Pulmonary Fellowship Research

The goal of the Case Western Reserve University/University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship divisional research training is to allow fellows to pursue a project in their area of interest while providing them with a high-quality experience that fosters intellectual development. We are committed to providing whatever support is required to allow our fellows to be successful in their research careers.

First Year Connects with Research Faculty

Our first-year fellows have a “meet and greet” with our affiliated research faculty. That is a first contact, so to speak. The program director meets with fellows to find in what direction the fellows research interests are leaning. At that point the fellowship committee meets and provides a list of potential mentors for the fellow to seek out. The fellow and mentor develop a concept/plan and present that to the fellowship committee at the beginning of the second year.

Second Year Research Planning

The goal of the second year is for fellows to solidify a project and obtain preliminary data with the goal of presenting at a national conference, such as the American Thoracic Society (ATS), The American College of Clinical Pharmacology (ACCP), Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) or Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM).

At the beginning of this year, fellows and their mentors further develop the fellow’s research project in detail. The first month of the second-year fellows participate in an intense biostatistics/epidemiology course. After that, the fellow is expected to go to the lab and learn the various techniques involved in accomplishing their research project, particularly required basic science laboratory techniques.

Third Year Provides Support for Ongoing Research Projects

The major goal of the third-year research experience is to help the fellow make career decisions and aid in their career preparation.

All fellows in a research path are strongly encouraged to write an American Lung Association Fellowship grant at the start of their third year as part of their training. During the third year, fellows continue work on their ongoing research projects with the expectation of presenting their continuing results at national conferences and completing a manuscript. Abstract presentation at a national meeting is required for completion of the program.

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program has the advantage of access to the vast resources of both UH Cleveland Medical Center, in collaboration with Case Western Reserve University, along with the entire research enterprise. Thus, the massive learning and research opportunities are truly boundless. Below is a brief list of areas in which previous fellows have worked:

  • Control of breathing
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Genetics
  • Granulomatous lung disease
  • HIV
  • Immunology
  • Inflammatory lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Muscle physiology
  • Pulmonary vascular disease
  • Quality improvement
  • Sleep medicine
  • Tuberculosis

Opportunity for Fourth Year Research

Upon completion of the fellowship a fourth research year is possible and is decided on a case-by-case basis. The offer of a fourth year is dependent on success during the fellow’s research program, growth during the research project and dedication to an academic career.

In this training program our fellows have been successful in obtaining entry-level funding through the American Heart Association and the SmithKline Foundation. In addition, we have been successful in identifying those individuals that have an interest in academic medicine to retain in academic positions.

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