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Curriculum

  • Pulmonary/Critical Care - Curriculum

    Rotations | Conferences | Research

    The three year pulmonary and critical care fellowship program consists of rotations in the medical intensive care unit, pulmonary consultation service, pulmonary function laboratory and sleep laboratory. The first year is devoted to clinical rotations. Nine months of the second and third year are devoted to clinical research pursuits. One-month rotations in lung transplantation and interventional bronchoscopy are available by arrangement with the University of Pennsylvania.

    Rotations

    Rotation#Months
    MICU     6
    Consults6
    EPH/Anesthesia3
    PFT          1
    Sleep2
    Transplant1
    Interventional Pulmonology 1
    Surgery/Trauma2
    Elective2
    Night Float4
    Research
    Total36

    * Electives include, but are not limited to: neurology/neuro-surgery; cardiothoracic surgery; transplant lung/liver; nephrology-dialysis; nutrition; interventional bronchoscopy; and burn unit.

    Pulmonary fellows are expected to be on call every fourth night and every fourth weekend. Call is taken from home. Attending backup is available each night. On weekends, joint rounds are made with the attending and medical house staff. There is no call in the third year.

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    Conferences

    July and August feature a series of didactic conferences in which basic topics in pulmonary and critical care are reviewed by the faculty.

    Mondays feature morning sign-in conference at which events of the weekend are reviewed in detail by fellows and faculty. Tuesdays include seminar conferences where topics are prepared and presented by pulmonary and critical care fellows or faculty., as well as guest speakers. Weekly clinical case presentations also are held each Thursday and are presented by fellows and faculty.
     
    The last Tuesday of each month is a combined conference with the faculty and fellows of the Jefferson pulmonary and critical care devoted to clinical case presentations with emphasis on pulmonary pathology. In addition all fellows are encouraged to attend the numerous Department of Medicine conferences including Benjamin Gouley, MD Medical Grand Rounds. Journal Club is held monthly.

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    Research

    The Department of Medicine’s commitment to education is reflected clearly in the opportunities, encouragement and support provided for subspecialty fellow research.

    Pulmonary/Critical Care fellows are expected to begin a research project during the first year of training. Research projects are selected based on subspecialty fellow interest and are supervised by a member of the full-time faculty. A full nine months are devoted to research. Research projects are expected to culminate in presentations at national meetings and/or publications in peer-reviewed journals.

    The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine provides conference time and funds for each subspecialty fellow to attend a national meeting annually.