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.

First Year Fellows’ Pulmonary Core Curriculum

Monday Conference: 5-6 pm, R3 Library
Wednesday Conference: 3-4pm, R3 Library

Allergy Consultations Fred Little 6-25-09 MK, PBL, PR, CIS
Grand rounds presentations Frank Schembri 6-25-09 MK, PBL, PR, CIS
Fellowship Overview Berk/Reardon 6-25-09 PBL, PR, CIS
Bronchscopy, Pleural bx, Intubation workshop Berk/Al Silva/Reardon 6-25-09 MK, PC
Ventilators: Modes and Protocols Julie Silva/Dan Gavin 6-26-09 MK, PC
Administration Orientation Kathy Adamson, Beverly McFarlane, Raquel McDonald 6-26-09 PBL, PR, CIS
Ultrasound guided Central Line Placement Frank Schembri 6-26-09 MK, PBL, PC
Ultrasound guided Thoracentesis Frank Schembri 6-26-09 MK, PBL, PC
Performing PFTS Al Silva 6-29-09 MK, PBL
Pulmonary Function Test Interpretation Michael Ieong 6-29-09 MK, PBL, PC
VA orientation Susie Cieri 6-29-09 PBL, CIS, PR
Pulmonary Clinic Orientation Jeff Berman 6-29-09 PBL, CIS, PR
Outpatient management of TB John Bernardo 6-30-09 MK, PC
BMC Computer/POE orientation Geralyn Saunders 6-30-09 PBL, PR, CIS
Swan Ganz Catheters Hap Farber 6-30-09 MK, PC
BMC benefits orientation 7-1-09 PBL, PR, CIS
Bronchoscopy course
Harvard 7-2-09 MK, PBL, PC
Pre-operative Risk Assessment Frank Schembri 7-13-09 MK, PC
Lung Cancer Staging Hasmeena Kathuria 7-15-09 MK, PC
Dyspnea Karin Sloan 7-20-09 MK, PC
Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Hasmeena Kathuria 7-22-09 MK, PC
Pulmonary Hypertension Hap Farber 7-27-09 MK, PC
COPD Karin Sloan 7-29-09 MK, PC
Asthma Fred Little 8-3-09 MK, PC
Noninvasive Mechanical ventilation Chris Reardon 8-5-09 MK, PC
Mechanical ventilation Michael Ieong 8-10-09 MK, PC
ARDS Chris Reardon 8-12-09 MK, PC
Pleural Diseases Ross Summer 8-17-09 MK, PC
Hemoptysis Avi Spira 8-19-09 MK, PC
Thromboembolic Disease Liz Klings 8-24-09 MK, PC
Chest Tubes/PTX John Berk 8-26-09 MK, PC
Pregnancy related lung disease Felicia Chen 9-2-09 MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling 9-14-09 MK, PC
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Hassan Chami 9-21-09 MK, PC
Interfaces Terese Hammond 9-28-09 MK, PC
Critical Care session Kevin Wilson 10-05-09 MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling 10-19-09 MK, PC
Tracheostomies Marty Joyce-Brady 10-26-09 MK, PC
Sarcoidosis Jeff Berman 11-2-09 MK, PC
Cystic Fibrosis Andrew Wilson 11-9-09 MK, PC
Cough Fred Little 11-16-09 MK, PC
Anaerobic lung infection and empyema Art Theodore 11-23-09 MK, PC
Bronchiectasis James Murphy 11-30-09 MK, PC
Pathology: infections Katherine Valentine 12-7-09 MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling 12-14-09 MK, PC
TBA TBA 12-21-09 MK, PC
EBUS/Bronch anatomy refresher Frank Schembri 1-4-10 MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling 1-11-10 MK, PC
Pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease Liz Klings 1-25-10 MK, PC
Pulmonary vasculitides Jussi Saukkonen 2-1-10 MK, PC
Jack Faling session 2-8-10 MK, PC
Pulmonary complications of HIV Michael Ieong 2-22-10 MK, PC
UIP/Pulmonary fibrosis Ting Chen 3-1-10 MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling 3-8-10 MK, PC
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency Andrew Wilson 3-15-10 MK, PC
Pulmonary Complications of Amyloidosis John Berk 3-22-10 MK, PC
Control of Breathing and Central Sleep Apnea Hassan Chami 3-29-10 MK, PC
Critical Care session Kevin Wilson 4-5-10 MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling 4-12-10 MK, PC
Occupational Lung Diseases James Murphy 4-26-10 MK, PC
Diving, Drowning, Altitude Jeff Berman 5-3-10 MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling 5-10-10 MK, PC
BOOP/LAM/EG Jeff Berman 5-24-10 MK,PC
Eosinophilic lung diseases Felicia Chen 6-7-10 MK, PC
Jack Faling session Jack Faling 6-14-10 MK, PC
Introduction to CPET Michael Ieong 6-21-10 MK, PC
Pulmonary complications of transplantation Darrell Kotton 6-28-10 MK, PC

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

Please be prompt for session.

PDF of First Year Fellows’ Pulmonary Core Curriculum