Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship

The Marshall University School of Medicine Adult Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship Program is a clinically oriented ACGME - accredited three-year program that fulfills the requirements for Subspecialty Boards. A major goal of the program is to train new Pulmonary Critical Care physicians for clinical or academic careers. Fellows obtain experience and competence in dealing with diagnostic and management problems in patients with pulmonary disorders.

The medical school utilizes a combined clinical facility of about one thousand beds including two community hospitals and the Huntington Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Fellows rotate on the clinical services at Cabell Huntington Hospital, St. Mary’s Medical Center and the Huntington VAMC and provide consultation as well as direct patient care. Ambulatory care clinics are located at the Byrd Clinical Center and the Huntington VAMC.

All three hospitals are geographically close to each other and to the medical school and the Byrd Clinical Center. All hospitals have modern facilities and provide extensive medical services including intensive care units, pulmonary function labs, radiology services and thoracic surgery services.

Fellows obtain experience and competence with procedures utilized in Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine including bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound, ultrasound use for other invasive procedures, intubation, thoracentesis, central line and arterial line insertion, chest tube placement, ventilator management, pulmonary function interpretation and cardiopulmonary exercise testing. Fellows also obtain experience with sleep study interpretation under the guidance of a board-certified Sleep Medicine specialist. An interventional Pulmonologist is also on the faculty and provides opportunities to participate in interventional procedures including rigid bronchoscopy, pleuroscopy, stent placement, and others.

Fellows receive training in Outpatient Pulmonary Medicine. Pulmonary Critical Care Fellows see clinic patients each week in a continuity of care clinic located at the Byrd Clinical Center, the Ambulatory Care center for the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine at Marshall University. Additional ambulatory care experience is gained at the Huntington VAMC. Pulmonary faculty members are present for each clinic to supervise patient care and provide instruction.

A variety of Pulmonary Critical Care conferences are scheduled throughout the three-year program. The conferences include a monthly research conference and journal club. Clinical and didactic Pulmonary Conferences are scheduled weekly. Pulmonary-pathology conferences are also held intermittently. Fellows are assigned to present at the various conferences. Attendance at core conferences is mandatory.

Research experience is provided during the Fellowship and an original research project acceptable for publication is required for completion of the program. Protected time is given for research.

Fellows currently receive 15 days of vacation (excluding weekends) with an additional week that can be used for a conference. The salary for fellows is determined by University policy and is equal for all fellows consistent with post-graduate year status.

Contact Information

Byrd Clinical Center
1249 15th Street
Huntington, WV 25701

Caitlin Rhodes
(304) 691-1095
Email: rhodes104@marshall.edu