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Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Overview

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship has received full accreditation from the ACGME through 2014.

Our fellows’ have performed admirably at all of the national conferences including the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), American Thoracic Society (ATS), Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), and American College of Physicians (ACP). Each fellow attends one major national meeting or board review course per year. Additionally, in 2009-2010, our fellows had multiple papers/abstracts accepted for publication.

AAnother source of great pride and academic achievement over this past year has been the fellows’ involvement with writing of five chapters (Ethics, Introduction to Mechanical Ventilation, Coma and Criteria for Brain Death, Infections in HIV Patients and Other Immunocompromised Hosts, and Infections of the Central Nervous System) in the 2008 publication entitled ACP Manual of Critical Care, which was edited by four members of our division and jointly published by McGraw Hill and ACP Press. The fellows were involved with the work and planning that went into the book which we feel was a tremendous experience for them. In addition, each fellow submitted a chapter along with a faculty member for a publication entitles “Textbook in Pulmonary Medicine for Developing Countries,” with expected publication before the end of 2010.

Administrative/Teaching roles played by the Fellows:

  • Every admission to the ICU and Chronic Ventilator Unit are approved by the fellow.
  • Fellows approve all non-invasive positive pressure ventilation.
  • Daily teaching is carried out by the fellows with formal lectures in the ICU and Chronic Ventilator Unit.
  • Fellows participate in teaching mechanical ventilation to the residents in an annual workshop
  • Fellows are actively involved with hospital wide quality improvement projects (current projects include Pulmonary Embolism / DVT and Use of Protected Specimen Brushing in the Prevention of Ventilator Associated Pneumonia)
  • Fellows are intimately involved with reviewing and critiquing all mortalities which occur in the medical intensive care unit and chronic ventilator unit.

On a clinical note, our fellows continue to excel in all aspects of pulmonary/critical care medicine. With the addition of Dr. Sonali Sethi Director of Interventional Pulmonology, our fellows have become very adept at some of the more difficult procedures. Dr. Sethi’s presence has indeed improved their procedural skills to an extremely high level. In addition, the fellows are seeing procedures that are done in very few institutions across the country and this certainly benefits all parties involved.