Application Process

We offer three-year pulmonary/critical care fellowships with 18-21 clinical months and the balance in research months. Training is carried out at five affiliated hospitals:

This training provides fellows with extensive clinical experience in all aspects of pulmonary disease, sleep medicine and critical illness. Fellows are given an opportunity to see and manage patients with all types of respiratory disease on an inpatient and outpatient basis. 

We also offer training in special procedures related to pulmonary, sleep and critical care medicine, including fiberoptic bronchoscopy, intubation, chest tube placement, Swan-Ganz catheter placement, and sleep studies. 

Research opportunities are available in cell and molecular biology, biochemistry, basic physiology, critical care medicine, epidemiology, and clinical trials. Our program emphasizes training in basic research with a strong orientation toward preparing fellows for a career in academic medicine.

The University of Minnesota, along with most other pulmonary fellowship programs in the country, has agreed to participate in the matching programs for pulmonary and critical care fellowships conducted by the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). If you have not done so already, please contact the NRMP:

National Resident Matching Program
(202) 828-0676

Mailing Address
National Resident Matching Program
2540 North Street, NW, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20037-1141

Applications for each recruitment cycle will be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You can start applying through ERAS July 1. More information about our program is also included online at FRIEDA. Of note, J1 visa applicants are welcome to apply. We do not accept H1B applications unless the applicant is willing to change to a J1 visa. Contact the Fellowship/Education Program Coordinator with further questions.

We will begin to review applications on July 15. The deadline for applications is September 15 for positions for the next academic year beginning July 1. We will be filling 4 slots for each academic year. Our interview season begins in August and runs through early October. You are required to submit 3 letters of recommendation, USMLE scores, and personal statement. Letters can be of your choice-we do not require a letter from your residency program director.


Program Director
David Perlman, MD

Education/Fellowship Program Coordinator
Kristine Christopherson
(612) 624-0999