Pulmonology

We offer a three-year fellowship training program in Pediatric Pulmonology that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Our program accepts one fellow each year. Our 36-month training curriculum consists of 15 months of clinical service and 18 months of research. The majority of the clinical service is during the first year of fellowship in order to provide more protected time for academic pursuits in the second and third years. Clinical time is divided between the inpatient service, the outpatient service and electives. We allow four weeks for vacation time each year.

We have many structured educational activities. All fellows at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children attend an intensive core curriculum in the first month of their fellowship where they will learn: biostatistics, clinical and laboratory research methodology, study design, grant preparation, preparation for an Institutional Review Board, principles of evidence-based medicine, quality improvement, teaching skills and professionalism. This core curriculum continues throughout the fellowship with monthly meetings. Fellows also participate in cystic fibrosis team rounds, pediatric sleep rounds, a fellow's educational seminar series, pulmonology journal club and cystic fibrosis adult transition meetings. In addition, pediatric pulmonology has regular rounds with infectious disease, radiology, hematology, neonatology and critical care medicine. Fellows are expected to actively participate in teaching pediatric residents and medical students.

Mission

The fellowship program's mission is to prepare trainees for careers in academic Pediatric Pulmonology. We accomplish this goal through rigorous clinical training with a diverse patient population, a strong tradition of teaching healthcare professionals, and a structured education in research design, methodology, statistics, and evidence-based medicine. Our expectation is that our fellows will be prepared to succeed in any clinical environment while also establishing a flourishing research career.

Overview

Our fellowship program offers a complete clinical experience. We have four full-time board-certified pediatric pulmonologists, two full-time nurse practitioner and multiple pediatric allergists on staff. We have a Cystic Fibrosis Center fully accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with dedicated nursing, nutrition and social work staff. Our Cystic Fibrosis Center is an active participant in the Therapeutic Development Network. We have a fully accredited Sleep Center with six pediatric beds. We have an active inpatient and outpatient asthma team as well as a technology dependent program. We also have a multidisciplinary Sickle Cell Disease Pulmonary Hypertension Working Group with several active research studies. We have a pulmonary function laboratory with the ability to do spirometry, complete lung volumes, exercise testing, sweat testing and cold air challenges. We also perform combined cardiopulmonary testing with cardiology.

We have a flexible bronchoscopy program with a complete range of fiberoptic and microchip scopes. Flexible bronchoscopy can be performed in the dedicated endoscopy suite or anywhere in the hospital with a separate travel cart.

We have a busy inpatient service that is responsible for pulmonology patients admitted to the regular nursing floors. We have daily rounds with our inpatient resident team and are active teachers with other teams. Our inpatient team also consults for medical/surgical teams, the neonatal intensive care service and the critical care service. The neonatal intensive care unit has 30 beds with a dedicated staff of neonatologists. The hospital's critical care service manages and directs the care of patients in the 8-bed pediatric intensive care unit, 8-bed cardiac intensive care unit, and the 18-bed special care/burn unit. Our hospital is a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center with a busy surgical service. Consults are co-managed with 24/7 in-house pediatric intensivists.

Our section has an active outpatient service with a wide variety of pulmonary diseases. These patients are managed with assistance from nursing, dietary services, social work and respiratory therapy.

Research Opportunities

Fellows have ample opportunities to participate in scholarly activities in addition to research. Fellows have extensive exposure to clinical trials as part of the Therapeutic Development Network, epidemiologic studies via the CF patient registry and ongoing Quality Improvement projects. Fellows have the opportunity to conduct their own clinical research projects during their fellowship under the direct supervision of our attending staff.

The Section of Pulmonology has a long history of multidisciplinary clinical and research collaborations within the Department of Pediatrics at Drexel University College of Medicine. Aside from our Cystic Fibrosis research, our Sickle Cell Disease Pulmonary Hypertension Working Group has several active research projects. Fellows wishing to pursue basic science research may work in the laboratory of Dr. Maria Delivoria-Papadopoulos. Dr. Delivoria-Papadopoulos is the Chief of the Division of Neonatology and the Ralph W. Brenner Endowed Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology, and Obstetrics at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

Eligibility

The fellowship program is open to any physician who has completed an American Board of Pediatrics approved residency training program and is eligible for board certification. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law requires all fellows to have successfully completed all three steps of USMLE. Copies of these scores, as well as three letters of recommendation, need to be provided along with the application. We participate in the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship match.

Foreign medical graduates with a valid ECFMG certificate and who meet the criteria listed above are welcome to apply. A copy of the ECFMG certificate needs to be provided with the application. We would, in deserving cases, sponsor either a H1B or a J1 visa for training purposes.

How to Apply

Please use the ERAS application and forward us an electronic and a paper copy. Once we have received the completed application we will contact you to arrange a one-day interview.