About the Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

The Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Training Program is fully accredited by the American Council on Graduate Medical Education. The fellowship is a three year fellowship that includes clinical training in pulmonary disease and critical care medicine, thoracic imaging, and invasive thoracic procedures.

Fellows' Perspectives on the Program

“Our faculty are all excellent clinicians who are sincerely interested in helping the fellows grow into their role as leaders in managing the healthcare team.”

Adam Kaiser, MD

Training occurs in both inpatient and outpatient settings at the VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Fellows spend about two-thirds of their time at VCU and one-third of their time at the VA Medical Center. Training is provided through didactic lectures, bedside teaching and patient care, and individual study.

The program has a 50-year tradition of training excellence and its fellows are consistently recognized as the best teachers. Both clinical and basic research training are elements of the program.



The mission of the program is to ensure fellows:

  • Develop an understanding of the scientific and clinical principles of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
  • Develop the clinical and procedural skills required for the practice of pulmonary and critical care medicine through direct observation and management of both inpatients and outpatients with a variety of pulmonary disorders and critical care illness.  There will be supervision and evaluation by qualified faculty in these encounters.  The fellow will be given graded authority and responsibility based on their performance.
  • Are exposed to opportunities in basic science and/or clinical research to foster better understanding of these fields and their integration in clinical practice and/or to develop a career in academic medicine.
  • Have an environment that fosters practice-based learning and the development of teaching skills.
  • Are instructed in and follow the principles of medical ethics and professionalism.
  • Develop an understanding, awareness and responsiveness to the principles of systems-based practice.