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Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Curriculum

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Example of rotations Heading link

*Elective options (not all-inclusive): Pediatric critical care transport, Procedural sedation, Onco-critical care, Advanced heart failure, Simulation, Pulmonology/bronchoscopy, Echocardiography, Business administration & leadership, Palliative care, Coagulation medicine
Block Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Dates
1 General PICU Research General PICU 7/17/23-8/13/23
2 Anesthesia Research Research 8/14/23-9/10/23
3 General PICU Research CV ICU 9/11/23-9/24/23
4 Research General PICU Research 9/25/23-10/22/23
5 CV ICU Research Research 11/6/23-12/3/23
6 CV Surgery/Cath Lab CV ICU General PICU 12/4/22-1/2/24
7 General PICU Elective* Research 1/3/24-1/28/24
8 Elective* General PICU Research 1/29/24-2/25/24
9 CV ICU Research Elective* 2/26/24-3/24/24
10 General PICU Research CV ICU 3/25/24-4/21/24
11 Research General PICU Research 4/22/24-5/19/24
12 Research Elective* “Pre-Tending” PICU 5/20/24-6/16/24
13 General PICU Research Research 6/17/24-7/14/24

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Fellows conduct research

More than 40% of the 3-year program is dedicated to scholarly activities. This amounts to 17 four-week research blocks over 3 years.

With mentorship, fellows are expected to:

  • Develop hypothesis-driven research questions
  • Test hypotheses in academically appropriate ways
  • Analyze collected data
  • Present and publish results

Current fellow scholarly focused include

  • Anticoagulation on extracorporeal membranous oxygenation
  • Resident education X+Y schedule system

Faculty research

Department faculty hold division membership in Pediatric Acute Lung Injury and Sepsis Investigators (PALISI) research collaborative. PCCM faculty are engaged in scholarly work in:

  • Clinical research
  • Patient safety and quality improvement
  • Medical education and curriculum development
  • Simulation
  • Basic science

Fellows open to pursue mentorship outside of PCCM division, if appropriate.

Multicenter trials

Faculty are involved in the following current trials:

  • SHIPPS (Stress Hydrocortisone in Pediatric Septic Shock)
  • P-ICECAP (Pediatric Influence of Cooling Duration on Efficacy in Cardiac Arrest Patients)

Collaboration with other units

PCCM faculty have recently collaborated with faculty from the following units:

  • Hospitalist medicine
  • Cardiology
  • Hematology
  • Emergency medicine
  • General surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Procedural sedation
  • Simulation

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The educational component of the fellowship program combines bedside teaching with various didactic opportunities. Some didactic experiences are designed specifically for PCCM fellows, others incorporate faculty in the division of critical care, while some include pediatric fellows from other disciplines within the institution. In addition to their own learning experiences, fellows have ample opportunities to teach other learners, whether in clinical situations, through didactic lectures, or in a simulated environment.

The formal lecture series designed specifically for PCCM fellows incorporates a variety of formats focused on topics relevant to critical care. The curriculum includes the following:

Additional Educational Opportunities Heading link

In addition to required educational experiences, there are additional optional opportunities available for fellows, such as:

  • Stanford Faculty Development Core Curriculum for Clinical Teaching program
  • Pediatric Fundamental Critical Care Support, a Society of Critical Care Medicine-led program designed to improve the skills of those who care for critically ill children
  • Specialized training in point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS), including certification in POCUS through a program offered through the Department of Emergency Medicine
  • Simulation certification through a training program offered at Jump Simulation