Program Requirements


In General

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship includes a number of programs and conferences, completion of which is a prerequisite to graduation. The program has designed these activities to enhance the learning experience and to assist fellows in meeting the goals and objectives of the fellowship program.


The program expects that fellows will acquire a number of important certifications, including BLS, PALS, ACLS, and ATLS.


As members of the Critical Care Medicine division, fellows will attend the regularly scheduled physician, staff, and division conferences, such as Journal Club. In addition, the program has designed activities and meetings tailored specifically to the needs and interests of fellows, such as fellow conferences, lecture series, and workshops. Fellows will also attend a Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Boot Camp to develop further leadership and communication skills.

Presentations and Projects

As part of the program, fellows will develop and present projects in Protected Case Review, Quality, and Patient Safety. Selected faculty members will mentor fellows on these projects.

Scholarly Activity

The program expects each fellow to complete a research project based upon some form of scholarly activity. According to the American Board of Pediatrics:

All fellows will be expected to engage in projects in which they develop hypothesis or in projects of substantive scholarly exploration and analysis that require critical thinking. Areas in which scholarly activity may be pursued include, but are not limited to: basic, clinical, or translational biomedicine; health services; quality improvement; bioethics; education; and public policy. Fellows must gather and analyze data, derive and defend conclusions, place conclusions in the context of what is known or not known about a specific area of inquiry, and present their work in oral and written form to their Scholarship Oversight Committee (see below) and elsewhere.

The Scholarship Oversight Committee in conjunction with the trainee, the mentor, and the program director will determine whether a specific activity is appropriate to meet the ABP guidelines for scholarly activities. In addition to biomedical research, examples of acceptable activities might include a critical meta-analysis of the literature, a systematic review of clinical practice with the scope and rigor of a Cochrane review, a critical analysis of public policy relevant to the subspeciality, or a curriculum development project with an assessment component. These activities require active participation by the fellow and must be mentored. The mentor(s) will be responsible for providing the ongoing feedback essential to the trainee's development.

The American Board of Pediatrics, Training Requirements for Subspecialty Certification, 2004 (available at

Research Support

The Scholarly Activity Forum and Exchange, or SAFE, is the body responsible for overseeing and approving all fellow research. Led by F. Anthony Willyerd, MD, SAFE is made up of a cross-section of professionals actively involved in research. Although SAFE oversees all fellow research, each fellow has his or her own Scholarly Oversight Committee, made up of three to five individuals. The individual Scholarly Oversight Committees meet twice a year and ensure that fellows are on track with their research.

Dr. Willyerd also collaborates with Brigham C. Willis, MD who has extensive experience in research, having conducted basic science and clinical research for more than ten years. Through his association with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, Dr. Willis has numerous contacts in the field of research within the Phoenix area.

The PICU has a Research Coordinator and Medical Education has a dedicated Research Analyst, who assists residents and fellows with research, including working with the Phoenix Children's Institutional Review Board as well as answering questions and offering advice regarding research.

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