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Department of Internal Medicine

Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

About the Program


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The pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship program is the cornerstone of the division.  Our faculty provide comprehensive specialty training in a deliberate, supportive and collegial manner.  The leadership of the program is focused on helping fellows lay the foundation for a successful career as clinicians while also fostering academic growth through exploration of research and educational opportunities.  One of the key features of our program is the flexibility – we have several tracks available, which are constantly being refined based on fellow and faculty feedback.

  • Clinician Educator Track
    • Dedicated guidance and coaching on ‘how to teach’ and adult learning theory
    • Scholarly activity focused on educational projects and quality improvement
    • Participation in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Master Teacher Program
    • Opportunities for dedicated instruction in Quality Improvement

  • Quality Improvement Track
    • Instruction in the practical application of improvement science philosophy and methods
    • Participation in one large on-going quality improvement project
    • Execution of a small scale project that includes problem identification, team building, identifying measures, conducting iterative cycles of change and assessment with scale-up for implementation.
    • Enrollment in a 6-month Improvement science course at James Anderson Center for Healthcare Improvement at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital to become a leader in quality improvement and healthcare transformation

  • Research Tracks
    • Availability of multiple basic science, translational and clinical research opportunities
    • Option to enroll in a certificate course in ‘clinical and translational research’ during fellowship. If desired, credits earned can be applied to a Master’s degree after fellowship.
    • Research opportunities in multiple common and rare lung diseases such as lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM), Pulmonary Langerhans cell histiocytosis (PLCH), cystic fibrosis (CF), pulmonary innate immunity, immune function in COPD and cystic lung disease
    • For interested fellows, extended protected research time (up to 12 months) can be provided

  • Med/Peds Pulmonary/Critical Care Opportunity
    • Combined fellowship with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

  • Critical Care Only Track for Internal Medicine Subspecialty Fellow Graduates
    • New since 2019! A one year critical care only track is available for IM subspecialty fellowship graduates
    • Opportunity for comprehensive critical care experience in our medical, cardiovascular, surgical and neurosurgical ICU's
    • Enables fellow to combine their subspecialty expertise with critical care training

    Our clinical versatility allows for an exposure to the entire breadth of pulmonary and critical care medicine.  Some of the highlights include: unique pulmonary pathology in our world renowned Rare Lung Disease clinic, cutting edge interventional pulmonology, high-acuity medical ICU, comprehensive critical care exposure in specialty ICUs (neurosurgical, surgical and cardiovascular) and in depth pulmonary physiology training in the UCMC and the Cincinnati VA Medical Center PFT labs.  In addition to individualized instruction while on clinical rotations, fellows can take advantage of our fellow centric didactics that run throughout the academic year.

    If you have questions about our program, please do not hesitate to contact Peter Lenz, MD (program director, or Michael Hellmann, MD (associate program director,  We invite you to explore our website and see what we have to offer.  Our goal is to be an engaging and vibrant training program.  Thank you for your interest!

More Information

Academic Office:
University of Cincinnati | Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way, ML 0564
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0564
Phone: 513-558-4831
Fax: 513-558-4858

Pulmonary Fellowship Director:
Peter Lenz, MD, MEd

Pulmonary Fellowship Associate Program Director:
Michael Hellmann, MD 

Program Coordinator:
Jay Asplan