Lynn M. Schnapp, M.D.
Director of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy & Sleep Medicine
A primary goal of our fellowship program is to train the future leaders of academic pulmonary and critical care medicine. Rigorous training and in-depth experience in research are the central features of the program for all accepted applicants.
We recognize that many fellows enter our program with limited research experience. We have established a system to assist each fellow in finding the overall career track, subject area, and research mentor best suited for them.
Early in the first year each fellow will meet with Division Chief and the Fellowship Program Director to review the available research areas and resources, arrange meetings with potential mentors, and work together to help the fellow make an informed choice. This faculty mentor will be primarily responsible for helping develop and implement an individual career development plan. Mentors must be able to provide adequate resources, including time, space, supplies, expertise and effort.
Our program seeks to prepare trainees for an academic career in any of three possible professional roles: clinician-researcher, full-time academic clinician-educator, or outstanding clinician-clinician. Success in each of these career pathways requires rigorous training, along with experience in scientific writing and presentation, and submitting manuscripts for publication. All fellows will present their projects regularly at Research Work-in-Progress sessions during the second year and third year, and present formal findings at the Pulmonary Biology Research Seminar at least once.
Fellows interested in clinical research have the option of pursuing formal course work toward a Masters in Clinical Research. Fellows planning careers as clinician-educators can also receive training in curriculum design, effective teaching methods, and scholarly writing. Our goal is to provide a personalized research training program that aligns with the fellows goals.
The Clinical Scholar Track is designed for fellows who wish to pursue a career in academics with a focus on teaching and clinical care and for those who plan to enter private practice. Fellows on this track will complete 24 months of clinical time and have 12 months protected for research. The additional clinical rotations should support the fellow's clinical interests and career plans. These electives should be planned early in the fellowship and in close collaboration with the Mentoring Committee and Fellowship Program Director. Fellows on the Clinical Scholar Track are required to complete a research project and at a minimum will be expected to present their work in the form of an abstract at a national meeting and submit a peer-reviewed manuscript.
The Physician Scientist Track is designed for individuals who have an interest in pursuing a career in clinical, translational or basic research in an academic setting. It is anticipated that the trainee will complete 18 months of clinical time and have 18 months to devote to research. During their dedicated research time some fellows will pursue a masters level degree to support their career plans. Fellows may pursue basic, translational or clinical research projects but each must be under the direction of an established mentor and approved by the Fellowship Program Leadership. It is expected that, at a minimum, the fellow will have a first author manuscript submitted for publication by the end of the three year training program and be prepared to apply for initial grant funding.
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