Pulmonology Fellowship

Pulmonology Fellowship

Anastassios C. Koumbourlis, MD, MPH - Division Chief, Pulmonary Medicine

The Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship at Children’s National Health System is a three-year program that trains individuals to become board-certified pediatric pulmonologists with emphasis on clinical expertise and research experience. The fellowship is accredited by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education and meets all the requirements of the sub-board of Pediatric Pulmonology of the American Board of Pediatrics. Overall goals of Children's Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship Training Program are:

  • To develop competence in the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of respiratory disorders in infants, children and adolescents.
  • To develop expertise in the selection, performance and evaluation of procedures necessary for morphologic and physiologic assessment of pulmonary diseases.
  • To develop expertise and counseling skills in the psychosocial aspects of chronic pulmonary disease.
  • To offer instruction through faculty interaction, courses, workshops, seminars and laboratory experience to provide an appropriate background in the basic and fundamental disciplines related to the lung.
  • To develop research capabilities through participation in all stages of a research project.
  • To develop teaching skills by conducting lectures, seminars and clinical conferences, and by preparing written reports and teaching material.

The clinical program is located at Children’s National, a 283-bed tertiary care center. It is a free-standing Children’s Hospital with referrals from 4 states. We are located in the Nation’s capital, a multicultural city with a diverse patient population.

Our division includes eight board certified pediatric pulmonologists, a board certified sleep physician, and a board certified sleep psychologist, who participate in clinical activities, teaching and research. In addition we are privileged to work with a basic science researcher, two adult pulmonologists, and three nurse practitioners, one of whom works with the adult team. There are six fellows (two in each year of training).

Fellows receive approximately 16 months of combined inpatient/outpatient clinical training during the three-year program. The first year emphasizes clinical training with approximately five months of inpatient duties, and an introduction to research. The second and third years have four and three months of inpatient training respectively. The outpatient experience includes participating in subspecialty clinics, and a weekly continuity clinic. Over 160 patients with cystic fibrosis are actively followed by a multidisciplinary team in our Cystic Fibrosis Center. In addition, we care for a large number of children with asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, apnea, and a variety of other respiratory conditions. There is a fully equipped clinical pulmonary function lab with body plethysmography, spirometry, and exercise testing. The Sleep Center performs 25-30 polysomnographic studies each week. Fellows also receive instruction and practice in performing flexible bronchoscopies.

Fellows participate in a respiratory physiology review each year. We have weekly Fellows Conference that includes Journal Club, monthly clinical case conferences and Board Review sessions. The faculty and fellows are involved in clinical and basic science research in sleep disorders, asthma, cystic fibrosis and viral respiratory infections, which is being carried out within our “state-of-the-art” Children’s Research Institute as well as in collaborating institutions such as the National Institute of Health.

If you have any questions, please contact our Fellowship Coordinator, Ms. Sherida Chappell-Bridges or Program Director, Iman Sami MD.

Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
Children’s National Health System
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-476-2128 or 202-476-5718
Fax: 202-476-5864

How to Apply

How to Apply

Children’s National Health System will be participating in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), Pediatric Pulmonary Specialty Match for those applying for fellowship beginning July 1, 2015. We are also participating in ERAS this year, (https://www.aamc.org/ or https://www.erasfellowshipdocuments.org/).

ERAS Applications become available to Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship Programs on December 1, 2013. The ERAS website will guide you in uploading your documents. You can start the process after July 1, 2013.

The dates for the NRMP are listed below.

Match Startup: January 23, 2013
Rank Order List Opens: April 10, 2013
Rank Order List Closes: May 15, 2013
Match Day: May 29, 2013

We plan to start interviewing select applicants with completed applications in January and will continue until April 2013.

Applicants must have graduated from an accredited medical school and have completed a pediatric residency program at an accredited institution. The individual must be board-eligible/certified in pediatrics. Applicants should submit the following documents:

  1. ERAS Application form
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Personal statement
  4. Recent photograph
  5. Minimum of two letters of reference, one of these should be from the Pediatric Program Director
  6. USMLE scores
  7. Copy of ECFMG certificate (if applicable)

If you have any questions, please contact our Fellowship Coordinator, Ms. Sherida Chappell-Bridges or the Program Director, Iman Sami MD.

Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
Children’s National Health System
111 Michigan Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-476-2128 or 202-476-5718
Fax: 202-476-5864

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits?

  • Health, Dental, Vision
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Life Insurance
  • Annual & Sick Leave
  • Disability Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Backup Child and Elder Care

A detailed summary of all benefits can be found in our Benefits Guide.

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