Lung Transplant Curriculum in Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Training

Academic Article


  • Background: Lung transplantation is an evolving specialty with the number of transplants growing annually. Purpose: A structured lung transplant curriculum was developed for Pulmonary/Critical Care (Pulm/CC) fellows. Methods: Scores on pulmonary in-training examinations (ITE) 2 years prior to and 3 years after implementation were reviewed as well as completion of satisfaction surveys. Results: The mean pulmonary ITE score of 1st-year fellows increased from 54.2 ± 2.5 to 63.6 ± 1.2 (M ± SD), p =.002, whereas mean pulmonary ITE score for 2nd-year fellows increased from 63.0 ± 3.0 to 70.7 ± 1.2, p =.019. The combined mean pulmonary ITE score increased from 58.6 ± 2.3 to 67.1 ± 1.2, p =.001. Satisfaction surveys revealed that fellow perception of the curriculum was that the experience contributed to an overall improvement in their knowledge base and clinical skills while opportunity to perform transbroncial biopsies was available. Conclusions: A structured educational lung transplant curriculum was associated with improved performance on the pulmonary ITE and was perceived by fellows to be beneficial in their education and training while providing opportunities for fellows to perform transbronchial biopsies. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.
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    Author List

  • Hayes D; Diaz-Guzman E; Berger R; Hoopes CW
  • Start Page

  • 59
  • End Page

  • 63
  • Volume

  • 25
  • Issue

  • 1