Message from the Program Director

Dr Gehlbach

Jon Gehlbach, MD
Program Director

Welcome to the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria (UICOMP), affiliated with the OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois (CHOI).

Our goal is to develop outstanding pediatric critical care clinicians with strong backgrounds in physiology/pathophysiology and evidence-based medicine to optimize the care of critically ill children. The PCCM program provides training with educational rigor, focusing on quality and performance improvement, clinical research, innovative teaching skills (including simulation), and advocacy. We are committed to creating unique educational experiences through a varied curriculum that emphasizes clinical excellence and individual scholarly goals.

The PCCM Division at UICOMP consists of a diverse and experienced group of intensivists from a variety of backgrounds and with varying interests. The clinical service, which is based on a mixed-unit (medical/surgical and cardiac) model, provides exposure to a wide breadth of clinical experiences in caring for diverse patient populations and pathologies while providing safe, high-quality, evidence-based and value driven pediatric critical care that is consistent with top-tier outcomes nationally.

Program Overview

offered / year:
Current number of fellows: 2
3 years
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
Match participation? Yes
How to apply: Application Information

Why Peoria?

Spirit of PeoriaIn addition to state-of-the-art facilities, we are fortunate to be located in a beautiful small city nestled in Central Illinois along the Illinois River. The size of Peoria (and the surrounding small towns) affords the opportunity to blend experiences offered at an academic healthcare center with a communal, family-friendly environment. Furthermore, Peoria is large enough to draw cultural activities, social events, and other plentiful opportunities for fun and relaxation, while avoiding many of the downfalls of big city living (such as traffic and high cost of living). We offer generous salaries and benefits paired with a very reasonable cost of living, short commute times, and excellent childhood education. Additionally, Peoria’s location provides the perfect opportunity for weekend getaways to one of several large cities that is within a few hour’s drive (Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis).

Contact Us

Fellowship Program Director
Dr. Jon Gehlbach
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
[email protected]

Fellowship Coordinator
Jenny Doerr
[email protected]

Contact Us

Associate Program Director
Dr. Edmundo Martinez
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
[email protected]