Residency Training Program (Fellowship)
in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
The Department of Medicine at SUNY-Downstate offers a 3-year combined subspecialty Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (notwithstanding the 2 separate ACGME listings), the only university-based training program in this field in the boroughs of Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York City. The institution has a long history of excellence in clinical education, providing its trainees an exposure to the full gamut of relevant diseases in an urban population of great ethnic and cultural diversity. The majority of the training takes place in public hospitals, where fellows encounter a wide range of disease severity and socioeconomic conditions. Fellows are closely supervised by full-time faculty members at each site, but they are allowed a reasonable amount of autonomy to develop their clinical management and procedural skills. The Fellowship is clinically oriented throughout its three years, but all trainees are expected to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to scholarship and to engage productively in one or more academic projects.
Trainees spend the first two years as fellows in Pulmonary Medicine, with the third year devoted to Critical Care Medicine. Substantial ICU experience is integrated into the first two years, which lead to ABIM subspecialty board eligibility in Pulmonary Medicine. Completion of the third year confers additional board eligibility in Critical Care Medicine. Currently, the program accepts 5 candidates each year through the NRMP match.