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Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program

Overview

Children's Hospital at Montefiore launched its ACGME-accredited fellowship in 2007. The faculty includes five board-certified pediatric pulmonary specialists, with expertise in sleep, care of technology-dependent children, asthma and airway conditions. The Respiratory and Sleep Medicine division is also actively involved in clinical, translational and basic science research, with grants from the NIH and private foundations.

What Our Fellowship Offers

Our three-year fellowship training program provides fellows with a great deal of clinical exposure, primarily at Children's Hospital at Montefiore, the teaching hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. It includes patients with congenital airway malformations, asthma, chronic lung and chest wall disorders, respiratory failure, lung infections, and complex cardiac conditions with pulmonary manifestations, as well as sleep pathology and a mechanical ventilation program. In addition, our fellows rotate at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia Campus (CHONY) for one month each year, gaining experience in the management of cystic fibrosis patients.

Fellows will have many opportunities to perform procedures such as bronchoscopy, as we perform approximately 150 of these procedures a year. Outpatient exposure is also available for related subspecialties, such as allergy-immunology, otolaryngology and anesthesia. Children's Hospital at Montefiore is equipped with a fully operating lung function laboratory, with equipment for body plethysmography, exercise testing, methacholine challenge, impulse oscillometry and infant lung function testing, as well as a state-of-the-art, four-bed sleep laboratory.

provider Raanan Arens, MD

Program Director: Raanan Arens

Specialties:
Sleep Medicine
Pediatric Pulmonology
Pediatrics

Aneela A. Bidiwala, MD

Associate Program Director: Aneela Bidiwala

Specialties:
Pediatric Pulmonology
Pediatrics

Curriculum

The curriculum consists of approximately six months of inpatient responsibility in the first year, three in the second year and three in the third year, during which fellows are attentively supervised by an attending pulmonologist. Fellows have three months of outpatient rotation/elective during their first year, two months in their second year and one month in their third year. The remainder of the 18 months is devoted to research.

Supplementing the clinical, procedural and research exposure and experience is a full curriculum of lectures, journal clubs and weekly case presentations. There are also interdisciplinary meetings, such as airway conferences in which complex cases with ENT, pulmonary and cardiothoracic input are discussed, and interaction with the adult pulmonology division via case-based conferences. Fellows are actively involved in this process and present at one to two conferences a month on average.

Research

Fellows have ample opportunity to pursue research, with protected time provided for successful completion of research projects. The division members have their own basic science and clinical laboratory space. Fellows may also conduct research with affiliated divisions, such as infectious disease and allergy and immunology. The expectation is that each fellow will complete a research project, which may be basic ("bench") or clinical patient-oriented. A scholarship oversight committee will monitor the research activity of each fellow to ensure maximum research productivity during the fellowship. All fellows also participate in a hospital wide clinical research course.

Benefits

Housing is available for our fellows based on availability. Parking is available at our facility. Each fellow will receive a yearly stipend to participate in national and international meetings such as American Thoracic Society, Sleep Conference, Chest conference. In addition, there is a stipend for literature and society dues. 

Mahmoud Abu Zahra

First Year Fellow:
Mahmoud Abu Zahra

Laura Miller

Second Year Fellow:
Laura Miller

Hyunbin Park

Third Year Fellow:
Hyunbin Park

Applying for Our Fellowship

We accept 1 fellow per year electronically through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Applications should include the following documents:

  • ERAS Common Application Form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official medical school transcript
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG status report (international medical graduates only)
  • Photo

Starting in July, ERAS will open for applications. Trainees are encouraged to complete submissions by July, which provides ample time for the program to review all applications and schedule personal interviews for competitive applicants. Interviews will be held from August to October

CONTACT US TO LEARN MORE

If you have any questions regarding our program or the application process, please feel free to contact our administrative secretary and fellowship program coordinator, Darlene Esquea.

Telephone: 718-515-2330 
Emaildesquea@montefiore.org