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Program Overview

The fellowship program in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is well established and has a tradition of graduating both superior clinicians and researchers. Sidney Kimmel Medical College was established in 1824, and is one of the largest private medical schools in the United States. The Thomas Jefferson University Hospital has 848 beds with over 45,000 admissions annually. The hospital serves as a major tertiary care center for the Delaware Valley. The Division oversees approximately 1000 admissions, 1,000 in-patient consultations, and more than 600 endoscopic procedures each year. Moreover, there are approximately 8,000 outpatient visits annually.


Our goal is to prepare qualified individuals as proficient clinicians with critical rigor, and tailored to candidate needs for varying degrees of scholarship. By the end of the training period, fellows will be skilled in the management of pulmonary diseases and general critical care problems; skilled in the performance of complex bronchoscopy as well as critical care procedures and ultrasound for the ICU; and trained in the critical review of the literature as well as design and execution of clinical research. This is a three year program (with optional additional years for research) leading to eligibility for board certification in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine.

The majority of the training experience is at Sidney Kimmel Medical College and its University Hospital, which is located in Center City Philadelphia. During the fellowship, two to three months are also spent on the combined medical/coronary intensive care unit at Lankenau Hospital, a participating affiliate located five miles from Center City. Lankenau is one of the largest members of the extended Jefferson health system and is a major referral center for cardiac disease in the Delaware valley.

This highly flexible program enables the individual to achieve his or her personal training goals while fulfilling requirements for board certification in pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine. The division claims 100% pass rate for graduating fellows in both ABIM pulmonary and critical care medicine.  The first 12 months are devoted primarily to clinical training, with time divided between pulmonary medicine, medical and surgical critical care, chest radiology, anesthesia, and the pulmonary function lab. The remaining requirements for board certification in pulmonary medicine and critical care are arranged to suit individual training goals throughout the second and third years. A number of elective clinical rotations focusing on specialized areas of interest in pulmonary medicine and critical care are also offered. The Division offers multi-disciplinary research training opportunities in several areas of lung biology. Specific features of the clinical training program and the research training program are described in Clinical Training and Research Training. It is emphasized that the training experience is designed to help the trainee develop a scholarly approach to clinical problems and to laboratory or clinical investigation.  Acceptance into the fellowship training program is very competitive through the match with over 350 applicants for four slots per year. 

Mani Kavuru, MD

Mani Kavuru, MD
Division Director,
Pulmonary &
Critical Care Medicine

Michael Baram, MD

Michael Baram, MD
Program Director,
Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

834 Walnut Street, #650 Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-5161

We participate in the National Residency Match Program and utilize the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).

Fellowship Programs Contact:

Connie Pedicone,
Fellowship Coordinator

834 Walnut Street
Suite 650
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-6591

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