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An Approach to Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Training

Carla R. Lamb, MD, FCCP; David Feller-Kopman, MD, FCCP; Armin Ernst, MD, FCCP; Mike J. Simoff, MD, FCCP; Daniel H. Sterman, MD, FCCP; Momen M. Wahidi, MD, FCCP; Kevin L. Kovitz, MD, MBA, FCCP
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From the Interventional Pulmonary Fellowship Program (Dr Lamb), Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA; Interventional Pulmonology (Dr Feller-Kopman), Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD; the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Interventional Pulmonology (Dr Ernst), Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Boston, MA; Bronchoscopy and Interventional Pulmonology (Dr Simoff), Henry Ford Medical Center, Detroit, MI; the Section of Interventional Pulmonology and Thoracic Oncology, the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Division (Dr Sterman), University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA; the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Wahidi), Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC; and Chicago Chest Center (Dr Kovitz), Elk Grove Village, IL.

Correspondence to: Kevin L. Kovitz, MD, MBA, FCCP, Chicago Chest Center, 800 Biesterfield Road, # 510, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007; e-mail: kovitz@chestcenter.com


For editorial comment see page 6

Drs Lamb and Feller-Kopman contributed equally in the development of these guidelines.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (www.chestjournal.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2010 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2010;137(1):195-199. doi:10.1378/chest.09-0494
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Interventional pulmonology continues to be a specialty that is experiencing an evolution of new technologies, with an emphasis on multidisciplinary care. The diversity and application of these procedures in patients with more complex conditions is leading to the need for more specific recommendations in training within this area. As patient safety and outcomes-based measures of clinical practice and procedures are in the forefront, the need for standardization in procedural training in high-volume centers of excellence beyond pulmonary and critical care fellowships must be considered. Other procedure-based specialties have developed such training programs, with structured curricula to enhance patient safety and outcomes, develop validated metrics for competency assessment of trainees, improve trainee education, and further advance the field by fostering research.


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