The Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program at the University of Florida is structured to help produce the next generation of exceptional pediatric pulmonologists through fostering personal motivation, creativity, diversity of experience, scholarly activity, and teamwork.
The program offers a unique educational experience, as fellows are exposed to the full spectrum of pediatric pulmonary diseases. This includes caring for children with asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease of prematurity, congenital lung anomalies, airway abnormalities, interstitial lung diseases, neuromuscular diseases, ventilator dependency, sleep-related breathing disorders, and lung transplant.
Fellows have ample opportunities to be proficient in performing and interpreting diagnostic procedures such as lung function testing, infant lung function testing, impulse oscillometry, airway challenge, exercise testing, exhaled nitric oxide measurements, laryngoscopy, bronchoscopy, and transbronchial lung biopsy.
There are numerous basic clinical and translational research opportunities that enable fellows to build a successful academic career. Clinical services through the program are not fellow-dependent, and the rotations are uniquely structured to maximize the educational experience. Fellows also have the opportunity to conduct an extra year of sleep medicine through its accredited fellowship program.
Academic Excellence Social Commitment
The purpose of this three-year training program is to educate the Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellow in the entire breadth of the discipline of pediatric pulmonology and to foster a lifelong commitment to the promotion of children’s health care. The Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellow will acquire cognitive knowledge, technical skills, and interpersonal skills through didactic lectures, small group conferences, audiovisual media, individual instruction, independent reading, and direct patient care.
Upon successful completion of the training program, the Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellow will be fully prepared for the sub-specialty practice of pediatric pulmonology. The Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology are firmly committed to helping each Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellow recognize her/his full academic, clinical, and personal potential within an intellectually stimulating and emotionally supportive environment.
Goals and Objectives
The goal of the Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellowship Program in Pediatrics is to “provide educational experiences in the diversified field of Pediatric Pulmonology in an intellectual environment conducive to learning the exemplary practice of Pediatric Pulmonology”. This is accomplished by providing an organized, progressive educational experience with increasing patient care responsibilities over a three year period in a setting that has a diverse patient population and a teaching staff with professional ability, enthusiasm, and a commitment to teaching. We strive to have an appropriate balance between structured educational activities including didactic lectures and clinical learning and patient care responsibilities. The teaching staff also serves as role models for the Pediatric Pulmonary sub-specialty fellow to develop his/her interpersonal skills and to participate in ethical decision making. Faculty and sub-specialty fellows are expected to display attitudes and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to patients, their families, and the highest level of care. Working with the health care team, which includes Nursing, Social Service, Child Life, Physical Therapy, Respiratory Therapy, Psychology, and Nutritional Service is emphasized. The curriculum of the Pediatric Pulmonary Sub-specialty Fellowship Program meets the guidelines of and is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education.
Our fellows gain unique clinical experience through working with our faculty in pulmonary subspecialty clinics including:
- Severe Asthma Center
- Cystic Fibrosis Center
- Diffuse Lung Disease Program
- Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia Program
- Pulmonary Hypertension Program
- Pulmonary-Sickle Cell Program
- Neuromuscular Disease
- Ventilated Tracheostomy Program
- Pediatric Lung Transplant Program
- Sleep Disorders Program
Our pediatric pulmonary division offers the fellows a great opportunity for research through collaborative work with basic as well as clinical and translational science researchers. Examples of ongoing collaborative research include:
- AIM2ACT: A Mobile Health Tool to Facilitate Asthma Self-Management during Early Adolescence. NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI.
- Child Asthma Exacerbation: Role of Caregiver Risk Beliefs
- ReACT: an Adaptive Mobile Health Intervention for Adolescent Asthma
- Cystic Fibrosis research through the Therapeutic and Development Network (TDN); the current active study is the Vancomycin Inhalation Powder (AeroVanc) study.
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Diversity and Inclusion
At the University of Florida, we strongly believe in the value of diversity in our training program and our community. We encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to apply. Learn more about Diversity and Inclusion.
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