Pulmonary Fellowship Training

Core Curriculum

There is a weekly teaching session for the first year fellows that are designed to cover core topics in pulmonary and critical care medicine. The goal of the core curriculum is to provide a foundation in the basics of pulmonary and critical care medicine. The sessions include didactic lectures, chest x-ray and CT interpretation, hands-on teaching about ventilators, BiPAP, CPAP, and tracheostomy tubes.

Pulmonary/Thoracic Work Conference

This is a weekly conference attended by the fellows and faculty of the pulmonary and cardiothoracic services to discuss the diagnostic and therapeutic management of patients at Boston Medical Center. Specific patients are discussed, imaging is reviewed, and pathology is discussed. The goal of this conference is to develop treatment plans for complex patients. This conference provides an opportunity to discuss patient care in a multidisciplinary format.

Chest Conference/Pulmonary Grand Rounds

The entire pulmonary division along with several community-based practicing pulmonologists attends the weekly Pulmonary Grand Rounds. At this interactive conference, first year fellows present clinical cases to faculty members. Key elements of the case are discussed. At the end of the discussion, first year fellows present a summary of the relevant literature. The intent is to highlight new and classical literature regarding diagnosis, treatment, or disease mechanisms. At lease twice a year, the core topics of sleep, exercise physiology, and allergy are focal points of the conference.


Sample Presentations:

Journal Club

Once a month, a clinical journal club immediately follows the chest conference. A fellow and faculty member presents a selected article and oversees the ensuing discussion. The goals are to identify new and interesting clinical findings, and to teach a critical reading of the literature in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Senior Fellows’ Conference

This is a weekly conference that is run by senior fellows. Individual senior fellows lead a case-based discussion on a specific topic along with a review of the pertinent literature. The conference varies from reviewing interesting radiography, case management issues, reviewing exercise physiology and sleep cases, and new treatment strategies.

Thoracic Oncology Conference

This weekly conference is a multidisciplinary conference in which thoracic surgery, oncology, radiology, pulmonary, and radiation oncology review lung cancer patients and formulate diagnostic and management plans.

Simulation Training Programs


Boston Medical Center has a state of the art Simulation Center which is utilized by the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship for skill development. The list of simulation programs that Boston University Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows cycle through include:

Bronchoscopy Simulation



EBUS Simulation

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Mechanical Ventilation Training



Pleural Biopsy Training

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Critical Care Ultrasound Training

  • Pleural
  • Vascular
  • Cardiac
  • FAST exam
  • Lung

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Airway Training

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Chest Tube Placement


Emergency Airway Management

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  • Emergency Tracheostomy tube management
  • Code Blue Simulations: facilitating cases for residents
  • Decompensating patients


First Year Fellows’ Pulmonary Core Curriculum

Allergy Consultations Fred Little MK, PBL, PR, CIS
Grand rounds presentations Frank Schembri MK, PBL, PR, CIS
Fellowship Overview Berk/Reardon PBL, PR, CIS
Bronchscopy, Pleural bx, Intubation workshop Berk/Al Silva/Reardon MK, PC
Ventilators: Modes and Protocols Julie Silva/Dan Gavin MK, PC
Administration Orientation Kathy Adamson, Beverly McFarlane, Raquel McDonald PBL, PR, CIS
Ultrasound guided Central Line Placement Frank Schembri MK, PBL, PC
Ultrasound guided Thoracentesis Frank Schembri MK, PBL, PC
Performing PFTS Al Silva MK, PBL
Pulmonary Function Test Interpretation Michael Ieong MK, PBL, PC
VA orientation Susie Cieri PBL, CIS, PR
Pulmonary Clinic Orientation Jeff Berman PBL, CIS, PR
Outpatient management of TB John Bernardo MK, PC
BMC Computer/POE orientation Geralyn Saunders PBL, PR, CIS
Swan Ganz Catheters Hap Farber MK, PC
BMC benefits orientation PBL, PR, CIS
Bronchoscopy course John Berk Chris Reardon MK, PBL, PC
Pre-operative Risk Assessment Frank Schembri MK, PC
Lung Cancer Staging Hasmeena Kathuria MK, PC
Dyspnea Karin Sloan MK, PC
Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Hasmeena Kathuria MK, PC
Pulmonary Hypertension Hap Farber MK, PC
COPD Karin Sloan MK, PC
Asthma Fred Little MK, PC
Noninvasive Mechanical ventilation Chris Reardon MK, PC
Mechanical ventilation Michael Ieong MK, PC
ARDS Chris Reardon MK, PC
Pleural Diseases Ross Summer MK, PC
Hemoptysis Avi Spira MK, PC
Thromboembolic Disease Liz Klings MK, PC
Chest Tubes/PTX John Berk MK, PC
Pregnancy related lung disease Felicia Chen MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling MK, PC
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Ting Chen MK, PC
Interfaces Ting Chen MK, PC
Critical Care session Kevin Wilson MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling MK, PC
Tracheostomies Marty Joyce-Brady MK, PC
Sarcoidosis Jeff Berman MK, PC
Cystic Fibrosis Andrew Wilson MK, PC
Cough Fred Little MK, PC
Anaerobic lung infection and empyema Art Theodore MK, PC
Bronchiectasis James Murphy MK, PC
Pathology: infections Katherine Valentine MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling MK, PC
EBUS/Bronch anatomy refresher Frank Schembri MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling MK, PC
Pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease Liz Klings MK, PC
Pulmonary vasculitides Jussi Saukkonen MK, PC
Jack Faling session MK, PC
Pulmonary complications of HIV Michael Ieong MK, PC
UIP/Pulmonary fibrosis katie Steiling MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling MK, PC
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency Andrew Wilson MK, PC
Pulmonary Complications of Amyloidosis John Berk MK, PC
Control of Breathing and Central Sleep Apnea Ting Chen MK, PC
Critical Care session Kevin Wilson MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling MK, PC
Occupational Lung Diseases James Murphy MK, PC
Diving, Drowning, Altitude Jeff Berman MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling MK, PC
Eosinophilic lung diseases Felicia Chen MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling MK, PC
Introduction to CPET Michael Ieong MK, PC
Pulmonary complications of transplantation Darrell Kotton MK, PC

MK: Medical Knowledge
PBL: Practice based learning
PR: Professionalism
PC: Patient Care
CIS: Communication and Interpersonal Skills