Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Tracks
There are two tracks available within the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship: a clinical track and a research track.
The clinical track is a three-year track. Fellows on this track will spend 24 to 30 months on clinical rotations. In the first 24 months, the fellows complete the core clinical rotations (please refer to Curriculum for a more detailed description). In the additional six months, the fellows may rotate through specialty rotations, such as the Ben Taub Procedure Service, Neurosurgical ICU, and Interventional Pulmonology, and Sleep Disorders. Fellows have the option of additional training in lung transplantation or sleep medicine or doing dedicated research. All fellows are expected to participate in a research project and to present this research at an institution-wide research conference. Some of the recent projects have included: objective assessment of sleepiness in post-call residents, utility of TEG analysis in patients with GI bleeds, and the accuracy of accuchecks in critically ill patients. This research should also result in a published abstract, presentation at a national conference, or publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
The research track is a four-year track, two of which will be dedicated to basic science, clinical, or translational research. The two years of research are supported by an institutional NIH T-32 training grant, under the direction of Tony Eissa, M.D. Fellows may choose a research mentor either within or outside of the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care. Fellows will also complete 24 months of clinical training (please refer to Curriculum for a more detailed description). These clinical months may be done in the 1st and 2nd years of the fellowship, or split between the 1st and the 4th years. Fellows on this track are expected to go on to a career in academic medicine. Fellows may also choose to apply to the Clinical Scientist Training Program, a program through Baylor College of Medicine targeted to educating and training senior sub-specialty fellows and junior faculty to become successful, independent clinical investigators and leaders in academic medicine. Fellows on this track must be a permanent resident or a U.S. citizen.
Applicants who have a completed a pulmonary fellowship may apply for an additional year of training in interventional pulmonology. Fellows will gain further experience and expertise in complex airway and pleural disease management under the guidance of an interdisciplinary team, consisting of otolaryngologists, thoracic surgeons, and interventional pulmonologists.
The critical care tracks include a one-year or a two-year track. For more information regarding the critical care rotations, please refer to Curriculum.
Further information about any of the above fellowships may be obtained by contacting the program coordinator, Ms. Minnie Ellisor.