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Conferences and Didactics


Fellows attend up to three scheduled subspecialty conferences per week.

  • Pulmonary Section Conferences: Pulmonary conference occurs weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. Topics of discussion include case conferences, research presentations, topic reviews, and journal club.
  • Critical Care Conferences: The Critical Care section meets twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at noon for didactics, practice-based learning, case conferences, research presentations, topic reviews, equipment reviews, and journal club.
  • Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Conference: The Thoracic Tumor Board meets on Tuesdays at 8:00 a.m. to discuss and make recommendations regarding the diagnosis and treatment of new patients with suspected or confirmed lung cancer.

In addition, fellows attend the regularly scheduled Morbidity and Mortality conference on Wednesdays at noon and Medical Grand Rounds on Fridays at 8:00 a.m.

From mid-August to the end of September each year, the second-year fellow is encouraged to attend the physiology lectures for second-year medical students as part of the six-week Scientific Basis of Medicine.


The Pulmonary Faculty instituted a curriculum series of 24 monthly lectures designed to cover the fundamentals of clinical pulmonary practice and to serve as a comprehensive Board Review course.

The current series consists of the following topics, subject to revision:

  • Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Asthma pathophysiology and management
  • Bronchiectasis and cystic fibrosis
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Clinical epidemiology and statistics
  • Community acquired pneumonia
  • Diffuse parenchymal lung disease (idiopathic interstitial pneumonia)
  • Disorders of breathing during sleep
  • Ethical and legal issues in pulmonary practice
  • Lung cancer, diagnosis and staging
  • Lung transplantation
  • Occupational and environmental lung disease
  • Pleural disorders
  • Pneumonia in the immunocompromised host
  • Preoperative pulmonary evaluation
  • Principles of mechanical ventilation
  • Pulmonary edema and fluid clearance from the lungs
  • Pulmonary function testing and interpretation
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Pulmonary mycobacterial infections
  • Pulmonary physiology: mechanics, gas exchange, control of ventilation
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Venous thromboembolism
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