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Pulmonary Medicine - PULM 541


Internal Medicine Clerkship


University of Maryland

Description and Goals:

A student successfully completing this course should be able to:

  • Interpret a wide variety of abnormal chest X-rays in the context of a complete consultation.
  • Interpret pulmonary function tests (spirogram, arterial blood gas analysis), and exercise studies.
  • Determine which pulmonary function tests are appropriate for a clinical situation.
  • Choose appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic actions when given clinical problems such as tuberculosis, asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, solitary nodule, pulmonary neoplasm, sarcoidosis, pleural effusion and empyema, pulmonary complications etc, pulmonary complications of transplantation, etc.
  • Diagnose and manage a patient with uncomplicated acute respiratory failure, including the appropriate use of artificial airways, mechanical ventilation and weaning.

The activity of the student in this elective is centered about the University Hospital's non-medical intensive care units, pulmonary function laboratory, and medical and surgical inpatient services. The student examines patients as a consultant and reviews cases with the pulmonary fellows and faculty. Through attendance at combined medical-surgical conferences at University and VA Hospitals, the interrelationship with Thoracic Surgery is appreciated. The weekly Inter-disciplinary chest medicine conference and physiology series provide a degree of academic challenge. The course is flexible in that the needs of the individual student can be met by emphasizing some of these varied activities.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday through Friday - Yes
Evenings - No
Weekends - No
Call - No

Faculty Responsible:

E. James Britt, M.D.
(410) 328-8141  

Administrative Contact:

Debbie P. Jackson
(410) 328-8141  


Last Revision: April 11, 2013