We offer a combined 3-year Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine (PCCM) fellowship program for physicians who are or will be board-eligible in Internal Medicine. Our program focuses on teaching the principles and management of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine to the next generation of physicians. The 3-year fellowship is designed to develop leaders in education, research and clinical care. The three years consist of clinical rotations on the consultative pulmonary disease and critical care medicine teams. We offer a broad diversity of patients with a variety of diseases encountered within the hospitals where our fellows rotate. These teaching institutions include Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center, Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Kindred Hospital. Each setting brings its own strengths to the program and complements the fellows’ educational experiences. Fellows’ education in the first year includes rotations in pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, bronchoscopy, ventilator management and outpatient pulmonary medicine as well as consultative experience in Cardiac Care, Cardiovascular, Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant ICUs. The second year focuses heavily on Medical ICU experience and incorporates additional experience and training in Sleep medicine and Interventional Bronchoscopy. Fellow rotations for the third year include continued Pulmonary Consultation experience as well as advanced bronchoscopy, Medical/Surgical Critical Care and rotations in Neurologic Trauma and Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Units. Our fellows acquire specific skills in fiberoptic bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy, laser and argon plasma coagulation, insertion of tracheal and bronchial stents, endobronchial brachytherapy, insertion of thoracostomy tubes, management of difficult airways, right heart catheterization and emergency bedside ultrasound, in addition to routine ICU procedures.
Fellows attend the outpatient Pulmonary Continuity Clinic one afternoon per week at University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building with an assigned Pulmonary Medicine faculty supervisor. Fellows rotating at Lyndon B. Johnson General Hospital on the Pulmonary Consultation service attend Thursday afternoon LBJ Pulmonary Clinic. Fellows on Sleep Medicine rotations attend Wednesday afternoon Sleep Consultation Clinic at University of Texas Health Science Center Professional Building one half-day per week and Quentin Mease Sleep Clinic on Thursday mornings. Fellows on rotations at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center attend outpatient clinics with monthly Pulmonary Consult attending physicians. In addition to general pulmonary medicine, our clinic receives extensive referrals for the evaluation and management of Pulmonary Hypertension, Interstitial Lung Diseases, Asthma, COPD, Lung nodules and Lung Transplant evaluation.
All fellows participate in research and quality improvement projects under the guidance of faculty mentors. The results of these projects are presented nationally at American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians meetings annually.
Sleep Medicine Experience
All Pulmonary Critical Care fellows gain invaluable sleep medicine experience during their three years. This includes exposure to polysomnographic reading (sleep staging and scoring) and interpretation at the Sleep disorders center located at Memorial Hermann-TMC. They also participate in the outpatient evaluation of all sleep disorders (e.g. insomnia, REM sleep behavior disorder, narcolepsy, complex sleep apnea) and weekly sleep conferences. The fellows assimilate a wealth of knowledge in sleep disorders to help them manage sleep disorders, often in the pulmonary and critical care setting. Fellows interested in a more in-depth training and career in sleep medicine are encouraged to pursue a dedicated one year sleep medicine fellowship in our ACGME-accredited Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program.
For further information on the fellowship, please contact:
Fellowship Coordinator, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
6431 Fannin Street | MSB 1.434| Houston, Texas 77030
713-500-6861 tel | 713-500-6829 fax
Mark Warner, M.D.
Program Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
6431 Fannin Street | MSB 1.434 | Houston, Texas 77030
713-500-5431 tel | 713-500-6829 fax