Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Accreditation Standards: Executive Summary of the Multisociety Interventional Pulmonology Fellowship Accreditation Committee

Chest. 2017 May;151(5):1114-1121. doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.01.024. Epub 2017 Jan 26.


Interventional pulmonology (IP) is a rapidly evolving subspecialty of pulmonary medicine. In the last 10 years, formal IP fellowships have increased substantially in number from five to now > 30. The vast majority of IP fellowship trainees are selected through the National Resident Matching Program, and validated in-service and certification examinations for IP exist. Practice standards and training guidelines for IP fellowship programs have been published; however, considerable variability in the environment, curriculum, and experience offered by the various fellowship programs remains, and there is currently no formal accreditation process in place to standardize IP fellowship training. Recognizing the need for more uniform training across the various fellowship programs, a multisociety accreditation committee was formed with the intent to establish common accreditation standards for all IP fellowship programs in the United States. This article provides a summary of those standards and can serve as an accreditation template for training programs and their offices of graduate medical education as they move through the accreditation process.

Keywords: bronchoscopy; education; interventional bronchoscopy; thoracoscopy.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation*
  • Bronchoscopy / education*
  • Clinical Competence / standards
  • Curriculum / standards*
  • Education, Medical, Graduate / standards*
  • Faculty, Medical
  • Fellowships and Scholarships / standards*
  • Humans
  • Pulmonary Medicine / education*
  • Societies, Medical
  • Thoracoscopy / education*
  • Time Factors