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Program Coordinator, Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Cary Menendez
Phone: 305-585-5215, Option 2
Fax: 305-585-8137
Email: cmenendez@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the National Resident Matching Program. All positions are filled through the NRMP. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the Electronic Residency Application System.

Deadline:
Applications are accepted from July 15 to November 15. Interviews are conducted September 1 through September 30.

Call Schedule

Depending on the service, on-call schedule will vary.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

1475 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3 prior to the start of the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of an internal medicine residency at an accredited institution. Fellows are required to have a current and valid certification for BLS, ACLS, OSHA and other certifications required by the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Public Health Trust and University of Miami Health System, as well as any additional requirements for state or federal agencies.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Mission & Vision

The overall objective of our Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program is to prepare trainees for a wide spectrum of career opportunities, including academic teaching and patient care in respiratory and critical care medicine and biomedical research.

Mission & Vision

The overall objective of our Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program is to prepare trainees for a wide spectrum of career opportunities, including academic teaching and patient care in respiratory and critical care medicine and biomedical research.

Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. Our fully accredited fellowship program is highly competitive and offers two tracks of which applicants can apply to one or the other: two years of Critical Care Medicine with a total of four positions or three years of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine with a total of 22 positions. For selected trainees who are interested in careers as physician-scientists, our program also offers a special curriculum with 12 months of dedicated research time and the possibility to enhance their training in research by completing a certificate in clinical research at the University of Miami’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Whichever track you choose, our program offers unparalleled clinical, educational and research experiences. We provide our fellows with a unique and high-quality training environment as fellows have the opportunity to practice at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s busy Level I Trauma Center; UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility; one of the highest performing veteran care facilities – the Bruce W. Carter Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – South Florida’s leader in cancer diagnosis and follow-up care.

As an academic program, we focus on providing a challenging and innovative learning experience for our trainees. Our fellows have the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population and they are exposed to an extraordinary array of pathology. Our educational and research programs are supported by the UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Medicine, and fellows get to be a part of different lecture series, weekly anesthesia morbidity and mortality conferences, journal club and case presentations. The fellows in the program all work with faculty mentors to participate in clinical and basic science research and many of them present their research findings at national meetings each year.

Our trainees are very successful at competing for positions around the country and the world. We are extremely proud of our many graduates’ accomplishments both in academia and private practice and we look forward to hearing from you.

-David Joseph De La Zerda, MD

Program Director’s Welcome

Welcome to the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. Our fully accredited fellowship program is highly competitive and offers two tracks of which applicants can apply to one or the other: two years of Critical Care Medicine with a total of four positions or three years of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine with a total of 22 positions. For selected trainees who are interested in careers as physician-scientists, our program also offers a special curriculum with 12 months of dedicated research time and the possibility to enhance their training in research by completing a certificate in clinical research at the University of Miami’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

Whichever track you choose, our program offers unparalleled clinical, educational and research experiences. We provide our fellows with a unique and high-quality training environment as fellows have the opportunity to practice at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s busy Level I Trauma Center; UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility; one of the highest performing veteran care facilities – the Bruce W. Carter Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center – South Florida’s leader in cancer diagnosis and follow-up care.

As an academic program, we focus on providing a challenging and innovative learning experience for our trainees. Our fellows have the opportunity to care for a diverse patient population and they are exposed to an extraordinary array of pathology. Our educational and research programs are supported by the UM Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and the Department of Medicine, and fellows get to be a part of different lecture series, weekly anesthesia morbidity and mortality conferences, journal club and case presentations. The fellows in the program all work with faculty mentors to participate in clinical and basic science research and many of them present their research findings at national meetings each year.

Our trainees are very successful at competing for positions around the country and the world. We are extremely proud of our many graduates’ accomplishments both in academia and private practice and we look forward to hearing from you.

-David Joseph De La Zerda, MD

Fast Facts

ACGME Accredited?

Yes

Number of Fellows per Year?

4

Duration of Fellowship?

3 years

Program Highlights

100% board exam passing rate

Largest pulmonary/critical care fellowship in Florida

Only Pulmonary Hypertension Comprehensive Center in South Florida

Clinical Experience

Year 1

During the first year, fellows will acquire general knowledge about critical care ultrasound and some of the emergency protocols used.

Year 2

The second year will be dedicated to practicing the already learned CC US skills and incorporating them into patient care. Fellows will submit a case for each block where they incorporated CC US into their patient-care decision-making.

Year 3

The third year will be dedicated for fellows to practice on their own and complete a CC US imaging portfolio, which will help them to refine their imaging skills. Fellows will be required to present their CC US portfolio for review by ultrasound faculty.

Fellows’ education is a priority of our program. Fellowship curriculum comprises three major areas: education, clinical experience and research experience.

Education

The goal is for fellows to acquire comprehensive knowledge about the pathophysiology of donor and recipient disease in order to provide appropriate and effective care. In addition to lecture series, weekly anesthesia morbidity and mortality conferences, journal club and case presentations, a basic transesophageal echocardiogram course with simulation is designed to enhance fellows’ knowledge and skills.

Fellows will also be enrolled in the International Liver Transplantation Society to be able to access up-to-date information via ILTS.org. Additionally, fellows are provided time to attend the annual ILTS Perioperative Care in Liver Transplantation Meeting held in partnership with the American Society of Anesthesiologists. First- and third-year fellows are expected to attend the Practical Emergency Airway Management course in Baltimore (free of charge).

Clinical Experience

The clinical program emphasizes extensive perioperative management. Fellows will participate in the preoperative evaluation of transplant candidates. They will also learn to perform comprehensive preoperative examinations for the purposes of transplant candidate selection, optimize perioperative patient care and will be able to discuss risks and benefits.

In addition, fellows will participate in the weekly multidisciplinary selection committee to discuss the candidate suitability for liver transplantation. Fellows should develop an understanding of what resources are required by the larger multidisciplinary team for efficient decision-making.

During the one-month intensive care unit rotation, fellows will follow and manage patients who underwent abdominal organ transplantation. Furthermore, up to a one-month rotation with Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency, a division of the Daughtry Family Department of Surgery at the UM Miller School of Medicine, will broaden the fellows’ training relative to the organ procurement process.

Throughout the one-year fellowship, fellows are expected to cover at least 50 major, non-transplant cases, including biliary reconstructions, esophagectomies, liver resections, living donor nephrectomies, major vascular surgeries, pancreatectomies, radical nephrectomies, surgeries in patients who have undergone previous transplantation, transplant patient’s bring-backs or Whipple procedures.

Additionally, the fellow will participate in at least 50 cases of liver transplantation, including combined liver-kidney and multivisceral transplant. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in cadaveric kidney and pancreatic transplantation, intestinal transplantation, living-related kidney transplantation and pediatric liver transplantation.

Research Experience

Our program encourages liver transplant anesthesia fellows to participate in ongoing research projects or to initiate at least one new investigation project.

Fellows will learn to use statistical computer software (JMP Software from SAS) and create/maintain database systems. Fellows are expected to complete submission of a manuscript for peer review and eventual publication. Research work will be presented at the Department of Anesthesia Grand Rounds.