The Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Maryland provides an accredited high-quality three-year program that balances clinical training with research experience in the fundamentals of clinical and basic science research.

The overall goals of our fellowship program are to provide comprehensive clinical training and a broad range of research opportunities in order to create a strong foundation for a subsequent career in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

The Division Chief and Fellowship Program Director are committed to achieving these goals. Both meet with each fellow regularly to discuss their current fellowship training experience and their future career plans. For those fellows who elect to pursue a career in clinical practice, this fellowship training program provides immense clinical experience along with exposure to clinical, translational, or basic science research.

For those fellows who elect to pursue a career in academic medicine, this training will provide a springboard for transition to the next step in their academic career development.

Letter from the Program Director

Dear Fellowship Applicant,

Welcome to the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program! As a graduate of this program, I can personally attest to the extensive clinical and research opportunities available and the individualized support and effective mentorship provided by the faculty. It is my honor and privilege to continue this support as Program Director.

Deciding to pursue training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine during this unprecedented time of crisis is not easy. There may be some concerns about how the pandemic has affected the interview process as well as the clinical training and education of our fellows. I hope to alleviate some of these concerns and to assure you that the health and well-being of our trainees is a top priority for our Division and the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Program Highlights

  • Clinical Training During COVID-19: All fellows have received appropriate training in PPE and donning/doffing procedures. The same level of supervision pre-COVID has been maintained throughout, including 24/7 attending coverage in the UMMC MICU. PPE has always been
  • Numerous wellness resources are sponsored by the GME Office and our Division. The health and well-being of our fellows as well as mitigation of fatigue and moral injury are of the utmost importance
  • A Multi-Institutional Education Program for the Mid-Atlantic region is held every July. This is a month-long "boot camp" that all incoming fellows participate in and is supplemented by an Advanced Education Program in the winter. The program has been transitioned to a virtual format
  • All didactic conferences have been transitioned to a virtual format and recorded. Thus, the educational curriculum has been fully maintained.
  • The Division is very productive academically, with 26 abstract presentations at the American Thoracic Society International Meeting in 2019. Due to the cancellation of ATS for 2020, we held our own Virtual Research Conference. Most fellows' research projects have resulted in publications, and there are numerous opportunities to participate in research
  • Our program has subspecialty rotations in Lung Transplant, Interventional Pulmonology, and Sleep Medicine. Fellows also have the opportunity to rotate on the Pulmonary Consult Service at the NIH (Bethesda, MD). This rotation is a unique opportunity to see rare diseases and a wide variety of immunosuppressed conditions
  • The third year fellow schedule is tailored to each individual's needs and interests. This optimally prepares fellows for their chosen career path
  • Fellows achieve competency in a wide array of procedures by the end of their training, including endotracheal intubation, mechanical ventilator management, critical care ultrasound, bronchoscopy, thoracenteses, and pigtail catheter placement
  • Our graduates have achieved a 100% pass rate for the Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine boards

Thank you for your interest in our program. In accordance with AAIM and APCCMPD recommendations, we will be performing interviews virtually this season. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Van Holden head shot

Sincerely, 

Van K. Holden
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Section of Interventional Pulmonology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Director, PCCM fellowship program
vholden@som.umaryland.edu