Education

Conferences

Lecture Educational Instruction Series

Formal educational instruction is provided throughout the year in several formats including the following:

  • Summer Lecture Series: Intensive 2 month conference schedule on the most important clinical problems encountered by the novice pulmonary consultant or critical care fellow. This includes a Mini-Ventilator course” to discuss the principles and different modes of mechanical ventilation and an overview of statistics.
  • Board Review Series: Biweekly one hour lectures in September and October. These lectures are created and run by the senior fellows who are undergoing board preparation.
  • Core Lecture Series: weekly conference from November to June of fellow determined topics. Lecture topics are typically rotated every 18 months.
  • Weekly Pulmonary Grand Rounds: Fellows present interesting cases or topics encountered during their clinical rotations. In additional the final week of each month is reserved for a basic science presentation by the faculty.
  • Critical Care Journal Club: Twice monthly the Critical Care Faculty at the VA Medical Center has an hourly discussion of the most recent trials in critical care medicine with an emphasis on trial design and statistical analysis.
  • Tumor Board: During the BMT rotation, fellows participate in the weekly Multidisciplinary Thoracic-Oncology Tumor Board, held weekly on Thursday afternoon between 2:30 and 4pm in the radiation oncology conference room at UMHC. The principle objective is to provide an open forum for the presentation of newly diagnosed or complex thoracic oncology cases, the majority of which will be primary bronchogenic carcinomas (lung cancers). The fellow will have the opportunity to present cases and to learn the up-to-date approaches to the diagnosis, staging, and multi-modality management of thoracic malignancies.