The Bench to Bedside Translational Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
The Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine offers a NEW four-year fellowship program specifically structured for training tomorrow’s physician leaders in the skills of translational research. Our division is committed to this endeavor because we believe that such bench-to-bedside research is essential if the many advances in molecular and cell biology are to be successfully applied to the treatment of human diseases.
The Translational PCCM Fellowship provides strong clinical training that is aligned with the fellow’s area of basic or clinical research. The program is structured to maximize both the acquisition of clinical skills and research productivity. It also has a number of unique features that provide program participants with the foundation for a successful career as a translational physician-investigator. These features include:
- A program commitment to four years of funding, including 30 months of protected time for training in translational research
- A unique pairing of established basic and clinical investigator mentors, who together guide the fellow throughout research training
- Nationally recognized clinical and basic research programs in the areas of vascular biology, transplantation immunology, acute lung injury, interstitial lung disease, sleep medicine, cystic fibrosis, host defense, emphysema, asthma, functional genomics and proteomics, and critical care medicine
- Collaboration available with cardiology, surgical critical care, nephrology, rheumatology, infectious disease, hematology, and the Intramural NIH Critical Care Medicine Department
- The Translational PCCM Fellowship provides an integrated, didactic and hands-on curriculum that emphasizes the skills needed to bridge basic laboratory and human investigation. Topics include laboratory methods, biostatistics, epidemiology, study design, and grant writing.
- Optional MPH, MS, and PhD degree programs
- Exposure to translational research in other venues, such as the NIH Clinical Center, the FDA, other academic institutions, and pharmaceutical companies
- Special financial support for national and international meetings, computers, and educational courses.
University of Pittsburgh - National Institutes of Health Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
Fellows accepted into this 4-year program receive 1 year of clinical training in Pulmonary medicine at the University of Pittsburgh and 1 year of training in Critical Care Medicine at the Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health. Fellows then receive 2 years of biomedical research training at either the University of Pittsburgh or the NIH. This unique program meets all ABIM requirements for board-eligibility in both sub-specialties and provides future physician-investigators with outstanding research training and mentorship.
Fellowship Training in Pulmonary Transplant Medicine
The Pulmonary Transplant Medicine fellowship is a one or two year program for trainees who have already completed fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. The first year provides intensive training in the evaluation of transplant candidates, the inpatient and outpatient management of lung transplant recipients, and the evaluation and management of the complications of transplantation. Fellows also gain extensive experience in interventional bronchoscopy. Fellows may devote a 2nd year to research in pulmonary transplant medicine.
To review the research activities of the Pulmonary Transplant faculty, please click here.
Fellowship Training in Sleep Medicine
The Sleep Medicine fellowship is an ACGME-accredited interdisciplinary program based in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine. We have a strong affiliation with the Sleep and Chronobiology Research Program and the clinical sleep medicine program in the Department of Psychiatry. We also collaborate with faculty in the Departments of Pediatrics, Neurology, Otolaryngology, Psychology, and Nursing.
The pre-requisite for entry into the program is completion of training in internal medicine, psychiatry, neurology, pediatrics or otolaryngology. Although we are based in a pulmonary medicine program, pulmonary fellowship training is not a requirement for entry into the sleep medicine program. Our program accepts both H1B and J1 Visas.
The mission of the Sleep Medicine Training program is to train academic physicians in Sleep Medicine. The fellowship period is one year. Fellows interested in additional research training may be accommodated depending on availability of funds.
Educational and training opportunities encompass all aspects of Sleep Medicine, including sleep disordered breathing, insomnia, parasomnias, circadian rhythm disorders, and the interactions between sleep and sleep disorders in medical and psychiatric illness. We encourage fellows to “customize” their training with elective experiences that will enhance their clinical skill development.
Training venues include outpatient clinics at the UPMC Sleep Medicine Center in the Comprehensive Lung Center and sleep disorder clinics at the Oakland VA Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Fellows also see inpatient consultations, and read sleep studies at each of the laboratories associated with the outpatient clinics. Elective training experiences can be set-up in other areas for interested fellows. Weekly didactic lectures and a multidisciplinary sleep medicine grand rounds/research conference complement the clinical training. The clinical training program is accredited by the ACGME and will lead to board eligibility in Sleep Medicine.
Research is expected of all trainees. Areas of current interest include:
- the role of intermittent hypoxia in sleep apnea and vascular disease risk
- sleep apnea, metabolic processes, and the pathogenesis of type II diabetes mellitus
- rodent models of sleep apnea and cardiovascular and endocrine dysregulation
- health service studies examining racial and ethnic disparities in sleep apnea
- relationship between obesity and sleep-disordered breathing
- role of psychological stress and sleep
- functional brain imaging of sleep and sleep disorders
- insomnia assessment and treatment
- sleep in post-traumatic stress disorder
- evaluation of novel methods in the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea
Collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry’s Sleep and Chronobiology Research Program, the Neuroscience Clinical and Translational Research Center, the Pittsburgh Mind – Body Center, the Obesity and Nutrition Research Center, and other UPMC research programs is also available.