A. Critical Assessment of the Literature and Journal Club

In addition to discussion of current literature during rounds, a Journal Club is held on the last Thursday of each month. Each fellow critically reviews one paper with a faculty member mentor who is expert in study design and statistics. Three faculty members have MPH degrees. In addition, fellows may participate in a Research Journal Club that are held in conjunction with specific research laboratories.

The American Thoracic Society has developed a syllabus of important journal articles that are posted its website  http://www.thoracic.org/go/atsreadinglist/. The fellows refer to this for key articles on specific topics. Faculty members who are editors or reviewers may ask fellows to referee articles.

B. Medical Ethics and Legal Issues in Medicine

These topics are covered in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Grand Rounds and are continuously addressed by the attending physicians in the ICU setting. These topics are also covered in the curriculum developed by the Department of Medical Education. The University Medical Ethics Department has regular rounds which the fellows are encouraged to attend.

C. Online Graduate Medical Education Core curriculum

The Department of medical Education developed a core curriculum to address accreditation concerns of GME programs to assure that all areas are covered. It includes a review of "ethical, socioeconomic, medical/legal and cost-containment issues that affect GME and medical practice. Complete seven of the required Core Curriculum modules after which you will need to complete GME 112 Clinical Ethics for Physicians and then two from the remaining list of modules for a total of ten modules.  The modules are as follow:

Mandatory modules:
GME 114:  Introduction to the General Competencies
Next you must complete the following six required modules:
GME 101:  Medical Professionalism
GME 103:  Leadership and the Health Care Team
GME 106:  Life-Long Learning and Evidence-Based Medicine
GME 107:  Teaching Skills for the Physician Educator
GME 111:  Communications Skills for Health Care Professionals
GME 115:  Focus on Patient Safety
Pulmonary and Critical Care requires:
GME 112:  Clinical Ethics for Physicians

Choose 2 of the remaining modules:
GME 102:  Evolution, Organization and Financing of the U.S. Health Care System
GME 104:  Quality, Cost, and Resources Management In Medical Practice
GME 105:  Health Care Monitoring and Regulatory Systems and Agencies
GME 108:  Managing a Successful Medical Practice
GME 109:  Fundamentals of Medical and Health Care Information Systems
GME 110:  First Steps In Research Design
GME 113:  Cultural Competency for Health Care Delivery

All fellows are required to complete these modules during their training period.

D. Medical Informatics and Computer Skills

The fellows attend both at the VA and UIH a course for the use of our computerized patient care records. They have access to the internet at both VA and the UIH for search purposes. Some of the relevant topics are covered in the curriculum of the Department of Medicine designed for all of the subspecialty fellows.
E. Preventive Medicine and Public Health

The fellows receive instruction in the in-patient and especially in the out-patient setting from their attendings. These topics are also covered in our Pulmonary and Critical Care Grand Rounds. The fellows have an opportunity to obtain a Master’s of Public Health through the UIC School of Public Health during their three year fellowship.

F. Quality Assessment, Quality Improvement, Risk Management, and Cost Effectiveness in Medicine

Quality improvement is a central theme to the teaching at UIC. The University Hospital has had Patient Safety day and frequently has lectures and discussions on these topics. These topics are also covered in the curriculum of the Department of Medicine. Separate online ethics programs are mandated by the University, state of Illinois, Veteran Administration, and Institution Review Board. The whole purpose of the annual retreat is quality improvement. The Program Director is part of a national network of program directors who main focus is quality improvement.

G. Research experience

Each fellow is required to develop a clinical or basic research project and choose a research mentor from the pool of the Section or the College of Medicine Faculty. Once the mentor is chosen, the fellow is expected to submit to the Program Director a brief research protocol for the proposed research before the beginning of any research block. The Program Director will schedule the research experience accordingly. The fellow is expected to complete a project before the end of training and prepare an abstract for presentation at a national or regional meeting relevant to the topic. The completion of a project is a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal.