Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine

Program Overview

The objective of this program is to develop a scholarly and clinical approach to pulmonary and critical care medicine, enabling our trainees to pursue a career in academic medicine. To meet this objective, we offer an accredited three year combined program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine that qualifies trainees for ABIM certification in both subspecialties (Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine). The third year of the training program is intended to provide an in-depth experience with clinical and/or basic science research. Trainees who desire to obtain substantial experience in research will need a particularly intense effort and may require an additional period of research training. Our NIH funded training program Training in Respiratory Biology: Innovate, Integrate, and Translate provides one avenue for additional research training.

The clinical programs of the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine are based at UCSD Medical Center – Hillcrest, UCSD Thornton Hospital, Jacobs Medical Center and VA San Diego Healthcare System. UCSD Medical Center serves as the principal teaching institution for the UCSD School of Medicine and as a national and international referral center. UCSD Medical Center is a Level I Trauma Center with active lung, heart-lung, heart, renal, liver and bone marrow transplant programs. The three-year fellowship training program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine includes approximately 18 fellows and 42 full-time faculty who represent the breadth of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

The UCSD Medical Center offers neonatal, surgical, burn, and trauma intensive care units. The special programs of the Division, which include the Pulmonary Circulation, Chronic Pulmonary Infection, Cystic Fibrosis, Lung Transplantation, Advanced Lung Disease, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, and Sleep Medicine programs, assure a steady patient flow.

The UCSD Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Upon successful completion of the three-year training program, fellows are eligible to sit for the ABIM Board Examinations in both 1) Pulmonary Disease and 2) Critical Care Medicine.

Fellows are expected to achieve competence in:

  1. Patient Care
  2. Medical Knowledge
  3. Practice-based Learning and Improvement
  4. Interpersonal and Communications Skills
  5. Professionalism
  6. Systems-based Practice