ACGME P/CC Fellowship

Research Training

We recognize that many fellows enter our fellowship program with limited research experience. We have developed an immersive yet collegial training program to prepare fellows for a career as either bench or clinical investigators.

Fellows have a continuous 24-month training experience in the research program (12 months during the ACGME fellowship and an additional 12 months during a post-doctoral year that follows the ACGME fellowship). The Fellowship Program Director and Director of the Pulmonary Research Training Program work closely with second year fellows to begin the process of selecting an appropriate research mentor and identifying a serious, collaborative research project. Upon successful completion of the clinical requirements, third year fellows move into our NHLBI-funded research training grant program. This funding, known as an Institutional National Research Service Award, or T-32 award, is from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and provides us with the means to support a wide variety of outstanding research experiences. This mechanism provides an outstanding opportunity for fellows to train with faculty not only within the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, but also in other Departments within the University. Our faculty is quite accomplished, and our fellows also benefit from additional RO1 grants, a U19, and a K12 award in Asthma Genetics and Genomics grant to support on-going investigation. The Section also participates in the ARDS Clinical Network (ARDSnet) and the IPF Clinical Network (IPFnet), both sponsored by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.

The research program is designed to provide guidance and support to give trainees the opportunity to launch careers in academic medicine. Notable elements include a Research Advisory Committee that monitors and reviews progress at six-month intervals, a weekly Proposal and Grant-Writing Workshop, and weekly Research in Progress conference. Relevant coursework is also supported by the T-32 training grant.

The Department of Public Health Sciences is the home within the Division of Biological Sciences for the core quantitative research fields in public health, biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research. Fellows may pursue training in investigational methods within the Department of Public Health Sciences during the research portion of fellowship.  This training may range from an introductory summer intensive program, selected additional coursework pertinent to a specific research project, or completion of a Masters of Science in Public Health Sciences for Clinical Professionals (MSCP).

Additional information on the Department of Public Health Sciences educational programs may be found at the following here.

Basic science research training opportunities exist in the following areas:

  • Airway immunology
  • Airway pharmacology
  • Ischemia/reperfusion injury
  • Smooth muscle cell biology
  • Asthma genetics
  • Airway epithelial repair, apoptosis and remodeling
  • Endothelial biology and function in acute lung injury
  • Signaling mechanisms controlling growth and differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) and pulmonary fibroblasts
  • Costimulatory and accessory receptors in T-Cell activation and function in Th2-mediated inflammatory responses
  • Genomic determinants of risk for and mechanisms of severe sepsis and acute lung injury

Current clinical investigations include:

  • Sedation in the ICU
  • Sleep in the ICU
  • Novel therapies for Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Impact of sleep loss on endocrine and metabolic function
  • Epidemiology and health services research of asthma and COPD
  • Patient-ventilator interactions
  • Early physiotherapy in the ICU
  • Vasoactive medications in the ICU
  • Outcomes from critical illness
  • Strategies to improve functional recovery after acute illness