51. The DEI Pipeline in PCCM in Collaboration with the ATS Critical Care Assembly

Welcome to our final episode highlighting content featured through the ATS Critical Care Assembly from ATS 2023. Today we are going to be talking about one of the Critical Care Assembly symposiums entitled: Fail Smarter and Learn Faster: Moving Beyond Bystander Training to Organizational Strategies to Reinforce the DEI Pipeline in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.

Meet our Guest

Liz Viglianti is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Michigan. In addition to obtaining her MD at Duke, and completing her residency and fellowship at Michigan, she also has an MPH and completed a Masters of Science in Health and Healthcare Research at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses include persistent critical illness and sexual harassment within medicine.

Juan Celedón is a Professor of Pediatrics, and a Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he is also the Division Chief of Pediatric Pulmonology. In addition to his MD and pulmonary pediatric specialty, he has a doctoral degree in Public Health. He is a world renowned researcher, has been recognized for his scientific achievements by multiple societies including the ATS and the American Pediatric Society, leads large NIH funded research initiatives, and is the author of 100s of publications.

Meet our Collaborators

The American Thoracic Society Critical Care Assembly is the largest Assembly in the American Thoracic Society. Their members include a diverse group of intensivists and care providers for both adult and pediatric critically ill patients. The primary goal of the Critical Care Assembly is to “improve the care of the critically ill through education, research, and professional development.”

References and Further Reading

Santhosh L, Babik JM. Diversity in the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Pipeline. Trends in Gender, Race, and Ethnicity among Applicants and Fellows. ATS Sch. 2020 Mar 5;1(2):152-160. doi: 10.34197/ats-scholar.2019-0024IN. PMID: 33870279; PMCID: PMC8043294.

Suber TL, Neptune ER, Lee JS. Inclusion in the Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine Physician-Scientist Workforce. Building with Intention. ATS Sch. 2020 Aug 12;1(4):353-363. doi: 10.34197/ats-scholar.2020-0026PS. PMID: 33870306; PMCID: PMC8015761.

Kalantari R, Tigno X, Colombini-Hatch S, Kiley J, Aggarwal N. Impact of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Loan Repayment Program Funding on Retention of the National Institutes of Health Biomedical Workforce. ATS Sch. 2021 Sep 1;2(3):415-431. doi: 10.34197/ats-scholar.2020-0158OC. PMID: 34667990; PMCID: PMC8518664.

Radiology Rounds – 5/9/2023

A woman in her 30s with no past medical history presents with acute dyspnea, fever and a non-productive cough. She has no sick contacts or recent travel. She is not on home medications.. She smokes 1/2 cigarettes per day and and occasionally vapes.

She is found to have diffuse bilateral patchy ground-glass opacities with some interlobular septal thickening. She has escalating oxygen requirements and was initially started on broad-spectrum empiric antimicrobial therapies.

Her initial serum infectious work-up and RVP are negative. She denies any new occupational or home exposures. She does not appear to respond to antibiotics after 72 hours.

You start empiric steroids (prednisone 60 mg daily) given concern for acute eosinophilic pneumonia. Within 48 hours she is weaned off HFNC and was discharged home on D7 on room air with close pulmonary follow-up.

She was amenable to tobacco cessation therapies and was followed closely outpatient with tapering of her steroids over 4 weeks.