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Pulmonary Medicine - PULM 541–V


Internal Medicine Clerkship


Baltimore VA Medical Center

Description and Goals:

A student successfully completing this course should be able to:

  • Interpret chest X-rays
  • Interpret pulmonary function tests.
  • Determine 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, etc.
  • Diagnose and manage a patient with uncomplicated acute respiratory failure, including the appropriate use of artificial airways, mechanical ventilation and weaning.
  • Organize a complicated medical intensive care plan so as to set appropriate priorities to the patient's multiple medical problems.

The activity of the student in this elective is centered about the V.A. Hospital's intensive care units, pulmonary function laboratory, and medical and surgical inpatient services. The student examines patients as a consultant and reviews his cases with the pulmonary fellows and faculty. Through attendance at Inter-disciplinary conferences at University and VA Hospitals, the interrelationship with other services is appreciated. The weekly 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) 706-2171  

Administrative Contact:

Debbie P. Jackson
(410) 706-3344  


Last Revision: April 11, 2013