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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Curriculum

The combined UC Davis Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship program curriculum provides training for careers in clinical and academic medicine. Each fellow's program is unique, allowing for a personalized area of emphasis. The fellowship curriculum is designed to allow for a 18 month research/18 month clinical model of ABIM dual subspecialty training programs. Some fellows extend beyond 36 months of training to allow for additional degrees, research, or career development projects.

In keeping with the anticipated new accreditation system (NAS), curriculum milestones, self-education with practice performance assessment, and skill-based advancement are used extensively in our program.

Clinical Training

The majority of clinical activities are located at the University of California, Davis Medical Center (UCDMC). This tertiary care hospital is the site of outpatient clinics and inpatient management. Rotations at this site include pulmonary consultations, critical care management, exercise and physiology testing, and subspecialty pulmonary clinics.

Additional clinical experience cais obtained at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mather. At this site, fellows gain experience through inpatient combined medical/surgical/critical care and pulmonary care consultations. Outpatient general pulmonary and advanced procedural skills are also performed here.

Fellows are expected to participate in one or more subspecialty-focused areas in addition to the core clinical activities. The subspecialty-focused areas commonly included are: advanced lung disease, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary fibrosis, granulomatous diseases, neuromuscular/respiratory diseases, sleep medicine, pulmonary hypertension, and interventional bronchoscopy.

Research Opportunities

Clinical and basic science research opportunities are widespread in the University of California, Davis. Our fellows have participated from the basic biology investigations to clinical interventional trials. Collaborations have ranged from the UC Davis School of Engineering to the California National Primate Research Center to the UC Davis Children’s Hospital. Each fellow will develop a customized creative/research curriculum with the program director and mentors. Collaborations are typically within and among division faculty and established faculty collaborators from the main campus. Training beyond the basic levels is available in molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, immunology, clinical research, and informatics.

Program Highlights

  • Procedural opportunities
  • Customized curriculum
  • Supportive faculty and co-fellows
  • Interdepartmental/divisional collaborations