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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Pulmonary and Critical Care Clinical Fellowship Program

The clinical fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University provides both a broad-based clinical experience and rigorous research training. Completion of the three-year fellowship fulfills the requirements for certification by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in both Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. Additional training beyond three years is encouraged for those seeking a career in basic science or clinical research. The program is designed to prepare physicians for careers in academic medicine.

The training program is based at the Feinberg-affiliated Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Jesse Brown Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Northwestern Memorial Hospital is the principal teaching hospital for Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and serves as the primary site for clinical training in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program. Northwestern Memorial Hospital has 900 total beds and 150 intensive care unit beds, and features comprehensive, state-of-the-art medical and surgical programs in every specialty and subspecialty. The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center is a 250-bed facility with 24 intensive care beds. Clinical experience is also provided at the 242-bed Shirley Ryan AilityLab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). The research laboratories of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine are located at the Feinberg School of Medicine McGaw Pavilion, immediately adjacent to the medical center’s major clinical facilities.


Our Fellowship Program provides rigorous training in state-of-the-art clinical pulmonary and critical care medicine, and cutting-edge basic lung biology and translational/clinical investigation. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The accredited program is three years in length; extended training beyond this term is available for those seeking academic careers focused on research.

The first year of the program is devoted to clinical training, encompassing in-patient and out-patient pulmonary medicine and intensive care medicine. During the initial year, fellows receive training and gain extensive experience in pulmonary procedures, including bronchoscopy, thoracentesis, chest tube placement and performance and interpretation of pulmonary function tests. The second year of the program is devoted to original research, which the fellow carries out under the direction of a faculty mentor and other research advisors. The third year of training involves a mix of continued research and advanced clinical training, tailored to the fellow’s individual career trajectory. Each fellow maintains a continuity out-patient clinic and shares weekend call duties throughout the three-year program.  Fellows also attend and present at a robust array of clinical and research conferences throughout the three years. Extended training for an optional fourth year and beyond is individually structured to meet the specific goals for development of a unique academic career.


Active participation in research is an integral part of fellowship training at Northwestern. A wide array of opportunities exist for involvement in basic investigation in lung biology and in translational/patient-oriented research. Many faculty in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and other Northwestern faculty who participate in our Lung Sciences Training Program are involved in mentoring Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellows during their research training. A sampling of recent research publications from training program faculty is available in the faculty profiles section of this website.

Fellows are introduced to ongoing research activities during the first year of training. Each fellow selects a research area and mentor(s) from among the Lung Sciences Training Program faculty by early in the spring of the first year. Fellows receive input and advice in choosing mentors and research projects from the Fellowship Program Director and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division Chief. Each fellow’s research experience takes place under the specific guidance and with the support of their individual mentor(s) and a specifically-constituted Research Advisory Committee. Fellows are strongly encouraged to apply for individual fellowship research training awards from the National Institutes of Health or other agencies, and are guided in this process by their mentor(s) and Research Advisory Committee. Fellows are expected to discuss their research projects and data periodically at divisional Research-In-Progress Conferences, present their work at local and national scientific meetings, and ultimately publish their findings in the peer-reviewed biomedical literature.

 Clinical Experience

Approximately 75 percent of clinical training takes place at the Feinberg-affiliated Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 20 to 25 percent takes place at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, and up to five percent occurs at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. The demographics of the patient populations at the three institutions differ, as do their prevalent clinical problems, providing for a rich and varied training experience.

Fellows rotate on the Pulmonary Consultation and Medical ICU Services, perform bronchoscopies, and interpret pulmonary function and cardiopulmonary exercise tests at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Jesse Brown VA. Additional clinical rotations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital include Sleep Medicine, Interventional Pulmonology, Surgical/Trauma ICU, Neurosciences ICU, Lung Transplantation, and Palliative Medicine. Fellows gain experience in Pulmonary Rehabilitation at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Training in Critical Care Ultrasound and Airway Management/Endotracheal Intubation has recently been added to the curriculum, as well.

Fellows maintain continuity clinics at both Northwestern and the Jesse Brown VA (attending each one half day every other week) throughout the three-year training program. Fellows gain additional out-patient experience in a variety of subspecialty clinics, including Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Pulmonary Hypertension, Interstitial Lung Disease, Interventional Pulmonology, Lung Cancer, Sarcoidosis, Sleep Medicine, Neuromuscular Disease/Non-invasive Ventilation, Occupational Lung Disease, and Lung Transplantation.

 Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Medicine at Northwestern University seeks to attract inquisitive, motivated residents and fellows and is committed to providing them with every opportunity for success. The greatest challenges facing the medical field are complex, and addressing them will require a diverse body of physicians and researchers who can work collaboratively. Northwestern offers unparalleled training and research opportunities and encourages fellowship applications from those who seek to become future leaders in the subspecialties of medicine.  We are committed to and inspired by a diverse and inclusive work environment that allows each trainee to achieve their personal goals.

For more information on Northwestern’s commitment to diversity please see the following resources:

 Requirements and Eligibility

Applicants for fellowship must be enrolled in or have completed training in an ACGME-accredited internal medicine residency training program.  Internal medicine residency training must be completed successfully prior to appointment in the fellowship training program.

The fellowship program provides combined training in pulmonary and critical care medicine, leading to eligibility for American Board of Internal Medicine certification in Pulmonary Disease and in Critical Care Medicine.  We do not offer single-specialty training in only pulmonary disease or only critical care medicine.  Please note that the Northwestern University/McGaw Medical Center Program does not sponsor H-1B visas.

 Application Process

Applications to the Northwestern Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship are accepted exclusively through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). To apply, please visit the ERAS website and follow the directions for Fellowship Applicants. Applications and related documents submitted without the use of ERAS will not be considered. The deadline for receipt of applications for training beginning in July 2019 (positions to be filled in the December 2018 Match) is July 31, 2018. The Northwestern Fellowship Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Medical Specialties Matching Program. Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine fellowship applicants must register with National Resident Matching Program and agree to the terms of the NRMP Match.

To complete your application, the following documents are required:

  • A letter of recommendation from your Internal Medicine Residency Program Director or Department Chairperson.
  • At least two (but not more than four) additional letters of recommendation. These should be from clinical faculty and/or research mentors who know you and your work well. Ideally, at least one letter should be from a senior member of the faculty in pulmonary and critical care medicine at your institution.
  • A personal statement describing who you are, why you have chosen to pursue training in pulmonary and critical care medicine, and your current thoughts about your future career path.
  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • Original reports of your USMLE (or COMLEX) scores.
  • Medical school dean’s letter and medical school transcripts.

Applicants selected for interview will be invited by e-mail. Interviews for positions to be filled in the December 2018 Match will be conducted during August, September and October 2018.

More Information

 For additional reference, you can consult our FREIDA listing (program 156-16-21-081)

Contact Us

Kat Barnes

Fellowship & Elective Education Coordinator
Division Administrative Assistant

Pulmonary and Critical Care

kmsbarnes( at )

Clara Schroedl, MD

Program Director

Pulmonary and Critical Care

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Graduate Research Resources

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