Research Training - Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Research and scholarly work is a major priority of our program. The research opportunities at the University of Maryland are numerous, and all faculty in our Division are involved in some manner with either basic science or clinical research efforts. Fellows are expected to select a research mentor from within the Division (or from outside the Division if they so choose) during the spring of their first year, and are then expected to spend 12-16 months during the second and third years of fellowship participating in either basic science or clinical research projects under the guidance of this mentor and the Division. Clinical and/or laboratory research projects are complemented by didactic coursework, including a one-week course in clinical research offered by the Department of Epidemiology, and a two week course introducing the fellow to basic laboratory techniques. The goal of the research rotation is to provide fellows experience in the fundamentals of basic and clinical research within critical care units, inpatient or outpatient services, the pulmonary function laboratory, or the basic science laboratory. Support for research is derived from competitive peer-reviewed grants and contracts from the NIH, the Veterans Administration, the American Heart Association, and the American Lung Association. Fellows are expected to produce scholarly work as a result of their research efforts for publication in peer reviewed journals or for presentation at national meetings.

Current major areas of investigation in our Division include:

  • COPD: novel treatment strategies for end-stage COPD

  • Pulmonary fibrosis: mechanisms of inflammation and fibrosis

  • Thermoimmunobiology: role of hyperthermia in regulating host defenses and heat shock responses

  • Sleep medicine: effects of chronic intermittent hypoxia on proinflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress

  • Mechanical ventilation: ARDS

  • Lung transplantation

  • Lung epithelial biology: role of prostaglandins

  • Critical care outcomes research: sepsis, nutrition, sleep, transfusion medicine

  • Computer-assisted health care/drug utilization

  • Medical ethics

  • Lung cancer: genomics, proteomics, and the role of microRNAs

  • Physical therapy/rehabilitation in respiratory failure: acute and post-acute setting

  • Asthma: the role of bitter taste receptors in the lung

For those fellows interested in pursuing an academic career, the Division and faculty will fully support any fellow desiring an additional year of fellowship training in order to meet their academic goals. We will provide didactic training and expertise to help support the fellow's research project, and will work towards obtaining extramural funding and improving their competitiveness for career development grants. Mentored career development awards accessible to the University of Maryland include the individual K08 and K23 awards, the institutional K12 award, and a VA career development award. Our Division has access to a wealth of potential mentors and resources to support a transition to a faculty position. Additionally, the Department of Epidemiology has established a K30-funded clinical research training program that offers a Masters in Clinical Research for those fellows interested in pursuing an additional degree.