Supported by an NIH training grant for over 40 years, our program has produced internationally recognized researchers and leaders in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. Fellows receive training and mentoring to ask research questions, develop research plans, write successful grant applications, and produce high-quality scientific writing. With more than 70 faculty across four institutions and nationally recognized leaders throughout the University of Washington, fellows can choose from a tremendous breadth of research possibilities. The Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine is committed to providing a fourth year of funding for all research-track fellows and nearly all third- and fourth-year fellows who apply are successful in gaining research funding. 

We offer three tracks:


3 tracks: Basic science, clinical, and translational research

Fellows in the clinical and translational research tracks are supported in earning a degree (Master’s or PhD) from the prestigious University of Washington School of Public Health.

Fellows in any of these tracks may choose a Global Health Focus, which allows for clinical experiences, exposure to global health systems and research methods, and scholarly activity to prepare graduates for an academic career in global health. Two global health initiatives based in the division facilitate this: INTERSECT, a program that promotes research and education on lung disease and critical illness in the context of global health, and the Firland Northwest Tuberculosis Center. There are opportunities for close collaborations with the Department of Global Health.

Fellows begin developing their research interests and plans during “mini-sabbaticals” – two one-week long sessions during the first year of fellowship when they are relieved of clinical duties. The purpose of these sessions is to guide fellows as they define their research interests and identify mentors, and to accelerate their development and success in the program.