The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine offers an ACGME accredited fellowship training that allows the trainee to sit for both pulmonary and critical care boards.
Fellows may enter one of two tracks: the Clinical Track or the Physician Scientist Track. Fellows in both tracks obtain broad-based exposure to a variety of diseases through rotations in UT Southwestern University Hospitals, county facilities, and Veterans Affairs environments. All fellows rotate through the very busy MICU's of Parkland, St. Paul, and VA Hospitals, and see patients in the Cardiovascular-Thoracic and Neuro ICU's in UT Southwestern University Hospitals. Fellows leave the program with outstanding training in chest medicine, with specific exposure to our programs in cystic fibrosis, interventional pulmonology, interstitial lung diseases, neuromuscular breathing disorders, pulmonary hypertension, sleep and circadian disorders, and lung transplant.
Our past fellows have been extremely successful and well represented in both academic and community practice. Two have served as Chairs of Departments of Medicine, four as Chiefs of Pulmonary Disease/Critical Care Divisions, and two as deans. A recent survey of our fellows trained over the last 10 years asked them to rate their training on a 1-5 scale, with 5 being outstanding. The mean score was 4.83.
Since its inception, the first-time pass rate for fellows taking the pulmonary or critical care board exams has been well over 95 percent. In the national ranking of hospitals excelling in pulmonary disease done by U.S. News & World Report in 1997, 1998, and 2003, the pulmonary program at Parkland Memorial Hospital was ranked among the top 40 centers in the United States.
Each year we accept between three and five first-year fellows through the Medical Specialties Matching Program. Selection is based on academic performance, recommendations, and a personal interview.