Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program
The Division of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore recently launched an ACGME accredited fellowship in 2007. The division is comprised of six pediatric pulmonolary specialty board-certified faculty members with expertise in sleep, care of technology-dependent children, asthma and airway conditions. The division is also actively involved in clinical, translational and basic science research with grants from both NIH and private foundations.
The fellowship training program is a three-year program involving clinical exposure, mainly at Children's Hospital at Montefiore, the teaching hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. In addition, our fellows rotate at Westchester Medical Center one month each year to gain experience in the management of cystic fibrosis patients. The clinical exposure is extensive, including patients with congenital airway malformations, asthma, chronic lung and chest wall disorders, respiratory failure, lung infections, complex cardiac conditions with pulmonary manifestations, sleep pathology, and a mechanical ventilation program.
Fellows also have ample opportunities to perform procedures such as bronchoscopy, as the division averages more than 200 bronchoscopies a year. Outpatient exposure is also available for inter-related subspecialties such as allergy-immunology, otolaryngology and anesthesia. The hospital is also equipped with a fully operating lung function laboratory with equipment for body plethysmography, exercise testing, methacholine challenge, impulse oscillometry, and infant lung function testing, as well as a state-of-the-art, 4-bedded sleep laboratory.
The curriculum consists of approximately six months of inpatient responsibility in the first year, three in the second year, and three in the third year, during which fellows are attentively supervised by an attending pulmonologist. They have three months of outpatient rotation/elective during first year, two months in the second year, and one month in the third year. The remainder of the 18 months is devoted to research.
In addition to clinical exposure, there are many opportunities to pursue research with protected time provided for successful completion of the research project. The division members have their own basic science and clinical laboratory space. Fellows may also conduct research with affiliated divisions, such as infectious disease and allergy and immunology. The expectation of each fellow is to complete a research project which may be basic ("bench") or clinical patient- oriented research. An oversight scholarship committee will monitor the research activity of each fellow to ensure maximum research productivity during the fellowship.
Supplementing the clinical, procedure and research exposure, and experience, is a full curriculum of lectures, journal clubs, and case presentations, which are held weekly. There are also interdisciplinary meetings, such as the "airway conference," in which complex cases with ENT, pulmonary, and cardiothoracic input are discussed, plus interaction with the adult pulmonology division via case-based conferences. Fellows are actively involved in this process, and average a presentation at one to two conferences a month.
How to Apply
Applicants for positions may begin submitting materials to the Division of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore. Please include an updated CV and two to three letters of recommendation. Our mailing address is:
Children's Hospital at Montefiore
Attn: Div. of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine/Dr. Raanan Arens
3330 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467
Applicants considered for an appointment will be invited to visit the Children's Hospital at Montefiore for personal interviews, which are conducted between December and May during the second year of candidates' residency. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Dr. Raanan Arens at 718-515-2330 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.