Washington Trainee Applications

Medicine

Graduates from the accredited pediatric pulmonary fellowship training program at the PPC are eligible for subspecialty certification by the American Board of Pediatrics. The training program is a three year experience with a maximum of sixteen months spent in clinical training; the remainder is spent learning leadership skills and research methods. Throughout all three years, leadership training is integrated into both clinical and research activities. Pediatric pulmonary fellows are expected to achieve clinical competency for direct comprehensive interdisciplinary care of children with chronic respiratory conditions by the end of the first year of fellowship training. During clinical training in the second and third years, the fellow focuses on clinical team management, coordination of care, and teaching.

Clinical competency training occurs during six four week block rotations in the first year of training and two rotations in the second and third year. During all three years, trainees participate in outpatient Chest and CF clinics.

Research training occurs for four months during the first year and sixteen months during the second and third year of fellowship training. Trainees take didactic courses in research design and biostatistics, attend research seminars and research-specific working groups with collaborators, and conduct original research. Objectives will be met by using 1) didactic courses and research seminars and 2) conducting collaborative research after identifying one or more research preceptors (depending on the trainee’s area of interest). The research mentor and fellowship training director will meet to identify responsibilities for each trainee during the months of research training and will meet quarterly to monitor their progress. The trainee will work directly with the research preceptor using the preceptor’s facilities, equipment, and support personnel.

Each trainee is encouraged to initiate and complete both a clinical and basic research project involving one aspect of chronic pediatric respiratory disease. Clinical research will be supervised by a physician staff member of the Pulmonary Division at CHMC. A research project will be designed based upon current literature and will be conducted in years two and three. As an exercise, the trainee will write a research grant during the second year to obtain research funding for the third year.

Nursing

The purpose of the PPC master’s and post-master’s level training program in nursing is to develop expert leaders in the field of child health and CSHCN using the population of children and families with chronic respiratory disease as a model. Through planned and supervised learning experiences, nursing trainees are provided with opportunities to become clinically proficient while PPC staff model and facilitate the development of leadership skills at various training sites. Upon completion of training, the student will be able to demonstrate acquired and applied knowledge and skills in pulmonary nursing of CSHCN and their families and be proficient in the core public health functions of assessment, policy development, and assurance. In general clinical training is inpatient, outpatient, community and school based, depending on the experiences and goals of the trainee.

Respiratory Therapy

Nutrition

The purpose of the nutrition traineeship is to develop leaders within the discipline of nutrition who are prepared to provide, assess, develop, and assure optimal systems of nutritional care for children with special health care needs. The trainee experience takes place in a variety of settings and prepares nutritionists to function as part of an interdisciplinary health care team and to work with state and local health agencies and providers. At the end of the training, nutrition trainees will have excellent nutritional clinical skills and will understand pulmonary diseases and their impact on the child’s environment.

Social Work

The purpose of the PPC Public Health Social Work training program is to develop public health social work leaders in the field of children’s health care, public health, and children with special needs. Through a supervised practicum, trainees learn about interdisciplinary teams, the effect of chronic illness on child development, parental support systems, crisis interventions techniques, advocacy, and community systems of care. Public health social work trainees will have acquired knowledge and skills in integrated community-based care of children with chronic conditions and their families.

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