About the Program

Welcome to the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. We appreciate your interest in our program, and invite you to take a look around to learn a little more about us.

One of the major goals of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine is to prepare physicians for careers in academic medicine and to train future leaders in our field. The overall goal of our fellowship is to provide fellows with a complete well-rounded training program designed to enhance their clinical skills, scientific knowledge and provide the tools necessary to develop their research skills.

A strength of our fellowship training program is the balance we provide in terms of clinical training, research opportunities and our educational curriculum.


Clinical Experience

The fellowship program consists of a minimum of 18 months of clinical exposure, the majority of which occurs during the first year. We have a large and diverse patient population and currently have eight core clinical rotations. In addition to these rotations, F2 fellows rotate with the surgical critical care team and F3 fellows rotate with the thoracic surgical critical care team and the neurologic critical care team.

Night call is fulfilled via a night float rotation. When not on night float, fellows have no overnight call responsibilities. F1 fellows do approximately two weeks of night float, F2 fellows four weeks and F3 fellows four weeks. Two-three fellows split a four-week block of night float and when not on service, that block the fellow has no clinical responsibilities except for their continuity clinic. Night float and all clinical rotations are structured to comply with ACGME work hour guidelines.

What makes Ohio State different

Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship introduction

Avraham Cooper, MD, program director of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship, offers a brief welcome to the program.

Hear from current Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellows

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellows from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center describe in their own words why they chose Ohio State for their fellowship.

Ohio State residency and fellowships offer best of all worlds

Columbus and Ohio State provide a community that's committed to diversity, culture, economic opportunity and excellence. Here, some of our current residents and fellows share their perspectives.

Fellowship Track System

Fellowship Track System

The fellowship program is structured to optimize flexibility in training, to promote career development and to encourage the science of investigation. The first year is dedicated to building a solid foundation in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine while the second and third years are designed to be more flexible to be tailored to an individual’s career goals. Most fellows will have between 12-16 months of research/scholarship time. Each fellow will complete an Individual Career Development Plan annually with the option to select from one of the following pathways/tracks:

Research Experience

Research Experience

We are committed to advancing patient care through innovative research and training the next generation of physician-scientists. The goal of our research training program is to give our fellows the opportunity to pursue a personalized research experience that is tailored to their career goals. These projects are completed under the guidance of faculty mentors and program leadership to foster intellectual development and hone critical thinking skills. We are committed to providing whatever support is necessary to allow our fellow to be successful in their research efforts.

Clinical Training

Clinical Training

Procedural Training

Our graduating fellows are well-trained in bronchoscopic procedures including transbronchial biopsies, endobronchial biopsies, transbronchial needle aspirations, and bronchoalveolar lavages. In addition, our fellows are highly proficient in pleural procedures such as thoracenteses and chest tube placement. Another strength of our program is the rigorous training in airway management. Airway management training involves a combination of didactic sessions, simulation training, and hands-on experience. Our fellows are the primary airway providers for patients in the medical intensive care units. Finally there are ample opportunities for other ICU procedures including vascular access and lumbar punctures.

We have a strong Interventional Pulmonology program and our PCCM fellows have the opportunity to receive training in advanced bronchoscopic, airway and pleural procedures. Finally, all our fellows complete didactic, simulation and hands-on training to achieve competency in critical care ultrasound.



There are multiple pulmonary/critical care conferences scheduled each week, which cover both clinical practice and research. The overall goal of our conferences is to foster learning and engender discussion about topics pertinent to the practice of pulmonary/critical care medicine. We strongly believe in teaching based on the principles of evidence-based medicine, defined as the integration of best research evidence with clinical expertise and patient values.

All fellows are expected to attend conference. Fellows must attend at least 70% of conferences over the 3-year fellowship in order to be eligible for graduation, and 70% within each academic year to be promoted and to remain eligible to moonlight. Conferences that are missed can be made up by watching the recording of the conference, if available, but live attendance is strongly preferred and should be the default.

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Application Process

In alignment with the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD), our national professional society, and to ensure a uniform interview process equitable to all applicants, our fellowship interviews for applicants in 2023-2024 will be held exclusively virtually. We will not offer in-person site visits. The full recommendation is available here.


  • MD or DO
  • Be eligible for an Ohio training certificate or permanent medical license
  • Have successfully completed three years of US postgraduate training by the time of entry into the fellowship program
  • Hold U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or current ECFMG certificate

Application Documents

The following is a list of the required documents necessary to complete the application for our Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.

  1. USMLE Step 1, 2, 3 or COMLEX Scores
  2. A letter from your residency program director (submitted via ERAS)
  3. Three reference letters (submitted via ERAS) – one must be from a pulmonary or critical care faculty member or pulmonary and critical care fellowship program director
  4. A recent photograph of the applicant

Tina Olsson
Fellowship Program Coordinator

Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
241 W 11th Ave, Suite 5000
Columbus, OH 43201

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice and Anti-Racism

The fellowship program is committed to the principles of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Social Justice and Anti-Racism. We seek to promote the health of the community and address healthcare disparities and are proud to foster a diverse, inclusive training environment.

For more information on Ohio Stat's Anti-Racism Action Plan:

Program Leadership

Avraham Cooper, MD

Avraham Cooper, MD

  • Program Director, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship

Jennifer McCallister, MD

  • Program Director Emerita, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship
Joshua Englert, MD

Joshua Englert, MD

  • Associate Program Director, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship

Stella Ogake, MD

  • Associate Program Director for Procedural Training and Diversity, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship

Megan Conroy, MD

  • Associate Program Director for Curriculum and Quality, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship