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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. The Core Curriculum consists of thirteen computer-based modules addressing the following topics:

•The Nature and Scope of Professionalism in Medical Practice
•The Evolution, Organization, and Financing of the U.S. Health Care System
•The Physician's Role in Effective Management of the Health Care Team
•Quality, Cost and Resource Management in Medical Practice
•Health Care Monitoring, Regulatory Systems, and Agencies
•Lifelong Learning and Evidence Based Medicine
•Teaching and Learning Skills for the Physician Educator
•Managing a Successful Medical Practice
•Fundamentals of Medical and Health Care Information Systems
•Topics in Research
•Communication Skills for Physicians
•Medical and Clinical Ethics
•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.