The goal of our training program is to prepare physicians for academic careers in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. We are deeply committed to the career development of our trainees. It is important to us that our graduates are outstanding clinicians. To this end, fellows are provided a broad range of clinical experiences in primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary hospitals as well as ambulatory settings for the diagnosis and longitudinal care of patients with respiratory symptoms and problems. These experiences are supported by clinical leaders with considerable expertise in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Our faculty members provide supervision and patient-focused teaching on evidence-based medicine as fellows learn both the science and the art of caring for their patients. There are weekly clinical conferences for fellows in which patient management and state-of-the-art approaches are discussed.
The academic interests of our fellows are nurtured and supported by exceptionally diverse research training opportunities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Broad Institute and other leading research centers and institutes of higher learning in the city. Our fellows’ careers are built one by one. Fellows are not forced into pathways. Rather, their career development needs are identified with the help of individual academic mentoring and then personalized resources are arranged for each fellow. Opportunities are available locally for a broad spectrum of training experiences in research from Basic Science and Translational Clinical Research to Outcomes Research and Global Health. Didactic courses for fellows are available at the Brigham in basic investigational skills, through the Harvard Catalyst Program for Clinical and Translational Research and at the Harvard School of Public Health, which includes the summer clinical effectiveness program, masters in clinical sciences and masters in public health.
The Training Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital includes more than 50 faculty members and is supported by two NHLBI-sponsored training grants. These programs began more than 30 years ago and the vast majority of our graduates are committed to full-time careers in academic medicine and research. Our faculty members are pursuing clinical and laboratory-based research programs covering the major fields in pulmonary and critical care medicine. This provides our fellows with an extensive assortment of training options. Each fellow selects a faculty research mentor. There is a yearly Research Retreat to introduce fellows to the research faculty and to provide an overview of potential research opportunities. Each fellow meets with the Division Chief, Program Director and potential mentors in order to choose a research field and mentor. Once a fellow has chosen an area of academic pursuit, a training committee is formed which meets with the fellow on a semi-annual or more frequent basis. These committee meetings are designed to optimize the fellow’s research experience and serve as career counseling meetings. There are weekly research-focused conferences in the Division, including a work-in-progress conference and grand rounds, as well as a wealth of outstanding research conferences in the rich academic environment of the Longwood Medical Area. Additionally, there are a number of seminar series supported by the Brigham’s Biomedical Research Institute.
Grants and Awards
Upon completion of clinical training, fellows are typically supported by the Division’s Training grant (T32) until receiving independent grant funding (F32, Foundation Fellowships or K awards). Our dedication to academic career development is evidenced by the success of our fellows in obtaining career development awards with 17 NIH K-awards and 11 Foundation Career Development fellowship awards (AHA, ALA, ATS and Parker B. Francis) received by our recent graduates over the last 10 years.