Education

Didactic Hour (weekly)
Topics range from basic physiology to specific forms of pathology. Didactics are heavily driven by the fellows’ questions and areas of interest. Although faculty members may prepare a formal presentation, the didactic hour also serves as an open forum for discussion and questions. This intentional venue allows the fellows to appreciate style differences in the practice of pediatric pulmonology.

Journal Club (monthly)
Journal club is held off campus is a relaxed setting to discuss current literature.  All of the fellows in the Department of Pediatrics meet quarterly to learn to critically evaluate research in all disciplines.

Pulmonary department meeting/Cystic fibrosis huddle (weekly)
This multidisciplinary meeting includes all ancillary personnel that participate in pulmonary/cystic fibrosis clinic. Currently admitted patients, interesting clinic patients, and upcoming cystic fibrosis clinic patients are discussed.

Difficult/Chronic Patient Discussion
This meeting occurs every other week and is a time for all providers to get together and discuss chronic (most technologically dependent) children and develop a plan for care going forwards.  Fellows are active participants in this conference and are responsible for presenting the patients and their issues.

Airway Conference (monthly)
A collaborative conference with pediatric otolaryngology and pediatric radiology.  Brief case summaries are presented by resident/fellow trainees in each department followed by an open forum discussion.

Clinical Research Symposium
All incoming fellows at the University of Nebraska Medical Center participate in a week-long conference that lays the foundation for participating in research.  Topics include, but are not limited to: designing studies, grant writing, IRB applications, and statistics.  This conference also allows the fellow to make contact with individuals who can provide support services for their research project.

Bronchoscopy Course
During the first year arrangements are made for the fellow to attend the flexible bronchoscopy course taught by Dr. Robert Wood at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  This long standing course is considered the standard of pediatric bronchoscopy and laryngoscopy.

National Conferences
A national conference is financially supported each year. Fellows are by no means limited to one national conference a year.  Other sources of funding for conference attendance may be procured if the fellow wishes to attend additional conferences, especially if presenting their research.