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The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine offers opportunities for clinical and research training to students, house staff, and postdoctoral trainees. Patient care, as well as clinical and research training activities, are supervised by a faculty composed of 10 full-time and three volunteer staff members. The division oversees the inpatient ward and consultation service, the pulmonary ambulatory clinics, the pulmonary function laboratory , respiratory therapy services and the bronchoscopy suite. The division oversees approximately 1000 medical ICU admissions, 1,000 inpatient pulmonary consultations and 400 bronchoscopies each year; moreover, there are approximately 8,000 pulmonary outpatient visits annually. Medical housestaff interact very closely with pulmonary/critical care fellows and attendings on the MICU and hospital consultative services. In addition, the division offers one month elective rotations to residents. This elective focuses primarily on inpatient consultation with a one half day per week commitment to outpatient pulmonary medicine. The major objective is for the resident to acquire the skills necessary to perform superior consultative evaluations and to formulate appropriate management plans in patients with pulmonary diseases. Educational emphasis is placed on complex interpretation of x-rays and pulmonary function tests. Proper techniques of thoracentesis and pleural biopsy also are taught during the rotation.

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The housestaff experience on the MICU rotation is rigorous and involves multidisciplinary critical care medicine. The focus of training is the medical/respiratory intensive-care unit (MICU), which consists of a seventeen-bed unit with full monitoring capability tailored to the problems of the patient with acute respiratory disorders as well as multiorgan failure. Full-time attendings in the division make rounds seven days a week and assume administrative responsibility for the unit. In addition to daily bedside rounds with the team, daily didactic lectures occur for one hour at noon using the SCCM sponsored RICU curriculum.

Research opportunities are available in any one of a number of areas that engage in ongoing investigations at both the clinical and basic science level. The division is involved in multidisciplinary research in numerous areas, including asthma, airway hyperactivity, airway inflammation, acute lung injury, adult respiratory distress syndrome, lung defense mechanisms, mediators of pulmonary inflammation, pulmonary hypersensitivity diseases and sarcoidosis.


Gregory Kane, MD
Professor & Chair,
Vice Chair, Education
Department of Medicine


Gretchen Diemer, MD
Residency Program Director

1025 Walnut Street
Room 805
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 955-5161

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

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Pulmonary Medicine Experience at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

A clinical rotation in the Division of Pulmonary Medicine at the Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia was the last stop for me in my short journey of pursuing electives in the United States. Since I had two months of elective experience behind me... read full testimonial

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