the torch Summer 2016, Issue 2 - Page 9

FEATURE “The Pat O’Brien Invitational Charity Golf Tournament was instrumental in helping us build the foundation for this program. Having fellows allows us to deliver the most advanced, timely care and remain on the cutting edge of pulmonary and critical care medicine.” – Dr. Randall Rosenblatt “The Pat O’Brien Invitational Charity Golf Tournament was instrumental in helping us build the foundation for this program,” Dr. Rosenblatt said. “Having fellows allows us to deliver the most advanced, timely care and remain on the cutting edge of pulmonary and critical care medicine.” Baylor’s medical education programs provide residents and fellows a combination of real-world applications and a robust academic environment. Fellowships are vital in training the next generation of pulmonologists. Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship: A Closer Look Pulmonary medicine is a sub-specialty of internal medicine. Physicians in this sub-specialty are trained to treat diseases of the lung, such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, asthma, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, pneumonia and other infectious diseases, such as tuberculosis. “Our program has the added benefit of being a lung transplant center, which provides our fellows with an additional experience,” Dr. Rosenblatt said. “And the critical care medicine component of the Pulmonary-Critical Care division focuses on patients in the intensive care units. These patients may have unstable cardiovascular systems, such as congestive heart failure or low blood pressures, respiratory failure, bleeding disorders, strokes, renal failure or severe infections.” Fellows in the pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship program are graduates of internal medicine residency programs and seeking sub-specialization in respiratory diseases and managing patients in the critical care units. “The fellows, who are  already board certif ied in internal medicine, will be in the hospital and increase the availability of physicians to the patients,” he continued. “They will also be involved in various clinical research projects, which should enhance our patient care and allow us to improve our quality and delivery of medical care.” Dr. Rosenblatt also explained that a significant shortage of pulmonary-critical care physicians exists in our community and nationwide. “With the development of our fellowship, we will help address this shortage,” he said. And as health care reform tightens budgets, philanthropy is more important than ever to this new program. For more information about the pulmonary and critical care medicine fellowship program and Baylor’s medical education initiatives, contact Susan McSherry at 214.820.3417 or Susan.McSherry@ BSWHealth.org. Ginger and Pat O’Brien 9