Critical Care Fellowship

Welcome to the University of Chicago Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care.  Open to graduates of pediatric residency training programs, we offer a 3-year training program accredited by the ACGME.  Our fellowship program aims to train outstanding Pediatric Intensivists in both the clinical and research arenas.

Our fellowship is centered around the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago.  This state-of-the-art facility has 30 beds for PICU and cardiac intensive care patients.  The PICU team directs the care of these critically ill children together with consulting services from across the hospital, including both medical and surgical subspecialties (pediatric surgery, cardiac surgery, trauma surgery, ENT, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, and plastic surgery).

Critical care fellows devote 12-15 months of fellowship to clinical training, with on-call responsibilities continuing throughout the entire three-year fellowship.  The remaining months of fellowship training are devoted to the development and completion of a scholarly work product.  Fellows receive guidance from early in their first year in designing a project that both fits with the fellow's interests and is appropriate in scope.  By the mid-point of the first year, fellows are expected to have identified a mentor and project.  Each fellow meets twice yearly with their Scholarship Oversight Committee to ensure appropriate progress toward completion of their investigation and to enlist the assistance of committee members in overcoming potential roadblocks to success.  The University of Chicago is known for its rich research environment.  Previous fellows have utilized the diversity of resources available at the University, working in basic science laboratories, both within and outside the Department of Pediatrics, with clinical ethicists, and in clinical research.

Fellow education is a priority of the Section throughout the three years of fellowship training.  Over a typical month, Section conferences include:

  • Fellow-led Journal Club
  • Multidisciplinary Morbidity and Mortality
  • Section Debriefing on ethical issues that arise in the PICU
  • Journal Watch
  • Simulation Sessions
  • Reviews of Key Pediatric Critical Care Medical Literature
  • Board Review Question Sessions
  • Didactic sessions geared toward physiology concepts prominent in the care of critically ill children

Fellows are expected to attend the Department of Pediatrics Grand Rounds each week, as well as weekly Cardiology Conference, where recent and upcoming cardiac surgery cases are discussed.  First year fellows are required to attend the weekly Resident PICU Conference given by Critical Care faculty, which covers core Critical Care topics.

With new emphasis on the importance of quality improvement in medicine, fellows will participate in formal QI training sessions.  Each fellow class designs and implements a QI project during the first year of training which continues throughout the duration of the fellowship program.