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A Word from the Program Director

Welcome to the Einstein Philadelphia Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program Website!

The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine prides itself in training outstanding clinicians, leaders, and educators for over 20 years. Our program continues to expand with a state-of-the-art bronchoscopy suite, handheld ultrasound units for the Consult service, and chest tube and bronchoscopy simulators. We’re also pleased to announce the exciting addition of Interventional Pulmonology services started in 2019, including pleural procedures, bronchial valve placement, and bronchoscopic cryobiopsy.

The faculty is passionate about fellow education and well being. Here at Einstein, we believe that ensuring fellow wellness is as important as enriching minds and enhancing procedural skills. Fellows have a voice in shaping the curriculum as well as improving patient care and organizational policies through special committee memberships. We do our very best to make sure that our fellows achieve their career goals be it becoming a clinician educator or getting into another subspecialty program.

Einstein is the perfect place for individuals who are driven, innovative and ready to take on exciting challenges!

Thank you for visiting!
Sadia Benzaquen, MD, ATSF, FACP, FACCP

About the Program

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. Five months of the second and third year are devoted to clinical research pursuits. One-month rotations in lung transplantation, interventional pulmonology and pulmonary hypertension are available by arrangement with the University of Pennsylvania. One month in the cardiothoracic ICU at Jefferson University Hospital is available during 3rd year that focuses on ECMO management.



Rotation # of Months
Elkins Park ICU/Consults 4
Consults 4
Anesthesia 2
Interventional Radiology 1
Sleep 2
Transplant 1
Interventional Pulmonology 1
Surgical ICU 1
Echo/Cath Lab 1
Night Float 4
Research 4
Total 33

Boot Camp

First years incoming fellows have 3 days in July where they are excused from clinical duties to attend our departmental boot camp.

Boot camp includes the following topics and workshops:

  • Procedures (Thoracentesis, Paracentesis, Central line placement, Chest tube placement, instillation of TPA/DNase.. etc)
  • Clinic orientation, appropriate inhaler technique training
  • Bronchoscopy training in the simulation lab
  • EBUS, introduction and familiarization with the instrument
  • Management of massive hemoptysis
  • Brain death exam and apnea testing
  • Critical Care Ultrasonography training
  • Non-Invasive mechanical ventilation crash course
  • “The difficult to ventilate patient” with emphasis on ARDS

Amongst other topics that would help the new fellows get started in the ICU, Consults and the clinic.


Weekly Conferences

Internal Medicine Grand rounds
Pulmonary/Radiology Conference


Board Review
Thoracic Tumor Board

Monthly Conferences

Interdisciplinary Fellows’ Research Conference
Morbidity and Mortality Conference
Journal Club
Pulmonary/ID Conference
Interstitial Lung Disease Multidisciplinary Conference
Pulmonary Fellows’ Research Updates/Conference
Pulmonary Grand Rounds

Every Other Month

Ultrasound/Echo Conference
Pulmonary Physiology Lecture


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 five 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. Over the last few years our fellows have presented at ATS, CHEST, and SCCM.


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