Department of Medicine

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program

Our three-year combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program encompasses a diverse clinical experience, with a focus on education and research opportunities. During their training, fellows are exposed to a wide breadth of pulmonary pathology and receive in-depth training in all aspects of critical illnesses. The goal of our program is to train ambitious physicians for a career in academic medicine as leaders, clinician educators and physician-scientists. 

Chirag Shah, MD, Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program

Why our program could be right for you

Montefiore-Einstein’s combined Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship trains fellows for thriving careers in academic medicine. Our diverse clinical program emphasizes practical and formal didactic education, clinical and scientific research opportunities, electives in subspecialty clinics, and rigorous rotations in a variety of inpatient and outpatient hospital settings. Our fellows join us in fulfilling Montefiore-Einstein’s mission to provide the best possible care to our diverse patient population.

Moses Campus

At Montefiore-Einstein’s flagship Moses Campus, we deliver the best in clinical care for our patients. Our pulmonary consult services support nearly 900 beds, with multiple consult teams and an interventional team available for advanced procedures. Our critical care service delivers consult services and care for patients in multiple medical and surgical intensive care units. This facility also provides outpatient care from our subspecialty clinics in general pulmonary medicine, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, interventional pulmonary medicine and transplant. 

Jack D. Weiler Hospital, Einstein Campus

Adjacent to Albert Einstein College of Medicine, our Einstein Campus is the second-largest in the Montefiore Health System and offers tertiary care medical services to the community it serves. Our pulmonary consult services support 400 beds, and our critical care service provides consults for patients within the medical and surgical intensive care units. We also offer outpatient services at this site, including subspecialty clinics in general pulmonary medicine, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary hypertension and interventional pulmonary medicine.

A world-renowned faculty

Michelle Ng Gong, MD, MS

Chief, Pulmonary Medicine
Chief, Critical Care Medicine
Director, Critical Care Research
Professor, Critical Care Medicine
Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

Chirag Shah, MD

Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Divya Reddy, MBBS

Associate Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine

Daniel Fein, MD

Director, Inpatient Pulmonary Services
Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Wakefield Campus
Director, Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Wakefield Campus
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine

David Prezant, MD

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine
Professor, Pulmonary Medicine
Chief Medical Officer, Fire Department of the City of New York

Ali Sadoughi, MD

Director, Interventional Pulmonology
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary Medicine

Simon Spivack, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Pulmonary Medicine
Professor, Pulmonary Medicine
Professor, Genetics
Professor, Epidemiology & Population Health

A challenging and innovative curriculum

Our curriculum allows fellows to leave our program capable of providing science-driven, patient-centered care, confident in performing even the most advanced pulmonary and critical care procedures. 
 

Inpatient pulmonary training

During their three years of training, our Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows train at each of our hospital sites, wherein they gain exposure to New York’s diverse patient population. Each site offers a different pathologic and socioeconomic demographic, which allows trainees to build their respective diagnostic and therapeutic styles. Fellows become proficient in various procedures necessary for pulmonary medicine, such as bronchoscopy, endobronchial ultrasound and various pleural-based interventions.

Critical care training

Our “ICU Without Walls” offers Pulmonary and Critical Care fellows a unique opportunity to work with a particularly ill patient population and develop the art of critical care triage on the consult services. Trainees can also head physician teams and direct patient care in our Cardiothoracic, Neurologic, Surgical and Medical ICUs, where they have the chance to advance their skills as future teachers and leaders. During their training, fellows become proficient in critical care procedures, such as intubations and management of difficult airways; central, arterial and dialysis lines; and point-of-care ultrasonography.

Ambulatory training

Fellows work at one of our three major outpatient facilities for the duration of their three-year fellowship. Each site offers a different flavor of outpatient pulmonary medicine, and allows trainees to feel empowered in their independent clinical decision-making and appreciate continuity of care with their patients. Additionally, fellows can spend time in Montefiore-Einstein’s growing subspecialty clinics, including our Pulmonary Hypertension, Sleep Medicine, Asthma, COPD, Bronchiectasis, Thoracic Oncology and Lung Transplant clinics.

Research training

Several faculties within the Divisions of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine are involved in translational, epidemiological, clinical trials and outcomes and health disparities research. During the first year of fellowship, fellows are encouraged to meet and discuss interests and projects with prospective research mentors. Some fellows also opt to supplement their research skill-set by taking graduate level courses in bioinformatics, public health, statistics, programming and epidemiology. During training, fellows are expected to present their scholarly work at national meetings, and are encouraged to prepare a manuscript and publish their research findings.
 

Fellowship application information

We’re seeking fellows who will shape the future of healthcare.

Our Pulmonology and Critical Care Fellowship Program accepts four to five fellows per year. Applicants must submit all materials through ERAS. Fellowship applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with interviews conducted from early September to late October. Please note, all applications must include the following:

  • A complete Common Application form
  • A personal statement emphasizing your professional goals in the field of pulmonary and critical care 
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from the program director or department chair of your current program
  • Copies of all National Board, Federation Licensing Examination (FLEX) and United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) scores
  • Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification, if applying as a foreign medical graduate
  • A Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE) or Dean’s Letter
  • Photo (optional)

Montefiore-Einstein recognizes that having a diverse and inclusive institution is critical to success, and we reaffirm our fervent commitment to fostering a culture in which diversity is a central tenet.

Have questions? Get in touch.

Chirag Shah, MD
Director, Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program
cshah@montefiore.org

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