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Curriculum - Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care at MedStar Washington

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. 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, 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. Annually, MedStar Washington Hospital Center logs more than 41,000 admissions, 50,000 emergency department visits and 198,000 outpatient visits. The breadth and complexity of cases vary from the common to the rare, providing fellows with a comprehensive experience.

Fellows also have clinical rotations and may pursue research opportunities at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Fellows spend two months in the intensive care unit at NIH, treating a unique patient population with rare or complicated diseases. Also, fellows will learn about pulmonary transplantation at the Inova Fairfax Hospital, cystic fibrosis at the Children's National Medical Center, interventional bronchoscopy at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center and sleep medicine at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. 

Fellows may also choose to spend elective time at the University of Maryland.

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


Activity
Blocks*
Dedicated Education Month
1
Required Clinical Rotations
22
Pulmonary Rotations
9
ICU Rotations (MICU, CCU, SICU)
9
Transplant
1
ECHO
1
Sleep & PFT
1
Interventional Bronchoscopy
1
Elective Rotations
0-1
Research
15 to 16
Total
39


*each block is 4 weeks


For more information, contact:

Domanique Burnard
Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship Coordinator

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/MedStar Washington Hospital Center Program
110 Irving Street, N.W. , 2A-68
Washington , D.C. 20010

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

Email: Domanique.M.Burnard@MedStar.net