The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Fellowship program at the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is fully accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) as a pediatric subspecialty. The Division currently consists of eight faculty, three APRNs, and one PA. All faculty members are appointed in the Department of Pediatrics.
The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital is a 24-bed medical-surgical unit that cares for all children from birth to 21 years of age. With a catchment area encompassing North Central Florida and South Georgia, our unit treats an average of 2,600 patients per year. The PICU is a level one pediatric trauma center and works closely with nearly every pediatric medical and surgical subspecialty. Medical subspecialties include Cardiology, Nephrology, Infectious Disease, Endocrinology, Neurology, Rheumatology, Gastroenterology, Pulmonology, Hematology / Oncology, and Genetics. Surgical subspecialties include General Pediatric Surgery, Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery, and Orthopedics. A separate 22-bed cardiac intensive care unit cares for children with congenital and acquired heart disease and is supported by the Congenital Heart Center. The PICU and PCICU support cardiac and non-cardiac ECMO and solid organ transplantation for heart, lung, and kidney.
The daily clinical service team is composed of two attendings, three pediatric residents, one fellow, and an APRN and/or PA. Two fellows and three residents are assigned to the PICU in monthly blocks and the faculty provide coverage in one-week blocks. Fourth-year medical students and trainees in other disciplines (e.g., Anesthesia, Pulmonary, Emergency Medicine, and Cardiology) also rotate through the unit.
We offer a Three-year fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. To apply for this track, the applicant must have completed three years of pediatric training in an accredited USA program and be Board eligible for pediatrics. See our application process for further information on how to apply. The PICU at the University of Florida provides a wide variety of patient care experiences. The Division of Pediatric Critical Care is dedicated to fellow education and both faculty and fellows regularly participate in the scheduled didactic lecture series, journal club, morbidity and mortality, simulation, and research conferences. The responsibilities and opportunities available to the fellow vary with the individual’s background, interests, and future goals. In general, the responsibilities encompass direct day-to-day patient care clinical experiences, teaching residents and occasionally medical students, research, and selected administrative responsibilities. There are also opportunities for elective rotations (cardiology, neuro ICU, and trauma). Most of the clinical training occurs in year one, leaving ample time for scholarly activity in years two and three. There are numerous opportunities to pursue either laboratory or clinical research within the Division of Pediatric Critical Care or other pediatric divisions depending on research interests. There is also an opportunity to obtain a certificate of completion for University of Florida Longitudinal Resident as Teacher (RasT) Program.
The University of Florida Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program normally accepts two new fellows each year, with a total of up to six fellows at a time in our program.
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