Fellowship Training Programs

In alignment with the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD), our national professional society, and to ensure a uniform interview process that is equitable to all applicants, our fellowship interviews for applicants in 2021-2022 will be virtual only. We will not offer in-person site visits. The full recommendation (pdf) is available here.

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

The pulmonary and critical care medicine pathway is a traditional three-year combined training pathway that leads to board eligibility for pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

Critical Care Medicine

The critical care medicine pathway is a two-year pathway open to trainees from internal medicine or emergency medicine. For internal medicine trainees who have completed prior subspecialty training, the critical care training may be condensed to one year. At the end of critical care training, trainees are eligible to sit for the critical care boards under the auspices of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is committed to creating an environment that is diverse, inclusive, and nurturing of people from all backgrounds and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Washington University School of Medicine provides the institutional leadership and expertise to support this mission. Please visit the website for more information.

To explore the Inclusion and Diversity programs offered through the Department of Medicine please visit the website. Here you can find information about OUTmed: the forum for LGBTQIA-identified faculty, staff, trainees, and allies, the Forum for the Underrepresented in Medicine (FURM), and the Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM).

Dedicated and collaborative faculty

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine has more than 25 faculty members involved in active clinical services and research at Washington University Medical Center (WUMC), along with five affiliated faculty members at the John Cochran Division of the Veterans Affairs St. Louis Health Care System. In addition, we collaborate extensively on research projects with faculty outside of our division.

Clinical experience

Our inpatient pulmonary clinical services include general pulmonary consults, lung transplant, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary vascular disease, and interventional pulmonology. Our intensive care rotations include medical intensive care unit, surgical intensive care unit, cardiothoracic intensive care unit, stem cell transplant/oncology unit, cardiac care unit, and neurology/neurosurgical intensive care unit.

Fellows work at Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH), the teaching hospital affiliated with WUMC.  During their first year of fellowship, pulmonary and critical care medicine fellows also rotate at the VA, located less than 3 miles from BJH.

BJH and WUMC are tertiary/quaternary care referral centers with a multi-state referral basis. In addition, the physicians at the center provide primary and subspecialty care to local residents of the St. Louis region. This arrangement allows for a wide breadth of training within pulmonary and critical care medicine, which is further augmented by high volume solid organ and stem cell transplant programs. As pulmonary consultants and critical care physicians in the ICU, trainees have the opportunity to participate in the care of these patients, in addition to seeing patients with more common disease processes.

Research experience

All fellows participate in a research training program during their fellowship time. This is comprised of weekly conferences, including didactics regarding the basic aspects of designing and approaching a research question, planning and executing studies (including clinical trials) as well as aspects concerning the responsible conduct of research. For those interested in a protected time and funding for advanced training, the Division has a National Institutes of Health-funded T32 training program.

The division organizes an Annual Pulmonary Research Day where fellows present their research projects and interact with trainees and faculty around Washington University School of Medicine. Through this process, many of our fellows have been able to obtain career development awards, as well as independent funding. They have also obtained positions of leadership in different academic programs around the country, both as program directors and division chiefs.