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Education overview

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship

Education overview

Clinical training

During your clinical training in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, the direct supervision of a Mayo Clinic physician consultant helps you make the most of your educational experiences while ensuring the best quality of patient care delivery.

You gain experience in:

  • Clinical pulmonary medicine
  • Critical care medicine
  • Flexible fiber-optic bronchoscopy and endobronchial ultrasound
  • Pulmonary function tests
  • Procedures related to pulmonary and critical care medicine

Rotation schedule

A typical rotation will vary based on the clinical track and includes the following. The amount of time spent in each rotation will depend on the clinical track.

  • Outpatient consultations
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Hospital inpatient services
  • Critical care medicine
  • Pulmonary function and exercise testing
  • Sleep disorders laboratory
  • Pleural service and interventional pulmonology
  • Electives
  • Research

See sample rotation schedules for the three years of fellowship:

First year

Orientation and bootcamp 1
Pulmonary clinic 2
Pleural hospital consults 3
Pulmonary hospital consults 4
Research 6
Pulmonary function lab 8
Mixed ICU 9
Sleep 10
Bronchoscopy 12

Second year

Mixed ICU 1
Research 2 - 12

Third year

Elective 1
MICU Subconsultant/Research 2
SMH bronchoscopy senior 3
Selective ICU 4
Elective 5
MICU Subconsultant/Research 7
Elective ICU 8
Senior - Gonda bronchoscopy/Pleural procedures 9
Pulmonary clinic 10
Chest hospital service subconsultant 11
Elective 12

Call frequency

Your call schedule is different for each track rotation. Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science follows the recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).


You may moonlight with program director approval. Moonlighting should not interfere with the required learning and must not violate the duty-hour rules of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or visa regulations.

Teaching opportunities

Opportunities are available for teaching rotating residents and medical students. Also, fellows are given the opportunity to participate in educational workshops to improve teaching skills.


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship and feedback is offered regularly. Formal evaluation is conducted by a supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation and reviewed with the program director. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met.