PEDIATRIC PULMONARY FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Message from the Program Director:
Welcome to the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (ACGME Program #3304821056). Thank you for your interest and taking the time from your busy schedule to read about our program.
The training program that you choose is integral in the development of your knowledge & clinical skills during fellowship and eventually help direct your career path in pediatric pulmonary medicine. Our program focuses on you as an individual and customizes your educational journey to best fit your needs and aspirations. We adjust our educational curriculum based on the need’s assessment of the fellows’ performance and their career interests and goals. The faculty is deeply committed to training fellows and actively engages, supports and guides the fellows in their educational pursuits. As a testament to our dedication to fellow education, we have a 100% board pass rate on first attempt for ALL fellows who have graduated from our program.
We offer a balanced curriculum in patient-centered care, comprehensive teaching, and innovative research opportunities. Our program prepares you to care for a diverse patient population with a wide variety of respiratory disorders in both a large metropolitan hospital (Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital) and a sizeable multispecialty clinic practice. In addition to the fellow’s weekly continuity clinic, our curriculum sets aside 1 clinic a month for the fellows to broaden their exposure to special patient subsets by attending a pediatric pulmonary subspecialty clinic of their choice:
- Aerodigestive clinic
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia clinic
- Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH) clinic
- MD Anderson Pulmonary clinic
- Pediatric Complex Care clinic
- Pediatric Sleep clinic
- Post-COVID clinic
- Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia (PCD) clinic
- Pulmonary Hypertension clinic
- Sickle Cell-Pediatric Pulmonary clinic
In addition to in-person clinic visits, we provide innovative telehealth visits on selected patients with complex medical conditions by using a home electronic health device (TYTO) equipped with a thermometer, otoscope, stethoscope and tongue depressor adapters.
Fellows also learn the principles and utilization of diagnostic tools and how to interpret study results from
- advanced pulmonary technologies
- complete pulmonary function tests
- exercise bronchoprovocation studies
- cardiopulmonary exercise testing
- impulse oscillometry
- lung clearance index device
- nasal nitric oxide testing
- ciliary biopsy for high-speed video microscope analysis (HSVMA)
- laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy in clinic and hospital setting.
With all of the unique learning opportunities and tools available in our program, fellows are able to truly deliver comprehensive respiratory care to their patients.
Our program provides a strong foundation in the development of scholarly activities. Through the Clinical Research Curriculum, the fellows learn the basics of epidemiology, biostatistics, literature appraisal, clinical trial design, etc. Because our faculty has multiple grant-funded research projects, fellows have the option to join a current project, develop a subsidiary proposal, or design their own project. With faculty mentorship, the fellow develops a scholarly project with the goal of presenting at local and national conferences and producing a manuscript for publication. UT offers a grant writing course for fellows interested in pursuing an academic career. Fellows interested in a career in medical education may enhance their teaching skills via the UT Physician Educator Program. In order to improve their understanding of the medicolegal and business aspects of medical care, fellows may attend the Health Care Management course through the University of Houston.
Our modest program size allows the faculty to focus, customize and enhance the quality of educational endeavors for each individual fellow. As such, the faculty and fellows work closely with each other with mutual respect and often develop a camaraderie in a ‘work family’ environment. As the Program Director, I am your educator, mentor and advocate. My duty is to provide you with the best training in order for you to become a world-class Pediatric Pulmonary clinician, educator, and scientist.
Beyond our training program, Houston has many attributes that contribute to a healthy work-life balance. As the 4th largest city in the US, Houston offers relatively low cost-of-living, huge selection of multicultural foods and events, multiple sporting venues, plentiful parks and green/outdoor spaces and many other year-round activities. The diverse Houston population is also a rich training ground to appreciate the impact of social determinants of health as well as provide exposure to a variety of common and rare lung disorders.
Whether you choose an academic career or private practice, our program prepares you to meet the challenges and starts you on your career path during your fellowship training. We encourage you to apply to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston(ACGME Program#3304821056). Thank you for considering our program. Please contact us if you have any questions.
Cindy Jon, MD
About the Program:
The Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is an ACGME-accredited three year program that provides comprehensive training in Pediatric Pulmonology. Our goal is to provide the next generation of Pediatric Pulmonologists with the skills needed to be independent practitioners who can advance the care of children with lung disease through clinical, educational and investigational activities, and through patient advocacy.
The Mission of the Pediatric Pulmonology Training program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston is to provide the next generation of Pediatric Pulmonologists with the skills needed to advance the health and quality of care for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with acute and/or chronic respiratory disorders in the city of Houston, the state of Texas and beyond. This will be accomplished through advanced education in clinical care, scholarly activities, research, quality improvement, patient safety, and patient advocacy in collaboration with other Pediatric subspecialties and Departments in the McGovern Medical School. We are dedicated to educate a diverse body of physicians to advance patient-centered care and pursue innovative research.
- To provide a knowledge base on lung structure and function, pathophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutics
- To educate trainees in the diagnosis and management of infants and children with pulmonary disease in the acute and chronic setting
- To provide trainees with experience in the management of equipment commonly used for diagnosis and acute and chronic treatment of children with respiratory disorders
- To provide trainees with an understanding of issues of diversity, ethics, law, compliance, and economics that impact the practice of Pediatric Pulmonology
- To develop trainee’s competence in communication with patients and their family members, other health care professionals, and trainees, and in leading a multidisciplinary health care team.
- To engage trainees in scholarly activities leading to the discovery, application and dissemination of new knowledge