The combined fellowship in clinical pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, and pulmonary and critical care research at the University of Colorado offers a broad experience. For those interested, there is also an optional occupational/ environmental medicine residency available which leads to the Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree, a clinical certificate, Masters or PhD in the Clinical Science Program.
The clinical training emphasizes the diagnosis and management of acute and chronic respiratory diseases, with further emphasis on the practical application of pulmonary physiological and biologic principles and all aspects of critical care, consultative chest medicine, occupational medicine, rehabilitation and tuberculosis. All pulmonary diagnostic and therapeutic techniques are taught.
The research years provide training in either the Basic Investigator or Clinician Scientist pathway. The Basic Investigator pathway provides training in immunologic, biochemical, genetic, molecular and cellular techniques. In the Clinician Scientist Pathway, there are opportunities for epidemiologic, translational, outcome and patient oriented research in asthma, critical care, occupational and interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, lung transplantation, COPD, cystic fibrosis, and lung cancer. As part of the preparation for the Clinician Scientist Pathway course work in the Department of Preventive Medicine is available (MSPH). There is a Clinical Science Program (for the Masters, PhD or Certificate Program) as well which emphasizes training in clinical outcomes and translation research.
The ultimate goal of this fellowship is to train clinician-teachers as medical scientific investigators for academic careers in pulmonary and critical care medicine.