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Electives - Pulmonary

Pulmonary Medicine - Salem

Elective Number: 1621 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisors: Drs. Deepa Lala (Chief), Anil Agarwal, Neeraj Gupta, Mitchell Horowitz, & Jeffrey Werchowski

Supervisor Office Phone/Email: Deepa.Lala@va.gov; VA Pager 1374, ext 2050

Coordinator Office Phone/Email: Linda Ferguson-Saunders - Linda.Ferguson-Saunders@va.gov, ext 2202 / Brenda Casinger - Brenda.Casinger2@va.gov, ext 2204

Rotation Location: Building 143, Medical/Surgical Wards, ICU

Designated Signer: Clerkship Director or Attending on Duty

Evaluation should be given to: Rotation Attending

Duration: 4 weeks

Available: all Rotations

For Orientation, Report to: Linda Ferguson-Saunders or Brenda Casinger, Medical Service Student Coordinators

Time to Report for Orientation: 1:00 pm

Place to Report: Building 143 C1-56; 1EF-115 or room 1EF-116

Typical day: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: The student will:

  • Participate in the evaluation, management and follow-up of patients with pulmonary diseases in the inpatient and outpatient settings; and learn the consultant's perspective with regard to pulmonary pathophysiology, clinical perspectives and therapy;
  • Participate in consult rounds in the Medical/Surgical wards and in the SICU;
  • Learn basic aspects of pulmonary function testing and cardiopulmonary testing as well as the indications/contraindications for invasive procedures such as pleural biopsy bronchoscopy, etc.;
  • Be expected to be an active member of the consultant team, interacting with the resident, and attending assigned to the consult team. The student will be allowed to perform procedures such as thoracentesis during the rotation as well as attend other invasive procedures such as bronchoscopy.  

May participate in CCU/MICU rounds with attending cardiologist/pulmonologist, depending on the pulmonary consult service workload.