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Pulmonary Fellowship Program

The Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering is a longstanding, independent two-year ACGME-accredited pulmonary medicine program designed to prepare physicians for careers in clinical pulmonary medicine, including exposure to clinical research. Pulmonary training at MSK provides fellows with experience in managing patients who have the full spectrum of lung diseases. Our outpatient pulmonary clinics are open to all patients with pulmonary disease, not just those patients who are being treated for malignant or malignancy-related pulmonary disease. The fellowship also offers unique and extensive exposure to patients who are immunocompromised.

Our fellowship program lasts for two years; there are five fellows in the program at a time. The attending staff is made up of ten full-time attending members, including two fellowship-trained interventional pulmonary attending physicians. Procedure training in diagnostic bronchoscopy includes experience with endobronchial ultrasound and transbronchial needle aspiration. Interventional pulmonary attending physicians give trainees exposure to advanced diagnostic and therapeutic techniques. Our fellows gain extensive experience in the management of pleural disease including thoracic ultrasound, chest tubes, and tunneled pleural catheters.

The fellowship offers a full complement of didactic teaching sessions, multidisciplinary conferences, and opportunities to attend and participate in regional and national meetings. The service has close working relationships with thoracic surgery, pathology, and radiology in addition to medical oncology and radiation oncology, all of which promote the multidisciplinary care of patients. In addition, MSK has a new state-of-the-art ICU and an ACGME-accredited multidisciplinary Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program that pulmonary medicine fellows may wish to consider completing. The majority of our trainees stay for three years to complete both the pulmonary and critical care training fellowships.

Program Description

Two-year Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship details

  Inpatient Consult Service Step down unit —procedures — pulmonary function tests ICU Research time Continuity clinic Sleep**
First year

Three months

Three months

One to two* months

Two months

Yearlong (Two half days per week —excluding ICU rotation)



Second year

Two to three months

Two to three months

One to two* months

Two months

Year long (Two half days per week —excluding ICU rotation)

One to two months


Optional third year

Separate MSK Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

*Total ICU months for the entire two-year fellowship is three months
**Rotate to Columbia University Medical Center for sleep rotation in the second year
Both first- and second-year fellows perform procedures throughout the year on inpatients and outpatients.
Note: Vacation is four weeks per year

Clinical Research

An important component of the MSK Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship Program is completing a research project. In the fall of the first year, fellows pick a project to pursue under the supervision of a pulmonary attending over the course of two years. Through this experience, the fellow will learn how to design a project and how to present data in both written and spoken form. These projects may include clinical reports, case series, retrospective studies, and quality improvement projects. Past topics have included infections (both opportunistic and non-opportunistic), drug toxicity, outcomes of interventional procedures, and yields of diagnostic procedures.


September 15

Length of Program

Two years


Board-eligible or board-certified graduates of an accredited US Internal Medicine residency program.

Number of Positions

Two (2016)

Three (2017)

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through ERAS by September 15 and require a personal statement and three letters of recommendation, including one from your internal medicine program director. The Pulmonary Medicine Fellowship Program participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Interviews take place September through October for the following July.

Program Director


Jean Santamauro, MD
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
1275 York Avenue
New York, NY 10065