Pulmonary & Critical Care

Program Overview

Welcome to the Palmetto Health Richland/University of South Carolina Fellowship Program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. We are a fully accredited fellowship program which began in 2007. We have a group of energetic faculty members who are board-certified in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine; many of our faculty are double- or even triple-boarded.

Our program is close-knit. We consider our fellows to be junior colleagues and treat everyone in our division as a family. We have weekly lectures and case conferences. We also have monthly journal club and board review sessions, along with hands-on training in the Simulation Center. This complements the clinical experience, which is where the best learning occurs.

The primary clinical site for the fellowship program is Palmetto Health Richland, a 650-bed tertiary referral medical center. At Palmetto Health Richland, fellows are trained in the care of patients who are critically ill and those who have pulmonary disease. PHR is also the site of our outpatient clinic, which cares for both general pulmonary and subspecialty patients. The fellows’ continuity clinic takes place here.

The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center is also a training site for the fellowship. Rotations in Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine, both inpatient and outpatient, are a part of the three-year curriculum. Like PHR, the Dorn VAMC has a fully operational pulmonary function laboratory and bronchoscopy suite.

Our expectation is that our graduating fellows are well-prepared to enter independent practice, be it in the academic or private-practice setting. Our training program is comprehensive and includes instruction in advanced procedures, to include endobronchial ultrasound, tube thoracostomy, and percutaneous tracheostomy. Our goal is to train excellent clinicians and clinician-educators who are truly expert in the field of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.