We begin our academic year with the fellows’ summer teaching series (interactive small group sessions) on Tuesday and Thursday from July-September. Tuesday sessions are focused on outpatient pulmonary medicine topics. In the fall, the fellow teaching conference transitions to a weekly session. In addition to the fellow teaching sessions, we have numerous multidisciplinary and interprofessional conferences and educational activities.

Chest Conference

Given by first-year fellows, attended by fellows and faculty. This conference consists of two 30-minute case-based presentations, a brief review, and a focused discussion on a specific clinical question about the diagnosis or management pertinent to the clinical case.

Fellows Teaching Conference

Interactive small group sessions focused on core curricular content in pulmonary and critical care medicine.

Chest Radiology Conference

This is an educational conference where fellows review and discuss chest radiographs and CT scans of their patients with senior pulmonologists.

Interesting and Challenging Case Conference

This is a multidisciplinary, case-based conference of interesting and challenging cases that encourages discussion of diagnostic dilemmas and solicits recommendations for challenging management cases. Fellows and faculty alike present their cases, chest radiologists read the thoracic imaging, and pulmonary pathologists review the pathology findings.

Pathology Conference

This is a multidisciplinary, case-based conference designed to demonstrate the correlations between clinical presentations, radiology, and pathology for educational purposes. 

Critical Care Clinical Case Conference (C5)

This is an interprofessional case-based conference on interesting cases identified from our critical care services. In this conference, we review critical care ultrasound images, incorporate mechanical ventilation waveforms/teaching, and present our critical care quality reviews. This conference is attended by fellows, residents, MICU NPs, and critical care faculty.

Journal Club

Fellows critically review and discuss recently published Pulmonary or Critical Care articles. A clinical investigator from our division facilitates the discussion using their expertise to teach key clinical epidemiology concepts as they relate to the article reviewed.

Critical Care Forum (CCF)

This interprofessional conference is a forum to review and discuss practice changing articles or literature on key controversies in critical care. MICU Pharmacists and third-year fellows present to PCCM fellows, MICU NPs, and critical care faculty. This is also a forum for identifying potential research projects to help answer outstanding questions.

Research in Progress

This is a research-in-progress conference for PCCM faculty and fellows to present data and results from their original research projects and a conference in which nationally recognized, visiting professors/investigators present their research.

Critical Care Grand Rounds

This is a series of invited lectures from visiting faculty for a large audience of the greater critical care community at Columbia, including medical, surgical, neurological, cardiac, and pediatric intensive care providers and staff.  

Multi-Disciplinary Patient Care Conferences

Interstitial Lung Disease Conference

This multidisciplinary conference leverages the expertise of our ILD specialists, radiologists, and pathologists to review and discuss challenging and unusual interstitial lung disease cases. 

Tumor Board

This multidisciplinary case conference leverages the expertise of our pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, pathologists, and radiologists. Discussions surround the intricacies of diagnosis, staging, and management of lung cancer and thoracic surgery cases.

ECMO Conference

This is a quarterly multidisciplinary case conference run by Dr. Cara Agerstrand attended by critical care attendings, PCCM fellows, thoracic surgeons, and cardiologists to discuss cannulation strategies and management of complex medical ECMO (veno-veno and veno-arterial) cases.

Pulmonary Hypertension Conference

This is a monthly multidisciplinary case conference run by Dr. Erika Berman attended by adult critical care attendings, PCCM fellows, thoracic surgeons, cardiologists, and pediatric cardiologists. Discussions surround the diagnosis and management (medical and surgical) of complex pulmonary hypertension cases.

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS) Conference

This is a bimonthly multidisciplinary case conference attended by pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, radiologists, and physiatrists, where all patients under consideration for lung volume reduction surgery are reviewed.