The goal of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship training program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's) and Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine is to provide comprehensive training to pediatricians in the scientific and clinical practice of pediatric critical care medicine. This training includes those elements which typify an accomplished and well-rounded practitioner, including medical knowledge, clinical skills, judgment, research skills, humanistic qualities and professionalism, and a commitment to scholarship and life-long learning. Current fellows come from top programs across the country and have a wide range of research interests.
Critical Care Medicine fellows care for patients in a 40-bed pediatric intensive care unit as well as a separate pediatric cardiac care unit (CCU). The critical care units are integral in the care of patients treated at Lurie Children's Hospital for a broad range of illnesses including level 1 traumas, solid organ and stem cell transplants, cardiothoracic surgery, and neurosurgery. Fellows develop the knowledge and leadership skills essential to becoming independent intensivists through clinical experiences such as direct patient care with multidisciplinary teams, directing medical control for the transport team, and leading the code team. In addition to service time in the PICU and CICU, the fellows rotate in anesthesiolgy, the neurocritical care service, and the cardiology interventional catheterization lab. Fellows are supervised in the PICU by a group of 14 critical care faculty members that provides 24/7 in-hospital coverage. In the CCU, fellows will work with faculty members who have training in both cardiology and critical care.
A comprehensive didactic curriculum is provided during weekly conferences. The content is guided by the content outline of the Critical Care Subboard of the American Board of Pediatrics, and includes fundamental physiology and applications to the practice of critical care. Recurring conferences address administrative aspects of critical care practice, ethics, neurocritical care, cardiac critical care, case based physiology, and morbidity and mortality. In addition, regular journal clubs and research updates by division members offer an opportunity to evaluate innovative therapies and examine proposed mechanisms of critical illness. An active simulation program through the KIDStar center provides a realistic immersion in physiology and team dynamics.
The goal of the research experience is to provide fellows with the foundation for academic achievement through active participation in hypothesis-driven research under the supervision of an experienced mentor. Through completion of a scholarly project fellows will demonstrate a basic understanding of the components of the research process including analyzing medical literature, designing and implementing a study, data analysis and writing a manuscript. Current and past fellows have pursued clinical, translational, and basic science research, covering diverse topics such as embryogenesis, cell signaling in response hypoxia, biomarkers of sepsis and acute kidney injury, evaluation of monitoring technology, quality improvement, medical education, and medical ethics. Fellows are expected to present their work at a national meeting during the third year of fellowship.
Meredith Bone, MD
Division of Critical Care Medicine
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue #73
Chicago, Illinois 60611
For fellowship salary information, visit McGaw Medical Center for Graduate Medical Education.