Fellowship Program

Critical Care Fellowship Program

Welcome to the Section of Pediatric Critical Care at the University of Chicago! The Section offers a three-year ACGME-accredited fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. The fellowship program aims to train outstanding Pediatric Intensivists in both the clinical and research arenas.

The fellowship program 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 20 general PICU beds and 10 beds designated for 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, plastic surgery).

Fellowship Program

Critical care fellows devote 12-15 months of fellowship to clinical training, with on-call responsibilities continuing throughout the entire three-year fellowship.

  • First year fellows:
    • 4 months of service time in the Comer PICU
    • 1 month of Anesthesia
    • 2 weeks on the Pediatric Sedation Service
    • 1 month in the Cardiac ICU at Hope Children's Hospital

             Second year fellows:

    • 2-3 months of service time in the Comer PICU
    • 1 month in the Cardiac ICU at Hope Children's Hospital
    • 1-2 months of elective rotations
  • Third year fellows:
    • 2 months of service time in the Comer PICU
    • 1 month in the Cardiac ICU at Hope Children's Hospital
    • 1-2 months of elective rotations

Goals and Objectives - Required Rotations and Electives

The remaining months of fellowship training are devoted to the development and completion of a research project. 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 insure 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 Mortailty
  • 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.

Eligibility and Applications

Eligible candidates must have an MD or DO degree and must have completed a three year General Pediatrics Residency Training Program prior to the start of fellowship training. International Medical Graduates must have an ECFMG certificate and hold either U.S. permanent resident status or an appropriate visa (J-1). All candidates must be qualified to obtain an unrestricted license to practice medicine in the State of Illinois.

For fellowships beginning in July 2015, all applications must be submitted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS).  First year fellowship positions are offered through the National Residency Matching Program, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine participates in the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match. For fellowships beginning July 2015, applications will be reviewed starting on July 15, 2014, and all applications must be complete by October 15, 2014. Interviews are required, and will be offered only after an application is complete, including all letters of recommendation. Interviews will be offered beginning on August 15, and will be scheduled from September 2, 2013 through November 11, 2014 on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Application Materials
            Completed application
            Curriculum vitae
            Personal Statement
            Passport-size photograph
            USMLE transcript
            ECFMG certificate (for International Medical Graduates)
            Letters of recommendation from residency training or later (3 required, at least one from an intensivist) 
2014 Schedule of Dates for July 2015 Fellowship Spots: 
            July 1 - Applicants begin to submit materials to ERAS 
            July 15 - Program begins to receive applications through ERAS 
            August 15 - First interview offers are made 
            September 2 - Interviews begin 
            October 15 - Deadline for submission of all application materials 
            November 11 - Last day of interviews 
            December 9 - NRMP Rank List deadline 
            December 17 - Match Day 


For additional information please contact:
Diana Mitchell, MD
Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
University of Chicago 
5841 S. Maryland Ave 
MC 1145
Chicago, IL 60637