Department of Medicine - Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine
Professor and Head
Jeffrey D. Hasday, MD
Members of the division take part in teaching the physiology course with emphasis on the clinical application to basic respiratory physiology. This includes an introduction to clinical medicine and the sessions in the course on correlative medicine.
In the pathophysiology and therapeutics curriculum, two weeks are devoted to the respiratory system. The teaching of clinical medicine is integrated with epidemiology, pharmacology and microbiology. This is not a course in respiratory diseases. The most common and important groups of diseases are discussed as well as the pathology of respiratory diseases.
Pulmonary Diseases Elective
Fourth-year students participate in all of the activities of the division under the supervision of fellows and faculty. They see patients in the wards, in consultations and in the outpatient clinic. The students learn to interpret tests of pulmonary function and attend all of the conferences in which fellows and faculty participate. Emphasis is on the correlation of clinical features with pathophysiologic and roentgenographic features.
Medical Intensive Care Elective, University of Maryland Medical Center
The goal of this course is to provide students with clinical experience in managing patients seen in a medical intensive care unit. Students will function at the sub-intern level as primary physicians and will work with the resident and fellow in charge, as well as the attending physician. Students will receive a sound background in circulatory and respiratory physiology. They will be exposed to various invasive techniques, including arterial line insertions, Swan-Ganz catheterizations and chest tube placements. In addition, there will be exposure to the use of mechanical ventilation in the critically-ill patient.
Stipends are available for the support of twelve fellows at the current University of Maryland Medical System postgraduate scale. Three years of training in internal medicine are required. The goal of the program is to train physicians who are competent in the subspecialties of pulmonary and critical care medicine, and in basic or clinical investigation.