Medical Students

Through sound, in-depth teaching, we strive to prepare medical students with a solid foundation in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.

Comprehensive Education in Preclinical Years

In collaboration with faculty from other divisions and departments, we teach a pulmonary module during your preclinical years.

We provide research opportunities that enhance your learning experience.

Conferences

We hold weekly division-wide conferences, which we encourage you to attend. We focus our first session of the month on topics germane to sleep medicine. Our remaining conferences are dedicated to pulmonary and critical care subject matter.

Each conference features case presentations and didactic lectures presented by our fellows, divisional faculty and other invited faculty.

Elective Rotations

Our elective rotations immerse you in different modalities of medical care and help you establish solid knowledge in the field.

MED 807 University Program in Pulmonary Diseases, 4 credits

The objective of this rotation is to teach the clinical and laboratory techniques necessary for diagnosis and management of patients with pulmonary diseases. Students will actively participate in evaluation of patients seen by the pulmonary disease services at the VAMC, and the BGMC/RPCCC Campus. This will include pulmonary consultation both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. In addition, daily learning sessions are conducted, covering such fields as pulmonary function interpretation, X-ray diagnosis, and selected clinical topics. Exposure to sleep apnea (VA) and bronchoscopy is also available.

At the end of this rotation, the students should be able to outline a diagnostic and therapeutic program for a patient with pulmonary disease. They should have thorough understanding of pulmonary function studies and be experienced in the interpretation of chest X-rays.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Medical Student

Modules: A-M Blocks: 1-4

Instructors: Sanjay Sethi, MD, and pulmonary/critical care faculty

Number of students: 2

MED 810 Sleep Medicine, 4 credits

The fourth year clinical elective in sleep medicine will allow the student to become familiar with the various sleep problems people encounter. Such problems include sleep apnea, insomnia, periodic limb movements, parasomnias and circadian rhythm disturbances. Over the course of four weeks, the student will be exposed to various diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in the field of sleep medicine. The student will attend a few sleep medicine clinics a week. Additionally, instruction and exposure will be given regarding interpreting polysomnographic recordings as well as polysomnogram hookups. The student will attend and partake in multidisciplinary sleep medicine conferences as well as sleep medicine journal club. The medical student is given a sleep rotation schedule and will become familiar with sleep centers in Buffalo and the surrounding area as well as the sleep medicine attendings. 

Prerequisite: Senior medical student.

Modules: D-K

Instructors: Eric Ten Brock, MD, and sleep medicine faculty

Number of students: based on departmental availability

MED 851 Pulmonary Diseases, MICU Rotation, 4 credits

The MICU rotation will provide students with direct experience in caring for critically ill patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. The student will be an active participant in the MICU and have primary patient care responsibility with supervision given by the MICU resident and attending staff regarding daily care of patients in the MICU. A limited caseload will be assigned and daily work rounds and attending rounds with the house staff and MICU attending physicians will be expected. Presentations of recently admitted and existing patients will be performed on a daily basis. Exposure to critical care procedures such as CVP'S, arterial lines, and Swan Ganz catheterizations will be available. A limited MICU lecture series and MICU manual will be provided.

Upon completion of the rotation, the student should have a basic understanding of the needs of critically ill patients. A rudimentary knowledge of mechanical ventilation and the types of pharmacologic intervention required in an ICU setting is also expected.

Prerequisite: Senior medical student, Honors grade in MED 802, and department approval

Modules: A-K

Instructors: Lucy Campbell, MD; Karin Provost, DO, PhD, and critical care faculty

Number of students: 3

MED 807 University Program in Pulmonary Diseases, 4 credits

The objective of this rotation is to teach the clinical and laboratory techniques necessary for diagnosis and management of patients with pulmonary diseases. Students will actively participate in evaluation of patients seen by the pulmonary disease services at the VAMC, and the BGMC/RPCCC Campus. This will include pulmonary consultation both in the inpatient and outpatient setting. In addition, daily learning sessions are conducted, covering such fields as pulmonary function interpretation, X-ray diagnosis, and selected clinical topics. Exposure to sleep apnea (VA) and bronchoscopy is also available.

At the end of this rotation, the students should be able to outline a diagnostic and therapeutic program for a patient with pulmonary disease. They should have thorough understanding of pulmonary function studies and be experienced in the interpretation of chest X-rays.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior Medical Student

Modules: A-M Blocks: 1-4

Instructors: Sanjay Sethi, MD, and pulmonary/critical care faculty

Number of students: 2

MED 810 Sleep Medicine, 4 credits

The fourth year clinical elective in sleep medicine will allow the student to become familiar with the various sleep problems people encounter. Such problems include sleep apnea, insomnia, periodic limb movements, parasomnias and circadian rhythm disturbances. Over the course of four weeks, the student will be exposed to various diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in the field of sleep medicine. The student will attend a few sleep medicine clinics a week. Additionally, instruction and exposure will be given regarding interpreting polysomnographic recordings as well as polysomnogram hookups. The student will attend and partake in multidisciplinary sleep medicine conferences as well as sleep medicine journal club. The medical student is given a sleep rotation schedule and will become familiar with sleep centers in Buffalo and the surrounding area as well as the sleep medicine attendings. 

Prerequisite: Senior medical student.

Modules: D-K

Instructors: Eric Ten Brock, MD, and sleep medicine faculty

Number of students: based on departmental availability

MED 851 Pulmonary Diseases, MICU Rotation, 4 credits

The MICU rotation will provide students with direct experience in caring for critically ill patients in the Medical Intensive Care Unit. The student will be an active participant in the MICU and have primary patient care responsibility with supervision given by the MICU resident and attending staff regarding daily care of patients in the MICU. A limited caseload will be assigned and daily work rounds and attending rounds with the house staff and MICU attending physicians will be expected. Presentations of recently admitted and existing patients will be performed on a daily basis. Exposure to critical care procedures such as CVP'S, arterial lines, and Swan Ganz catheterizations will be available. A limited MICU lecture series and MICU manual will be provided.

Upon completion of the rotation, the student should have a basic understanding of the needs of critically ill patients. A rudimentary knowledge of mechanical ventilation and the types of pharmacologic intervention required in an ICU setting is also expected.

Prerequisite: Senior medical student, Honors grade in MED 802, and department approval

Modules: A-K

Instructors: Lucy Campbell, MD; Karin Provost, DO, PhD, and critical care faculty

Number of students: 3