PROGRAM OVERVIEW AND HISTORY
The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the Brody School of Medicine offers a three year long fellowship training program in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. The program is based at Pitt County Memorial Hospital and operated together with the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. The fellowship program meets the requirements for residency education in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is fully accredited. Fellows who complete the program are qualified to sit for the pulmonary disease and critical care medicine certification examinations offered by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
The goal of this program is to train well rounded physicians who have acquired the skills necessary to thrive in any setting in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. Graduates will be equally able to function as academic physicians and private practitioners. The educational program is divided into 39 four week long blocks; 13 are dedicated to research or electives but the research program itself extends across the entire 3 year fellowship. The core of the training is based on close supervision and involvement by the faculty and an extensive program of didactics.
In order to learn the necessary cognitive skills, fellows will participate in a variety of Division and extramural conferences as well as engage in substantial self-study of the literature and text books. To complete their educational program, fellows will engage in a variety of both clinical and basic science research endeavors with a goal of presentation at national meetings as well as peer-reviewed publications.
The program is relatively young. It began as a two year pulmonary disease fellowship in 1999 and expanded to a three year pulmonary disease and critical care medicine fellowship in 2005. We currently have a complement of 9 fellows and 15 faculty members. Three fellows are selected to begin training each year. In addition to the clinical services the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine has an active translational research program with several NIH grants, as well as corporate and device trials. We provide extensive laboratory facilities with access to cutting-edge techniques. Targeted research areas include: Sarcoidosis and lung inflammation, Alveolar Proteinosis, cytokine biology, and lung lipid homeostasis
The environment for the training is a large tertiary care medical center with comprehensive up-to-date clinical facilities. The medical center has a large catchment area and one strength of this training program is the large clinical volume of inpatients and outpatients who have a wide depth and breadth of both common and rare respiratory diseases and disorders.
As a fellow, you will engage in a rigorous three-year program that combines experiential learning in a university hospital setting and outpatient clinic with teaching and research. You will serve rotations on the pulmonary consult service, the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU), the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), the Trauma/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU), the renal service, in the ambulatory/rehabilitation clinic, on research or elective service in the allergy and sleep clinics.
The Brody School of Medicine enrolled its first class of 28 students in 1977. Since then the institution has grown dramatically in its teaching, research and patient care roles. Today, in its partnership with University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina and regional physicians, the school is the educational centerpiece of one of North Carolina's largest and most productive academic medical centers. The fellowship began as a two year pulmonary program in 1989 and expanded into a three year pulmonary disease and critical care medicine program in 2004. The program has grown from 4 to six and now nine fellows.