Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship
The Indiana University School of Medicine Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship features two tracks: pulmonary and critical care medicine. Each track focuses on the advancement of clinical skills, scientific knowledge, and ethical standards of trainees to prepare them for a career as clinicians, educators or scientists. This program strives to prepare physicians for careers in academic medicine through exposure and participating in high-quality research, both in basic sciences and clinical outcomes research.
Pulmonary Track Curriculum
The structure of this three-year program is designed to preserve flexibility and diversity for a myriad of career development goals.
The first year is comprised of 12 months of clinical practice, split between pulmonary and critical care medicine. During the first 12 months of training, fellows get training in all aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine and can expect to be certified in the following procedures upon completion of their fellowship training: Flexible Bronchoscopy, transbronchial biopsies, endobronchial biopsies (forceps and needle), Central venous cannulation, arterial cannulation, thoracentesis, paracentesis, endotracheal intubation, tube thoracostomy, critical care ultrasound, endobronchial ultrasound, pleur-X catheter placement, and thoracoscopy.
The second and third years are structured based upon the career goals of the individual fellow. Those who wish to pursue a clinical career take a total of 30 months of clinical experience, with six months devoted to a clinical research project. Those who wish to join the Basic and Clinical Science T-32 training program, anchored in the Brown Center for Immunobiology, have 18 months of protected research time. This program provides postdoctoral fellowship training for basic science and clinical investigators in lung sciences and critical care medicine and accepts one MD fellow and two PhD fellows each academic year. Fellows wishing to pursue a research/academic career are allotted six-to-16 months of protected research time, depending on their research project and career goals.
The clinical months are comprised of a minimum of nine pulmonary and nine critical care rotations. The first year of training consists of 12 months of clinical rotations, and the remainder of clinical months (depending on one’s career goals) are divided amongst the remaining two years. Fellows will get a breadth and depth of training in all aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine. Trainees can expect to be certified in several procedures by the end of their fellowship.
Training occurs at IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Health and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center.
In addition, educational resources for fellows in the program include weekly chest, research and fellows’ conferences; a bi-weekly chest radiology conference and pulmonary hypertension care review conference; and monthly journal clubs and fellow business meetings.
Critical Care Track Curriculum
This two-year program is clinically centered at IU Health Methodist Hospital, funded by the Methodist Health Foundation and accepts up to two trainees per year.
The year is comprised of 11 months of clinical time, with one month reserved for a clinical elective or research. Trainees can expect exposure to cardiopulmonary procedures, transplant and time in several ICU units.
The second year is structured based upon the individual’s career goals. Those who wish to pursue a clinical career will have a total of 21 months of clinical time, with 3 months devoted to a clinical quality improvement research project. Those who wish to pursue a research/academic career will have a total of nine months of research, and 15 months of clinical time. Regardless of the pathway chosen, call and weekend duties are split evenly among all trainees
The Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program uses the ERAS system for processing applications. Applications are accepted until August 15 of each year. Interviews for the program are held between August and October.
For more information, contact the Fellowship Coordinator’s office.
For an application to be considered for review by the fellowship committee, applicants must complete the ERAS application process, including the submission of all USMLE scores available, and four letters of reference from individuals who can evaluate the applicant’s clinical skills. It is mandatory that at least one of these letters comes from a member of the pulmonary/critical care division at the applicant’s residency institution and one from the internal medicine residency program director or designee. All required documents must be submitted through the ERAS Fellowship Documents office. This program cannot accept applications for those with H1-B Visas.