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The fellowship program consists of 18 months of clinical exposure, the majority of which occurs during the first year. We have a large and diverse patient population and currently have six (6) "core" clinical rotations per month. In addition to these rotations, F2’s rotate with the surgical critical care team and F3’s rotate with the cardiothoracic critical care team, the thoracic surgical critical care team and the neurologic critical care team.  Night call is fulfilled via a night float rotation.  When not on night float, fellows have no overnight call responsibilities.  F1's do approximately 4 weeks of night float, F2's 2-4 weeks and F3's 2 weeks.  Two fellows split a 4 week block of night float and while on the "off" week the fellow has no clinical responsibilities except for his/her own continuity clinic.  Night float and all clinical rotations are structured to comply with ACGME duty hour guidelines.

Sub-Subspecialty Programs (both patient care and research components)

  • Allergy
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Cystic fibrosis (adult)
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Interventional pulmonology
  • Lung cancer
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary transplantation
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Sleep medicine
  • Tuberculosis
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Thoracic Surgery Critical Care
  • Cardiovascular Surgery Critical Care
  • Neurologic Critical Care

First Year (Clinical Year)

The First Year fellow is exposed to the entire spectrum of pulmonary and critical care illnesses through time spent at OSU University Hospital on the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) service; at University Hospital, James Cancer Hospital and Ross Heart Hospital on the Pulmonary Consult services; and at OSU East Hospital on the pulmonary/critical c consult service.

The fellow will rotate among the "core" service rotations in an ordered fashion and each fellow will spend approximately the same amount of time on the various rotations. First year fellows also do one month of a combination of various sub-subspecialty clinics.

A unique program feature:  Pulmonary Medical School

A unique feature of our fellowship is that we have a month-long orientation program in July of F1 year developed by our Program Director, which we call "Pulmonary Medical School."

No first year fellow takes any call in July and they are not formally assigned to a service. First year fellows spend July:

  • Reviewing the basics of pulmonary physiology;
  • Learning basics of pulmonary/critical care medicine;
  • Spending time in our simulator lab with interactive sessions aimed at mastering the basics of bronchoscopy, airway management, chest tubes, and other essential procedures.

When not in class or in the simulator lab (1/2 day per most days), F1’s spend time on all of the core rotations learning the specific requirements of each rotation and fully participating in the care of the patients.

The goal of this month is to allow the first year fellows to review the basics of pulmonary/critical care physiology and clinical medicine, begin to learn the essential procedural skills required of a pulmonologist, and get acclimated to the hospital/program before being placed on service or on call.


Second and Third Years

During the second and third years, the primary focus of training is on research projects and fellows also complete the remaining seven months of their 18 month clinical requirement. This will include core rotations as described above, as well as rotations with the surgical critical care, cardiothoracic, thoracic and neurologic critical care teams. All F2’s also participate and obtain certification in ATLS, funded by the division.