Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Research Training Overview

A primary goal of our fellowship program is to train the future leaders of academic pulmonary and critical care medicine. Rigorous training and extensive experience in research are the central features of the program for all accepted applicants.

We recognize that many fellows enter our program with limited research experience. We have established a system to assist each fellow in finding the overall career track, subject area, and research mentor best suited for them.

Early in the first year, each fellow selects a faculty advisor.  During the next several months, the two meet to review the available research areas and resources, arrange meetings with potential mentors, and work together to help the fellow make an informed choice.   In the fall and spring of the first year there are two one-week “mini-sabbaticals,” when fellows are relieved of all clinical responsibilities.  These allow for in-depth visits to laboratories and discussions with possible research preceptors.

Our program seeks to prepare trainees for an academic career in any of three possible professional roles: laboratory-based research, clinically-based research, and full-time academic clinician-teacher. Success in each of these career pathways requires rigorous training, along with experience in preparing and submitting grant applications, and manuscripts for publication.

Fellows may select either a “bench” track (either in cell and molecular biology or in physiology) or a “clinical investigator” track. The latter usually involves formal course work toward an M.P.H. or other masters degree, and in-depth research in clinical epidemiology, medical education, health services, or another patient-based discipline. The Division also offers a well-circumscribed pathway for translational research training and has recently established a global health pathway accessible to fellows in any track. Fellows planning careers as clinician-teachers can also receive training in curriculum design, effective teaching methods, and scholarly writing.

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                                             Clinical Research Group Retreat

An unusually broad spectrum of research training is available in the Division and through its excellent collaborative relationships with other groups within the University.

There are a range of research opportunities in the laboratories of the faculty and a variety of supporting services for research, including technicians, animal medicine (including Primate Center), and expertise in morphology, biochemistry, biostatistics, and bioengineering.

Consulting faculty of our training program represent the Divisions of Cardiology, General Internal Medicine, Hematology, Immunology, Infectious Diseases, and Oncology in the Department of Medicine; the Departments of Anesthesiology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, Bioethics and Humanities, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physiology and Biophysics, and Surgery in the School of Medicine; and the Departments of Epidemiology and Health Services in the School of Public Health.

Joint research projects with other departments are encouraged. While this type of collaborative endeavor remains a theoretical possibility at some institutions, it is a long-established and highly successful tradition at the University of Washington, making a wider array of research areas and both human and material resources available to fellows from our Division.

          Ramos, Aitken, Hisert
           Fellows Kathy Ramos and Katie Hisert with mentor, Moira Aitken,
upon receiving cystic fibrosis research awards.

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