Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Curriculum

The Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship is an ACGME-accredited three-year program for Board eligible/certified physicians in Pediatrics or Medicine-Pediatrics. The program is accredited for 12 PICU fellows and matches three to four trainees per year.

The educational curriculum includes core concepts in Pediatric Critical Care medicine, neurocritical series, board review series, diversity equity and inclusion series, journal club, divisional research conference, quality improvement series, ethics series, communication curriculum, with future development of a point-of-care ultrasound series. Simulation educational opportunities are offered frequently in both units, as well as dedicated didactic, procedural, and simulation education throughout training.

Fellows may also pursue additional learning opportunities through electives in transport medicine, sedation, ethics, palliative care, and others.

Pediatric Critical Care Unit

The 42-bed Pediatric Critical Care Unit and the 23-bed Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit admits about 3,000 patients each year. We care for patients from all medical and surgical services at Vanderbilt. In addition, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is a major referral center for various pediatric subspecialties including:

  • Pediatric trauma
  • Organ transplantation (heart, kidney, liver, and bone marrow)
  • Cardiothoracic surgery 
  • Burns
  • Neurosurgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Head and Neck Surgery
  • Urologic surgery

Advanced technologies in life support and critical care are also utilized in the intensive care unit including: