Analysis of employment data for interventional pulmonary fellowship graduates

Hans J. Lee, David Feller-Kopman, Shaheen Islam, Adnan Majid, Lonny Yarmus

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Rationale: Interventional pulmonology (IP) is a maturing field in the subspecialty of pulmonary medicine. Over the last few years, there has been an increased number of listed IP fellowship training programs in the United States and Canada, causing debate about the employment market for IP fellowship graduates. Objectives: To analyze employment data of IP fellowship graduates. Methods: Interventional pulmonary fellows, during their IP in-service examination, were surveyed on employment position after graduation. The survey occurred in May or June in the years 2012, 2013, and 2014. An IP position was defined as a position encompassing more than 60% of effort directly toward IP. Geographic location and practice structure (i.e., academic, private/hybrid, and existing or initiating IP practice) were collected and analyzed. Measurements and Main Results: There was an 88.5% response rate, with 53 IP fellows participating in the survey. The majority of IP fellowship graduates (75%; 39/52) had positions in academic IP practices. All seven IP private practice positions were to create an IP program. One IP graduate was in a non-IP academic position, four were in non-IP private practice, one was in a research position, and one had no known employment. Most IP fellowship graduates were men (77.4%). Most IP positions were filled in states east of the Mississippi River; only 8 of 53 (15.1%) positions were filled in states west of the Mississippi river. Conclusions: Despite speculation about the scarcity of academic jobs after fellowship, recently trained IP fellows are more likely to practice in academic settings and join established practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)549-552
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of the American Thoracic Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Employment
  • Fellowship
  • Interventional pulmonology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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