The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is dedicated to medical student education and provides course offerings and other education to students at multiple points throughout their four year curriculum. The formal course offerings include:
HuBio 541 The Respiratory System: Offered in the fall each year as part of the core second-year student curriculum, HuBio 541 uses a combination of didactic lectures and small group conferences to teach students the basic principles of respiratory physiology and pathophysiology. Course Chair: Andrew Luks
Med 536 Introduction to Critical Care Medicine: Offered in the winter quarter each year, this elective course provides second-year students who have completed their respiratory and cardiovascular classes an opportunity to learn about critical care medicine in greater depth. Using a combination of didactics, hands-on workshops and shadowing experiences, the elective provides students exposure to core components of critical care medicine. Co-Course Chairs: Mary King (Pediatrics) and Andrew M. Luks. Information about the course can be obtained from the course website: Med 536 - Introduction to Critical Care Medicine
Med 534 Wilderness Medicine: Offered in the spring quarter each year, this elective course provides second-year students an introduction to the core topics in wilderness medicine through a combination of didactic sessions and hands-on workshops. Course Chairs: Andrew Luks and David Townes (Emergency Medicine). Information about the course can be obtained from the course website: Med 534 - Wilderness Medicine
Med 610 Clinical Respiratory Diseases and Critical Care Medicine: This is an elective fourth-year student clerkship during which students work as part of the pulmonary consult service at one of three sites in the University of Washington Affiliated Hospitals system – the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center and the Puget Sound Veterans Health Care System – with the goal at each of these sites being to give students a broad exposure to pulmonary medicine as well as a variety of topics in the field of critical care medicine. Clerkship director: Andrew Luks. Information about the clerkship can be obtained from the course website: Med 610 - Pulmonary Medicine Clerkship - UofW School of Medicine
Med 620/621: Subinternship in Critical Care Medicine: As part of this rotation, students work as part of the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) team at Harborview Medical Center or the University of Washington Medical Center where they function at the level of an intern and have direct patient care responsibilities. This is an opportunity to learn about various forms of critical illness, how to apply different therapeutic and diagnostic modalities commonly used in critical care medicine and develop skills that will be of use regardless of whether they ultimately specialize in this field or pursue work as a primary care physician in a rural area. Clerkship director: Andrew Luks. Information about the clerkship can be obtained form the course website: Medeck 620/621 - Subinternship in Critical Care Medicine
Other Medical Student Teaching Responsibilities
In addition to these formal courses, members of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine interact with students through multiple other means including supervising preceptorships and teaching as part of Capstone Classes, Introduction to Clinical Medicine and other lectures throughout their curriculum.
Faculty within the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine are engaged in multiple active research programs and occasionally have opportunities for medical students. Students interested in pursuing such opportunities can contact faculty members using the information provided on the Division website.