The goal of our program is to train physicians for academic careers in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. To achieve this goal, we offer 18 months of clinical training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, followed by 18 or more months of basic or clinical research training. Academic training is accomplished by intensive, personal faculty supervision of trainees in a setting that provides well-equipped clinical and research facilities and an environment that fosters scientific inquiry.
Since the Program began nearly 50 years ago, approximately 80% of our graduates have chosen careers in full-time academic medicine and research. In addition to academic appointments in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, many of our graduates have been Division Chiefs, Department Chairs, and Deans. Our program prepares trainees intellectually and scientifically to compete successfully for extramural funding, as evidenced by the 18 NIH K-awards received by recent graduates over the last 10 years.
Education and oversight of Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellows is a high priority for faculty in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program at UCSF. Only well-established senior faculty have served as Fellowship Director and the Clinical Training Program at UCSF has been directed in turn by John F. Murray, Philip Hopewell, H. Benfer Kaltreider, and Stephen C. Lazarus.
The Training Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UCSF is staffed by 52 full-time faculty involved in the program’s day-to-day operation. Our internationally recognized faculty possess a broad array of clinical and research interests covering the major fields of pulmonary medicine, and lead research programs that are among the best funded in the nation. Some faculty members are engaged exclusively in laboratory-based research, whereas others are committed to clinical activities and investigations. This mix of interests and activities promotes a balanced approach to training. In addition to traditional NIH research grants, UCSF Pulmonary Faculty have received competitive awards from the NHLBI for the Asthma Clinical Research Network, the ARDSnet, the COPD Clinical Research Network, the ILD Network, the AsthmaNet, and the SPIROMICS network.
The Training Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is based in three hospitals: Moffitt-Long Hospital (MLH), San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) and San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (SFGH). Each of these hospitals provides a unique patient population and training environment, and is staffed by full-time UCSF faculty. Residents and Clinical Fellows in Internal Medicine and its subspecialties rotate among the three hospitals. Talmadge King is Chairman of the Department of Medicine at UCSF and oversees the program at all 3 sites.