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Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center

Phoenix, AZ

Program Description
The Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center – Phoenix VA Health Care System Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Program teaches clinical pulmonary and critical care medicine with a strong commitment to research and academics. Our fellowship focuses on teaching strong clinical medicine skills. Graduates from our program work in all aspects of pulmonary and critical care medicine. They also have training in percutaneous needle biopsy, navigational bronchoscopy, EBUS, bronchial thermoplasty, and endobronchial stent placement.

Type of Program
Pulmonary and Critical Care

Number of Fellows in Program

Submitter(s) of Abstract
Program Director: Robert Raschke, Robert.Raschke@bannerhealth.com
Associate Program Director: David Baratz, dbaratz@aol.com

The Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center – Phoenix VA Health Care System Pulmonary/Critical Care Fellowship Program has developed an online journal for manuscript submission of new research studies, case studies, review articles, board review material, historical articles, and editorials. Over the last few years the time that fellows have to meet clinical competency and produce academic manuscripts has been significantly reduced. The American College of Graduate Medical Education has placed increasing requirements for clinical education in post-graduate medical education while simultaneously increasing  the requirements for scholarly activity for fellows and faculty, yet restricting fellow work hours. Fellows are pulled in multiple different directions to learn clinical medicine, new interventional skills, and a broad knowledge base of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine topics. In addition they are required and expected to produce academic manuscripts including innovative research projects, case presentations, and review papers. Outlets for fellows to publish this information are limited and frequently require many months of turn-around time to come to press.

The Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (www.swjpcc.com) is an online journal that offers fellows the opportunity to publish academic papers, case reports, and review papers easily and with rapid times to publication. The journal edited by Richard Robbins, has published over 170 new articles with 56 first authored by pulmonary fellows in the past 2 years. In addition the Thoracic Societies from the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico have designated the journal as the academic publication for their societies. Academic programs from the University of Arizona, Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Maricopa County Medical Center, Mayo Clinic – Scottsdale, Midwestern University, the University of New Mexico and the University of Colorado have submitted papers. In addition international programs from the United Kingdom, Japan, and India have contributed to the SWJPPC. The Journal not only publishes scholarly papers but has sections dedicated to the teaching of medical residents, fellows in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and clinicians in practice. Journal Clubs for pulmonary, critical care medicine, and sleep medicine are published. Case-based teaching has been developed in pulmonary, critical care, and diagnostic imaging to provide a basis for self-based teaching. Board Review Type Questions have also been developed. There are also sections for articles on Medical History and Editorials. A job board is also available. The journal is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. Readership has steadily grown to > 9000 hits per month and > 3000 unique hits.

I submit that the Southwest Journal of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine is an innovative educational practice that encourages excellence, teaching, and promotes research within our fellowship program. I strongly nominate it to be considered for the ATS 2013 Award for Innovations in Fellowship Education.


Last Reviewed: July 2016