About the Program
The Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program provides comprehensive training in all clinical and basic aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
A primary objective of the program is to instill an appreciation for scientific investigation and to train physicians for future careers in academic pulmonary medicine. To accomplish this goal, the program offers two pathways, one focused on clinical training and research and the other on clinical training and basic, benchtop research.
The faculty recognizes that the energy and curiosity of our pulmonary fellows play a central role in the vitality of the division, and our commitment to maintaining the quality of the fellowship is strong.
There are several fellowship tracks available:
- Pulmonary and Critical Care
- Med-Peds Pulmonary and Critical Care
Fellows receive 36 months of training. A typical schedule includes 12 months in the critical care unit (nine in the MICU and three in specialty ICUs such a Neuro-Surgical ICU, Surgical ICU and Cardiovascular ICU), 12 months on consult services and 12 months on elective rotations or research rotations.
The research pathway provides for 18 months of clinical training and a minimum of 18 months of scholarly activity.
All pulmonary division, laboratories and clinical research projects are available to the fellows for research training, and there are a number of other opportunities in other departments.
For fellows interested in careers in independent clinical or laboratory research, every attempt will be made to obtain funding for additional years of training in a mentored environment. We offer flexibility and can individualize a fellow's schedule to meet his or her career goals.
The close relationship between pulmonary programs at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati provides unique opportunities for fellows.
Populations of patients with neurofibromatosis, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, lysosomal storage diseases and other uncommon lung diseases are evaluated in a Rare Lung Disease Clinic.
Fellows with a specific interest in rare lung diseases such as cystic fibrosis or lymphangioleiomyomatosis may elect to pursue these interests in more depth by joining these programs and providing continuity care throughout the course of their training.
A combined medicine-pediatrics pulmonary fellowship is available for fellow candidates who have completed residency training in an approved med-peds program and who wish to provide pulmonary care to both children and adults.
Clinical and research conferences are an integral part of the training program. The division holds several weekly professional seminars, including pulmonary grand rounds, thoracic radiology and pathology conference, the fellow board review course and thoracic tumor board conferences at Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center and UC Health University Hospital.
The UC Health Comprehensive Sleep Medicine Center, directed by Victoria Surdulescu, MD, is located in West Chester. There is also the UC Health University Hospital Sleep Center at Holmes Hospital on the medical campus under the direction of Virgil Wooten, MD.
Kenneth Casey, MD, directs the sleep lab at VA Medical Center, which has a two-bed sleep laboratory, and also has the capacity to perform sleep studies in the General Research Center (GCRC). Fellows receive ample exposure to sleep during their training, and have the opportunity to take additional elective sleep rotations or to perform sleep research.
The division has an Interventional Pulmonary service under the direction of Sadia Benzaquen, MD. Second- and third-year fellows have the opportunity to rotate on this service and receive training in EBUS, percutaneous trachs, pleuroscopy, navigational bronchoscopy and rigid bronchoscopy.
All fellows who complete 36 months of training in pulmonary and critical care are eligible to take the Pulmonary Subspecialty Exam and the Critical Care Medicine Certification Exam administered by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Training providing eligibility for the Pulmonary Boards alone can be completed in a period of two years.
Eligibility to take the sleep boards requires training beyond the traditional fellowship options above.
All fellows must have valid Ohio licenses. ACLS is required for fellowship; it is suggested that certification be obtained prior to the start of fellowship.