Program Highlights of the Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship

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Program Highlights and Description of the Training Year(s)

The IP program consists of multidisciplinary teams providing care for a wide range of patients. The program is located at the University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and Saint Paul). UMMC is a tertiary referral center, not only for Minnesota, but also neighboring states such as Iowa, Wisconsin, North and South Dakotas. It also serves international patients as part of Minnesota International Medicine (MIM). Our IP program provides multidisciplinary, integrated patient care. The team of providers has regular meetings with different disciplines, sharing a single clinic (Masonic Cancer Center in the main University campus) and performing some procedures jointly. The program meetings occur twice a week for case discussions with Thoracic Surgery, Chest Radiology, Interventional Radiology, Medical and Radiation Oncology. Therefore, the IP fellow will gain multifaceted experience during the training. 

The fellow is expected to regularly attend and present in the following multidisciplinary meetings: 
  • ILD meeting, every other Monday at noon, attended by ILD pulmonologists, Interventional Pulmonology and Chest Radiology
  • Pulmonary tumor board, every Tuesday at noon, attended by Thoracic Surgery, Interventional Pulmonology, Chest Radiology, Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology and Lung Pathology
  • Lung Transplant meeting, every Thursday at 7 am, attended by Thoracic Surgery, Medical Transplant Pulmonology and Interventional Pulmonology
  • IP core curriculum meeting every Thursday at noon with one of the IP or Thoracic Surgery faculty to cover curriculum requirements outlined by AABIP
  • Pulmonary nodule/complex airway meeting, every Friday at 7 am, attended by Thoracic Surgery, Interventional Pulmonology, Chest Radiology, Interventional Radiology.

Besides these IP specific meetings, the fellow will also attend both the Department of Medicine and Department of Surgery M&M conferences and Grand Rounds based on appropriateness of the cases discussed and the topics.

The fellow will have 2 or 3 full days advanced/interventional pulmonology clinic in the Cancer Center each week alongside the IP faculty. The IP Fellow will also have opportunity to attend pulmonary IR and Thoracic Surgery clinics in the Cancer Center. The clinics provide service mostly to referred patients from internal, regional and international sources. The spectrum of patients varies from pulmonary nodule, bronchial thermoplasty evaluation to complex airway problems.

The remaining days will mainly be procedure days in the Endoscopy Unit and/or the OR. The trainee will also have the opportunity to scrub and assist the Thoracic Surgery faculty on common thoracic procedures such as video assisted sublobar, lobar resections, pneumonectomy, mediastinoscopy and TEMLA.