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Pulmonary and Critical Care Elective at LIJMC

Leonard J. Rossoff, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine


Supervision of the course is by experienced full time chest physicians with broad clinical and research interests. The Pulmonary Medicine Elective allows the student to participate as sub-intern under the direct supervision of Pulmonary Fellows and Critical Care Attendings. There is an excellent and wide variety of patient populations as well as a comprehensive teaching program. This includes ward rounds, Pulmonary Grand Rounds and specific teaching conferences in Physiology, Pathology, Radiology, Sleep Disorders and Respiratory Care strategies. The student can also participate in a hands on manner in specialized Pulmonary Diagnostic techniques. These include spirometry, arterial blood gases, fiberoptic bronchoscopy, thoracacocentesis and pleural biopsies and invasive cardiac monitoring.

The student is completely integrated into the consult service and is expected to perform complete histories and physical examinations as well as review pertinent laboratory and radiological data. This will be reviewed in detail by the Pulmonary Fellows and Attendings. He/she will also be provided with the opportunity to present specific cases and literature review at rounds. The student will also be able to attend the out-patient chest and sleep disorders clinics.

In summary, there is wide opportunity to gain academic experience in this program.  There are no night or weekend responsibilities during this rotation.

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