Pulmonary, Critical Care and Environmental Medicine
The University of Missouri-Columbia offers a fully accredited three-year combined Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. Eligibility for the three-year program 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 Hospital, Women's and Children's Hospital and the Rusk Rehabilitation Center. The Division has primary patient care responsibilities for both the University and VA Hospital's Medical Intensive Care Units.
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; to include: 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.
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, to include: 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.
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).
If you are interested please contact the Fellowship Coordinator for more information.