Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

UMass Chan Medical School - Baystate's ACGME-accredited three-year Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is offered at Baystate Medical Center.

Our comprehensive curriculum in the clinical, academic, and research aspects of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine leads to board eligibility in both specialties.

You will build competence in procedural and consultative skills emblematic of excellent clinicians. Graduates are proficient in endotracheal intubations, pulmonary artery catheterization, chest tubes, bronchoscopy, including endobronchial ultrasound, and ultrasound diagnostics.

Varied Pathology Broadens Your Scope of Practice

You won't just be reading about interesting cases in text books—you'll be seeing them first-hand.

Baystate Medical Center is the largest tertiary care referral center in western Massachusetts, seeing about 1,900 patients a year in our state-of-the-art adult ICU. 

You will be exposed to:

  • Acute respiratory failure requiring advanced support modes (including inhalational epoprostenol, prone positioning, and occasionally veno venous ECMO)
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Neurocritical care

Diverse Faculty Expertise Ensures Exposure to New Procedures

Our faculty have extensive experience in the PCCM field, including sleep medicine, COPD, neurocritical care, and pulmonary function test interpretation.

Get hands-on experience with diverse procedures:

  • Endobronchial ultrasound for diagnosis and staging of lung cancer
  • Regular use of the newest forms of noninvasive ventilation
  • Complex neurologic critical care
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Evidence-based ventilator technique
  • Difficult airway management
  • COPD clinical trials and research you are unlikely to find at other institutions

Busy Inpatient and Outpatient Consult Service

You will receive supervised training in evaluating and managing a wide variety of patient cases in both hospital and ambulatory settings.

  • Advanced clinical training—MICU, SICU, neurocritcal care, heart and vascular critical care—takes place at Baystate Medical Center.
  • Outpatient subspecialty clinics include, cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis and non-tuberculosis disease, pulmonary hypertension, and bronchiectasis.
  • Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is the only stand-alone, multidisciplinary program in of its kind in the region—and one of only eight in the state certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

Program at a glance

We offer two positions per year in our ACGME-accredited 3-year Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate.

Our fellows gain extensive experience in inpatient and outpatient pulmonary medicine, as well as state-of-the-art critical care training.

Pulmonary training includes exposure to pulmonary hypertension, interstitial lung diseases, and general pulmonary diseases. Critical care training encompasses extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, evidence based ventilator technique, neuro-critical care, and general medicine critical care.

We emphasize competence in a wide variety of pulmonary and critical care procedures—you will graduate proficient in endotracheal intubations, pulmonary artery catheterization, chest tubes, bronchoscopy including endobronchial ultrasound, and ultrasound diagnostics.

Meet our team

Fellowship Director

Ernest DiNino, MD Phone: 413-794-5439

Associate Program Director

Puncho Gurung, MBBS

Program Administrator:

Nathan Whitehead
Phone: 413-794-4146
email: Nathan.Whitehead@baystatehealth.org

By the numbers

Program Metrics

  • Length of fellowship: 3 years
  • Number of fellows per year: 2
  • Number of Faculty: 14
  • Board Certified Faculty: Critical Care = 5 | Pulmonary and Critical Care = 9

Department Metrics

  • Outpatient: ~6,000 pulmonary ambulatory appointments/year
  • Inpatient: ~1,200 pulmonary inpatient consults/year

Baystate Medical Center Metrics

  • Number of hospital beds: 716 | SICU = 16 beds; MICU = 16 beds
  • SICU/MICU Annual Volume: 1,900 | SICU = 855; MICU = 1,045
  • GME Programs: Residencies = 10 | Fellowships = 22
Fellow benefits
  • We have attempted to maintain salaries in the 75th percentile nationally, and here in western Massachusetts, we enjoy a lower cost of living than in major urban areas. View our complete list of salaries and benefits.
  • 4 weeks vacation/year, meal subsidy, free parking
  • Disability/Malpractice/Health/Life Insurance
  • First and second year fellows share their own office
  • Comprehensive electronic medical record
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation program - the only stand-alone, multidisciplinary program of its kind in western Massachusetts, and one of only eight in Massachusetts certified by the
  • American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Well-supplied, on-campus hospital library with 8 librarians and robust e-medicine resources (Up-to-Date, Ovid, etc)
Curriculum summary
  • PGY4: MICU – 2 months, Pulmonary Consults – 4 months, Anesthesia – 1 month, Elective – 1 month, Research – 1 month, Clinic – 1 month, Sleep/PFTs – 1 month, Thoracic Surgery – 1 month
  • PGY5: MICU – 3 months, SICU – 1 month, Heart and Vascular Critical Care - 1 month, Pulmonary Consults – 3 months, Elective – 1 month, Research – 2 months, ECHO – 0.5 month, clinic – 0.5 month
  • PGY6: MICU – 4 months, SICU – 1 month, Neuro Critical Care – 1 month, Pulmonary Consults – 3 months, Elective – 2 months, Research – 1 month
  • Weekly Conferences: core curriculum series, pulmonary conference, medicine grand rounds
  • Monthly Conferences: Research, Case presentations, Journal Club, Physiology review, Schwartz Rounds, Mortality and Morbidity
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