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The University of Kentucky College of Medicine (Bowling Green) Pulmonary Disease fellowship training program located at The Medical Center at Bowling Green is twenty-four (24) months in duration and provides advanced education allowing fellows to acquire competency in the subspecialty with sufficient expertise to act as an independent consultant.

The Pulmonary Disease Fellowship Training Program is designed to provide advanced training to fellows to allow them to obtain competency in the specialty of Pulmonology with sufficient expertise to act as specialist consultants. This training is provided by both didactic instruction and direct patient care under the direct supervision of expert pulmonary faculty. Didactic instruction is provided in all areas of pulmonology as outlined in the specific topic areas required by the ACGME.

Direct patient care is provided in a facility that allows state of the art care of both inpatients and outpatients and in a community with a broad range of medical conditions. Through these activities, the fellowship training program provides the environment and resources to allow trainees to obtain competence in the six areas of Patient Care and Procedure Skills, Medical Knowledge, Professionalism, Interpersonal Communication, Practice-Based Learning and Systems-Based Practice, as specified by the ACGME.

In addition, the faculty also provides an environment of inquiry and scholarship that involves research and teaching. Critical to the success of the program is a formal structure for frequent feedback and evaluation of performance. At the completion of training, trainees will be prepared to take their board certification exam in Pulmonary Medicine, and to practice in either academic or community settings.

Curriculum

Fellowship Year – 1

  • Pulmonology - 7 months
  • ICU - 3 months
  • CCU - 1 month
  • Elective - 1 month

Fellowship Year – 2

  • Pulmonology - 7 months
  • ICU - 3 months
  • Elective - 2 months

Ambulatory Clinic

Pulmonary Disease fellows are required to spend one half-day a week in the outpatient clinic for the follow-up of patients. All fellows are responsible for providing appropriate follow-up care to their continuity clinic patient panel including but not limited to lab test results, imaging studies, and procedures.

Western Kentucky Heart and Lung Associates (WKHL) will serve as the site for each of our fellows’ weekly half-day continuity clinic experience. The board-certified pulmonary and critical care medicine faculty within this group function as the core faculty for the fellowship program. The program is in compliance with all expectations required for our fellows’ continuity clinic experience located at WKHL. While in clinic, fellows will be under direct supervision, including our program director who will provide continued oversight of the educational experience at WKHL. Each fellow will scheduled at least six patients per continuity clinic session.

Clinical Research

Fellows are also given the opportunity to participate in other scholarly activity opportunities including abstracts, posters, and presentations given at national or regional meetings. All research conducted must be meaningful for the health-system and the community and should be published and/or presented at a medical conference. Interested Pulmonary Disease fellows are allowed to engage in clinical research activity under the direction of a faculty mentor. All research and clinical trial projects offered for resident participation must be vetted through the Western Kentucky Heart and Lung Research Foundation and Educational Trust (Foundation).

The Foundation was established as a not-for-profit organization dedicated to research and continuing medical education and now collaborates with Med Center Health to work towards the accomplishment of our research and educational goals. This multi-disciplinary committee will evaluate the trainee’s research project, make recommendations for improvement, and assist the trainee with submission of the proposal to The Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board, as necessary.

It is toward that purpose the Foundation offers an annual Cardiology Symposium located in Bowling Green. The Symposium features internationally known speakers in the field of cardiology. During this event, all cardiovascular fellows, residents and medical students have the opportunity to present scholarly activities.

Lastly, all Pulmonary Disease fellows at The Medical Center at Bowling Green are scheduled to give formal lecture and teaching presentations throughout the academic year. Each lecture must be at least an hour in duration. These lectures, provided on a rotational basis, are attended by faculty, pulmonary fellows, medical students and other ancillary staff. Topics are assigned to each fellow by the Program Director. In addition, each fellow will lead two to three journal club meetings choosing a topic from one of the main pulmonology related journals.

For more information regarding research and education being offered in south central Kentucky, please visit https://www.wkhlresearch.com.