The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Nebraska encompasses three years and integrates strong clinical training, productive research and an interactive educational environment.
Clinical training occurs at the Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC) and the Omaha Veterans Affairs Medical Center during the first year and primarily at the Nebraska Medical Center in the second and third year. At the completion of the three-year fellowship, the fellow will have completed at least 12 months of clinical pulmonology and 12 months of critical care rotations. Additional clinical experiences include a weekly continuity clinic throughout the three years and critical care night float rotations. Unique experiences available for fellows in our program include an option for one fellow per year to have sufficient neurocritical care rotations to allow certification in neurocritical care and if the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit is activated for the treatment of lethal infectious disease, the fellows may volunteer to assist in the care of those patients. As trainees' clinical experience increases, the fellows are given commensurate responsibility for running the service but are always under the supervision of a faculty member.
Research and original scholarly activity is an important component of the fellowship and dedicated blocks are devoted to it. Research blocks occur after the first 12 months of clinical rotations and may be spent performing translational bench or clinically related research in Pulmonary or Critical Care Medicine. The amount of research time is variable and is determined by the fellow's career choices and discussion with the program director.
The research project is selected by the fellow and developed during the first year of training in collaboration with a faculty mentor. The research experience in the second year may lead to publication of one or more abstracts and occasionally a manuscript in a respected medical journal. Motivated fellows use this experience to prepare a grant application to continue their research in an optional fourth year. All fellows will have between 3 and 10 months of dedicated time for research depending on their interest.
Education is an important part of training and there is a schedule of core curriculum lectures, board review sessions, literature review, journal club, and research conferences. Simulations, didactics and resident and student teaching are all part of the curriculum. At the completion of the three year fellowship program, trainees are eligible to sit for Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine boards. Most of our graduates have gone on to private practice but all have retained a desire to be involved in resident and student teaching based in part on their educational experience. The mix of clinical experiences and didactics provided in this program provides excellent training for the subspecialist in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. We invite you to explore the rest of our site for more specific information.