The training program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine is comprised of clinical rotations complemented by a rich, multifaceted series of conferences. In addition to the section conferences, fellows have access to basic science and clinical conferences throughout the entire BCM campus, as well as nearby Rice University and other medical-research institutes at or near the Texas Medical Center.
Core Lecture Series
During first four months, lectures cover basic fellowship topics including respiratory and cardiac physiology and pulmonary immunology. During the remainder of the year, faculty present state-of-the-art conferences covering the breadth of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. Faculty from other departments also present relevant core topics.
Research Conference Series
Faculty in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine present updates of their current research. In addition, distinguished visiting professors and other BCM faculty are invited to present. At the end of the year, the fellows also present their research.
Chest Radiology Conference Series
Fellows collect and present a variety of cases with interesting radiological findings. Faculty also give a brief didactic on important chest radiology topics at each conference. Fellows learn to formulate a differential diagnosis and approach to common and uncommon manifestations of pulmonary disease.
Journal Club Series
Fellows critically review clinical and research articles from all of the major pulmonary, critical care, and sleep journals and key general medicine journals. Fellows learn principals of evidence-based medicine, statistical analysis, and critical appraisal of the literature with the guidance of a faculty mentor.
Board Review Series
Faculty highlight major pulmonary and critical care board topics in a question-and-answer format in preparation for the ABIM board exams.
This course is organized by the interventional pulmonary service. In this day-long, hands-on conference, faculty from various disciplines and institutions present important topics regarding bronchoscopy. Simulation models are available for hands-on practice with flexible and rigid bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, and transbronchial needle aspiration.
The Rodarte Memorial Lecture is held every spring in memory of Dr. Joseph Rodarte. Previous speakers at this lecture series have included Dr. Jay Nadel, Dr. Jeffrey Fredberg, Dr. Rolf D. Hubmayr, and Dr. Sol Permut.
The skills course is held at the beginning of the academic year to prepare the fellows for many of the procedures they are expected to perform.
A research retreat is held every spring to expose the junior fellows to the wide variety of research opportunities available in the section. Junior fellows are encouraged to develop their research interests early and formulate research projects after identifying a mentor through this retreat.