Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Curriculum
Our Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education for both Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine subspecialty certification.
The University of Vermont/UVM Medical Center fellowship program emphasizes the integration of clinical care, education and research in a collegial environment. Two fellows are accepted each year for the three-year program.
Components of the Fellowship Program
Medical Intensive Care Unit
Fellows will spend 26 weeks on the primary care team in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. The Medical Intensive Care Unit is a 21-bed unit that receives patients from UVM Medical Center as well as from hospitals throughout Vermont and upstate New York. Critically ill patients with cardiovascular disease and neurologic disease are cared for in this unit as well creating a broad educational experience. The unit is staffed 24/7 by dedicated IM-Critical Care faculty. In the Medical Intensive Care Unit, fellows will hone their skills in ICU patient management, patient assessment, team leadership, and teaching.
Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Fellows will have a minimum of 12 weeks experience in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. The surgical intensive care unit cares for patients with a wide variety of surgical related diseases including cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and trauma. The SICU is staffed by Surgical Critical Care trained faculty from General Surgery and Anesthesiology.
Pulmonary Medicine Consultation Service
Our fellows will have 26 weeks of experience on the inpatient Pulmonary Consultation Service. While on this service, fellows will provide consultation on a wide variety of pulmonary conditions including obstructive lung diseases, interstitial lung diseases, pulmonary vascular diseases, and pulmonary infections. Fellows will work closely with Pulmonary and Critical Care trained faculty during the rotation and have opportunities to teach learners who are rotating on the service.
Fellows will spend 26 weeks of night float over three years. While on night float, fellows will provide Pulmonary consultation and manage urgent issues arising in the Medical Intensive Care Unit.
Each fellow has a continuity clinic at the Pulmonary Ambulatory Clinic one-half day per week. The clinic is attached to the main hospital building. Fellows will have opportunities to rotate through specialty clinics including lung nodule, interventional pulmonary, pulmonary hypertension, and cystic fibrosis clinics.
Pulmonary Function Lab
Fellows will have dedicated time in the PFT lab, learning pulmonary physiology and improving skills in the interpretation of pulmonary function testing.
Each fellow spends a dedicated 2 weeks at the Sleep Disorders Clinic and the Clinical Neurophysiology Laboratory.
Our program recognizes that a robust research experience is important for professional development. We provide 54 weeks of protected time devoted to research. Our fellows work closely with members of the Vermont Lung Center which is the research section of our Division. The faculty prides itself on outstanding academic achievements and mentoring. Interested fellows have the opportunity to continue their research during a 4th year of training that may be supported by our T32 training grant in lung biology.
If you would like more detailed information about our fellowship program, please download our Fellowship Training Program Handbook. The handbook is given to each of our fellows at the start of their fellowship.
Garth Garrison, M.D.
Fellowship Training Program Handbook