During your clinical training in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, you are under the direct supervision of a Mayo Clinic physician consultant. This helps you make the most of your educational experiences while ensuring the best quality of patient care delivery.
You gain experience in:
- Clinical pulmonary medicine
- Critical care medicine
- Flexible fiber-optic bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound
- Pulmonary function
- Sleep disorders
A typical rotation schedule includes:
|Hospital inpatient services
|Critical care medicine
|Pulmonary function and exercise testing
|Sleep Disorders Laboratory
|Thoracic surgery and lung pathology
Didactic training is an integral part of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, though other innovative ways to deliver education are being evaluated and delivered to the fellows.
During your training, you participate in:
- A weekly combined case conference featuring pulmonary, thoracic surgery, critical care, sleep, radiology and pathology cases
- A weekly conference presented by pulmonary and critical care medicine fellows or the staff consultants, often on materials published in peer-reviewed journals and/or presented at regional and national meetings, recent advances or new technologies, or research projects with clinical translational impact
- Core lectures in pulmonary and critical care medicine
- Monthly comprehensive conferences in sleep medicine
- Weekly research conferences to review and discuss recently conducted or ongoing research projects
- A biennial course in advanced pulmonary physiology
- Frequent journal clubs to discuss and critically evaluate recent scientific publications on basic mechanisms of lung disease and clinical aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine
- Monthly interventional pulmonary case conferences
- Weekly sleep case conferences
- Quarterly multidisciplinary mycobacterial disease conference
- Morbidity and mortality conferences
- Quality improvement projects
Your fellowship includes at least one year of research. If you are pursuing a clinical career, this training will give you a greater understanding of research and its importance to clinical medicine. If you are pursuing an academic career in research, additional research training time is available. This training will lay a solid foundation for your work as an independent researcher. We have had fellows who have competed successfully for K awards.
In either case, you are encouraged to present your research findings at national meetings and publish them in peer-reviewed journals.
Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. They meet and even exceed the opportunities available in other academic university centers. You may choose from studies in:
- Cell biology
- Molecular biology
- Pulmonary physiology
- Sleep disorders
In addition to the research training offered within the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, you can extend your fellowship to include two years of clinical and two or more years of research training. A clinician-investigator track pathway also is available for those interested in pursuing an academic career.
There is an opportunity to take courses through the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) to obtain a postdoctoral diploma or master's degree in statistics. Fellows also have an opportunity to participate in the Health Care Delivery Research Scholars Program during their research year of training.
The fellowship call rotation is different for each rotation. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
Opportunities are available for teaching rotating residents and medical students. Also, fellows are given the opportunity to participate in educational workshops to become better teachers.
To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. You are evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.