Applicants to the Program are expected to be graduates of medical schools in the United States who have completed three or more years of postdoctoral training prior to Fellowship. Ordinarily, three years of residency are the minimum required, but uniquely qualified individuals may be accepted after two years.
The PCCM fellowship training program is designed to train academic physicians. In keeping with ACGME requirements, we offer 2 years of clinical training in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and 1 year of protected, mentored research training. In addition to the core rotations at our three hospitals Jacobs Medical Center – La Jolla, UCSD Medical Center – Hillcrest, and VA San Diego Healthcare System – La Jolla), we offer 6 months of clinical or research electives during the first 2 years. Trainees may select from a wide range of established electives listed below. At the conclusion of their training, fellows will be eligible to sit for ABIM subspecialty boards in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine.
At present, six trainees are accepted annually, with guaranteed program support for three years. Extensions to a fourth year and beyond are encouraged, and accommodations will be made to suit individual goals. Foreign medical school graduates with ECFMG, VQE, or Flex certificates may be considered, if under permanent resident status. We do not generally accept applicants with H1-B or J1 visa status because these trainees are not supported by our NIH training grant. However, please submit your application if you feel it is exceptional. Documentation and proof of visa status are essential!
The Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) has facilitated an agreement with internal medicine subspecialties to change their recruitment cycle from second to third year, giving residents more time to explore and solidify their career options. Internal Medicine Subspecialties (such as Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine) will receive ERAS applications in July 2019 for training that starts July 2020. ERAS opens for applications on July 1, 2019. We will accept applications until August 15, 2019.
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is a rewarding and exciting sub-specialty. We wish you nothing but the utmost success in your endeavors!