Fellowship in Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine
Welcome to the University of Pittsburgh Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine training program website. It is our mission to train the next generation of leaders in academic pulmonary and critical care medicine. We combine the very best in clinical training with innovative and structured research training at the bench, in the clinical arena, and in the space between.
The hospitals and clinics of the UPMC and VA Pittsburgh (VAPHS) health systems provide the venues for comprehensive clinical training. UPMC has consistently received honor roll distinction in the annual poll of the US News and World Report, rating the top ten for Pulmonary Medicine. Inpatient training takes place primarily in three UPMC hospitals and the VAPHS. The flagship hospital, UPMC Presbyterian (a tertiary referral center for western Pennsylvania, West Virginia, eastern Ohio, and the entire UPMC health system) houses nearly 800 acute care beds of which 150 comprise seven intensive care units. The recently renovated Comprehensive Lung Center boasts 20 individual exam rooms and houses its own pulmonary function laboratory and pulmonary rehabilitation facility. In addition, a state-of-the-art bronchoscopy suite supports more than 1700 procedures each year including a variety of advanced procedures. The VAPHS, also newly modernized, provides rich inpatient and outpatient clinical exposure in addition to a high-tech simulation center.
Diverse opportunities and innovative approaches distinguish our research training program. The University of Pittsburgh ranks 4th in NIH funding among institutions of higher education in the United States in FY2018 (www.report.nih.gov). More than $15M in annual research expenditures distributed across 10 subspecialty centers and institutes (including two institutional T32 training grants in pulmonary biology and medicine and pulmonary vascular biology and a third in sleep medicine) support the Division’s research enterprise and span the continuum of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. More than 20,000 sq feet of state-of-the-art laboratory space provides the physical infrastructure to support scientific training initiatives. For all fellows, we offer a structured approach to research education individually tailored to a specific trainee’s experience and needs. From project and mentor selection to successful competition for independent research funding, our expert mentors and training committee guide fellows through the evolution of a productive academic career.
Cutting-edge basic science and an extensive repository of human tissues and clinical data promote translational research, the hallmark of our Division and our training program. In recent years, we have developed an innovative bench-to-bedside translational training program capitalizing on partnerships with the NIH, pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, and other departments within the University including an active and productive Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Financial support is available for T32-supported fellows in search of advanced degree training in clinical research, public health, translational science, or business administration.
Recognizing the need to develop talented clinician educators to advance the process of medical education, we recently created a Section of Medical Education within the Division and launched the Innovative Clinician Educator training pathway. Trainees in the educator track have the opportunity to receive advanced degree training in medical education and to develop scholarly projects around curriculum development and program development for medical students, residents, and fellows as well as pursue leadership opportunities within Graduate Medical Education
Finally, the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine provides a collegial community of faculty, trainees, and staff working in state-of-the-art clinical and research facilities. The City of Pittsburgh and its surrounding area offer vibrant, highly affordable communities with a wealth of resources to support personal development and foster the lifestyle balance critical to individual success. Please explore the website, contact us if you need more information, and come for a visit.
We look forward to the opportunity to meet you.