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Research Training

Penn Medicine is nationally renowned for educating next generation leaders in clinical care and research in the areas of pulmonary and critical care, thoracic surgery, allergy and immunology, lung transplantation and lung cancer. Our faculty members are committed to lifelong learning and lend their expertise to multiple undergraduate, graduate and continuing medical education programs.


Penn's fellowship programs attract applicants interested in careers in academic medicine from top-ranked medical schools around the world. Pulmonary fellows at Penn progress through individually tailored programs that prepare them for eligibility for the pulmonary, critical care, and/or sleep boards of the ABIM. For example, to be eligible for both the Pulmonary and Critical Care boards, fellows will train for 3.5 years. The first 18 months of training are focused on clinical training in pulmonary medicine and critical care training, and the final 24 months are dedicated to research. Many pursue additional research career development beyond fellowship training as instructors in Medicine. The training sequence is flexible. To be board-eligible in sleep medicine as well, the fellow must participate in an additional year of clinical sleep training.

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP)[ http://www.pennmedicine.org/hup/] serves as home base for clinical fellowship training. HUP, a 695-bed teaching hospital located on the university campus, was the first hospital in the nation to provide bedside training for medical students. The hospital functions as a primary care center for the neighboring inner-city community and provides tertiary referral care to patients from the region as well as across the nation. HUP has distinguished itself through its multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

Fellowship training also takes place at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC) and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center. The VA is located across the street from HUP and serves a major role in clinical training. Penn Presbyterian is a community and tertiary care hospital situated five blocks from HUP and fully integrated into Penn's clinical activities.

Additional Resources:

Pre/Post Doctoral Research Experience

The Section of Critical Care offers unique research experiences to undergraduates, current medical students and post doctoral candidates. Accepted applicants will have the opportunity to engage in research along current faculty members.


For undergraduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, the Section does offer work study positions. Available positions will be posted to the Student Employment Office website.

Additional opportunities are available to support opportunities with the Section of Critical Care:

  • The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowship
  • The Lung Center's Robert L. Mayock Student Research Fellowship.
  • This funding opportunity provides a unique and exciting opportunity to participate in a hands-on, individualized experience in research for undergraduate and current medical students.
  • The summer undergraduate internship program is sponsored by the Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA). Internships provide mentored experiences in clinical and translational sciences to students from Bryn Mawr College, Franklin & Marshall College, Haverford College, Lincoln University, Swarthmore College, and the University of Pennsylvania. Internships are 8 weeks in duration, and start the first full week of June (June 3rd in 2013). Preference will be given to students finishing sophomore or junior years, however students finishing the freshman year alone will be considered as well. Internships are carried out at the University of Pennsylvania, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, The Wistar Institute, The University of the Sciences, or in the Monell Center, depending on the mentor assigned to the student. Stipends are $4,950.

Medical Students

Post Doctoral

  • The University of Pennsylvania has long been recognized for its belief in the importance of education and its pursuit of excellence. The office of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) works to uphold this tradition by providing biomedical postdocs in the Perelman School of Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Dental Medicine, School of Nursing, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Monell Chemical Senses Center and The Wistar Institute with the highest quality training in and outside of the labs.
  • The Visiting Scholar Program enables interested and qualified individuals to explore learning and research opportunities at the University of Pennsylvania.

Critical Care Research Experience

The Critical Care Research Experience is an opportunity for high school students, undergraduates, graduates, and individuals already in possession of a degree in the field of science that are seeking additional research practice for career development, and to gain knowledge in the field of pulmonary/critical care research.

Email for more information and application: Laurel Kalman, lkalman@exchange.upenn.edu.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Enrolled in a high school, undergraduate, graduate program, or individuals already in possession of degrees in the field of science  but limited in research practice and seeking to learn as part of their career development process
  • Demonstrate an interest in pulmonary or critical care research
  • Individuals are appointed at the discretion and need of the program and may be dismissed from this program due to poor performance

Application Process

To apply, the following must be submitted:

  • CV/resume, research experience, publications, and awards
  • 3 professional or academic references
  • 1 page essay, describing previous research experience and future professional goals

Email complete application to: Laurel Kalman, lkalman@exchange.upenn.edu

Candidate Selection

Selections are made on a rolling basis, dependent on the availability of open spots and funding.

Criteria to be used for the selection include:

  • Academic record of achievement
  • Potential promise for contribution to the field of critical care and translational research

E-mail notification of the decisions will be sent to the applicants.

Fellowship Requirements

Each recipient is responsible for completing the following requirements:

  • Participation in an assigned established research protocol in the field of the Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care.
  • Maintain communication with the research team
  • Attend weekly mentorship meetings
  • Complete a 1 page essay outlining their learning experience


A limited stipend will be provided for each appointee, payable in two equal amounts at the middle and end point of theappointment. Stipend amount will be determined by the specific project assignment.