercy Kansas City

Senior Faculty Research Highlights:

Steven Abman, MD is a nationally recognized leader in pulmonary hypertension and founded the PPHNet and the BOD Collaborative. He holds the prestigious NIH T-32 Grant that helps fund the pulmonary fellowship. Two of his current grants involve physiological phenotyping of respiratory outcomes in premature infants, and the Colorado StARR program in Medicine and Pediatrics. Dr. Abman currently has 379 publications in PubMed.

Robin Deterding, MD is an internationally known specialist in rare and diffuse lung diseases in children who founded the chILD Research Network and the chILD Foundation and research. She held an ATS Foundation grant in 2012 and currently holds an ATS documents grant under which she is co-chairing the first set of medical guidelines for proper supplemental oxygen levels in children. Dr. Deterding is active in 4 grants and has worked with 51 additional grants. She currently has 101 publications in PubMed. 

Scott Sagel, MD, PhD has multiple research initiatives centered around the biomarkers of lung disease in children with cystic fibrosis (CF). His early research established that sputum is a rich, noninvasive source of biomarkers of inflammation and infection. Sputum is now routinely used in CF clinical trials. Dr. Sagel is currently studying the development of CFTR-targeted drugs, research which is expected to revolutionize the care of CF patients in a profound way. Dr. Sagel has had 9 grant funded research projects in the past three years, and currently has 94 publications in PubMed.

Stanley Szefler, MD is our research medical director, and fellowship research director, who has served as a PI and CO-I for 6 NIH Asthma networks, including the current NHLBI AsthmaNet and PrecISE Networks. His research has focused on inhaled corticosteroids and steroid resistance. Currently, his research is focused on personalized medicine for asthma management, and immunomodulators in asthma therapy. Dr. Szelfer has also brought in a strong focus on social determinants of health as well developing a school centered asthma program. Dr. Szefler has had 11 grant funded research projects, and has 1 additional grant funded project in progress. He currently has 448 publications in PubMed. 

 

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The experiences we offer our fellows can be summed up in two words:

 


 

 

Customization-

Want to delve into the work of allergy and immunology? Aerodigestive Procedures? Sleep Medicine? Down Syndrome? Neuromuscular Disease? Cutting edge Cystic Fibrosis treatment? Healthcare innovation and machine learning? We've got it all!

 

Opportunity     

Life should extend beyond the workplace. Our faculty and fellows work together inside and outside of the workplace and consider each other as part of the same family. Riding in the Courage Classic to raise money for the hospital? Check. Volunteering at Roundup River Ranch to give sick kids a normal summer? Check. Participating in the CF Climb in our Mile High Football Stadium to raise money for our patients? Check. Sampling some of the 148+ microbreweries available in Denver? Very important. 

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As one of the biggest Pediatric Pulmonary Sections in the country, we can offer the best clinical & research opportunities. Learn more about the diverse areas of practice we have. 

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Aerodigestive Clinic

One of the most complete aerodigestive multidisciplinary programs in the U.S. Find out more here!

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Asthma Clinic

Offering the latest in diagnostic testing and treats more children with asthma than any other hospital in Colorado. Find out more here!

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Fontan Clinic

The only program in a seven-state region dedicated to complex cardiac care. Find out more here!

 

CF Team

Cystic Fibrosis Research & Care Center

 

The largest CF clinical care center in the U.S. Find out more here!

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chILD Program

One of the leading referral centers in the world for children with rare lung conditions. Find out more here!

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Neuromuscular Clinic

Patient-based care & support with individualized patient treatment plans. Find out more here!

 

 

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Pulmonary Hypertension Program

First multidisciplinary program for children in the U.S. One of only three programs accredited by the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Find out more here!

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Sleep Center

Multidisciplinary team performing over 4,000 sleep studies a year with a complementary inpatient sleep consult service. Find out more here!

 

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Ventilator Care Program

Multicenter collaboration with referrals/consults from 11+ states providing complex care consisting of three overlapping clinical units. Find out more here!

 

Rotation Schedule:

FIRST YEARTIME PERIOD
​Orientation in Pulmonary2 weeks
​Sleep physiology and testing2 weeks
​Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)​2 weeks
​Continuity Clinic½ day per week
​Children’s Hospital Colorado Consult Service Shadow2 weeks
​Children’s Hospital Colorado Consult Service10 weeks
Children’s Hospital Colorado NICU Consult Service3 weeks
​Children’s Hospital Colorado Inpatient Service6 weeks
​Elective time4 weeks
​Outpatient clinics/Research*​18 weeks
SECOND YEARTIME PERIOD
​Children’s Hospital Colorado Consult Service​3 weeks
Children’s Hospital Colorado NICU Consult Service2 weeks
​Children’s Hospital Colorado Inpatient Service2 weeks
​Continuity Clinic​½ day per week
Research44 weeks
THIRD YEARTIME PERIOD
​Children’s Hospital Colorado Consult Service4 weeks
Children’s Hospital Colorado NICU Consult Service1 week
​Children’s Hospital Colorado Inpatient Service​2 weeks
​Continuity Clinic​½ day per week
​Research​44 weeks

 

Education is a cornerstone of our department. Our conferences are led by faculty and multi-disciplinary leaders.

 

Conferences

Our program provides regular environments for learning the latest in pulmonary science, innovation, and technology. Some of these meetings include:

 
 

Presentation 3   Pediatric Pulmonary Grand Rounds (weekly)

This conference is built to teach on core topics of pulmonology, as well as the more rare cases that we see at our hospital. This conference includes case presentations, fellow "research in progress" updates, morbidity and mortality conferences, and lecture topics designed to complement your clinical experience.

 
 

Journal_Icon.svg  Journal Club (monthly)

Fellows work in tandem with faculty and a biostatistician to present appropriate journals based on the newest publications. Journal club is essential in teaching a fellow how to review a paper and critically analyze the literature. Fellows co-lead journal club about twice a year.

 
 

Microscope-Line-ArtPulmonary/Radiology/Pathology Conference (monthly)

This multidisciplinary conference focuses on discussion of complex patient cases that required a lung biopsy, imaging, or that resulted in an autopsy. The conference involves a chalk talk review of the patient case and appropriate literature.

 

 

Montains  Western States(monthly)

This regional conference is hosted by University of Arizona via Zoom. It 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.

 
 

Test Tube@2x  Research Council (monthly)  

This conference focuses on fellow training in research, and how to help fellows progress towards the successful completion of their research project. Senior fellows present once a year with pearls/lessons learned about their current research.

 
 

Icon_-_Snowflake_-_Monochrome  Cotton Conference  

This annual meeting was developed in honor of the founder of the fellowship program, Dr. Ernie Cotton. Current faculty and fellows attend along with previous fellows, advanced practice providers, and at least one nationally recognized guest speaker. This meeting is focused on the fellow’s career and research development. Fellows will be funded to attend this meeting will present a case report or their research in preparation for ATS. This provides an opportunity for the faculty to give feedback to fellows about their research, and for fellows to network with other pulmonologists in the field. And most importantly, it is FUN!

 
 
 

Users 2  National Conferences

All fellows will be supported to attend either the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC) or the American Thoracic Society Conference (ATS) each year, as long as they have submitted an abstract or poster. Additional conferences may be arranged at the discretion of the faculty 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.

 

 

Course Work

 

Clinical Scientist Master’s Program

The MSCS degree program 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 provide a comprehensive exposure to training required for a successful career in clinical research. Funding for this program is provided through grant support or directly by the Department of Pediatrics.


 

Department of Pediatrics Fellowship Retreats

These seminars are training sessions provided for all fellows once or twice a year. They focus on topics like resiliency, personal finance, leadership training, employment contracts, grant writing, bioethics, and much more.

Diversity Matters

 

Diversity Matters: The University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. We are committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Find out more at the Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Diversity & Inclusion.


 

The Section of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine believes that Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are a core pillar of our section that is included as part of our strategic plan. 

 

 

Our current activities to advance this mission include:

Breathing Institute Equity Council

Vision: Creating a culture that centers equity and justice

Mission: Centering equity, inclusion, and diversity in all aspects of pediatric pulmonary care, research, education, and advocacy

Social Justice Book Club

  • "How to Be an Anti-Racist," by Ibram X. Kendi
  • "Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor's Reflections on Race and Medicine," by Damon Tweedy

Dedicated Leaders in DE&I Within Pulmonary

  • Dr. Robin Deterding is the executive sponsor for DE&I activities within pulmonary
  • Breathing Institute Equity Council led by Arthur McFarlane and Kate Johnston
  • Dr. Stan Szefler is co-PI of an NIH grant looking at asthma and disparities for children

Holistic Review Process for Fellowship Applicants

  • USMLE Scores are removed from application
  • Headshots are removed from application
  • Volunteer activities and entire application are weighted along with academic qualities
  • DE&I continuing education for entire department, and in particular faculty & fellows involved in the interview process

Pulmonary Representatives on Hospital Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Committees

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Resources on Campus

Community is important, not only within pulmonary, but within the hospital and the medical campus.

 

Community in Aurora

  • Pulmonary is proud to have created several novel community programs such as
    • AsthmaCOMP-Colorado Comprehensive School-Centered Asthma Program
    • Just Keep Breathing- asthma education for families
    • Political advocacy with the capitol including vaping mitigation and smoking cessation

Our patient population is diverse and reflects the diversity found in the city of Aurora: 16% of residents identify as Black or African American, 28% identify as Hispanic or Latino, 6% identify as Asian, and 5% identify as two or more races.

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 committed to matching the highest quality candidates with our exceptional educational program. Join our family!

To be considered for admission to our program, applicants must have successfully completed training in an ACGME-accredited residency program in Pediatrics. 

Required Application Materials

All application materials should be submitted through the ERAS website. We participate in the NRMP Fall Match and typically do not offer any positions outside of the match.

Required application materials through ERAS include:

  1. Completed ERAS common application form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. USMLE (or COMLEX/ECFMG) transcript
  4. Personal statement addressing your interest in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine
  5. 3 letters of recommendation (We do not require the standardized letter of recommendation)

 

ERAS Application Timeline

DateActivity
Monday, May 31, 2021ERAS 2021 season ends at 5 p.m. ET.
Wednesday, June 9, 2021ERAS 2022 season begins at 9 a.m. ET.
Thursday, June 10, 2021EFDO will release tokens to fellowship applicants.
Wednesday, July 7, 2021July cycle fellowship applicants may begin submitting applications to programs at 9 a.m. ET.
Wednesday, July 21, 2021July cycle fellowship programs may begin reviewing applications at 9 a.m. ET.
Wednesday, November 17, 2021December cycle fellowship applicants may begin submitting applications to programs at 9 a.m. ET.
December 1, 2021  December cycle fellowship programs may begin reviewing applications at 9 a.m. ET.
May 31, 2022    ERAS 2022 season ends at 5 p.m. ET.

All items, included letters of recommendation, are initially pulled from ERAS by fellowship leadership on the first day ERAS opens: August 12th

 

NRMP Fall Match Timeline

DatesActivity
Wednesday, September 22, 2021Match Opens 
Wednesday, October 27, 2021Ranking Opens
Wednesday, November 17, 2021Quota Change Deadline
Wednesday, December 1, 2021Rank Order List Certification Deadline
Wednesday, December 15, 2021MATCH DAY


Interview Day

The interview day can last anywhere between 8 am to 5 pm MST and will occur onsite at Children's Hospital Colorado 

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 CU School of Medicine - Graduate Medical Education website.

Please address further questions to:

Emily Mitchell, MA
Fellowship Coordinator
Email: Emily.Mitchell@cuanschutz.org
Phone: 720-777-5641

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Stacey Martiniano, MD, MSCS

Fellowship Program Director

stacey.martiniano@childrenscolorado.org

Emily Mitchell, MA

Fellowship Coordinator

emily.mitchell2@childrenscolorado.org

 

Diversity / Equity / Inclusion

Diversity

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

Be well

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.