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Fellows Training Timeline

During the first year of ACGME training, fellows rotate for 12 months among MLH, SFVAMC and SFGH, where they receive clinical training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, including a sleep rotation at the UCSF/Mt. Zion Hospital.

During the second year, fellows undertake 6 months of Critical Care Medicine training at MLH and SFGH. The Critical Care rotations can be scheduled in the first or the second 6 months of the year. The latter enables fellows in the Clinical Scholars track to take coursework in clinical research design, biostatistics, and epidemiology. The remainder of the second year and all of the third year are spent in research training. Although the ACGME requirements for Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine are met at the end of 3 years, most fellows devote at least 3 years to research training.


At the start of training, each Fellow is assigned a mentor who serves as a guide both professionally and personally during the course of the Fellow’s training. At the beginning of the second year of training, each Fellow chooses a Career Development Committee comprised of 3 or more Faculty members. These Faculty, along with the Fellow and mentor, meet frequently during the following years to ensure that academic goals, research objectives, and/or clinical work is progressing appropriately with the future success of the Fellow in mind. In addition, the Program Director meets with each fellow at least twice each year, to solicit their opinion about the training program, and to provide feedback and counseling.