Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program
The combined UCSF/PAMF interventional pulmonary fellowship is designed to provide the foundation for interventional pulmonologists to either establish or integrate into competitive practices upon fellowship completion. The collaboration between one of the largest tertiary academic centers on the west coast and the vast experience of El-Camino hospital provides a robust fellowship with a diverse clinical experience and exposure to the various practice settings in which IP is practiced today.
Our goal is to teach interventional pulmonary medicine through extensive hands on training. Upon graduation fellows will be trained to provide common procedures offered by interventional pulmonologists and well positioned to assume leadership roles in the field. We are also developing a rigorous research program that includes both participation in multi-center trials for new IP devices as well as investigator initiated studies.
Pramod Krishnamurthy, MD
PAMF Interventional Pulmonology [email protected]
University of California, San Francisco
Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care,
Allergy, Sleep Medicine
513 Parnassus Ave, Box 0111, HSE1314
San Francisco, CA 94143
This is a one year program with time shared between the UCSF and El-Camino hospitals. An additional research year is available to those who express interest, see research for additional details.
During this year the fellow will become proficient in:
Advanced bronchoscopy diagnostic, therapeutic and palliative)
- Rigid bronchoscopy
- Endobronchial Ultrasound (radial and linear)
- Navigational bronchoscopy (tissue sampling, fiducial and dye marking)
- Cryo-probe surgery (endo and trans bronchial)
- Argon plasma coagulation
- Electrocautery (snare, knife, probe)
- Nd:YAG laser
- Silicone stents
- Metal stents
- Balloon dilation
- Bronchial thermoplasty for severe asthma
- Endoscopic lung volume reduction techniques
- Thoracic ultrasound
- Chest tubes
- Tunneled pleural catheters
- Medical thoracoscopy
Beyond procedural proficiency the fellow will gain experience in managing and caring for IP patients and their associated disease entities. We emphasize interdisciplinary care and work closely with sister programs such as the lung transplant service, the center for advanced lung disease and ENT. We work very close with thoracic medical and radiation oncology as well thoracic surgery with whom we often have joint cases. IP fellows will also work with pulmonary fellows in coordinating the IP needs for pulmonary consult patients.
While designed as a one year program, an additional second year is possible and highly encouraged for those with additional research aspirations. We are committed to advancing IP related clinical and translational research. We are also very proud of our collaborative efforts with other groups and industry and have been fortunate to have been supported by the Nina Ireland Program. To those interested mentorship and resources will be allocated.
1 week thoracic surgery
1 week ENT
Weekly thoracic tumor board
Weekly pulmonary grand rounds
Weekly core conference
Monthly journal club
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