Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship

Program Director

Ronald L. Gibson, MD, PhD

Program Overview

Jason Debley with a patientPediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Mission Statement:

Train pediatric pulmonologists to be skilled clinicians with a foundation in physiology, critical thinkers, avid teachers, and who improve care via scholarship and programmatic development.

Thank you for inquiring about the Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Seattle Children’s. This is a 3–year program that trains individuals to become board-certified pediatric pulmonologists with emphasis on clinical expertise and research experience. The fellowship is accredited by both the American Council on Graduate Medical Education and the American Board of Pediatrics. The Fellowship is offered by the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Seattle Children’s as part of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Our division includes 13 pediatric pulmonologists, all of whom participate in clinical activities, teaching, and research. The clinical program includes activities at Seattle Children’s, a 354-bed pediatric hospital, with a four state referral system and outreach opportunities, including clinics in Alaska. Division members are nationally and internationally recognized for their expertise, and we enjoy working together and making fellows an integral part of the team. We are located in the magnificent Pacific Northwest surrounded by beautiful mountains and the Puget Sound. The activities during each year of fellowship training are described below:

In accordance with the American Board of Pediatrics, fellows receive approximately 14 months of combined inpatient/outpatient clinical training during the 3–year program. The first year emphasizes clinical training and an introduction to research. There are approximately six months of inpatient duties, during which the fellow is responsible for an average of 8–12 inpatients per day on the pulmonary service and 5-10 patients on the consult service at Seattle Children's. The outpatient experience includes participating in Chest, Sleep, Asthma and/or Cystic Fibrosis Clinics, one-two ½-days per week, throughout the year. There is a fully equipped clinical pulmonary function lab with body plethysmography, spirometry, formal exercise testing, and infant pulmonary function testing. There is also a state-of the-art Sleep Center, which performs approximately 18 polysomnographic studies each week. Fellows learn to interpretation of pulmonary function tests and sleep studies and are also instructed on flexible bronchoscopy. During the first year, fellows will spend 1 month in the Pediatric ICU and have opportunities for electives. Fellows also are active participants in a respiratory physiology review each year. We have a weekly Journal Club, monthly Radiology/Chest conferences, and monthly clinical case conferences and/or research “works in progress” discussions.