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Curriculum

The pulmonary and critical care training program curriculum is structured so that fellows can build their clinical experiences on a solid understanding of science and evidence-based medicine. The curriculum sets goals and objectives for each year of training that promote progressively independent clinical experiences and teaching in the latter years.

Fellows are generally free of clinical duties during the first month of training so that they may devote this time to building a strong educational foundation. During the first month of fellowship, fellows take part in an interactive education block with other fellows from the DC/Maryland/Virginia area (NIH, Georgetown University, Howard University, George Washington University, University of Maryland, Walter Reed National Naval Medical Center and John Hopkins University). Faculty from all these institutions deliver didactics and fellows are given hands on experience in simulation labs.

Through didactic lectures, seminars and demonstrations, fellows are taught the principles of evidence-based medicine and fundamental concepts in pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, mechanical ventilation, non-invasive ventilation and pulmonary function testing. Fellows also develop procedural competence as they rotate through the anesthesia service, vascular access service, and attend various workshops on radiology, echocardiography, bronchoscopy and central lines. Several workshops offer unique learning opportunities through the use of computerized mannequins (patient-simulation exercises) and procedure dummies (for central lines, intubation, etc.).

MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the primary training venue for our fellowship. Annually, MedStar Washington Hospital Center logs more than 40,000 admissions, 93,000 emergency department visits and 406,000 outpatient visits. The breadth and complexity of cases vary from the common to the rare, providing fellows with a comprehensive experience.

Fellows also undertake clinical rotations and may pursue research opportunities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Fellows spend one month in the intensive care unit at NIH, treating a unique patient population with rare or complicated diseases enrolled in research protocols. Fellows will enhance their experience in advanced lung disease and pulmonary transplantation at the Inova Fairfax Hospital, cystic fibrosis at the Children's National Medical Center, interventional bronchoscopy at Inova Fairfax and sleep medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center and VA medical Center. 

Fellows may also choose to spend elective time at the University of Maryland in sleep medicine, lung transplantation, neurocritical care medicine or AT Shock Trauma (one of the most renowned trauma hospitals in the US).

Based on individual career goals and interests, fellows can schedule elective rotations in infectious disease, nephrology, pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiology, echocardiography, international medicine.

PCCM 3-year Fellowship

Activity
Blocks*
Dedicated Education Month
1
Pulmonary Rotations
9
-Transplant/Advanced Lung Disease
1
-Sleep
1
Medical ICU Rotations (MICU, med. CVICU, NIH, Night Float)
8
Non-medical ICU (SICU, Neuro ICU, surg. CVICU)
3

Research/Elective Rotations/Other Clinical

(Palliative care, Anesthesia, CCUS, Trauma, MedStar, IP)
13
Vacation
3
Total
39


*each block is 4 weeks

EM-CCM 2-year Fellowship

Activity
Blocks*
Dedicated Education 
1
Medical ICU (MICU, CCU, NIH, Night Float)
10
Non-medical ICU (SICU, Trauma, Burn, Neuro, CVSICU)
9

Research/Elective/Other Clinical

(CCUS, Palliative Care)
4
Vacation
2
Total
26

*each block is 4 weeks


For more information, contact:

Bernadet Assefa
Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship Coordinator

MedStar Health/Georgetown-Washington Hospital Center Program Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
110 Irving Street, N.W. , 2A-70 
Washington , D.C. 20010

Phone: (202) 877-7856 
Fax: (202) 291-0386

Email: [email protected]

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