Educational Highlights

The educational experience during the three years of fellowship is unparalleled. The fellowship program director, Scott Lorin, M.D., maintains a wide variety of educational experiences beyond the basic foundations of teaching. Areas of concentration include:

  • Excellent Faculty. We have an excellent faculty, with diverse clinical and research interests, who are committed towards your training. We are also one of the first programs in the country to have an equal number of female and male faculty.
  • Diverse patient population. We provide the broadest education possible by training the fellow in a private and city hospital system.
  • Elmhurst Hospital Center is situated in one of the most culturally diverse neighborhoods in the world. This strikingly diverse population creates an enormous pool of patients with complex and varied pulmonary diseases. Elmhurst Hospital is also a trauma center.
  • Queens Hospital Center has had a long history of excellence in pulmonary medicine. In the past, it operated one of the largest tuberculosis treatment centers in the United States, and continues to have a vibrant tuberculosis clinic twice weekly. The institution was also the focus of successful and innovative programs in the treatment of asthma. Since it has moved into a brand new modern hospital, it will also be the leading oncological center for all of the city hospitals.
  • Excellent house staff officers and medical students. We have one of the most desirable and highly rated house staff programs in the country. The house staff officers in the Mount Sinai internal medicine residency program spend two months of their second-year in the MICU at Sinai and several months of their residency on the wards at Elmhurst hospital when they work closely with the pulmonary and critical care fellows and attendings. The Mount Sinai medical students have a mandatory critical care clerkship in their fourth year when they may receive a core curriculum in critical care and do clinical work in one of the ICU's at Mount Sinai, Elmhurst, or Queens Hospital.
  • Innovative Educational Tools
  • Critical Care Education Center - Virtual Human Simulator. Fellows are exposed to a human simulator to practice in a safe, non-threatening environment. Mount Sinai is nationally known for the education provided on the human simulator. Fellows practice and learn on the human simulator (airway management), under the direction of Scott Lorin, M.D.
  • Fellows teaching fellows. It is stressed during the third year of fellowship that fellows take on the responsibility of teaching the first and second year fellows. Each fellow is given clinical responsibility in the following areas: bronchoscopy/procedures, physiology, and clinical care. Senior fellows are expected to mentor junior fellows in those areas.
  • Fellows learning didactic skills. Fellows prepare and present at all formal conferences (Radiology, Pathology, Sleep, Physiology, Clinic, Grand Rounds, and seminars). Fellows give didactic lectures in physiology, and discuss issues presented at Grand Rounds. Each fellow is expected to present an in-depth discussion of a major physiologic topic each year. With growth in knowledge and experience, fellows give lectures to medical student and house staff teaching conferences.
  • Wide variety of conferences. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of conferences beyond the standard pulmonary critical care conferences, including: a pulmonary board review dedicated to the third-year fellows by Scott Lorin, M.D., weekly meeting with the pulmonary pathologist to review all recent thoracic cases, and a weekly conference with a thoracic radiologist throughout the year dedicated just for the fellows.
  • Relationship with Thoracic Surgery. There is a close relationship between the division of PCCSM and thoracic surgery. Fellows have the opportunity to join the thoracic surgical team in the OR and learn about double lumen intubation and the variety and complexity of thoracic procedures.
  • Areas of expertise:
    • Sarcoidosis
    • Lung Cancer
    • Sleep
    • Asthma/COPD
    • Critical Care
    • Translational Core Research Lab