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Clinical Training

During your clinical training you will be under the direct supervision of a Mayo physician consultant. This will help you make the most of your educational experiences while ensuring the quality of patient care. You will gain experience in:

  • Clinical pulmonary medicine
  • Critical care medicine
  • Flexible fiberoptic bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound
  • Pulmonary function
  • Sleep disorders

Rotation Schedule
A typical rotation schedule includes:

Rotation Length
Outpatient consultations 3 months
Bronchoscopy 3 months
Hospital Inpatient Services 4 months
Critical care medicine 9 months
Pulmonary function and exercise testing 1 month
Sleep Disorders Laboratory 1 month
Thoracic surgery/Lung pathology 1 month
Electives 2 months
Research 12 months

Didactic Training
Didactic training is an integral part of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. During your training you will participate in:

  • A weekly combined case conference featuring pulmonary, thoracic surgery, radiology and pathology cases
  • A weekly conference presented by pulmonary and critical care medicine fellows or by the staff consultants, often on material published in peer-reviewed journals and presented at regional and national meetings
  • Core lectures in pulmonary and critical care medicine
  • Monthly comprehensive conferences in sleep medicine
  • 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
  • Quarterly multidisciplinary mycobacterial disease conference

Research Training
Your fellowship will include 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. In either case, you will be encouraged to present your research findings at national meetings and to publish them in peer-reviewed journals.

Your research opportunities at Mayo Clinic are outstanding. You may choose from studies in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular biology
  • Oncology
  • 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. This additional research training is provided through National Institutes of Health funds.

Call Frequency
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 (ACGME).

Teaching Opportunities
Opportunities are available for teaching rotating residents and medical students.

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance will be monitored carefully during the course of your program training. You will be evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and will meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you will regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

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