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. Interested applicants can apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service.
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.
The Critical Care Medicine division has twenty-one experienced faculty members, some of whom have taught for more than twenty years. Faculty members possess special expertise in ethics, extracorporeal life support, outcomes research, and integrative medicine. The program is also fortunate to draw upon the experience of a number of physician leaders in critical care medicine, including Murray Pollack, Heidi Dalton, and Vinay Vaidya, who serve as faculty. Faculty knowledge and experience, combined with elements such as broad medical and surgical subspecialty support, an experienced staff, and state-of-the art ICUs, form a strong foundation for the fellowship program. Fellows have access to unique research experiences through opportunities to collaborate with the University of Arizona Medical School in Phoenix as well as other local institutions.
Interested candidates will need to create an account with the Electronic Residency ApplicationService (“ERAS”) program from the Association of American Medical Colleges (“AAMC”). Candidates can access ERAS by visiting the AAMC web site.
About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
On June 1, 2011 Phoenix Children’s Hospital expanded into a new 11-story, 750,000-square-foot tower. As part of the new construction, Phoenix Children’s built two state-of-the-art intensive care units: a Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit on the fifth floor and a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on the sixth floor. The PICU also 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 Academy on Architecture for Health). To view the award submission from Phoenix Children’s, please refer to the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BhdjCcw7v3c.
Eventually, the number of ICU beds will increase incrementally from 48 to 72 with a final goal of 96 beds. At the same time of the expansion, 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) and the sixth largest neurosciences program among CHCA children’s hospitals. The average yearly admission rate for Phoenix Children’s is approximately 4,000 patients.
Phoenix Children’s is a Level 1 Trauma Center with a newly accredited heart transplant program, a growing bone marrow transplant program, a renal transplant program, and, most recently, a liver transplant program. Dr. Heidi Dalton, the Chief of Critical Care Medicine, also directs an active ECLS program. Additionally, Phoenix Children’s is one of only six clinical sites participating in the National Institutes of Health funded Collaborative Pediatric Critical Care Research Network, which not only is a great honor but also serves as a source for multiple ongoing research efforts.
Dr. Patricia Teaford