Medical Student & Resident Education

Carolyn Cannon-McCullough, MD, PhD
Carolyn Cannon-McCullough, M.D., Ph.D.

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine provides educational opportunities for medical students and pediatric residents in addition to our accredited fellowship program.

Medical Students

A full curriculum based on the core competencies as published by the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics (COMSEP) is taught through bedside clinical supervision and daily rounds, in addition to various didactic sessions and interactive case-based discussions facilitated by faculty in nearly all the divisions in the Department of Pediatrics. The entire curriculum is reviewed on an ongoing basis through feedback from UT Southwestern Medical School faculty, national regulatory agencies, and students themselves. Students rotating through the core clerkship continue to outpace national averages on standardized assessments. 

Medical students participate in outpatient specialty clinics staffed by members of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine faculty. During clinic sessions, medical students receive individualized, one-on-one teaching by the faculty.


The evaluation of children with respiratory problems is an integral component of the practice of pediatric medicine. Respiratory symptoms and problems are the most common reason for childhood physician encounters and are the number one cause of school absenteeism and hospital admission. Hence, it is essential that the pediatric resident become familiar with recognition, diagnosis, and care of respiratory diseases. The overall goal of the Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine rotation is to provide residents with intensive exposure to a broad spectrum of pulmonary disorders, in order to highlight principles of management, current controversies, and the respective roles played by the pediatrician and pulmonary subspecialist, as well as other disciplines in the management of these patients.

The Pediatric Pulmonary rotation has been designed for upper-level residents which include second- and third-year general pediatric residents. Goals are aimed at gaining experience in the daily management of children with known as well as presumptive pulmonary disorders. Expectations include demonstration of medical knowledge, comprehension of pathophysiology, development of differential diagnosis, and developing increased independence in the formulation of management plans. In addition, residents should maintain an overall awareness of the acuity of the patients of the inpatient service.

Yadira Rivera-Sanchez, M.D., directs the Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine Resident Education Program.