Pulmonology Fellowship

Goals and Objectives


Clinical Training

During the first year of fellowship training, the fellow focuses on the principles and practices of clinical pediatric pulmonology. This year’s core curriculum includes an introductory month centered on pulmonary physiology, pulmonary function diagnostic testing and its applications to clinical care. The year includes diverse exposure to inpatient clinical care, specialty areas of pulmonary medicine such as the sleep lab and chronic ventilator care for technology dependent children, allergy and immunology and consultative services. Fellows acquire skills in flexible bronchoscopy, pulmonary function testing and make the adaptation to the subspecialist role in caring for a patient. During the first year, the fellow is assigned individual mentors in cystic fibrosis that will oversee their respective cystic fibrosis continuity clinic throughout the three years of fellowship training. Each fellow has an individual general pediatric pulmonary continuity with a core group of attending physicians to staff.

The focus for the second and third year of training is the completion of a scholarly project in the areas of basic clinical or educational, translational, research. During the last two years, fellows participate in a total four to six months of clinical activities with increasing independence on the ward and in the clinics applying the skills required for clinical care and advanced decision making.  

Research Training

During the first year, the fellow begins the mentored research experience and spends approximately 18 months of the final two years working on a supervised project. The basic and clinical research science groups of the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology and related laboratories within the Indiana University School of Medicine offer a robust and diverse wealth of research possibilities. The research project chosen by the fellow must be relevant to pediatric pulmonary medicine and be a rigorous project that can be pursued in depth over the two year period. Faculty from the Section of Pediatric Pulmonology’s current research interests include:

  • Lung growth, development and repair
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic lung disease in premature infants
  • Structural abnormalities
  • Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD)
  • Specialized physiologic testing including infant lung function testing
  • Computational airway modeling
  • Specimen Collection, Banking and Distribution
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Allergic rhinitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, allergic asthma
  • Oral immunotherapy
  • Sleep Disorders

During training, motivated and eligible candidates are encouraged to participate in Indiana University School programs offering Masters degrees in clinical research or public health.

Supplemental Degree Programs

Prospective fellowship applicants with an interest in a career as a pediatric researcher, physician-scientist or future academic leader will have the opportunity to participate in The Morris Green Academic Scholars Program. This program offers additional support for research with seminars, mentorship and meeting funds. For more information about this program see Morris Green Scholar Program.

Another unique and beneficial opportunity available through the Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Program is the Clinical Investigator Training Enhancement Program (CITE). The purpose of this program is to prepare health care professionals for a career in clinical research. Following completion of the program, graduates can embark on a career in clinical research with the skills necessary to successfully compete for grant funding, conduct and analyze research, and publish their work in scientific journals.

By participating in the program, CITE trainees will accomplish two primary objectives:

  1. Complete a two-year formal clinical research curriculum, at the end of which they will receive a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree.
  2. Conduct clinical research under the mentorship of a faculty scientist whose discipline or area of clinical investigation corresponds to the research interests and career aims of the CITE enrollee.

For more information about CITE.