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Fellowship Programs

The University of Florida Department of Pediatrics Fellowship programs listed below are certified in post-graduate education by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Cardiology

Under the umbrella of the Congenital Heart Center at the University of Florida, the Division of Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Training Program serves as a comprehensive training center providing specialized education in pediatric cardiovascular disease to future academic cardiology and critical care physicians.

The program trains candidates for careers in academic pediatric cardiology, for which there is a minimum training period of three years, as required for the American Academy of Pediatrics Sub-board of Pediatric Cardiology.

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Critical Care

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Fellowship Program at the University of Florida supports active cardiothoracic and transplant programs (liver, heart, lung and kidney), as well as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, which is available through Pediatric Surgery. The PCCM team provides concurrent care to all admissions to the PICU.

Three specific fellowship tracks in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine are offered, depending upon the fellow’s previous training.

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Endocrinology

The Pediatric Endocrinology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Florida strives to produce individuals who are exceptionally qualified as clinicians, educators and clinical scientists. Program faculty promotes an environment that includes maximal opportunities for clinical and research exposure.

The goal of the fellowship program is to provide a comprehensive educational experience in Pediatric Endocrinology, by providing an organized, progressive educational experience with increasing patient care responsibilities over a three-year period in a setting which has a diverse patient population and a teaching staff with professional ability, enthusiasm, and a commitment to teaching.

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Gastroenterology / Hepatology

The Pediatric Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellowship Training Program at the University of Florida is committed to training individuals to become independent and competent practitioners capable of providing the highest level of care.

The program is designed to ensure that fellows are prepared to diagnose and manage esophageal, gastrointestinal, pancreatic and hepatobiliary disorders in infants, children and adolescents. The program recognizes the critical importance of scholarly activities in the formation of a competent gastroenterologist. As part of their training subspecialty residents will be expected to actively participate in research, involving either basic or clinical work.

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Hematology / Oncology

The Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Training Program offers broad-based clinical exposure, including all of the major forms of childhood cancer, neuro-oncology, marrow transplantation, as well as both conventional and proton beam radiotherapy.  Ample exposure to benign hematological disorders, such as hemoglobinopathies, bleeding disorders and clotting disorders is also provided.

The program focuses on career development and each fellow has input into the design of his/her curriculum and emphasizes the second and third year research project as a springboard for career interest.   Fellows can pursue research projects with mentorship from world experts in stem cell biology, gene therapy, nanoparticles and biomedical engineering.  Additionally, fellows can complete a Masters in Public Health or Clinical Research.

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Neonatology

The Pediatric Neonatal-Perinatal Fellowship Training Program provides trainees with the knowledge and expertise to be successful in clinical, research, teaching and administrative activities.

The program provides a progression in clinical responsibilities as the trainee advances through the three-year program. Practical experience is provided with a variety of patients through NICU, delivery rooms and developmental follow-up clinics. Trainees also have the option to enroll in graduate-level courses to expand their knowledge in areas related to their research and/or clinical interests.

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Nephrology

The Pediatric Nephrology Fellowship Training Program develops academic pediatric nephrologists committed to the care of infants, children and adolescents with all types of renal disease.

During a three-year period, the program fosters an environment that facilitates the acquisition of clinical and basic research skills necessary to make significant contributions to the understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of diseases that affect the kidney. Renal fellows will also learn how to select, perform and evaluate procedures. An understanding of the psychosocial aspects of acute, life threatening and chronic renal diseases, as well as their effect on patients and family is also critical.

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Pulmonary

The Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Training Program at the University of Florida is structured to help produce the next generation of exceptional pediatric pulmonologists through fostering personal motivation, creativity, diversity of experience, scholarly activity and team work.

The program offers a unique educational experience, as fellows are exposed to the full spectrum of pediatric pulmonary diseases. This includes caring for children with asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease of prematurity, congenital lung anomalies, airway abnormalities, interstitial lug diseases, neuromuscular diseases, ventilator dependency, sleep related breathing disorders and lung transplant.

Fellows have amble opportunities to be proficient in performing and interpreting diagnostic procedures such as lung function testing, infant lung function testing, impulse oscillometry, airway challenge, exercise testing, exhaled nitric oxide measurements, laryngoscopy, bonchoscopy and trasnsbronchial lung biopsy.

There are numerous basic, clinical and translational research opportunities which enable fellows to build a successful academic career. Clinical services through the program are not fellow-dependent, and the rotations are uniquely structured to maximize the educational experience. Fellows also have the opportunity to conduct an extra year of sleep medicine through its accredited fellowship program.

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Rheumatology

The University of Florida Pediatric Rheumatology Fellowship program is the only ACGME-accredited pediatric rheumatology training program in the state of Florida. The UF Pediatric Rheumatology program exists to produce pediatric rheumatologists who will impact the future of clinical care and innovative research for children living with rheumatologic conditions.

The program offers two tracks for fellows—clinical or research training. Applicants must have successfully completed a Pediatric Residency program.

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