Avraham Cooper, MD
- Program Director, Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The following is a list of the required documents necessary to complete the application for our Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship.
Fellowship Program Coordinator
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.
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