Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

  • Curriculum

    The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is normally completed in three years following residency training in pediatrics. The fellowship program seeks to develop outstanding clinicians, educators, researchers and leaders in pediatric critical care medicine. Curricula may vary based on fellow circumstances, American Board of Pediatrics approval, or other needs. Critical Care Medicine faculty include:

    Applicants who are interested in combining training in pediatric critical care with other pediatric subspecialties or with other residency programs should talk with the program director as early as possible in the application process to clarify the application timeline and criteria for such training.

    Year one

    • 1 month anesthesiology
    • 2 months pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (CICU)
    • 2 weeks Progressive Care Unit (care of technology dependent children)
    • 4.5-5 months pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
    • 4-week vacation
    • 2-3 months research

    Year two

    • 2 months CICU
    • 3-3.5 months PICU
    • 5.5-6 months research
    • 2 week elective
    • 1-2 weeks anesthesiology
    • 4-week vacation

    Year three

    • 0.5-1 month CICU
    • 2-3 months PICU
    • 1-2 weeks anesthesiology
    • 8-8.5 months research
    • 4-week vacation
  • Combined Anesthesia/Critical Care Medicine

    Applicants who are interested in pursuing board certification in both anesthesiology and pediatric critical care should talk with the program directors directly about the appropriate sequence of such education.

    Please contact Dr. Alan Schwartz at 215-590-6049 regarding pediatric anesthesiology, and Dr. Wynne Morrison at 215-590-7430 regarding pediatric critical care.

  • Combinations with other pediatric subspecialties

    Previous fellows have pursued critical care training in conjunction with training in emergency medicine, cardiology, neurology and infectious diseases, via either combined or sequential fellowships.

    Currently, the American Board of Pediatrics allows a second (sequential) pediatric fellowship to be completed in two years rather than three if the fellowship research requirement is satisfied by the first fellowship. We will consider adapting the critical care fellowship curriculum to fulfill this option in some circumstances, and completion of a shortened fellowship is always dependent on meeting competency in all areas of fellowship training.

    Applications for a separate, second fellowship are considered through the usual ERAS/NRMP process. Please feel free to contact the program director to discuss.

  • Other offerings

    Clinical Research Certificate Program

    The University of Pennsylvania's Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB) offers a Clinical Research Certificate Program designed to teach clinical research methods at a level appropriate for clinician-educators and collaborative researchers. The program is open to School of Medicine faculty, residents and fellows.

    Departmental funding for participation in the program is considered for Critical Care fellows who show a unique interest and aptitude for a career in clinical research.

  • How to apply

    Standard fellowships

    All applications for standard three-year fellowships are through ERAS, the online application service of the AAMC, and positions are offered through the National Resident Matching Program Pediatric Subspecialties match.

    Please do not send application materials to us directly, although if you wish us to start a file with your information, it is fine to mail or email a CV to Ms. Honesty:

    Ranee DiBeneditto
    Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Education Coordinator
    Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
    The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
    Suite 7C26
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
    Phone: 215-590-7430
    Fax: 215-590-4327

    Combined fellowships

    For combined fellowships, please call us at 215-590-7430 to see whether the application should go through ERAS. Applicants for combined (integrated multispecialty) programs may not necessarily go through the NRMP matching procedure for critical care medicine, so the timing of applications/interviews/acceptances may be shifted and spots may be filled on a rolling basis. Early inquiries are therefore encouraged. Please call with questions about combined training.

    If we request a non-ERAS application, the PDF is available here. Fill out the appropriate fields, then print and mail the application.

    You may also contact us for a paper application or with any questions you may have.

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

  • Fellow conferences

    In addition to the conferences listed below, fellows also participate, under faculty mentorship, in delivering the core lecture series to residents rotating in the PICU and in facilitating mock codes.

    7 a.m.Cardiac catheterization/surgery conference
    NoonCritical Care Medicine Case Conference
    8 a.m.Division Professor Rounds
    NoonResearch Conference
    6:45 a.m.Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Grand Rounds (monthly)
    11 a.m. - 1 p.m.Fellow didactics (lectures, simulation, core physiology and research skills series)
    1 p.m.Department of Critical Care Patient safety and Quality Improvement Conference
    NoonCritical Care Medicine Case Conference


  • Current fellows: July 2013 to June 2014

    Fellowship program years

    Year One
    NameMedical SchoolPediatric
    Kathleen Chiotos, MDGeorge Washington UniversityThe Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Maya Dewan, MDRaymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

    Christie Glau, MD University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Southwestern Medical School

    Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

    Robert Kavanagh, MDColumbia University College of Physicians and SurgeonsChildren’s National Medical Center
    Ryan Morgan, MDNew York University School of Medicine

    Columbia University Medical Center

    Jessica Signoff, MDUniversity of Pittsburgh School of MedicineChildren’s National Medical Center
    Hannah Stinson, MDAlbert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Year two
    NameMedical SchoolPediatric
    Javier LasaJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineThe Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Matthew KirschenStanford UniversityLucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Stanford University
    Michael FergusonUniversity of QueenslandQueensland Health, Baystate Medical Center
    Kelly MartinGeorge Washington University School of Medicine and Health SciencesCincinnati Children’s Medical Center
    Year Three
    NameMedical SchoolPediatric
    Barbara Jo AchuffJefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson UniversityThe Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
    Amy Christine ClevengerUniversity of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences CenterSt. Louis Children’s Hospital/Washington University
    Eileen RheeUniversity of Chicago Division of Biological Sciences, The Pritzker School of MedicineThe University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital

    Rebecca Starling

    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Clinical CampusUniversity of Minnesota


Reviewed on March 28, 2014