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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

Overview

Thank you for your interest in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship program here at the UC Davis Medical Center. The goal of our training program is to produce skilled pulmonary and critical care clinicians, teachers, and investigators. Tracks for careers in biomedical research, clinical education, and clinical care are tailored to each fellow. Many of our fellows go on to become full-time academic faculty in our division after graduating, while other graduates have found academic positions elsewhere or successfully entered private practice. 

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship is a three-year program that allows for a balance of clinical and research activities. We offer an individualized curriculum with a minimum of 18 months clinical service, which provides patient care experience with a broad range of diseases and hands-on experience in all diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. An educational curriculum running the duration of the three-year program includes active participation in cardiopulmonary exercise testing, interventional bronchoscopy, point-of-care ultrasound, and peri-operative patient management. Specialized clinic-based exposures include cystic fibrosis, severe asthma, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disease, and pulmonary rehabilitation. Regular conferences employ seminars, journal clubs, case studies, and simulations to address the topics of molecular and cellular biology, genetics, biochemistry, physiology, immunology, and clinical medicine.

Our program is also designed to assure an adequate research experience for those fellows who are potentially interested in academic, research-focused careers. However, for those fellows who do not have a strong interest in or aptitude for research, it is expected that the fellow and program director will together formulate an individualized plan of scholarly activities and additional clinical experiences to complete the training experience in lieu of dedicated research time. Clinical research opportunities include patient- and disease-oriented studies and epidemiologic investigations. Research collaborations include the UC Davis Center for Comparitive Respiratory Biology and Medicine (CCRBM), UC Davis Medical Center, California National Primate Research Center, UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC), and UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. An optional fourth year of fellowship training may be available to those individuals desiring additional protected research time.