University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship

Director's Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Our program emphasizes the development of the skills and attributes necessary to becoming a highly competent clinician, while providing an atmosphere that strongly encourages exploration of the science underlying our field.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Program Contact Information

John McCartney, MD
Fellowship Director

Jami Simpson
Fellowship Coordinator
(608) 265-1465

The mission of our fellowship program centers around preparing individuals to become expert clinicians in the field of pulmonary and critical care medicine, guiding their education through mentorship; clinical experiences and research opportunities. We aim to individualize this experience for every learner, allowing each person to develop not only the needed clinical competencies and skill sets to provide outstanding clinical care, but also maximize their own potential as a physician, researcher and educator. 

Quote from a Fellow

“Training here has allowed me to become a more autonomous provider and give me a sense of self confidence as far as caring for complex patients. I can become the best version of myself while still being able to have the support of faculty and our co-fellows. The first time I came here I just felt like it was home.” 

Program Showcase and Outcomes

  • Our subspecialty Pulmonary Hypertension, Interstitial Lung Disease and Cystic Fibrosis clinics have all received designations as Centers of Excellence. We also offer subspecialty clinic opportunities in lung transplant, interventional pulmonary and severe asthma.
  • The University Hospital Trauma and Life Support Center (TLC) is a unique, high-acuity, intensive care unit known for being a truly multidisciplinary unit. Our great outcomes are possible because of the collaborative model among multiple disciplines: medicine, anesthesia, infectious disease, surgery, nursing, respiratory care, pharmacy, nutrition, physical and occupational therapy, speech therapy and social work. 
  • While providing care for critically ill patients, our TLC consistently surpasses national leading benchmarks in patient care quality and outcomes, including a 30% greater survival rate compared to the average ICU in the country. 
  • Our fellowship offers training at the UW Health Clinical Simulation Program for point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), advanced airway and bronchoscopy procedures.
  • Our Interstitial Lung Disease clinic has provided state-of-the-art, multifaceted patient care, research and outreach for over 20 years. The clinical trials in this area lead to FDA approved treatments. 

Living in Madison

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About the Program

The three-year UW Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship offers extensive training in pulmonary diseases and critical care through interactive didactic lectures, dynamic clinical and inpatient exposure, and a diverse patient population. An optional fourth year is specifically designed for research and academic training. We select high-performing fellowship candidates to ensure they will function and excel in clinical, academic, and research environment and activities.

Research Training Opportunities

Each fellow actively participates in a research project during his/her three years of training. Fellows have opportunities to contribute to research progress and to gain experience in the development, performance, and statistical analysis of investigations that address novel hypotheses in the field of pulmonology. Read more.

Accreditation and Certification

The UW Pulmonary and Critical Care fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. This fellowship fulfills the requirements for Pulmonary and Critical Care training as stated by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Fellows are eligible to take the American Board of Internal Medicine subspecialty examination in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine upon completion of their fellowship.

Program History

The UW Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship Program was accredited in 1994. The program has enjoyed ongoing accreditation with no major citations. Over 100 fellows have completed their pulmonary and critical care fellowship training through the program and have established successful careers in academic medicine and private practice.