Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship

The Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program at the UConn School of Medicine and Connecticut Children's is designed to train academic pediatric pulmonologists to pursue investigative careers in pediatric pulmonology and to become skilled clinicians capable of caring for children with all types of pulmonary disease. To accomplish these goals, the fellow is exposed to both clinical and basic science research and to patients with a wide variety of pediatric respiratory diseases. The fellow is also instructed in effective teaching techniques, in the methods of design and execution of research, and in medical statistics and pulmonary physiology at both an introductory and advanced level. The fellowship program is thus focused on preparing the fellow for an academic career in pediatric pulmonology.

Diversity and inclusion are foundational elements of the University of Connecticut Pediatric Fellowship Programs at Connecticut Children’s. Consistent with this focus we pursue diversity in all its varied expressions, including but not limited to, gender, race, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity; with the goal of providing an educational environment that fosters the success of learners who are representative of the population of Connecticut, and a clinical environment that provides high quality healthcare to the myriad communities of the State.

Program Director
Marie Sue Collins, M.D.
mcollin@connecticutchildrens.org

Program Coordinator
Alivia Rhault
arhault@connecticutchildrens.org

Mission and Aims

Our primary goal is to train Pediatric Pulmonology fellows who are both academically and clinically competent. To accomplish this, the fellow is exposed to both clinical and basic science research and to patients with a wide variety of pediatric respiratory diseases. The fellow is also instructed in effective teaching techniques, in the methods of design and execution of research, and in medical statistics and pulmonary physiology at both an introductory and advanced level. The fellowship program is thus focused on preparing the fellow for an academic career in pediatric pulmonology.

Specific Aims:

  1. Maintain a strong and broad research program within the Division and with collaborative partners.
    1. Continue engagement of all core faculty in some research effort.
    2. Expose fellow to opportunities across the breadth of the research experience, including quality improvement, clinical studies, population health and epidemiology, translational research, and basic science research.
  2. Tailor both didactic and non-didactic teaching to each individual fellow’s learning styles and needs.
    1. Continue to expand teaching skills and knowledge base of pulmonary faculty.
    2. Partner with colleagues in cardiology, critical care, and respiratory therapy to expose and train the fellow in extended pulmonary topics such as cardiopulmonary exercise testing, pulmonary hypertension, in-patient and out-patient ventilator management, and airway clearance techniques.
    3. Provide individualized fellow supervision and teaching in a small program not dependent on fellows to provide all clinical care.
  3. Assist fellows with academic career planning and job searches.
    1. Allow fellows supervised autonomy early in their training, for both in- and out-patient management.
    2. Maintain personal contacts with division chiefs throughout region and country.
    3. Continue to expand our pulmonary division, with 40% of our new faculty hires recruited from our fellowship program.