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Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine

In our comprehensive fellowship program, you will receive a broad range of hands-on clinical experience and individualized instruction from nationally-known physicians and investigators in a collegial environment.

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Fellowship Experience

The UAB Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Training Program is a unique blend of excellent clinical training and novel clinical-and-laboratory-based research. We are a very hands-on program rich in opportunities in the broad fields of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. We have a busy ICU service with cross-training in surgical, cardiac and neurology intensive care settings.Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is a discipline that embraces a unique blend of medical knowledge, advanced technology, and deep concern for the human element of our patients and profession.

Patients come from all over the state to take advantage of our life-changing care, offering a diverse population and breadth of clinical learning opportunities. We approach medicine in a multi-disciplinary modality across a broad variety of conditions through mandatory and elective rotations. We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Fellows have the opportunity to observe in our Lung Transplantation Program. Our Advanced Lung Disease Service is one of the busiest ECMO providers in the Nation. Our Interventional Bronchoscopy Program exposes fellows to advanced bronchoscopy techniques like endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS), medical thoracoscopy, and bronchial thermoplasty (BT). Clinical programs in environmental medicine, COPD, interstitial lung disease, cystic fibrosis, mycobacterial infections, and lung cancer allow our fellows to have exposure to both the clinical and reseach aspects of pulmonary medicine.

Our NIH-funded T-32 Training Program in Lung Biology and Translational Medicine supports 2-3 years of training for M.D. or Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows. Fellows interested in an academic career in any area of Pulmonary or Critical Care medicine may be able to seek Masters’ level degrees in Public Health or Physiology as part of their career development plan. Our division also maintains a biospecimen repository and a comprehensive clinical database to support both fellow-initiated research projects.

Clinical Training

Our fellows train in a busy University hospital ICU, cross training in surgical, cardiac and neurology ICUs, and also rotating on our ECMO, VA, and e-ICU services.

Our fellows have the opportunity to rotate in a community hospital ICU as well as have exposure to rural critical care via our Tele-ICU program.

Along with robust didactics within our division, that include a rigorous orientation “Boot Camp” that includes an Airway Management workshop, as well as a summer “Nuts and Bolts” curriculum, our fellows attend a regular noon conference lecture series, hands-on POCUS curriculum as well as ventilator simulation curriculum.

Our fellows have access to shared didactics with cardiac critical care, neuro-critical care, anesthesia critical care and surgical critical care. Our fellows are competent in all critical care procedures, including but not limited to: Airway Management,Chest Tubes,Basic Bronchoscopy, Central Venous Catheters, Arterial Access, Paracentesis, Thoracentesis, Lumbar Puncture, and Percutaneous Tracheostomy.

Training Conferences

Our Nuts and Bolts conferences are designed to give the foundation of Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine upon which our fellows will develop deeper understanding during their 3 years of training. They will learn the basics of asthma, COPD, ILD, respiratory failure, sepsis, and the full breadth of Pulmonary and Critical Care medicine.

In our Medical Grand Rounds, UAB Faculty and visiting professors from institutions across the world present on topics of clinical relevance and cutting edge research. Attendance for this conference is mandatory for Pulmonary Fellows and Faculty. Third-year Fellows, especially those in the Physician Scientist Track, are expected to present their research results in a one-hour session towards the second half of their third year. This conference is CME accredited. This weekly conference is attended by the pulmonary fellows and faculty from the Interstitial Lung Disease Program , and, thoracic radiologists and pathologists.

The Interstitial Lung Disease Multidisciplinary Conference is a working conference where cases are presented for diagnostic and management considerations. VATS biopsies and cryobiopsies are reviewed and consensus diagnosis and management decisions are made. Fellows are encouraged to bring their own ILD cases from clinic or inpatient rotations for discussion.

The Mortality and Morbity conference is presented monthly and designed to update our fellows and faculty on outcomes data from our inpatient services. Unexpected or procedural related complications and deaths are also presented at this conference. Patterns or concerns in patient safety are also discussed.

Through a multidisciplinary discussion and live review of radiology and pathology images, our thoracic tumor board aims to answer clinical questions regarding diagnosis and management of patients with thoracic malignancies. The tumor board is led by our IP team and attended by thoracic surgeons, radiation oncologists, medical oncologists, radiologists and pathologists.  All pulmonary faculty and fellows are welcome to present cases at this conference.  

Research Opportunities

All fellows in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine are expected to be involved in mentored projects and scholarly pursuits during their training. Regardless of a fellow's career plans, participation in those activities an essential part of your education. Fellows must complete mentored project requirements to be eligible to sit for ABIM examinations and to graduate.

The Clinical Scholar Track is designed for fellows who wish to pursue a career in academics with a focus on teaching and clinical care, and for those who plan to enter private clinical practice. Fellows on this track will complete 22-30 months of clinical time and have 6-14 months protected for research. The additional clinical rotations should support the fellow's clinical interests and career plans.  Fellows on the Clinical Scholar Track are required to complete a scholarly project. This project can be a research, quality improvement, educational or clinically based project, but should have a tangible outcome such as an abstract, manuscript, review, curriculum, or new process by the end of the 3rd year. Alternatively, a published review paper in the area of clinical interest would fulfill the requirement for scholarly activities.

The Physician Scientist Track is designed for individuals who have an interest in pursuing an academic career focused on research. It is anticipated that the trainee will complete 18 months of clinical time and have up to 18 months to devote to research. During their dedicated research time, fellows may pursue a masters level degree to support their career plans. Fellows may pursue basic, translational, or clinical research projects; but each must be under the direction of an established mentor. It is expected that the fellow will have a manuscript submitted for publication by the end of the three-year training program and be prepared to apply for initial grant funding. Many fellows in this track may be eligible for further training under our NIH-funded T-32 Training Program in Lung Biology and Translational Medicine. Fellows on the Physician Scientist Track will present the background and rationale for their project to the Division during the second year and then present their results during Pulmonary Grand Rounds in the third year. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will I need to apply?

    All applications are reviewed via Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS), which requires the following documents:

    1. Current CV (updated within 3 months)

    2. Medical School Transcripts (and diploma if requested)

    3. Medical School Dean’s Letter

    4. Three (3) total Letters of Recommendation (including former program directors)

    5. Certificate/verification from previous residency training

    6. Must be eligible for Alabama Medical License and Alabama Controlled Substance Certificate (all step scores completed at the time of application)

    7. Must be eligible for Federal DEA registration

    8. Valid ECFMG Certificate (IMG only)

  • Is there a minimum USMLE score required?

    There is no minimum USMLE score requirement. We take the score into account as part of the overall review of an application.

  • What are the key program dates for Applications?

    Applications Open and Close — June through May: Apply through ERAS

    Applications Reviewed — July, must be available by August 1

    Interview Invitations Released — last week in August

    Interviews Begin — September and continue through October

    Match Day — November

    Fellowship begins — July 1

  • Do you sponsor H1B or J1 Visas?

    Yes, the division can sponsor these Visas.


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Sheetal GandotraI'm always ready to discuss our individualized approach to train future clinicians and researchers in the practice of critical care medicine.

Sheetal Gandotra, M.D., Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program Director

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Katie LanierI'd be delighted to talk with you about the many exciting possibilities that await you at UAB and Birmingham. Contact me for more details about your fellowship.

Katie Lanier, Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Program Education Administrator

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