Our fellows complete a minimum of 18 months of clinical training during their fellowship. The first year of fellowship is all clinical and the remaining 6 months of clinical training occur during the second and third years. Throughout the 36 months of PCCSM fellowship, fellows participate in a continuity clinic.
The Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine (PCCSM) Fellowship program consists of a three-year training period during which at least 18 months are dedicated to clinical training to acquire the clinical skills to practice PCCSM medicine, and 18 months of research in PCCSM medicine for a total of 36 months. Fellows also have the opportunity to continue fellowship training beyond three years in order to obtain further research training.
Graduates of the Yale PCCSM program leave having received exceptional training in clinical patient care, teaching and research. Under the sponsorship of the Section's T32 NIH sponsored training grant, our current fellows are receiving advanced training in molecular biology, cell biology, genomics, clinical epidemiology, health services research, community based participatory research and translational research. Fellows may obtain advanced degrees through the Department's PhD Investigative Medicine Program, the Masters of Public Health Program at the Yale School of Epidemiology Public Health or the Masters of Clinical Science through the Yale University Graduate School. The PCCSM Fellowship Program has an outstanding national and international reputation for quality and is one of the top PCCSM training programs in the nation. The majority of our fellows enter careers in academic medicine taking either clinical scientist positions with a focus on basic, clinical or translational research as well as clinical educator or academic clinician positions.
Our program is run under the directorship of Dr. Margaret Pisani. There is one associate program director; Dr. Shyoko Honiden who is based at Yale-New Haven Hospital and two fellowship program liaisons: Dr. Kathleen Akgun is based at the West-Haven Veterans Hospital and Dr. Geoff Connors is based at Yale-New Haven Hospital.
We provide multiple opportunities as well as structured guidance for Yale PCCSM fellows to pursue an independent research project during their fellowship training. After completing the first year of fellowship, fellows choose from a wide variety of research projects and mentors both in the section of PCCSM as well as from the Yale School of Medicine.