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Education & Training

Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program

Children's Hospital at Montefiore launched its ACGME-accredited fellowship in 2007. The faculty includes six board-certified pediatric pulmonary specialists, with expertise in sleep, care of technology-dependent children, asthma and airway conditions. The Respiratory and Sleep Medicine division is also actively involved in clinical, translational and basic science research, with grants from the NIH and private foundations.

What Our Fellowship Offers

Our three-year fellowship training program provides fellows with a great deal of clinical exposure, primarily at Children's Hospital at Montefiore, the teaching hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. It includes patients with congenital airway malformations, asthma, chronic lung and chest wall disorders, respiratory failure, lung infections, and complex cardiac conditions with pulmonary manifestations, as well as sleep pathology and a mechanical ventilation program. In addition, our fellows rotate at New York Presbyterian Hospital (CHONY) for one month each year, gaining experience in the management of cystic fibrosis patients.

Fellows will have many opportunities to perform procedures such as bronchoscopy, as we perform approximately 150 of these procedures a year. Outpatient exposure is also available for related subspecialties, such as allergy-immunology, otolaryngology and anesthesia. Children's Hospital at Montefiore is 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, four-bed 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. Fellows have three months of outpatient rotation/elective during their first year, two months in their second year and one month in their third year. The remainder of the 18 months is devoted to research.

Fellows have ample opportunity to pursue research, with protected time provided for successful completion of research projects. 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 is that each fellow will complete a research project, which may be basic ("bench") or clinical patient-oriented. A scholarship oversight committee will monitor the research activity of each fellow to ensure maximum research productivity during the fellowship.

Supplementing the clinical, procedural and research exposure and experience is a full curriculum of lectures, journal clubs and weekly case presentations. There are also interdisciplinary meetings, such as airway conferences in which complex cases with ENT, pulmonary and cardiothoracic input are discussed, and interaction with the adult pulmonology division via case-based conferences. Fellows are actively involved in this process and present at one to two conferences a month on average.

Applying for Our Fellowship

We accept applications online electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Applications should include the following documents:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official medical school transcript
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG status report (international medical graduates only)
  • Photo

Starting in July 2018, ERAS will open for applications. Trainees are encouraged to complete submissions by July, which provides ample time for the program to review all applications and schedule personal interviews for competitive applicants. Interviews will be held from August to October.

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please feel free to contact

Gladys Padilla

Telephone: 718-515-2330 
Email: gpadilla@montefiore.org