Pediatric pulmonology is the study of lung disease in children. Pediatric pulmonologists provide specialty care for children with asthma, cystic fibrosis, and other chronic lung diseases. The field emphasizes the importance of understanding respiratory physiology and paying detailed attention to the relevant physical exam. Pediatric pulmonologists also provide care to patients with complex aerodigestive disorders, those undergoing lung transplantation, and patients with tracheostomies who may or may not be technology dependent.
This guide provides an introduction to this dynamic pediatric subspecialty. It will prepare the resident or medical student to address pulmonary issues commonly encountered on the general pediatric service and during pulmonary rotations and electives. We also introduce the distinct but overlapping and expanding field of sleep medicine and provide useful links for related topics including flexible bronchoscopy and chest radiology.
The following topics are covered in this rotation guide:
If you are interested in a career in pediatric pulmonology, see Next Steps for information about professional societies, meetings, and additional resources.
This rotation guide was developed by a collaborative team of contributors including:
Writers: Mengdi Lu, MD, and Kevin Gipson, MD
Peer Reviewers: Bethany Bartley, MD; Youyang Yang, MD; Jaclyn Davis, MD, and Ariana Rudnick, MD
Editor: Benjamin Nelson, MD (Section Expert)
Senior Editor: Julie Ingelfinger, MD
Last updated: April 2018