Electives are taken by fellows in their second and third years of training and provide an intense exposure to specific subject areas.

Electives Include

Surgical Intensive Care Unit

Fellows participate for one month in the care of patients admitted to the SICU at either the University of Minnesota Medical Center - Fairview (UMMC-F): a 24-bed SICU, or Regions Hospital. These SICUs offer an in-depth experience in the postoperative management of patients undergoing a variety of surgical procedures including organ transplant, coronary artery bypass grafting, resection of lung masses, trauma, and other surgical procedures. Patient care involves a multidisciplinary approach including intensivists, surgeons, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, dietitians, and specialists in Internal Medicine. The fellow is an active member of the patient-care team and attends daily rounds, may be primarily in charge of patient care, takes night call every fourth night (UMHC only), and provides consultative services for all the patients in the SICU.

Medical Intensive Care Unit

The opportunity for fellows to act as primary care or consulting attending physician in the MICU is available at all four sites. This is a one month elective in which the fellow is viewed as the attending physician in the ICU with a designated faculty attending physician available for assistance. It is the intention of the training program to provide an opportunity to senior fellows to assume an attending role in a supportive environment in preparation for their clinical duties upon graduation. Fellows are either primarily in charge of a patient-care team consisting of medical residents/interns and medical students or act as consultant to the ICU. Night call is every fourth night (UMMC-F and Regions Hospital) and weekend call is 1 to 2 weekends in the month-long rotation.

Sleep Disorders Clinic

The Sleep Medicine rotation is a formal part of the curriculum to attain training and specialty board examination eligibility in Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine/ University of Minnesota Health. The Sleep Medicine rotation is available to individuals after the completion of 1 year of fellowship training. The 2-week rotation has been designed to provide an educational experience that assures its Pulmonary fellows will possess sound clinical judgment and a high level of knowledge about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of common sleep disorders. For those individuals that would like to develop a comprehensive multi-disciplinarian knowledge about the complexities of sleep medicine as well as developing formal polysomnographic interpretive skills and the establishment of a well-managed accredited Sleep Laboratory/Center, a formal one year Clinical Sleep Medicine Fellowship is a possibility for those who have completed their Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship.

Other Electives

  • Adult Cystic Fibrosis
  • Anesthesiology
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Neuro Critical Care
  • Tuberculosis
  • PFT
  • EBUS
  • Bone Marrow Transplantation
  • Burn ICU (Regions)
  • Cardiovascular Surgery
  • CEU
  • Consultative Cardiology
  • Dialysis/Renal
  • Echocardiology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Pediatric ICU
  • Respiratory Care
  • Coronary Intensive Care Unit