Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program

PCC Clinic Activity

In the newly remodeled 62-bed ICU at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, faculty and resident physicians, advanced practice providers, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists and pharmacists work together to deliver state-of-the-art care.

The University of Minnesota offers a combined three-year Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine fellowship. All fellows receive 18-21 months of clinical training and the balance in research months. It is an accredited training program for pulmonary disease and critical care medicine. Fellows completing the program will be eligible to sit for all board examinations. Fellows accepted into fellowship training are funded for 3 years but also are encouraged to seek research support grants during the second and third years. Fellows receive training at four different sites: the University of Minnesota Medical Center—Fairview (a tertiary referral hospital), the county hospitals for Hennepin and Ramsey counties, and the Minneapolis Veteran Affairs Medical Center. The Division has 44 faculty members who have a broad range of clinical and research interests. Basic science and clinical research projects in the areas of interstitial lung diseases, acute lung injury, lung transplantation, alternative modes of mechanical ventilation, bacterial pneumonia, and chronic obstructive lung disease are currently ongoing among the four different hospitals. The primary goal for fellows completing the program are:

  • Graduates will be able to diagnose and manage pulmonary disease and diseases that occur in the critically ill patient
  • Graduates will be able to interpret studies and perform procedures in the areas of pulmonary and critical care medicine
  • Graduates will be able to identify, develop, and complete a basic science and clinical research project

The Division’s dynamic Fellowship Program in pulmonary and critical care incorporates clinical activity at four hospital sites:

  • University of Minnesota Medical Center,
  • Hennepin County Medical Center,
  • Minneapolis VA Health Care System, and
  • Regions Hospital
  • Park Nicollet Medical Center

The program includes extensive critical care training and dedicated educational experiences in sleep disorders and tuberculosis.



Program Director
David Perlman, MD
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Education/Fellowship Program Coordinator
Kristine Christopherson
(612) 624-0999