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Resources and Structure of the Program

Components


The Division of Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine of the University of Colorado includes the following training sites for divisional fellows:

  • University of Colorado Hospital (UCH)
  • Denver Health Medical Center 
  • Denver Veterans Administration Medical Center (DVAMC)
  • National Jewish Medical and Research Center (NJMRC)
  •  Rose Medical Center (CRMC)
  • St. Anthony's Central Hospital (SAC)
  • Cardiovascular Pulmonary Research Laboratory (CVP)
  • Divisional research laboratories in the medical school (DL)

Established Clinical Research Centers

  • Acute Lung Injury
  • Adult Cystic Fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Emphysema
  • Genomics
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Lung Cancer
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Lung Volume Reduction Surgery
  • Occupational Lung Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Sarcoidosis

Faculty

The divisional faculty consists of 107 members. This includes 76 M.D. faculty who are clinician-teachers, researchers, and clinician-scientists. There are also 31 Ph.D. basic scientists. In addition, collaborative arrangements are in place with investigators in basic science and other clinical departments throughout the School of Medicine and NJMRC. 

Training Year One

The first year of training consists of six 2 month rotations on the clinical services of UH, DHMC, DVAMC, SAC, CRMC, and a pulmonary physiology rotation at NJMRC. This year is designed to teach the trainee basic aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine and offers a broad experience in the techniques necessary for practicing these specialties and for conducting clinical research. Each fellow is assigned a faculty advisor who provides guidance during the first year and assists with further career planning, particularly, the subsequent years of research training.

Training Years Two and Three

The second and third years are designed to foster the development of the trainee's own creative interests. Each 2nd and 3rd year trainee is assigned a research committee which is comprised of two faculty members of their choice, the research mentor and one of the division heads. The trainee meets with the assigned committee to present their current research projects and discuss further directions. This period is primarily devoted to research experience under the guidance of a divisional mentor. This can be basic research at any one of our institutions with staff immunologists, cell biologists, biochemists, and geneticists. There are also similar opportunities for outstanding clinical and physiologic research at all six hospitals. The second year includes two one- month rotations at UH and a one month rotation in critical care at the Anschutz Inpatient Pavillion (Fitzsimons). During the third year, trainees complete two one-month rotations in critical care at DHMC and a one month pulmonary elective. In addition, trainees complete a 6-month ½ day per week outpatient pulmonary subspecialty clinic during either the second or third year.

Individuals with an interest in clinical sciences or occupational and environmental lung disease may elect to complete training which includes a Master of Science in Public Health in the School of Preventive Medicine through the Occupational Medicine Residency Program.

Additional Years of Training

An optional fourth year of continued training (the majority of trainees opt for this) is available for those who desire it. A fourth year is necessary for those in one of the Ph.D. programs. The purpose of this optional year is to ensure an additional year of protected time for research activities particularly for those trainees who plan academic careers. The fourth year appointment is at the level of instructor.

Divisional Conferences

Although our program includes multiple sites, 107 faculty and the potential for 24 trainees, we maintain close communication with each other through our monthly "Lung Lunch," mid-year and year-end reviews of the program, and weekly conferences (the calendar shows the current schedule):

  • Pulmonary and Critical Care Grand Rounds
  • Journal Club
  • Thoracic Surgery Conference
  • Research in Progress Conference
  • Chest X-Ray Conference
  • Additional weekly conferences at the component hospitals and research laboratories
  • Weekly Didactic Sessions:
    • Pulmonary Topics Course (2nd, 3rd year)
    • Critical Care Lecture Series (1st year)
    • Core Curriculum Lectures in Critical Care (2nd, 3rd year)
  • Monthly Pulmonary Pathology Conference
  • Monthly Critical Care conference (Denver Health)

Divisional Meetings

  • Lung Lunch (monthly)
  • Division Heads-First Year Fellow (every other month)
  • Division Heads Fellows reviews (biannually)
  • Division Heads - Second, Third, and Fourth Year Fellows (quarterly)
  • Fellow Critique of Program (annually)
  • Fellow Research Review (biannually)

Divisional Social Activities

  • Fellows' Welcoming Picnic (July)
  • Divisional Hike (August)
  • Holiday Reception (December)
  • Springfest Ball (April)
  • First Year Fellows' Recreation Day (June)