Overview of Program
Pulmonary Fellowship Training
The program is a world-class ABIM-accredited Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine fellowship that requires completion of three years to be board-eligible in both sub-specialties. Fellows have an opportunity to remain in the fellowship program for a fourth year to continue their mentored research. The first year follows a traditional clinical track that enables trainees to learn the requisite skill for the diagnosis and treatment of both common and rare diseases of the lung, and for the diagnosis and treatment of critically ill patients. In the second and third years, fellows spend the majority of their time carrying out a mentored research project. Several clinical months are interspersed in these years, including anesthesia/thoracic surgery, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and surgical intensive care unit rotations. Many fellows choose to remain for a fourth year of entirely protected research time, which is helpful in transitioning to faculty positions. Throughout the fellowship, there are numerous, regularly scheduled conferences of both a clinical and research nature.
Continuity clinics are done at BMC and include both General Pulmonary and TB/Public Health. Continuity clinic is ½ day session per week for the three-year training period. Notably, our TB clinic takes care of all cases in Boston. In addition, senior fellows participate in a continuity pulmonary specialty clinic of their choice for 6 months for a ½ day session per week. The specialty clinics available include thoracic oncology, pulmonary hypertension, asthma, HIV, TB and sleep disorders.
Night call is beeper call one night per week during the first year. There is no in-house call for pulmonary fellows. Weekend coverage is once a month for first and second year fellows. Attending physicians cover weekends with the fellows.
Fellows have 4 weeks vacation each year of their fellowship.