Fellowship Program

Our Mission

We strive to produce outstanding and compassionate clinicians who will become the future academic leaders, innovators, and educators in pediatric pulmonary, cystic fibrosis, and sleep medicine.

Program Aims

We aim to provide a rigorous, broadly inclusive, and supportive training environment that:

  • Develops superior clinical skills with an emphasis on patient-centered, longitudinal, and evidence-based care
  • Stimulates intellectual curiosity and critical thinking by offering a broad range of scholarly opportunities in basic science, clinical, translational, epidemiologic, and health systems research
  • Fosters individual passions by providing personalized support and effective mentorship

Our Values

We actively seek talented individuals who embody UCSF’s PRIDE Values:

Professionalism – To be competent, accountable, reliable and responsible, interacting positively and collaboratively with all colleagues, students, patients, visitors and business partners

Respect – To treat all others as you wish to be treated, being courteous, kind, and acting with utmost consideration for others

Integrity – To be honest, trustworthy and ethical, always doing the right thing, without compromising the truth, and being fair and sincere

Diversity – To appreciate and celebrate differences in others, creating an environment of equity and inclusion with opportunities for everyone to reach their potential

Excellence – To be dedicated, motivated, innovative and confident, giving your best every day, encouraging and supporting others to excel in everything they do

Clinical Experience

Clinical training for the fellows occurs in the following venues:

Year

Inpatient

Outpatient

Clinics

Scholarly

Vacation

Continuity

Cystic Fibrosis

Specialty

1

9 months

1 month

2 sessions/month

1 session/month

-

1 month

1 month

2

1 month

-

2 sessions/month

1-2 sessions/month

1-2 sessions/month

10 months

1 month

3

1 month

-

10 months

1 month

Year 1

Inpatient

Outpatient

Procedures

. For 9 months, fellows lead a busy inpatient consultation service that serves all areas of the hospital.

  • Overnight pager call is taken from home
  • Fellows work approximately every third weekend as well as 1 major holiday each year.
  • Fellows are expected to take on an increasing role in leading family/caregiver meetings to provide updates and to discuss short and long term care plans.
  • Fellows play an active role in teaching residents and medical students in a variety of settings (e.g., morning report, family-centered rounds, noon conference, and afternoon ward teaching sessions).

1-month outpatient rotation focuses on

  • sleep medicine (including basics of polysomnography interpretation and non-invasive ventilation management)
  • chronic home invasive ventilation management
  • respiratory care (including tracheostomy tubes, oxygen delivery, and airway clearance therapies).

Fellows will become competent in:

  • flexible bronchoscopy
  • pulmonary function testing and interpretation
  • exercise testing
  • sleep study interpretation.

Exposure and direction in research and quality improvement also begins with a month of protected time (typically in 2-week blocks) to allow fellows to explore potential research opportunities, choose mentors, and make preliminary preparations (e.g., apply for extramural funding, obtain Institutional Review Board approval, collect pilot data) and efficiently transition into the second year of training.

Years 2-3

  • The second and third years are devoted to scholarly education and training, which can be basic science, clinical, translational, epidemiologic, or health systems research in nature.
  • Each fellow is expected to complete a scholarly project that can be presented at a national meeting and/or be accepted for peer-reviewed publication to successfully complete the program.
  • Fellows receive education and mentoring in quality improvement and are required to actively participate in group and individual projects.
  • Clinical activities in the second and third years include 1 month (typically in 2-week blocks) on the inpatient pulmonary consult service and continued participation in weekly clinics.
  • There is an emphasis on developing independence in medical decision making, honing interdisciplinary team leadership skills, and gaining further experience in providing medical education to other trainees and disciplines.

Clinics (Years 1-3)

Fellows generally attend a half-day clinic session per week throughout training. In addition to their own continuity clinic where they are expected to take primary responsibility for a cohort of patients, fellows participate in cystic fibrosis and in several specialty clinics:

  • Sleep Disorders
  • Neuromuscular
  • Tracheostomy-Ventilator
  • Aerodigestive
  • Bone Marrow Transplant
  • Sickle Cell)

Preassigned faculty members provide one-on-one supervision and teaching. There is a strong emphasis on providing comprehensive and longitudinal care.

Scholarly Training

Both clinical research and basic science research tracks are available to the fellows. The fellow is expected to participate in a research project, of either a clinical or basic science nature, during the last two years of the fellowship program. Options in medical education are also available. The program ensures a meaningful, supervised research experience based on early establishment of a mentor appropriate to the fellow's interests. The fellow is expected to write a grant, in order to provide meaningful instruction in grant writing. Trainees are encouraged to receive advanced training, either through formal curriculum or mentoring as appropriate. They are expected to prepare and submit a manuscript for publication, as per the requirements of the ABP.

UCSF boasts numerous institutes and academic programs, which enrich the training and provide extra resources to pediatric pulmonology fellows.

Department of Pediatrics Fellow’s College

QI Training

Exposure and direction in research and quality improvement also begins with a month of protected time (typically in 2-week blocks) to allow fellows to explore potential research opportunities, choose mentors, and make preliminary preparations (e.g., apply for extramural funding, obtain Institutional Review Board approval, collect pilot data) and efficiently transition into the second year of training.

Mentoring

The pediatric pulmonology fellowship program and the faculty are committed to the career development and mentoring of fellows. The program director meets regularly with all fellows throughout their training to ensure that each fellow meets his/her educational, research and individual professional potential. All fellows will establish a Scholarship Oversight Committee (SOC) through the Department of Pediatrics. This committee is comprised of individuals both within and outside of pediatric pulmonology, who will oversee the fellow’s scholarly activity and provide final sign-off for the American Board of Pediatrics. In addition, UCSF provides a uniquely rich mentorship environment, with many opportunities for clinical, academic, research and career mentoring beyond our division.

The UCSF Pediatric Fellows’ College provides a unique three year program tailored specifically to the professional development needs of fellows in the Department of Pediatrics. This program offers career development seminars and mentoring programs for all pediatric fellows.

Conferences

There are many teaching conferences to augment the clinical education of our fellows. Core curriculum is provided through a weekly Pediatric Pulmonary conference series and a shared seminar series with the Adult Pulmonary Fellows.

Fellows participate in a wide range of scheduled teaching conferences to broaden their medical knowledge base:

Weekly Fellow’s Conference

  • Didactic lectures
  • Respiratory physiology
  • Interesting/challenging cases
  • PREP questions
  • Journal club
  • Fellow and faculty scholarly works-in-progress
  • Morbidity and mortality

Monthly Western States Pediatric Pulmonary Case Conference

  • Quarterly Pediatric Fellow’s College
  • Mandatory professional development workshops for pediatric fellows in the areas of career development, research, teaching, education, and leadership
  • Graduated programming to address the different skill development needs as fellows' progress from Year 1 to Year 3 of training

Biannual joint Pediatric and Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center retreat

Annual professional meetings

  • North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference
  • American Thoracic Society International Conference

The UCSF Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship adheres to all the policies and procedures mandated by the University of California, the Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Policies can be obtained at the GME web-site athttp://medschool.ucsf.edu/gme/

Policies, Procedures and Benefits

The UCSF Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship adheres to all the policies and procedures mandated by the University of California, the Graduate Medical Education Committee and the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Policies can be obtained at the GME web-site athttp://medschool.ucsf.edu/gme/

UCSF fellows receive a substantial housing stipend to help off-set Bay Area housing costs. UCSF fellows also receive health insurance and food stipend.

Campus Life

BCHO

UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital

Professional Training

Optional University-sponsored seminar series and certificate programs are also available to support diverse educational and professional goals:

  • The GME Pathways Program is a multidisciplinary, inter-professional program that supports the pursuit of inquiry and innovation in the career of every health professional trained at UCSF.
  • The Teach for UCSF Certificate Program creates defined educational paths so that individuals can develop focused teaching skills and receive a certificate in recognition of achievement.
 
Past and Current Fellows
 

Current Fellow

 

Janet Lim, MD [email protected]
Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
Residency Training: Kaiser Foundation Hospital, Los Angeles
Fellowship Training Years: 2018-2021
Research Project: Cystic Fibrosis
Awards/Honors:

Shania Marissa Willen [email protected]
Medical School: Albany Medical College of Union University
Residency Training: Duke University Medical
Fellowship Training Years: 2019-2020
Research Project: Sickle lung physio in sickle cell disease
Awards/Honors:

Kelly Tuveson, DO [email protected]
Medical School: Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency Training: Children's Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Fellowship Training Years: 2019-2022
Research Project: Complex care transition
Awards/Honors:

Past Fellows

Name

Current Position

Lauren Elizabeth (LE) Faricy, MD University of Vermont

Danieli Salinas, MD

Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Gwynne Church, MD

UCSF

David Robinowitz, MD

UCSF

Shannon Sullivan, MD

Stanford

Monal Shah, MD

Emory

Thida Ong, MD

Seattle Children’s Hospital

Brian Wu, MD

Hawaii Pacific Health

Mona Luke-Zeitoun, MD

Palo Alto Medical Foundation

Elizabeth Gibb, MD

UCSF

Robert Blount, MD MAS

UCSF

Meghan McGarry, MD MAS

UCSF

 
 
 

How to Apply

The Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program accepts one new trainee each year. Applicants must have an MD degree from an accredited institution and must be board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. The Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program accepts applications from U.S. citizens through Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We will begin reviewing completed applications in August. Selected applicants will then be invited to interview and meet with our faculty and fellows and tour the facilities. We participate in the NRMP match and typically schedule interviews in October.

To apply, submit the following through ERAS:

· MyERAS application

· CV

· Three letters of recommendation (one from residency director)

· Personal statement

· Medical school transcript

· Wallet-size photograph

· USMLE transcript (transmitted by the NBME)

· ECFMG status report (for international medical graduates only)

We participate in the National Resident Matching Program's (NRMP) Fall Pediatric Subspecialties match.

Contact Information

Kaitlin Clancey
Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: 415-502-8231
Email: [email protected]

Kensho Iwanaga, MD MPH
Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship
Phone: 415-502-2532
Email: [email protected]

Marilynn Chan, MD
Associate Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship
Phone: 415-476-3471
Eamil: [email protected]