The division plays a prominent role in the education of house officers. Its teaching effectiveness is consistently ranked among the best of all divisions by the departmental house staff. Pulmonary faculty have won the Department of Internal Medicine's H. Marvin Pollard Teaching Award for Outstanding Teaching of Residents numerous times.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine rotations often have the best aggregate rankings of any division in the recent senior resident evaluations.
Clinical Rotation on Pulmonary Consult Service (one month rotation)
The learner is a member of the Pulmonary Consults Service for this elective. The Consults Service sees a wide scope of chest diseases. The rotation emphasizes history, physical, and diagnostic techniques, and physiologic, roentgenographic, and pathologic correlations and treatment. Learners independently evaluate pulmonary referrals prior to personal bedside review with fellows and faculty. Learners participate in diagnostic procedures and conferences.
Clinical Rotation in CCMU at the University Hospital or MICU at VA (one month rotation)
This ICU rotation will introduce the learner (student or intern) to the care of critically ill patients. Learners will assume responsibility for patient care under the guidance of a senior resident and critical care fellow. There is supervised participation in diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Daily rounds with the attending physician will provide both theoretical and practical information. For students, this rotation is a subinternship and also fulfills their ICU requirement for graduation. At the intern level, this rotation serves as an intense experience in the care of the sickest patients. At the senior resident level, this rotation allows for leadership, polishing of organizational and clinical skills, and the opportunity to teach and mentor younger trainees.