Clinical Electives

A broad array of clinical electives are available for fellows with interest in gaining added exposure and training in specified subset clinical aspects of PCCM. The formal electives are based at the Stanford University Medical Center, and include the following:

Cardio-Thoracic ICU

The Cardio-Thoracic ICU (CT-ICU) service is a multidisciplinary ICU service providing care for patients from the following surgical teams: Cardiac Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Lung and Heart Transplantation, and Vascular Surgery. Attending faculty come from Cardiac Anesthesiology and PCCM, and the trainee team includes fellows from PCCM, CCM, Cardiac Anesthesiology, as well as residents from Anesthesiology, CT Surgery, and Vascular Surgery.

Interventional Pulmonology

Our Interventional Pulmonology (IP) program is a recent addition to the Stanford PCCM Fellowship, and is headed by Dr. Arthur Sung, a nationally regarded IP specialist. The IP rotation provides exposure to the full scope of state-of-the-art clinical IP, and also includes clinical activities at the Palo Alto VA Hospital. The IP program is also involved with the renowned Stanford Biodesign Program, providing opportunities for added medical device and medical process innovation training.

Outpatient Cystic Fibrosis and ILD Clinics

Our adult CF and ILD programs offer a rotation block of outpatient clinical exposure and training in these two important facets of PCCM. The clinical block includes multiple weekly outpatient clinical sessions, as well as scheduled weekly Specialty conferences in these two disciplines.

Pulmonary Hypertension

The Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) clinical block provides focused exposure to the large and varied pulmonary hypertension patient population seen at Stanford University Medical Center. This includes both inpatient as well as outpatient exposure, and is integrated with the clinical and basic research programs coordinated through and supported by the Vera Moulton Wall Center at Stanford. Added PH sub-specialty training, with either clinical or basic/translational research focus, is available for interested fellows.


  • We are proud to offer a longitudinal, comprehensive curriculum that ensures fellows achieve core competencies in intubation and airway management. Fellows additionally are afforded opportunities to pursue certification in POCUS and TTE. Those seeking more advanced skillsets may seek training opportunities in transesophageal echos (TEE) and in the difficult airway annual course.

Trivalley Pleasanton ICU

Fellows can elect to rotate through the Stanford-affiliated community ICU in Pleasanton where they can partner 1:1 with an attending PCCM faculty. This rotation offers opportunities for enrichment in intubation, chest tube insertion, ICU management, and community medicine. Fellow responsibilities include rounding on, managing, performing procedures, and documenting on 5-8 ICU level patients.

Thoracic Radiology

The Thoracic Radiology elective allows PCCM fellows a focused experience in improving their skills in thoracic imaging, including CT as well as routine radiology. The participating Radiology faculty come from the Thoracic Radiology section.

Thoracic Surgery

PCCM fellows have the opportunity to rotate on the Thoracic Surgery service. This busy service provides clinical exposure to the breadth of patients seen at a regional referral medical center, and provides opportunity for broader clinical skills acquisition by fellows, including gaining expertise in chest tube placement.

Lung Transplantation

Our Lung Transplant Program provides added sub-specialty training for fellows.  The elective block includes outpatient clinic exposure as well as inpatient experience.  Added Lung Transplantation sub-specialty training, with either clinical or basic/translational research focus, is available for interested fellows.