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Pediatric Pulmonology Training Program

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Overview

The Jackson Health System / Jackson Memorial Hospital Pediatric Pulmonology Training Program, in affiliation with the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine, is under the direction of Andrew Colin M.D., Professor of Pediatrics. The division is housed in the modern Batchelor Children’s Research Institute. The fellow will receive training and the opportunities to perform supervised flexible bronchoscopy and pulmonary function testing. Regular didactic sessions, case presentations, and inter-departmental conferences (Radiology, Pathology, Cardiology) and opportunities for teaching roles will be provided. The division is also home to the Cystic Fibrosis Program which is fully accredited by the CF Foundation. The fellows are also supported in training for advanced skills or expertise outside the state and including international conferences. Overall, the fellowship program is designed to achieve a balance clinical and research experience that will insure that the trainees meet criteria for certification in Pediatric Pulmonology by the American Board of Pediatrics upon their graduation from the program.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents or Fellows per year: 1
Duration: 3 years
Postgraduate Training Required: No
U.S. Citizenship Required: No, we also accept J-1 and H-1B visas.

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Miami Children’s Hospital
  • University of Texas
  • Joe DiMaggio Hospital
  • Nemours Children Hospital

This program follows the requirements outlined by the American Board of Pediatrics for Sub-Specialty Certification.

GENERAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR CERTIFICATION IN THE PEDIATRIC SUBSPECIALTIES (AMERICAN BOARD OF PEDIATRICS)
In addition to the training requirements, which are specific to each of the pediatric subspecialties, the following are required of candidates seeking certification in the pediatric subspecialties of adolescent medicine, cardiology, critical care medicine, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, emergency medicine, endocrinology, gastroenterology, hematology-oncology, infectious diseases, neonatal-perinatal medicine, nephrology, pulmonology, and rheumatology. Each candidate must be familiar with specific subspecialty training requirements as well as the policies stated in the current Booklet of Information.

Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
An applicant must be currently board or board eligible in general pediatrics to be accepted for a pediatric subspecialty certifying examination.

Licensure
An applicant must have a valid (current), unrestricted license to practice medicine in one of the states, districts, or territories of the United States or a province of Canada in which he or she practices or have unrestricted privileges to practice medicine in the US Armed Forces. If licenses are held in more than one jurisdiction, all licenses held by a physician should meet this requirement.

An applicant who is practicing the subspecialty abroad exclusively may be exempted from this license requirement upon presentation of proof of licensure in the country in which he or she practices. Candidates who practice or plan to practice abroad exclusively must submit a letter, in addition to the licensure, stating this fact. A copy of the license must accompany the application material.

Verification of Training
An applicant will be asked to list the program(s) where fellowship training occurred as well as the name(s) of the program director(s). The ABP will provide a Verification of Competence Form to the program director(s) for completion. (Note: For new subspecialties, alternatives to the usual training requirements, such as practice experience, will be acceptable as criteria for admission to the examination. Candidates should refer to the specific subspecialty eligibility criteria for details.) The role of the program director in the certification process is to verify completion of training, evaluate clinical competence including professionalism, and provide evidence of the trainee's meaningful accomplishment in research or scholarly activity.

An applicant must have the Verification Form(s) on file at the ABP in order to be admitted to the subspecialty examination. If an applicant's training is not verified or if the applicant receives an unsatisfactory evaluation in any of the competences (with the exception of professionalism alone), the applicant will be required to complete an additional period of subspecialty fellowship training before reapplying. The director of the program where the additional training occurred must complete a separate Verification of Competence Form. If the unsatisfactory evaluation is in professionalism only, the applicant will be required to complete an additional period of fellowship training or, at the program director's recommendation and at the ABP's discretion, a period of observation may be required in lieu of additional training. A plan for remediation must be submitted for review and approval by the ABP.

Application Deadline
Pediatric Pulmonology was recently moved to the Spring ERAS Match.

Application starts in late September. Completed application, submitted via ERAS includes:

  • Completed application, including photograph
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Personal statement
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE Scores
  • Letter of recommendation from the Pediatric Residency Program Director
  • Three additional letters of recommendation
  • ECFMG certificate (international graduates only)
  • Pediatric Residency Completion Certificate (upon entering program)
  • Should have passed Step 3 to be considered for interview

Our mission is to train a diverse group of physicians to become board certified pediatric pulmonologists who will provide extraordinary medical care for children with rare and common pulmonary diseases and who will integrate the highest quality of education and research toward advancing the field of pediatric pulmonology.

This Program is affiliated with both the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and Jackson Memorial Medical Center. The inpatient service provides consultative services to the following hospitals within the Medical Center: Jackson Memorial Hospital (JMH) and Jackson North Hospital, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Ryder Trauma Center and the Rehabilitation Medicine Center. During the inpatient service you will be in charge of performing both inpatient and outpatient bronchoscopies. The inpatient fellow assigned to the inpatient consult service is the in-house on call person after office hours on weekdays. Weekend calls are divided equally by all the fellows. Fellows have 1 month vacation in each year of training.

First Year
Six months of the year are dedicated to the inpatient service at Jackson Memorial Medical Center (JMMC) in which you will be responsible for inpatient consultations on a wide range of pulmonary diseases. In addition you will be expected to choose a mentor and a project in a clinical, basic or translational area of research. The remainder of the year, your responsibilities will be in the outpatient setting participating in our ambulatory clinics and divisional seminars, i.e. journal clubs, fellows case conferences, etc. During this first year you will be able to assist to a weeklong bronchoscopy course.

Second Year
Six months of the year will be allotted to your inpatient duties as described in the first year and the remainder will focus on your research. In addition, you are expected to lead multidisciplinary journal clubs, aid in the development of clinical care guidelines and take an active role in the education of the pediatric house staff and board review sessions.

Third Year
As our senior fellow, you are responsible to schedule our divisional meetings and assist the Director with the administration of the Fellowship program, i.e. on call schedules, organizing and scheduling Divisional conferences. In addition to the presentations as described in the second year. Your research project is expected to be completed prior to your graduation from the program.

When not on inpatient service, time is spent in the Continuity and Cystic Fibrosis clinics, elective rotations, preparing educational presentations or engaging in quality improvement projects and scholarship/research activity. Elective rotations can be done in the second and third years. Common elective rotations include Sleep Center, Allergy and Immunology, PICU, ENT and many other areas of interest. The fellow is able to attend multiple international and national pediatric pulmonology meetings.

Board Exam Requirements
Certification by the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP)
An applicant must be currently certified in general pediatrics to be accepted for a pediatric subspecialty certifying examination. Applicants whose time-limited certification will expire before the examination must complete the requirements for maintenance of certification at least 5 months before the examination date.

Andrew Colin, MD
Program Director
305-243-3176

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