Clinical Training

Clinical TrainingWe welcome applications from well-trained and committed pediatricians who are board-eligible and graduates of ACGME accredited pediatric residency programs. Fellows acquire the clinical skills needed to independently practice pediatric pulmonology at the end of the training program through a wide range of clinical experiences. Fellows spend 18 weeks each year of the fellowship in a variety of clinical rotations in addition to one half day per week in the outpatient setting. Fellows are trained by divisional faculty, comprised of 12 pulmonologists, two allergy-immunologists, and a specialist in sleep medicine.

Clinical training experiences include:

  • Pediatric pulmonology inpatient and consultative service
  • Outpatient general pulmonary continuity clinics
  • Outpatient cystic fibrosis continuity clinics
  • Technology dependent clinics
  • Flexible bronchoscopy
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Sleep medicine and polysomnography
  • Rotations in a tuberculosis clinic, lung transplant clinic, and pulmonary vascular disease clinic
  • Pulmonary physiology and mechanical ventilation rotation
  • Consult/teaching rotation
  • Elective

Our physicians and staff care for 400 cystic fibrosis patients in the Leroy Matthews Cystic Fibrosis Center, over 3,500 patients with asthma in the Rainbow Asthma Center, and hundreds of patients with other lung diseases, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, interstitial lung diseases, aspiration syndromes, chronic respiratory insufficiency or failure, congenital anomalies of the respiratory system, and acute and chronic respiratory infections. The division averages about 6,000 inpatient bed days per year and about 4,000 outpatient visits. Six of our faculty have been listed in “Best Doctors in the U.S.”

We perform 150 bronchoscopies per year, for a variety of indications including chronic cough, evaluation of infection in the immunocompromised host, evaluation of infection in cystic fibrosis, chronic wheeze, stridor, and pulmonary hemorrhage. Graduating fellows are excellent bronchoscopists able to independently perform flexible bronchoscopy, bronchoalveolar lavage, blind bronchoalveolar lavage, and mucosal brushings and biopsies.

Our pulmonary function laboratory is fully equipped and staffed to perform spirometry, lung volume testing, exercise and bronchoprovocation testing, infant pulmonary function testing, and measurement of exhaled gases.