Letter from the Fellowship Director
Dear Fellowship Program Applicant,
Thank you for your interest in our Fellowship Program in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. On the pages of this web site you will find valuable information about the specifics of the program, as well as more general information regarding salary and benefits, and some descriptive material about UMass Memorial Health Care, the UMass Medical School and the city of Worcester.
The Fellowship program in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine is three years with the expectation that the candidate will sit for the separate ABIM Board examinations in both subspecialties, and is fully certified by the ACGME. The first year of the fellowship emphasizes clinical chest medicine and medical intensive care. The second year is heavily weighted to allow our fellows to participate in advanced interventional pulmonary procedures and in research projects under the guidance of one of the faculty mentors. The third year is dedicated to additional Critical Care Medicine experience needed to satisfy eligibility for the Critical Care board examination. Case-based and didactic conferences are a regular feature of the curriculum throughout the three years of training.
This is an exciting time for Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine at the University of Massachusetts. Over the past 5 years the division has seen the addition of several new faculty members, raising the number of faculty members to 23, for an excellent faculty to fellow ratio. The Division is fortunate to have a busy Interventional Pulmonary service. Two faculty are board-certified in this relatively new medical discipline and this affords our 2nd and 3rd year fellows ample opportunity to evaluate patients and participate in advanced interventional procedures. The Division is also fortunate to have an active critical care telemedicine service, covering all of the institution’s intensive care units and others at affiliated hospitals. A feature of this forward-looking model for critical care, is an extensive database of ICU patients that can be a rich data source for clinical research studies. Collaborative research efforts with other departments within the medical school have also brought many exciting research opportunities in both clinical and basic science. Finally, fellows continue to have extensive opportunities to teach medical students and residents.
In addition to providing an outstanding and comprehensive training program in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, the program aims to provide mentorship and fosters an environment conducive to building and maintaining an excellent quality of life.
Should you have any questions regarding our fellowship program, please contact either me via e-mail at Scott.Kopec@umassmemorial.org, or Iris Lika, the Program Coordinator, at Iris.Lika@umassmed.edu or (508) 856-1975. We look forward to hearing from you.
Scott Kopec, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Program Director, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Fellowship