Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program is an ACGME-accredited, combined subspecialty educational program that provides 36 months of training and supervised experience at a level sufficient for the fellow to acquire the competency of a subspecialist in both pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. Fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center combines superb clinical training with rigorous academic standards. Our goal is to give our trainees the best of both worlds.


The mission of the Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is to produce graduates who are ready to provide excellent, value- and evidence-based care to patients with a broad range of respiratory disorders and critical illness in a variety of settings, and who are prepared to help educate medical students, residents, and non-specialist colleagues in the care of those patients. Fellows will help serve the needs of the local and neighboring communities, and upon graduation, will be prepared to serve whatever community they choose. By participating in medical student education, fellows also help meet the educational mission of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Program aims

  1. Provide excellent clinical training in the broad field of pulmonary and critical care medicine that prepares fellows to provide safe, compassionate, and high-value care to their patients.
  2. Enhance the educational skills of our fellows, providing them with the opportunity to teach in a variety of settings, including undergraduate (preclinical) medical students in the classroom, and bedside teaching with learners from a variety of backgrounds.
  3. Provide fellows the opportunity to pursue their particular interests and be successful in their chosen career path, whether it is focused on clinical practice, research, medical education, quality improvement, or health care delivery science.
  4. Provide a nurturing, supportive, inclusive environment for training which focuses on trainee and physician well-being.

Upon completion of the three-year fellowship, our graduates:

  • Should be competent to function as subspecialty consultants in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
  • Should have extensive experience teaching medical students and residents in both formal and informal settings.
  • Should have designed and completed at least one research project from hypothesis generation and statistical analysis to submission of a manuscript to an academic medical journal.
  • Will be eligible for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in the subspecialties of Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.

Fellows are eligible to participate in the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency.

This track will be offered to selected fellows and is tailored for those interested in gaining further knowledge and skills in the assessment of medical outcomes and in leading change and improvements in health care systems. The track combines two years of clinical training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine with Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center's acclaimed 2-year Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency program.

Rotations in pulmonary and critical care medicine will continue on a limited basis during the Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency curriculum, and the practicum project will be performed within the discipline of pulmonary and critical care medicine. When completed, fellows will be board eligible in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and in Preventive Medicine, and will have acquired a Masters in Public Health (MPH) through the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at Dartmouth College.

Daniel Aridgides, MD with Cystic Fibrosis poster