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Pulmonary Medical School is now live!  This is our introductory lecture series for incoming pulmonary fellows aimed at providing a foundation in basic pulmonary physiology, pulmonary function testing, bronchoscopy, mechanical ventilation and airway management. It is also perfect for nurses, medical students, residents, or fellows wishing to improve their knowledge base for pulmonary clinic or the intensive care unit.

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Divisional Conferences

There are several pulmonary specific conferences scheduled each week, which cover both clinical practice and research topics. The overall goal of our conferences is to foster learning and engender discussion about topics pertinent to the practice of pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine.

We strongly believe in teaching based on the principles of evidence-based medicine, defined as the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values. Our conferences include:






 Monday conference descriptions

  • The Monday Career Conference’s faculty advisor is Matt Exline, and is an informal forum devoted to review key aspects of building a successful career in pulmonary/critical care medicine.
  • The Monday Ultrasound Conference is conducted by David Bahner. Dr. Bahner is the Emergency Department Ultrasound Fellowship program director. The conference is dedicated time to review pertinent ultrasound scanning techniques in pulmonary and critical care medicine as well as review educational ultrasound scans.
  • The Monday Pulmonary Didactic Conference’s faculty advisor is Jennifer McCallister and Friday Critical Care Didactic Conference’s faculty advisor is Roy Essig. These two series involve a set series of rotating topics conforming to the ACGME topic requirements over a three year period. There are didactic lectures given on a variety of pulmonary and critical topics given by faculty from both Pulmonary/CCM division as well as other departments on the medical center campus.
  • The Monday Sleep Conference’s faculty advisor is Uly Magalang, and will include didactic sessions and case presentations. A full range of sleep disorders will be discussed, and pertinent PSG/MSLT tracings will be reviewed.
  • The Monday Clinical Physiology Conference’s faculty advisor is John Mastronarde, and is devoted to reviewing basic physiology as it applies to everyday practice of pulmonary/critical care medicine.

Tuesday conference descriptions

  • The Tuesday Multidisciplinary Case Conference’s faculty advisor is Jonathan Parsons, and is a case based conference with typically 2 cases being presented by either pulmonary staff or a pulmonary staff and a fellow.
  • Tuesday afternoon’s Resident Chest Conference’s faculty advisors are Jennifer McCallister and Maria Lucarelli and is an interactive session with the internal medicine residents. The fellows prepare and review interesting cases and basic radiographic findings with the residents.

Wednesday conference descriptions

  • Wednesday‘s Sub-Subspecialty Clinical Conference’s faculty advisor is Karen Wood and is a multi-format conference focused on topics related to the clinical management of sub subspecialty patients such as allergy, asthma, COPD, cystic fibrosis, interstitial lung disease, interventional pulmonology, lung cancer, pulmonary hypertension, pulmonary transplantation, sarcoid and sleep medicine.
  • Wednesday’s Journal Club’s faculty advisors are Maria Lucarelli and Troy Schaffernocker. Recent publications pertinent to pulmonary and critical care medicine are reviewed. The goal of this exercise is to teach fellows how to critically review research articles, and will utilize objective criteria for reviewing the medical literature. Particular attention will be given to review of clinical trials in regard to study design and statistical analysis. The fellow will also gain experience in different methods of data presentation and the applicability of medical research to patient care.
  • Wednesday’s MICU M&M Conference’s is conducted by the MICU director, Naeem Ali, and will review the previous month’s MICU activity. Adverse events will be discussed with discussion of solutions and prevention of future events.

Thursday conference descriptions

  • The Thursday Research Conference’s faculty advisors are Susheela Tridandapani and Patrick Nana-Sinkam, and is devoted to updates on both clinical and basic science research. Speakers are from within the Pulmonary/CCM division, from other departments on campus and from other universities. The fellows will be expected to present their research once per year.

Friday conference descriptions

  • The Pathology Conference is on the first Friday of each month. Dr. Charles Hitchcock from the Department of Pathology discusses recent cases and goes over slide specimens in detail from recent lung biopsies that our fellows have been involved in.
  • The Friday Radiology Conference is a joint conference with the Department of Radiology, specifically with Dr. Mark King. Case history and radiographs are reviewed for select topics as well as select patients.

Additional Educational Meetings

  • Internal Medical Grand Rounds, held weekly, includes reviews of topics pertinent to both Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.
  • The Fellows meeting is a monthly meeting of all the fellows with the fellowship program directors. It gives the opportunity to meet as a group and discuss any pertinent issues relating to education or clinical rotations. It also addresses any other issues the fellows and program directors would like to discuss in a group setting.
  • Pulmonary Noon Report is held during the last week of each month, depending on the calendar dates, and is an informal clinical conference moderated by the Chief Fellow, where the consult fellows (and/or other fellows or faculty) discuss current interesting cases being cared for on the consult service (“what’s in your pocket”).
  • Each year, the Chief Fellow invites an outside Professor to visit Ohio State and present at the Chief Fellow Visiting Professor Lectureship. These lectures began in 2007 and have brought in leaders in the field of pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Program-specific Conferences

There are also other program-specific conferences that span the content of pulmonary/critical care fellowship training and fellows are welcome to attend any and all of these:

  • Basic Science Journal Club, 1500 every Wednesday
    Organized by Susheela Tridandapani with objective reviews of basic science journal articles.
  • Didactic Sleep Conference, 1000-1200 every Monday
    Didactic sessions on sleep disorders organized by Uly Magalang as part of the ACGME-approved fellowship in sleep medicine.
  • Interstitial Disease Case Conference, @ OSU East 1600 1st and 3rd Friday
    Organized by Jim Allen as a multidisciplinary conference where patients with ILD are presented for discussion and review of diagnostic and management issues.

Continuing Medical Education

The College of Medicine provides a web-based independent learning seminar series that encompasses topics in the areas of business of medicine, ethics, communication, health care policy, practice plans and other areas which help round out the fellows clinical and research training. Two modules, sleep deprivation and physician impairment, are mandatory per OSU Medical Center’s policy. This series can be accessed at the Center for Continuing Medical Education website.

We also highly recommend fellows review the ATS Reading List.