Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program

The Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine fellowship training program at the University of Florida seeks to train sub-specialists for clinical and research activities in the fields of pulmonary medicine, critical care medicine, lung transplantation, and sleep medicine. Fellows are trained to develop the skills necessary for a successful career in academic or private practice medicine. Critical Care and Pulmonary Board Pass Rates are currently 100% each. Qualifications for the pulmonary training program include one year of internship and two years of residency in internal medicine.

The Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine training program at the University of Florida is under the direction of Dr. Ibrahim Faruqi. The division chief is Dr. Mark Brantly. Other faculty include: Drs. H. Alnuaimat, R. Berry, E. Harman, M. Jantz, J. Lascano, M. Lauzardo, H. Mehta, K. Mohammed, N. Najmunissa, W. Nasser, D. Patel, J. Salgado, S. Chandrashekaran, A. Emtiazjoo, N. Moguillansky, E. Papierniak, A. Prasad, P.S. Sriram, D. Urbine, J. Wynne, and S. Zharikov. The fellowship includes rotations at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and the Malcolm Randall  Veterans Administration Medical Center, which serves the north Florida/south Georgia region and is conveniently located across the street. Fellows are thereby exposed to a wide variety of patients and have excellent facilities for procedural training.

Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and the Gainesville VA medical center are fully equipped with state of the art pulmonary function testing and bronchoscopy facilities. Fellows are taught how to perform bronchoscopy, bronchial brushing, bronchoalveolar lavage, transbronchial lung biopsy, endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) and transbronchial needle aspiration. Fellows are also taught how to perform thoracentesis, and chest tube insertion. Instruction regarding the interpretation of methacholine challenge testing, cardiopulmonary exercise testing, shunt study calculation, and polysomnogram interpretation is provided. For those fellows who are interested in interventional pulmonology, experience with  endobronchial electrocautery, stent placement, navigational bronchochoscopy, rigid bronchoscopy, transtracheal oxygen catheter placement, and medical thoracoscopy is available. Fellows also will be proficient in critical care procedures such as endotracheal intubation, arterial and central venous line placement, and pulmonary artery catheter placement. The fellows perform procedures under faculty supervision.

A number of conferences are held weekly, including:

  • Didactic teaching conference covering core topics in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
  • Thoracic tumor board in conjunction with Radiology, Pathology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Radiation Oncology, and Medical Oncology
  • Pulmonary case conference
  •  In addition, journal club, research conference and pulmonary and critical care board review conferences are held once a month.

Unique Opportunities available to University of Florida pulmonary and critical care fellows:

  • Subspecialty training in lung transplantation
  • Subspecialty training in interventional pulmonology and advanced diagnostic procedures
  • Application to accredited sleep medicine fellowship with renowned sleep physician Dr Richard Berry
  • Mycobacterial diseases education and experience led by Drs Michael Lazaurdo, Principal Investigator of Southeastern National Tuberculosis Center and University of Florida Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine division faculty member
  • Shared facilities and research opportunities with the Alpha-1 Research Program, which was established at the University of Florida in 1998 and is under the direction of Dr Mark Brantly, our division chief.
  • Optional dedicated clinical and translational research training with certificate or Master of Science in Clinical and Translational Science through NIH supported Clinical and Translational Science Institute