Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital is the only such program in Arizona. The fellowship program has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education since 2011 and the program’s first fellows started in July of 2012.
The fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for a career in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine as both excellent clinicians and academic thinkers. Fellows achieve the goals and objectives of the program through direct patient care, supervising other trainees, and completing a comprehensive curriculum that includes conferences, didactic lectures, courses, hands-on learning activities, and workshops.
Admissions to the PICU and CVICU originate from the Phoenix Children’s Emergency Department or hospital wards, from elective and emergent surgeries, Trauma Services, or from neighboring communities and states. Because of the large number of Native Americans residing on reservations in the Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada area and the close proximity of Arizona to Mexico, many referrals of diverse ethnic groups come to Phoenix Children’s. Understanding and accepting the varied cultural beliefs and practices within these groups is an important part of optimizing the patient and family care experience at Phoenix Children’s, an area in which Critical Care physicians are well-versed. Admissions to the PICU number more than 2,300 per year, while more than 700 patients are admitted to the CVCU per year.
Intensivists provide in-house around-the-clock coverage of critically ill patients with nurse practitioners and fellows assisting in care. Critical Care Medicine provides an important training ground for the 120 residents in the Phoenix Children’s Hospital/Maricopa Medical Center Pediatric Residency Program. In addition to patient care and research at Phoenix Children’s Critical Care, personnel fill important roles at the University of Arizona College of Medicine—Phoenix.
Interested candidates will need to create an account with the Electronic Residency Application Service (“ERAS”) program from the Association of American Medical Colleges (“AAMC”). Candidates can access ERAS by visiting the AAMC web site. ERAS opens to applicants in July and the program's interview season typically runs from September to October.
About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
On June 1, 2011 Phoenix Children's Hospital completed construction on a new 11-story, 750,000-square-foot tower, which is connected to the original hospital structure. The new tower contains two state-of-the-art intensive care units: a Cardiovascular Intenstive Care Unit on the fifth floor and a Pediatric Intenstive Care Unit on the sixth floor. The PICU received an honorable mention for the 2013 ICU Design Citation Award (co-sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the American Institute of Architects Acedemy on Architecture for Health).
Currently, there are up to 48 beds in the PICU and 24 beds in the CVICU (with an eventual goal of 48 CVICU beds). At the end of the construction of the new tower, Phoenix Children's also entered into a strategic alliance with St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center, giving Phoenix Children's the fourth largest cardiac program (with 300 to 400 surgical patients per year) and the sixth largest neurosciences program among CHA hospitals. The average yearly ICU admission rate for Phoenix Children's is approximately 4,000 patients.
Kitman Wai, MD