Educational Goals

Educational Goals

The overall educational goals of the fellowship program are:

  1. To develop the competencies in each fellow for the specialty of Pulmonary Disease.  This is accomplished by a comprehensive training experience in which each fellows sees a wide spectrum of patients with pulmonary diseases both in the hospital and in the outpatient setting while working with key clinical faculty in the division.  Rotations also include the Sleep Laboratory and Pulmonary Function Laboratory.  In addition to an ambulatory continuity clinic in which the fellows see patients with a wide variety of pulmonary diseases, they may elect to rotate through the pulmonary subspecialty clinics in pulmonary hypertension, lung transplantation, interstitial lung disease, chronic obstructive lung disease, or cystic fibrosis, working with key clinical faculty with expertise in these areas.  Each fellow will receive at least 12 months of clinical pulmonary training in the fellowship.

  2. To develop the competencies in each fellow for the specialty of Critical Care Medicine.   While a large part of the critical care experience is in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, each fellow rotates through non-medical Intensive Care Units, including the neurological, surgical-trauma, and cardiac ICUs.  Specific goals of the critical care training are to develop competencies in critical care medicine over a wide spectrum of diseases, as well as development of leadership and administrative abilities for an ICU.  Each fellow receives at least 12 months of clinical critical care medicine training the fellowship.

  3. To develop the basic competencies in research in every fellow, and to provide additional training for fellows planning to pursue an academic, and research career:  A two-track research training experience is offered to the fellows.  For every fellow, a robust research experience is offered for development of skills in the design and conduct of a clinical or preclinical research project closely supervised by a key clinical faculty research mentor.  This experience results in development of the fellow's skills in generation of hypothesis-driven research project, statistical analysis and interpretation of data, and interpretation and application of other studies in the literature related to their findings.  In addition, each fellow develops skills in presentations of their data both locally and in a national meeting setting.  Each fellow undergoes at least 12 months of research training.  A second track is available to every fellow to extend their research program by an additional six months to provide a more robust research experience in order to prepare for an academic practice.