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About the Program

Pulmonary fellows

The pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship program is the cornerstone of the division.  Our faculty provide comprehensive specialty training in a deliberate, supportive and collegial manner.  The leadership of the program is focused on helping fellows lay the foundation for a successful career as clinicians while also fostering academic growth through exploration of research and educational opportunities.  One of the key features of our program is the flexibility – we have several tracks available, which are constantly being refined based on fellow and faculty feedback.

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Clinician Educator Track

  • Dedicated guidance and coaching on "how to teach" and adult learning theory
  • Scholarly activity focused on educational projects and quality improvement
  • Participation in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Master Teacher Program
  • Opportunities for dedicated instruction in Quality Improvement

Quality Improvement Track

  • Instruction in the practical application of improvement science philosophy and methods
  • Participation in one large on-going quality improvement project
  • Execution of a small scale project that includes problem identification, team building, identifying measures, conducting iterative cycles of change and assessment with scale-up for implementation.
  • Enrollment in a 6-month Improvement science course at James Anderson Center for Healthcare Improvement at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to become a leader in quality improvement and healthcare transformation
Research Tracks
  • Availability of multiple basic science, translational and clinical research opportunities
  • Option to enroll in a certificate course in ‘clinical and translational research’ during fellowship. If desired, credits earned can be applied to a Master’s degree after fellowship.
  • Research opportunities in multiple common and rare lung diseases such as lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH), cystic fibrosis (CF), pulmonary innate immunity, immune function in COPD and cystic lung disease
  • For interested fellows, extended protected research time (up to 12 months) can be provided
Med/Peds Pulmonary Track
  • Combined fellowship with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC)
  • Requires applications and contact with both UC and CCHMC

Critical Care Only Track for Internal Medicine Subspecialty Fellow Graduates

  • Established in 2019, a one year critical care-only track is available for IM subspecialty fellowship graduates
  • Opportunity for comprehensive critical care experience in our medical, cardiovascular, surgical and neurosurgical ICU's
  • Enables fellow to combine their subspecialty expertise with critical care training

Our clinical versatility allows for an exposure to the entire breadth of pulmonary and critical care medicine.  Some of the highlights include: unique pulmonary pathology in our world renowned Rare Lung Disease clinic, cutting edge interventional pulmonology, high-acuity medical ICU, comprehensive critical care exposure in specialty ICUs (neurosurgical, surgical and cardiovascular) and in depth pulmonary physiology training in the UCMC and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center PFT labs.  In addition to individualized instruction while on clinical rotations, fellows can take advantage of our fellow centric didactics that run throughout the academic year.

If you have questions about our program, please contact our fellowship program director Peter Lenz, MD, MEd at: or our associate program directors Michael Hellmann, MD (Ultrasound Director) at: or Rhea Rubin, MD at:  We invite you to explore our detailed educational website at to see further what we have to offer.  Our goal is to be an engaging and vibrant training program.  Thank you for your interest !

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University of Cincinnati
Department of Internal Medicine

Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way, ML 0564
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0564

Phone: 513-558-4831
Fax: 513-558-4858