The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) recognizes 24 medical specialties in which physicians can pursue additional training and education to pursue board certification. One of these specialties is Internal Medicine, of which Pulmonology (lung disease specialist) is a subspecialty. Upon graduation from medical school, a doctor enters a three year Internal Medicine residency program. Pulmonologists complete an additional two years of training in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung and respiratory problems.
Pulmonologists are experts in treating:
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Acute chest syndrome
Chronic respiratory failure
American College of Physicians, 2008.
Written by: JC Jones MA, RN Reviewed by: Paul Auerbach, MD Last Updated: February 20, 2008 Published By:
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