Conferences and Didactics
There are several scheduled subspecialty conferences per week. During the month of July, there is a series of orientation lectures for incoming fellows that covers basic topics and procedures in pulmonary and critical care medicine.
- Pulmonary Section Conferences: Pulmonary conference occurs weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. Topics of discussion include case conferences, research presentations, topic reviews, chest radiology, and journal club.
- Critical Care Conferences: The Critical Care section meets twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12:15 for didactic sessions delivered by faculty, case conferences, research presentations, topic reviews, M&M cases, 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 are encouraged to attend the regularly scheduled Department of Medicine Morbidity and Mortality conference on Wednesdays at noon and Medical Grand Rounds on Fridays at 8:00 a.m.
In addition to traditional bedside teaching, fellows have the opportunity to engage in classroom teaching. Third and sometimes second year pulmonary fellows act as small group conference leaders for the Respiratory Medicine course which occurs in the first year of the medical school curriculum. This not only provides practical, hands-on teaching experience, but also provides fellows with an opportunity (and incentive!) to hone their knowledge and understanding of respiratory physiology and pathophysiology.