Pediatric CVICU Fellowship
Our Heart Center is the premier regional referral center for the specialized care of infants and children with congenital heart disease, and is the fifth largest program in the country. As part of its mission, our Heart Center is helping train the next generation of leaders in the field of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine. Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine has becoming increasingly specialized over time as the conditions of patients have become more complicated. There is no greater example of this than the field of Cardiac Critical Care, where in order to provide excellent care to these very complex patients, training beyond what is provided in most Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowships is required. In addition, as the number of children with congenital heart disease in society continues to grow, there becomes a greater demand for highly trained physicians to care for them.
Our Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is a 24 bed unit specifically designed to care for critically ill children with a cardiac condition. We admit more than 700 patients per year, who are expertly cared for by a team of dedicated practioners. Our Heart Center performs more than 350 cardiopulmonary bypass cases of all complexities every year. Our CVICU also is the fulcrum of an extremely bust failure/heart transplant program, performing about 20 transplants a year, as well as caring for patients with a wide variety of extracorporeal cardiac assist devices, from Berlin LVADs to Total Artificial Hearts.
The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine or CVICU Fellowship provides trainees the necessary specific knowledge base and experience to perform the comprehensive management of critically ill pediatric patients with congenital or acquired heart disease. This non-ACGME accredited 12-month didactic and clinical training program is intended for individuals who have completed an accredited fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and are interested in achieving expertise in the most advanced aspects of Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine.
The Fellowship is designed to prepare physicians for a career in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. The goals and objectives are achieved through direct patient care, supervision of fellows, residents and medical student clinical care, and a comprehensive curriculum that includes conferences, didactic lectures, courses, hands on learning activities and workshops. Throughout the year, the CVICU fellow will assume greater responsibility, while being monitored and mentored by members of the faculty.