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UCI-LBVAMC COMBINED PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM:UCI-LBVAMC COMBINED PULMONARY AND CR...
Pulmonary & Critical Care DivisionPulmonary & Critical Care Division
The division of PCCM provides services for patients w...
ResearchResearch
The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program is designed to train clinicians soThe Pulmona...
Clinical PracticeClinical Practice
In order to provide trainees with a broad education in pulmonary and critical care medi...
Career in Academic MedicineCareer in Academic Medicine
Our goal is to enable fellows on the research track to become succe...
Career in Clinical MedicineCareer in Clinical Medicine
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Pulmonary & Critical Care MedicinePulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
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  1. 1. Pulmonary & Critical Care MedicinePulmonary & Critical Care Medicine University of California, IrvineUniversity of California, Irvine Fellowship ProgramFellowship Program
  2. 2. EducationEducation UCI-LBVAMC COMBINED PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM:UCI-LBVAMC COMBINED PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM: The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program is designed to train clinicians so that they are bestThe Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program is designed to train clinicians so that they are best able to serve patients and health care providers in their communities. In addition, this program is designed toable to serve patients and health care providers in their communities. In addition, this program is designed to provide selected individuals with specific research career opportunities in academic pulmonary and critical careprovide selected individuals with specific research career opportunities in academic pulmonary and critical care medicine in the areas of expertise of the division.medicine in the areas of expertise of the division. The specific educational objectives of this program are:The specific educational objectives of this program are:  To provide a solid educational experience in general pulmonary and critical care medicine (PCCM) that willTo provide a solid educational experience in general pulmonary and critical care medicine (PCCM) that will prepare physicians to reliably and competently serve their communities.prepare physicians to reliably and competently serve their communities.  To provide medical students, residents and ancillary health care providers with tools necessary for a fundamentalTo provide medical students, residents and ancillary health care providers with tools necessary for a fundamental understanding of the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of pulmonary and critical care illnesses. A majorunderstanding of the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of pulmonary and critical care illnesses. A major component of this objective is met through the participation of our fellows in educational endeavors such ascomponent of this objective is met through the participation of our fellows in educational endeavors such as lectures, in-services, and proactive communication.lectures, in-services, and proactive communication.  To develop processes that enhance the education and understanding of simple and complex pulmonary andTo develop processes that enhance the education and understanding of simple and complex pulmonary and critical care issues by the general public in the context of cultural diversity. Our hospitals offer a wide variety ofcritical care issues by the general public in the context of cultural diversity. Our hospitals offer a wide variety of opportunities to interact with patients from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. We believe that theopportunities to interact with patients from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. We believe that the cultural diversity of our medical staff and patients enhances the educational process, opening the minds of ourcultural diversity of our medical staff and patients enhances the educational process, opening the minds of our fellows to cultural differences and service-oriented practices.fellows to cultural differences and service-oriented practices.
  3. 3. Pulmonary & Critical Care DivisionPulmonary & Critical Care Division The division of PCCM provides services for patients with a wide variety of pulmonary and criticalThe division of PCCM provides services for patients with a wide variety of pulmonary and critical care disorders at UCIMC and LBVAMC. In addition, fellows are able to rotate through the consultativecare disorders at UCIMC and LBVAMC. In addition, fellows are able to rotate through the consultative services and ICU services of a community hospital accredited for a community-based internal medicineservices and ICU services of a community hospital accredited for a community-based internal medicine residency program (Long Beach Memorial Medical Center) and the St Joseph’s Hospital. Fellows functionresidency program (Long Beach Memorial Medical Center) and the St Joseph’s Hospital. Fellows function as consultants and as subspecialist physicians directing (under supervision) the management of patientsas consultants and as subspecialist physicians directing (under supervision) the management of patients with lung and lung-related disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.with lung and lung-related disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Learning occurs through one-on-one interactions with our faculty, as well as through a combinationLearning occurs through one-on-one interactions with our faculty, as well as through a combination of formal teaching rounds, didactic lectures, mentorship, and graduated responsibility. During the course ofof formal teaching rounds, didactic lectures, mentorship, and graduated responsibility. During the course of fellowship, trainees are exposed to a variety of lung disorders, providing fellows with a broad spectrum offellowship, trainees are exposed to a variety of lung disorders, providing fellows with a broad spectrum of clinical experience that prepares them for board certification in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Theclinical experience that prepares them for board certification in pulmonary and critical care medicine. The combined PCCM fellowship is three years, and is designed for physicians who have completed at leastcombined PCCM fellowship is three years, and is designed for physicians who have completed at least three years of Internal Medicine training (including internship) at an ABIM recognized hospital and have athree years of Internal Medicine training (including internship) at an ABIM recognized hospital and have a California license before beginning their fellowship training. Many of our fellows have been chief residents atCalifornia license before beginning their fellowship training. Many of our fellows have been chief residents at other institutions. Currently, we do not offer separate programs for either pulmonary or critical care medicineother institutions. Currently, we do not offer separate programs for either pulmonary or critical care medicine alone.alone. An additional goal of our combined program is to prepare selected trainees for a career in academicAn additional goal of our combined program is to prepare selected trainees for a career in academic medicine. Those trainees with specific interests and desires to pursue an academic career will be mentoredmedicine. Those trainees with specific interests and desires to pursue an academic career will be mentored by faculty and will have greater numbers of months on research rotations than their clinical counterparts.by faculty and will have greater numbers of months on research rotations than their clinical counterparts. Future clinicians, although exposed to research techniques and theory, will have greater opportunities toFuture clinicians, although exposed to research techniques and theory, will have greater opportunities to increase their diagnostic and procedural skills through increased patient care rotations.increase their diagnostic and procedural skills through increased patient care rotations.
  4. 4. ResearchResearch The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program is designed to train clinicians soThe Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program is designed to train clinicians so that they are best able to serve patients and health care providers in their communities. In addition, thisthat they are best able to serve patients and health care providers in their communities. In addition, this program is designed to provide selected individuals with specific research career opportunities in academicprogram is designed to provide selected individuals with specific research career opportunities in academic pulmonary and critical care medicine in the areas of expertise of the division.pulmonary and critical care medicine in the areas of expertise of the division. In order to achieve this mission, two tracks are incorporated into the combined UCI-LBVAMCIn order to achieve this mission, two tracks are incorporated into the combined UCI-LBVAMC Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship program. It is expected that Fellows will identify theirPulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship program. It is expected that Fellows will identify their career interests during recruitment and during the initial months of the fellowship. Decisions will also becareer interests during recruitment and during the initial months of the fellowship. Decisions will also be based on availability, fellow interests, and funding. Examples of currently active areas of research include:based on availability, fellow interests, and funding. Examples of currently active areas of research include:  Novel imaging technologies such as Optical Coherence Tomography and laser-tissueNovel imaging technologies such as Optical Coherence Tomography and laser-tissue interfaces (in concert with multidisciplinary activities of the Beckman Laser Institute)interfaces (in concert with multidisciplinary activities of the Beckman Laser Institute)  Laser-tissue interactions, effects of novel therapeutic bronchoscopic and pleural modalitiesLaser-tissue interactions, effects of novel therapeutic bronchoscopic and pleural modalities  Quality of life and end-of life issues.Quality of life and end-of life issues.  Computer-based education, information technology, and virtual reality (in concert withComputer-based education, information technology, and virtual reality (in concert with multidisciplinary activities of the Yamanuchi Minimally Invasive surgery Learning Center).multidisciplinary activities of the Yamanuchi Minimally Invasive surgery Learning Center).  Pleural inflammation processes and pleural carcinomatosisPleural inflammation processes and pleural carcinomatosis  Antioxidants, sepsis and critical illness.Antioxidants, sepsis and critical illness.  Dietary supplementation, lung cancer growth and prevention.Dietary supplementation, lung cancer growth and prevention.  Mechanical ventilation and control of breathing.Mechanical ventilation and control of breathing.  Mathematical airway modeling.Mathematical airway modeling.  Pharmaceutical Clinical trialsPharmaceutical Clinical trials
  5. 5. Clinical PracticeClinical Practice In order to provide trainees with a broad education in pulmonary and critical care medicine,In order to provide trainees with a broad education in pulmonary and critical care medicine, rotations are structured so that fellows have laddered responsibility, but still with a large degree ofrotations are structured so that fellows have laddered responsibility, but still with a large degree of independence. Clinical rotations occur throughout the three year fellowship. These rotations include monthsindependence. Clinical rotations occur throughout the three year fellowship. These rotations include months at four different hospitals; the UCI Medical Center, the Long Beach VA Medical Center, the Long Beachat four different hospitals; the UCI Medical Center, the Long Beach VA Medical Center, the Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, and the St Joseph’s Hospital. Duties encompass work on the wards, in theMemorial Medical Center, and the St Joseph’s Hospital. Duties encompass work on the wards, in the Medical Intensive Care units, Pulmonary Function Laboratories, and Procedure services. At UCIMC fellowsMedical Intensive Care units, Pulmonary Function Laboratories, and Procedure services. At UCIMC fellows contribute actively to outpatient management through our Pulmonary Practice Group. Fellows learn aboutcontribute actively to outpatient management through our Pulmonary Practice Group. Fellows learn about pulmonary physiology, thoracic oncology, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disorders, occupationalpulmonary physiology, thoracic oncology, pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung disorders, occupational lung health, and complex airway and pleural disease management through participation in our “speciallung health, and complex airway and pleural disease management through participation in our “special services” clinics, as well as about all aspects of Critical care medicine.services” clinics, as well as about all aspects of Critical care medicine. Close cooperation is encouraged with the UCI Hospitalist program and other medical and surgicalClose cooperation is encouraged with the UCI Hospitalist program and other medical and surgical specialties. In addition, while rotating at UCIMC, fellows devote several months to the pulmonaryspecialties. In addition, while rotating at UCIMC, fellows devote several months to the pulmonary diagnostics and procedures service where they are exposed to all aspects of Interventional Pulmonology,diagnostics and procedures service where they are exposed to all aspects of Interventional Pulmonology, including laser resection, airway stent insertion, photodynamic therapy, pleural ultrasonography, medicalincluding laser resection, airway stent insertion, photodynamic therapy, pleural ultrasonography, medical and surgical thoracoscopy, chest tube insertion, autoflourescence bronchoscopy, and all aspects ofand surgical thoracoscopy, chest tube insertion, autoflourescence bronchoscopy, and all aspects of flexible/rigid bronchoscopy and cancer care. Bronchoscopy theory is mastered through independent studyflexible/rigid bronchoscopy and cancer care. Bronchoscopy theory is mastered through independent study and guided web-based education using theand guided web-based education using the EssentialEssential BronchoscopistBronchoscopist©© and Bronch Atlasand Bronch Atlas ©© . Technical skills. Technical skills are improved through supervised and independent practice in our airway management facility whichare improved through supervised and independent practice in our airway management facility which includes computer-based simulation, virtual reality laboratories, and inanimate models.includes computer-based simulation, virtual reality laboratories, and inanimate models.
  6. 6. Career in Academic MedicineCareer in Academic Medicine Our goal is to enable fellows on the research track to become successful, productive, andOur goal is to enable fellows on the research track to become successful, productive, and funded academic pulmonary physician/ scientists. Research efforts may be devoted to clinical, basicfunded academic pulmonary physician/ scientists. Research efforts may be devoted to clinical, basic cellular, basic molecular or bioengineering research. Fellows must learn the fundamentals of grantcellular, basic molecular or bioengineering research. Fellows must learn the fundamentals of grant writing, problem-solving, and design and implementation of hypothesis-driven research. In order towriting, problem-solving, and design and implementation of hypothesis-driven research. In order to achieve these goals, fellows are expected to identify a research mentor during the first months of theirachieve these goals, fellows are expected to identify a research mentor during the first months of their fellowship, and to begin planning projects that will be developed during their subsequent years offellowship, and to begin planning projects that will be developed during their subsequent years of training.training. Fellows will be guided into areas that are within the scope and strengths of our division. TheFellows will be guided into areas that are within the scope and strengths of our division. The major focus of the division is design, development and dissemination of novel technologies. It ismajor focus of the division is design, development and dissemination of novel technologies. It is expected that fellows on a “research track” will have at least one year of research during their three yearexpected that fellows on a “research track” will have at least one year of research during their three year fellowship. It is assumed that fellows will be able to compete for individual funding during their secondfellowship. It is assumed that fellows will be able to compete for individual funding during their second year of fellowship, and to benefit from such funding during a fourth year of fellowship during which theyyear of fellowship, and to benefit from such funding during a fourth year of fellowship during which they will also serve as Instructors in medicine.will also serve as Instructors in medicine. It is expected, therefore, that fellows will (1) become capable of writing research grants, (2)It is expected, therefore, that fellows will (1) become capable of writing research grants, (2) become familiar with regulatory compliance issues including NIH animal and human protocolsbecome familiar with regulatory compliance issues including NIH animal and human protocols appropriate for their areas of research, and (3) compete for funding on a local and national level. Fellowsappropriate for their areas of research, and (3) compete for funding on a local and national level. Fellows should begin to formulate their research during their first year of fellowship. As early as possible fellowsshould begin to formulate their research during their first year of fellowship. As early as possible fellows should write a summary of career and training objectives, as well as a brief research plan that describesshould write a summary of career and training objectives, as well as a brief research plan that describes the hypothesis being studied, the general and specific aims of the investigation, and the methodologythe hypothesis being studied, the general and specific aims of the investigation, and the methodology used under guidance of our faculty.used under guidance of our faculty.
  7. 7. Career in Clinical MedicineCareer in Clinical Medicine We believe it is essential for fellows planning a career in clinical pulmonary and critical care medicine toWe believe it is essential for fellows planning a career in clinical pulmonary and critical care medicine to understand many fundamental aspects of clinical and basic research. Multiple opportunities exist for fellows tounderstand many fundamental aspects of clinical and basic research. Multiple opportunities exist for fellows to participate in clinical trials, retrospective and prospective clinical investigations, case reports, and research-participate in clinical trials, retrospective and prospective clinical investigations, case reports, and research- education activities. In addition, fellows may devote energies to assisting with basic laboratory activities.education activities. In addition, fellows may devote energies to assisting with basic laboratory activities. The major emphasis for fellows on the clinical track should be excellence in clinical medicine. ResearchThe major emphasis for fellows on the clinical track should be excellence in clinical medicine. Research activities should assist them in developing skills necessary for patient care, including use of evidence-basedactivities should assist them in developing skills necessary for patient care, including use of evidence-based medicine, knowledge about hypothesis-driven research methodologies, integration of new technology, imagingmedicine, knowledge about hypothesis-driven research methodologies, integration of new technology, imaging studies, and clinical and research derived information into patient care plans, as well as outcomes analysis. Allstudies, and clinical and research derived information into patient care plans, as well as outcomes analysis. All fellows are encouraged to present their data at local, national or international forums as well as to serve asfellows are encouraged to present their data at local, national or international forums as well as to serve as educators through lectures and conferences of medical students and ancillary health care providers.educators through lectures and conferences of medical students and ancillary health care providers. Fellows on a clinical track will have 4 to 8 research months, depending on activities, interests andFellows on a clinical track will have 4 to 8 research months, depending on activities, interests and availability, that will allow them to be exposed to concepts of problem solving, study design and implementation,availability, that will allow them to be exposed to concepts of problem solving, study design and implementation, data collection and analysis, drawing conclusions, study limitations and alternative approaches, and mostdata collection and analysis, drawing conclusions, study limitations and alternative approaches, and most importantly learning to critically apply this knowledge to other areas of pulmonary medicine and literature review.importantly learning to critically apply this knowledge to other areas of pulmonary medicine and literature review.
  8. 8. Fellowship ConferencesFellowship Conferences Fellow Conferences:Fellow Conferences: Conferences are held at UCIMC and at the LBVAMC. Conferences include:Conferences are held at UCIMC and at the LBVAMC. Conferences include:  The Pulmonary Core Lecture Series,The Pulmonary Core Lecture Series,  The Fellow Lecture Series,The Fellow Lecture Series,  The Pulmonary &Critical Care Medicine Journal Club,The Pulmonary &Critical Care Medicine Journal Club,  Tuberculosis Case Conference,Tuberculosis Case Conference,  Multidisciplinary Chest ConferenceMultidisciplinary Chest Conference  Pulmonary Grand Rounds.Pulmonary Grand Rounds.
  9. 9. The University of Irvine, California Graduate Medical Education provides a fully paidThe University of Irvine, California Graduate Medical Education provides a fully paid comprehensive insurance benefits package for you and your dependents.comprehensive insurance benefits package for you and your dependents.  Blue Cross Health InsuranceBlue Cross Health Insurance  Delta DentalDelta Dental  VSP (Vision Care)VSP (Vision Care)  Life Insurance (with minimum fellow paid premium contribution towards benefit costs)Life Insurance (with minimum fellow paid premium contribution towards benefit costs)  Long Term Disability (with minimum fellow paid premium contribution towards benefit costs)Long Term Disability (with minimum fellow paid premium contribution towards benefit costs) In addition all fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for all trainingIn addition all fellows are provided with professional liability coverage for all training components of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship.components of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship. Benefits
  10. 10. Contact informationContact information Matthew Brenner, MD, Chief andMatthew Brenner, MD, Chief and Fellowship Program DirectorFellowship Program Director Ms.Ms. Terry SolomonTerry Solomon, Fellowship Coordinator, Fellowship Coordinator Phone: 714-456-6776Phone: 714-456-6776 Email:Email: tsolomon@uci.edutsolomon@uci.edu Main OfficesMain Offices UCI Medical CenterUCI Medical Center Pulmonary & Critical Care MedicinePulmonary & Critical Care Medicine 101 The City Drive101 The City Drive Building 53, Room 119, Route 81Building 53, Room 119, Route 81 Orange, CA 92868Orange, CA 92868 Phone 714-456-5150 Fax 714-456-8349Phone 714-456-5150 Fax 714-456-8349
  11. 11. Pulmonary & Critical Care MedicinePulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Application InstructionsFellowship Application Instructions  Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service program (ERAS)  All applicants can register for NRMP on line at www.nrmp.org  All applicants must submit an ERAS application on line by going to www.aamc.org/eras. (you can also link to ERAS from the NRMP web site) please submit the supporting documents below to ERAS: 1. Deans Letter/Transcripts and MD Certificate (Diploma) from Medical School (original MD certificate to be brought to interview) 2. Three Letters of Reference (one from the Program Director) 3. Step Scores: 1 & 2 required Step Three scheduled 4. CV and Personal Statement 5. In addition to the above, the following materials are necessary from International Medical School Graduates: Non-US graduates must provide a copy of their visa. If you have Permanent Residence status or a J-1 visa, a current ECFMG certificate is required. Please note we accept applications from graduates with these two international categories only
  12. 12. To learn more about Irvine, CATo learn more about Irvine, CA  The University of California, Irvine is located in South Orange county, about a one hour drive south ofThe University of California, Irvine is located in South Orange county, about a one hour drive south of Los Angeles and one and a half hours north of San Diego. This area is rich in business opportunities,Los Angeles and one and a half hours north of San Diego. This area is rich in business opportunities, technology, and tourism (just a short distance form Disneyland). Climate year round is sunny and warm,technology, and tourism (just a short distance form Disneyland). Climate year round is sunny and warm, allowing diverse outdoor sports activities. The nearby California deserts and mountains also provideallowing diverse outdoor sports activities. The nearby California deserts and mountains also provide ample opportunities for hiking, camping, skiing, off-road racing, and climbing.ample opportunities for hiking, camping, skiing, off-road racing, and climbing.  The UCI Medical Center is this area’s 300 bed tertiary care academic referral center (with level 1The UCI Medical Center is this area’s 300 bed tertiary care academic referral center (with level 1 trauma center, Burn ICU, internationally recognized Minimally Invasive Services, transplant services,trauma center, Burn ICU, internationally recognized Minimally Invasive Services, transplant services, and NCI designated Cancer Center), faithfully serving a surrounding population of more than 3 millionand NCI designated Cancer Center), faithfully serving a surrounding population of more than 3 million persons. The patient care environment, therefore, is culturally diverse and intellectually invigorating. Forpersons. The patient care environment, therefore, is culturally diverse and intellectually invigorating. For more information please search:more information please search: UCI-The Lung CenterUCI-The Lung Center www.ucilungcenter.comwww.ucilungcenter.com
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