UVM Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Fellowship Program

(upbeat instrumental music) – Hi, I’m Doctor Polly Parsons. I’m the chair of medicine here
at the University of Vermont. And I wanna welcome you to all
of our fellowship programs. We have an outstanding opportunity here at the University of Vermont. We work daily with world-class faculty, who are internationally
recognized for their contributions to research and education, and have exceptional fellows, residents, and medical students. Education is one of the core missions of our department of medicine. And we’re extraordinarily proud
of our fellowship programs and the opportunities it
provides to the trainees, both when they’re here in training, and as they go on into
their future careers. – We have a three year program, we take two fellows per year, for each of three years. Our main focus is on training academic pulmonary and critical care physicians. We offer not only a very
rigorous clinical program, but also substantial time for research in the second and third years. We have a T32 training grant from the NIH that helps support fellows
who want to stay on for a fourth year of training as well. – We’re a smaller fellowship than some, but with a relatively large faculty. So I think despite our small size, there’s a lot of different opportunities to work with world-class specialists. The best part I liked about the program when I was interviewing, was
the diversity of the faculty. They are the who’s who of ATS and becoming a bench
researcher and running a lab, versus becoming a thorough clinician. They have faculty members
who’ve experienced all of this, and it is really nice to have
help in every single area of expertise from the experts
in their field themselves. – [David] Our catchment area
is over a million patients throughout upstate New
York and upstate Vermont. We see a broad array of pulmonary
and critical care medicine – We see patients from
this entire expansile area, and I think that really offers me a lot of medicine to learn and a lot of pulmonary,
critical care medicine to learn. – We’re already, just
in a few shorts months, I’ve felt like I’ve seen
a vast array of diseases. And enhanced my clinical knowledge. – [Radhika] We do a lot of
consult time, and ICU time during the first year. And there’s more research time, and more advanced learning time, such as EBUS and
cardiopulmonary stress test time during the second and third years. – During first year fellowship, we like people to go
around and chat with people who they think might be
potential research mentors during their second and third year. It can seem a little overwhelming
when you first come in, but set up an appointment,
talk to these people. – We have expertise in acute lung injury, ashtma, COPD, pulmonary
fibrosis, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension and other areas. Our fellowship training
program has plenty of time for self-learning as well as
fellows do frequent teaching throughout the three
years of the curriculum. That helps prepare them for their boards, as well as for an academic career. – The attendings here give
you a lot of autonomy, even as a first year fellow. But I still have support from fellows who are in their second or third year, who are always available for me. – [David] We can offer you a
very broad clinical experience as well as a very rigorous
academic experience in training in pulmonary
and critical care. – [Anne] We’ve got very
active research programs in cystic fibrosis,
interstitial lung disease, acute lung injury. Work in the ICU looking at
palliative care in the ICU, communication in the ICU, as
well as drug interventions. – [Radhika] I’ve come
to really like it here. Not just working in the hospital, but also the outdoors that Vermont offers, and the friendliness of the people around, and the warmth also is an
added bonus or plus plus point.

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