Education and Training

Clinical Electives and Conferences for Residents and Medical Students

Elective experiences are available for residents and fourth year medical students. The electives consist of inpatient and outpatient experiences related to a wide variety of pulmonary cases coupled with reading and special training in pulmonary function evaluation and sleep medicine. Find more about medical student electives in the second year and fourth year curriculum descriptions. 

In addition to daily contact with faculty members while on the pulmonary service, learning is supplemented by multiple didactic conferences:

  • Cystic Fibrosis Annual Patient Review (monthly)
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds (weekly)
  • Visiting Pulmonary Scholar Lecture (monthly)
  • Pulmonary Science and Journal Club (weekly)
  • Pulmonary Inpatient Multidisciplinary Rounds (twice weekly)
  • Pulmonary Team Rounds (weekly)
  • Departmental Fellow Research Rounds (monthly)

For further information, contact: 

Mai ElMallah, MD

Fellowship Program Overview

The Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine is committed to preparing fellows in pediatric pulmonology for roles as future leaders of this dynamic academic subspecialty. Fellowship training in Pediatric Pulmonology at Duke University follows the guidelines of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Thoracic Society. 

The first year is the primary clinical experience and includes inpatient and outpatient activities. While on the inpatient service, the fellow is under the supervision of the attending physician. The fellow directs the day-to-day management of the patients admitted to the hospital, answers inpatient consults, and performs indicated procedures. In the outpatient department, the fellow sees follow-up and new patients, and reviews and interprets results from the Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory under the supervision of the attending physicians. The fellow also participates in special procedures on the patients that he has evaluated. During the first year, an ongoing clinical or basic science research project should be formulated and begun with the assistance of an assigned faculty supervisor.

The second and third years of the fellowship are heavily weighed towards research. Clinical responsibilities will be limited to the continuity outpatient clinic one half-day per week. Opportunities for basic, translational, or clinical research are available. Fellows may pursue a master’s degree in clinical research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute. Fellows are expected to present the results of their research at a national meeting and publish these results.