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Pulmonary and Critical Care Track


Indiana University trains excellent clinical fellows. Period.

Experience across four hospitals gives fellows a wide perspective of practice environments and prepares them for whatever lies ahead. They complete more than enough procedures for credentialing at any hospital including central lines, thoracentesis, chest tubes, bronchoscopy, and EBUS. Fellows also have the opportunity to gain experience in placement of indwelling pleural catheters and percutaneous tracheostomy. Because of the diverse training landscape, nearly any clinical interest is available as a learning experience. In addition, despite being on the clinical track, fellows will spend anywhere from 6-9 months completing research.


Whether you choose the research track or clinical track, the program will provide robust clinical training during the first year. In the 13 4-week blocks, the average first-year fellow will complete 4 months of ICU, 6 months of consults, 1 month of ambulatory, and 1 month of bronchoscopy. This heavy clinical year frees up as many as 18 months for research in the last two years.

The division offers a T32 Research Training Program that is administered jointly with the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary, Allergy, and Sleep Medicine. Research Fellows have the opportunity to pursue additional training through the Clinical Investigation and Translational Education (CITE) Program or the Translational Science Education Program.

While the Division is home to a wide variety of research, a few areas of highlight are:

  • Cystic Fibrosis
    Research in cystic fibrosis is an integral part of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at IU School of Medicine, one of 82 sites that participate in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Therapeutic Development Network (TDN), the largest cystic fibrosis clinical trials network in the world.

  • Intensive Care Unit Delirium
    IU is home to the first Critical Care Recovery Center in the US. Investigators in the ICU Delirium group conduct randomized clinical trials and provide follow-up care for survivors of ICU care.

  • Lung Immunology and Lung Microbiome
    Research in Lung Immunology and Lung Microbiome at IU School of Medicine focuses on how HIV impairs pulmonary host immunity and leads to pulmonary complications often seen in this patient population.

  • Pulmonary Hypertension
    Researchers focused on pulmonary hypertension within the Division pursue NIH and VA-funded basic science, translational, and clinical research projects in pulmonary vascular disease and right heart failure.

Critical Care Track

This two-year program is clinically centered at IU Health Methodist Hospital and accepts up to two trainees per year. Fellows should expect exposure to cardiopulmonary procedures, transplant, and time in several ICU units. They are allotted up to 9 months of research time across the two years depending on their career goals. Regardless of the pathway chosen, call and weekend duties are split evenly among all trainees.