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Mayo Clinic pulmonary physicians reviewing a polysomnogram

The Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship provides unparalleled clinical training in pulmonary and critical care medicine. As a fellow in our program, you will rotate through core pulmonary and critical care rotations during your first year. During your second and third year, you will have the opportunity to pursue research and further customize your clinical training through three unique pathways. 

Community pathway

We have developed the community pathway in order to train the next generation of community medicine academic leaders in pulmonary and critical care medicine. This pathway allows fellows to obtain six or more rotations at one of our premier Mayo Clinic Health System sites for community pulmonary and critical care medicine training. This unique opportunity blends an outstanding mix of high volume clinical training at our community site with the highly specialized academic opportunities available at Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota.

Clinical educator pathway

This pathway can be applied to any training program at Mayo Clinic and is typically done during the second year of the PCCM fellowship. The goal of this pathway is to train clinician educators to be patient-centered clinicians, inspirational teachers, and servant leaders in medical education at Mayo Clinic and beyond. It does this through providing a community for future clinician-educators through small group sessions, peer coaching, innovation, and scholarship. 

Physician scientist pathway

This pathway is intended to provide comprehensive training in pulmonary and critical care medicine (PCCM) with a strong emphasis on research. You must apply for this pathway when you complete your fellowship application. Although prior research experience is not required for entry into this track, appropriate applicants should have a strong desire to pursue a career with substantial commitment to basic, translational, or clinical research.

The long-term goal of this training is to develop the next generation of academic leaders in pulmonary and critical care medicine. Enrolled individuals receive mentoring related to research pathways and are assigned to a mentoring committee that meets quarterly to assess ongoing progress toward career development. This track also provides education on academic career development, grant writing skills, acquisition of funding, and other topics relevant to research career pathways.

This pathway provides no less than 18 months of research throughout the fellowship period (50% of the time). Eligible candidates also have the opportunity to obtain additional research training — beyond the fellowship period — through enrollment in federally funded National Institutes of Health (NIH) T32 training programs, including:

Additional opportunities for NIH-funded training grant positions may be found at Mayo Clinic Training Grant Positions.