Pulmonary: Fellowship Program

Applicants

Fellowship applicants for the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship should complete the standard ERAS application, provide all board scores and in-service training scores, and upload 3 letters of recommendations. Please note that we cannot accept non US citizens except those holding permanent immigrant visas to US.

If you have questions, please contact the Fellowship Program Coordinator:

Brenda E. Martin
Program Assistant/ Office Manager
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Division of Pediatric Pulmonary
Department of Pediatrics
(352) 273-8379 (phone)
(352) 294-8098 (fax)
martibe@peds.ufl.edu

Program Overview

The purpose of the pediatric pulmonology training program at the University of Florida is to prepare academic physician-scientists for a career of independent creative work. The program to train academic pediatric pulmonologists at the University of Florida (UF) began in 1978 and has been accredited from the inception of certification in 1986. Over the 3 year training period, fellows have increasing patient care responsibilities in a setting that has a large and diverse patient population that provides a broad and highly productive interdisciplinary research environment. Fellows can pursue a degree program (MS in Clinical Investigation or Public Health) that includes coursework in the science of clinical research, manuscript writing, grant writing, epidemiology, ethical & policy issues in clinical research, and biostatistics. Research focus and mentor identification are accomplished in year 1, with 6 months devoted to research; 9 months of the 2nd year and 10 months of the 3rd year are committed to research and coursework.

Current interdisciplinary research programs that have recently involved fellows include:

  1. Colon-Cortes / Srivastava
  2. Seay / Fuller
  3. Prabhakaran / Hendeles
  4. Gibson / Wagner

The nationally funded Pediatric Pulmonary Center Interdisciplinary Training grant provides faculty and funds graduate students and fellows. The Cystic Fibrosis Clinical, Training and Research grant generates support for our interdisciplinary faculty caring for over 150 patients with cystic fibrosis.

The success of the collaborative efforts in training pediatric pulmonology fellows at UF is reflected in the fact that more than 90% of our fellows have passed the Pediatric Pulmonology Board exam on the first attempt. The pediatric pulmonary program at UF provides an exceptional training environment to develop the next generation of clinician scientists for this much needed specialty.

Clinical Training

Our fellowship focuses on providing trainees with the skill set needed to function as independent pediatric pulmonologists with an emphasis on life-long learning and an ability to synthesize information. Through the combined exposure to patients in our outpatient clinics, consults performed in the hospital, and experiences in Sleep Clinic, our fellows are exposed to the entire range of pediatric respiratory disorders over their 3 years of training. Clinical skills are obtained during 4 months of clinical assignments to outpatient clinics, pediatric pulmonary function laboratory, bronchoscopy service, and inpatient consultations. During the 2nd and 3rd years of training fellows continue to be assigned one weekend per month in home call, attend clinics and spend 2-3 months on the inpatient/consultation service. Elective months are also available. Each fellow has a weekly half-day teaching continuity clinic in which they see their own patients during the entire fellowship.

Clinical Didactics

While our program emphasizes the importance of self-directed learning we also provide scheduled didactic sessions that cover the entirety of respiratory physiology and clinical pediatric pulmonology topics on a yearly basis. Core conferences are held weekly and are given by fellows and faculty on a rotating basis. In addition, case conference discussions and journal clubs are held every other week.

Research Training

Our program provides opportunities for fellows to experience both laboratory research and clinical research depending on interest. The 1st half year of fellowship training is focused on selecting a research mentor, developing a hypothesis driven research project and establishing their Scholarship Oversight Committee. We offer a well funded faculty studying a wide range of topics related to respiratory and sleep disorders. All fellows will take the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institutes (CTSI) introductory “Science of Clinical Research” course. In addition, fellows are invited to participate in specific course work that can lead to a master’s degree in clinical investigation or public health via an NIH funded Advanced Postgraduate Program in Clinical Investigation (APPCI). During the 2nd/3rd year of training, fellows complete their research project, write a manuscript and submit an abstract for presentation and the manuscript to a peer-reviewed publication.

Academic Meetings

Attendance at one yearly and meetings for which research has been accepted for presentation is supported.

Other Resources

Fellowship Program Director

Mutasim Abu-Hasan, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Box 100296
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0296
Office: (352) 273-8380
Fax: (352) 294-8098

Faculty

Dima R. Ezmigna, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Box 100296
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0296
Office: 352-273-8380 Fax: 352-294-8098

Michael J. Light, M.D.
Pediatric Pulmonary Physician
Box 100296
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0296
Office: 352-273-8380 Fax: 352-294-8098

Silvia Delgado-Villalta, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, CF Newborn Screening for UF
Director, CF Center
Box 100296
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0296
Office: 352-273-8380 Fax: 352-294-8098

Leslie Hendeles, Pharm.D.
Professor, Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research,
And Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonary)
Box 100486
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0486
Office: 352-273-6027 Fax: 352-273-6120

Sreekala Prabhakaran, M.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Box 100296
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0296
Office: 352-273-8380 Fax: 352-294-8098

Pamela M. Schuler, M.D.
Clinical Associate Professor
Pediatric Lung Transplant Program,
Co-Director, CF Newborn Screening for UF
Director, CF Center
Box 100296
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0296
Office: 352-273-8380 Fax: 352-294-8098

Mary H. Wagner, M.D.
Associate Professor
Director Pediatric Sleep Laboratory
Co-Director Sleep Medicine Fellowship
Box 100296
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0296
Office: 352-273-8380 Fax: 352-294-8098

Shih-Wen Huang, M.D.
Professor Emeritus
Pulmonary and Allergy/Immunology
Box 100296
Gainesville, Florida 32610-0296
Office: 352-273-8380 Fax: 352-294-8098

Rhoda Reed, RN, Sr. Registered Nurse Specialist,
Pediatric Pulmonary Division

Brenda O’Neal, RN, Cystic Fibrosis Coordinator
Pediatric Pulmonary Division

Alicia Hardy, RN,
Pediatric Pulmonary Division

Dawn Baker MSN, ARNP, C-PNP, CCRC
Research Coordinator
Pediatric Pulmonary Division

Ellen Bowser, MS, RD, Associate in Pediatrics,
Pediatric Pulmonary Division

Jennifer Hillan, MSH, RD, LD/N, Assistant in Pediatrics,
Pediatric Pulmonary Division

Susan Horky, LCSW, Associate in Pediatrics,
Pediatric Pulmonary Division

Angela Miney, Family Partner,
Pediatric Pulmonary Division