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Research Training

The goal of research training in pulmonary medicine and critical care is to provide fellows with experience in the design, performance, and analysis of original work in order to develop clinicians and scientists of the highest caliber. It is our belief that the ability to critically evaluate experimental and clinical data is an important skill for all physicians. The ability to effectively communicate such information to others is also a highly regarded skill, and instruction is offered to fellows to hone these skills.

The clinical and basic science departments of the Jefferson Medical College and the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are all located within a single campus in downtown Philadelphia. Fellows have access to multidisciplinary projects which opens up a large canvas to explore.  Research opportunities include data from the medical intensive care unit; a completely equipped pulmonary function laboratory including facilities for exercise and bronchial challenge testing; a bronchoscopy suite including a video bronchoscopy unit; a state-of-the-art university run animal facility with core services to support generation of transgenic mice; a morphology core facility which includes a transmission electron microscope, microscopes equipped for regular, phase and fluorescent microscopy, and a quantitative morphometry laboratory; and laboratories equipped for research using the techniques of physiology, cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, and molecular biology. In addition, facilities of the Departments of Physiology, Pathology, Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, the Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Kimmel Cancer Institute, and the Divisions of Translational Medicine, Medical Oncology, Gastroenterology, and Rheumatology, where collaborative research is ongoing, are located in this complex.

Fellows have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of basic and clinical research projects. While most research activity occurs in the second and third years of fellowship training, fellows are encouraged to become involved in these activities during their first year, to the extent that time allows. Independent clinical research projects with faculty mentorship are strongly encouraged.  Fellows are expected to actively participate in ongoing research and present their data a national meeting such as the ATS, ACCP, or the critical care meetings and ultimately generate an original manuscript with the help of their faculty mentor.

The newest change to the program is an opportunity to participate in the University’s Masters Program in Population Health.  The Masters in Clinical Research assist fellows and junior faculty in obtaining the essential skills necessary to conduct human research Fellows are able to complete a Masters program while doing their Fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  The research for the Fellowship often is presented as a Master’s Thesis.  This program is optional, but has been an excellent resource to strengthen one’s interest in clinical research.

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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