The Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship is a fully accredited three-year program. Eligibility requires satisfactory completion of an ACGME-accredited program in Internal Medicine.

Pulmonary and critical care training is at University of Missouri Health Care, the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans Administration HospitalWomen’s and Children’s Hospital and the Rusk Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health and MU Health Care. The Division has primary patient care responsibilities for both the University and VA Hospital’s medical intensive care units.

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Training

Training is obtained in all aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine. Pulmonary training is performed in primary outpatient, as well as referral and consultation outpatient and inpatient settings. Trainees receive exposure in all of the basic techniques of pulmonary medicine, including fiber optic bronchoscopy, chest tube placement, sleep medicine, exercise physiology, extensive training in interpretation of pulmonary function tests, thoracentesis, interpretation of pleural fluid findings, pulmonary rehabilitation and pre-operative evaluation.

Rotations

Primary rotations in critical-care medicine include a minimum of 12 months of responsibility for critically ill patients. Elective rotations include coronary care unit, surgical critical care unit, burn unit, pediatric ICU and thoracic ICU. Fellows obtain extensive experience in all technical aspects of critical care, including hemodynamic and arterial pressure monitoring, endotracheal intubation, central line placement, respiratory monitoring, mechanical ventilation, chest tube placement and maintenance, pacemaker insertion and resuscitation. Fellows also gain experience in the use of bedside ultrasonography in the ICU.

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Research

All fellows participate in research blocks, the duration and intensity of which depends on individual career plans. There are ample opportunities in the division for clinical, translational and basic science research. The division has ongoing research collaborations with the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, the School of Veterinary Medicine and with the investigators in the Life Sciences Center (nanoparticle studies).

How to Apply

The program offers four positions annually. The next fellowship positions that we will be accepting applications for will begin July 1. We currently participate in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Match Program and use the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). In addition to a completed ERAS application, we will want to see a personal statement and at least three letters of recommendation.

The ERAS Post Office opens to fellowship applicants on July 1. On July 15, programs can begin to download applications submitted to them. Our application deadline will be Aug. 31. Selected candidates will be invited for personal interviews to meet our faculty and fellows and to view the program first hand. Interviews will be held during September and October. Match Rank Order Lists are due by Nov. 13.

If you have questions about the program or application process, please contact the Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship coordinator.