Clinical training consists of practical learning on the pulmonary wards and consultation services where cases are seen and evaluated with a member of the pulmonary faculty. In addition, a pulmonary continuity clinic is maintained throughout the three years. There are also specialty clinics offered during specific rotations.
Fellows learn to perform a wide range of pulmonary and critical care procedures including:
- fiberoptic bronchoscopy and percutaneous pleural biopsy
- interpretation of pulmonary function
- exercise and sleep studies
- insertion techniques and monitoring of central venous and swan-ganz catheters
- mechanical ventilation and percutaneous chest tube placement
Fellows also participate in the Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS) course and train on a human patient simulator: a talking, breathing, automated mannequin. In-services are established for ultrasound-guided procedures, pigtail thoracentesis kits, and mechanical ventilators.