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Pulmonary - Internal Medicine at MedStar Franklin Square

The student will learn the general assessment of patients with a wide array of respiratory illness, as well as how to initiate management of acute respiratory illness, to access patients with pneumonia (particularly risk stratification and appropriate treatment algorithms), and to initiate long treatment algorithms for hospitalized patients with chronic lung disease. The student will participate in routine pulmonary procedures for non-pulmonary practitioners, assess patients with hemoptysis, understand the role of bronchoscopy, and, when it may be indicated, interpret basic chest radiographs. He/she will become comfortable with interpretation of basic spirometry and integration of it into the care of patients with both acute and chronic lung disease. The student will learn the assessment of acutely hypoxemic patients, understand the management of acute hypercapnia prior to ICU care, initiate the evaluation of patients with suspected interstitial lung disease, and learn the importance of the interaction between all members of the respiratory care team (pulmonary physicians, non-physicians, respiratory therapists, PFT tech and nursing staff).

Hours of Participation: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday

Availability: July – June

Number of Students: 1

Course Director: Martin Sheridan, MD, Division Chief, Pulmonary Medicine

Additional Information: Teaching conferences include: Didactic Noon Conference, Medical Grand Rounds, Journal Club, Mortality and Morbidity Conference. Weekly core lectures/presentations are offered to students.

Students have access to Knowledge-Based-Network point-of-care system. The computer-based reference material is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and includes multiple CD-ROM textbooks with search capability, as well as direct Internet access.

The hospital offers a wide range of ancillary services allowing students to focus their time primarily on patient care and education. Free parking is provided.

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