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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.

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.

Regardless of the pathway chosen, call and weekend duties are split evenly among all trainees. In addition, fellows have one half-day of outpatient pulmonary clinic experience for the duration of their training at one of the outpatient facilities on campus. These facilities include 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.

Application Process

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program uses the ERAS system for processing applications. Applications are accepted until August 15 each year. Interviews for the program are held between August and October.

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.