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Systems-Based Practice

Upon completion of his/her fellowship, the physician fellow will have a working knowledge of the diverse systems involved in support of the practice of pulmonary and critical care medicine. This includes knowledge about the costs and benefits of specialized studies and procedures, as well as legal implications and consequences of these interventions.

Specific learning goals include:

  • To allocate health care resources using a lean, thoughtful practice style without compromising quality of care: the fellow consistently and appropriately considers costs, benefits, and risks before making diagnostic or treatment recommendations.
  • To recognize and appreciate the importance of non-physician health care professionals in the care of patients, regularly and effectively working with patient healthcare managers, discharge coordinators, utilization review personnel, social workers, and other non-physician health care professionals to assess, coordinate, and improve patient care.
  • To collaborate with other members of the health care team to assure comprehensive patient care, particularly to use the multidisciplinary resources available in critical care service.
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