Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship

We offer an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited three-year Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. We are approved by ACGME and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for nine fellowship positions.

Overall Fellowship Educational Goal

We prepare physicians to practice the subspecialties of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine competently, independently, and with the highest ethical standards. It is expected that graduating fellows will ultimately achieve board certification in these medicine subspecialties. To this end, the fellowship program director and key clinical faculty have developed a competency-based, accredited educational curriculum which strictly adheres to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) “General Program Requirements for Fellowship Education in the Subspecialties of Internal Medicine” and the “Program Requirements for Fellowship Education in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine”.

Mission Statement

The teaching faculty of Creighton University’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program are united by their unwavering commitment to respect in the face of diversity, interprofessional collaboration, life-long scholarship, and compassion for those who are suffering. These values ensure a training program that is learner-focused, is academically rigorous, prioritizes well-being and sense of purpose without sacrificing education, and allows recruitment of trainees with the highest moral character.

Program Aims

We strive to provide a nurturing environment that facilitates a rigorous curriculum that allows fellows to become board-certified pulmonologists and intensivists who are also:

  • Expert clinicians who are recognized by their peers for excellence in the cognitive and technical dimensions of both pulmonary and critical care medicine. This will include structured exposure to a wide variety of Pulmonology sub-specialties in an outpatient setting including interstitial lung diseases, pulmonary hypertension, pleural diseases, lung cancer, and sleep medicine. Given the breadth of these experiences, we anticipate that graduating fellows will score in the top 25% on pulmonary and critical care medicine in-service exams.
  • Committed academicians who understand that one responsibility of physicians is to contribute to the fields of pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine through participation in scholarly activity. Each fellow will, by the time of graduation, complete one scholarly activity (publishing a peer-reviewed manuscript, presenting an evidence-based conference, or creating enduring curriculum).
  • Leaders in pulmonary and/or critical care medicine professional societies. Each fellow will attend at least one professional society meeting during their training.
  • Transformative doctors who promote health and improve patient outcomes through structured quality improvement (QI) and patient safety (PS) activities. Each fellow will graduate having participated in a mentored QI/PS project designed to align with institutional goals of providing high-value care and/or improving patient safety.
  • Practitioners of Ignatian values given that pulmonary diseases and critical illness frequently lead to end of life care wherein the Jesuit value Cura personalis is of the utmost importance. Graduating fellows will complete structured palliative care training and achieve an “Independent” proficiency evaluation in this area.
  • Proficient proceduralists as evidenced by exposure to a breadth of specialty-specific procedures performed at volumes greater than the majority of comparable training programs, with specific emphasis on providing qualitative assessments of procedural competency. Fellows will receive at least 50 iterations of written objective feedback on their bronchoscopy skills during a three-year training program.

Application Process

We accept applications through the online Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

For more information, please see our Application Process page.

Program Tour

General Information

  • $1000 annual education allowance
  • Conference and travel fees covered for one fellow per year to attend Pulmonary and/or Critical Care specific conferences (ATS, CHEST)
  • Fellowship appreciation gatherings held throughout the year
  • Professional society memberships specific to pulmonary and/or critical care
  • Program scrubs
  • Research opportunities and development
  • Scholarly activity (posters, publications)
  • QI project development and leadership

 

Moonlighting

The ACGME states that because fellowship education is a full-time endeavor, the Program Director must ensure that moonlighting does not interfere with the ability of the Fellows to achieve the goals and objectives of the educational program. In addition, the program director must comply with the sponsoring institution’s written policies and procedures regarding moonlighting, in compliance with the ACGME Institutional Requirements. Any hours a fellow works for compensation at the sponsoring institution or any of the sponsor’s primary clinical sites must be considered part of the 80-hour weekly limit on duty hours. This refers to the practice of internal moonlighting.

Please refer to Creighton University GME Moonlighting policy for the detailed institutional moonlighting policy. See also the Pulmonary and Critical Care Division moonlighting policy for Fellows (PDF). In addition, all fellows who will participate in moonlighting must complete the required GME Moonlighting Activity Report Form, which can be obtained through the program coordinator.