Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Program overview

The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is a one-year advanced fellowship available to applicants who are board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible/certified in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology or Neonatology. The Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is one of the largest in the world dedicated to the treatment of children with critical cardiac disease. The goal of this program is to prepare individuals for a career and future leadership in Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care.

This clinical fellowship provides exposure to the following areas:

  • Preoperative and postoperative management of congenital heart disease
  • Acute and chronic circulatory failure
  • Life-threatening arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension
  • Acute and chronic respiratory failure
  • Heart or lung transplantation
  • Ventricular assist devices
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation
  • Critical illness involving non-cardiac organ systems

Fellows will be trained by a diverse group of cardiac intensivists with backgrounds in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Pediatric Cardiology, Pediatric Anesthesiology and Neonatology. Learn more about our Division of Cardiac Critical Care Medicine.

The history, expertise and compassion that make Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia unique are also what makes it the best place for medical trainees.

Program leadership

Rotation schedule

All fellows (regardless of training background):

  • Six (6) months Cardiac ICU
    • One month as direct patient care provider
    • Five (5) months as supervisory fellow/pre-attending
  • One (1) month cardiothoracic surgery/cardiac anesthesia/perfusion
  • Four (4) weeks’ vacation

Fellows with prior Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, Anesthesiology or Neonatology training:

  • One (1) month echocardiography
  • One (1) month catheterization
  • One (1) month cardiac morphology
  • One (1) month elective (e.g. research, palliative care, adult cardiac critical care, heart failure, electrophysiology, cardiac thrombosis, neurocritical care, adult congenital heart disease, advanced imaging, pulmonary hypertension)

Fellows with prior pediatric cardiology training:

  • One (1) month airway skills/ventilator management
  • One (1) month pediatric ICU
  • One (1) month ECMO
  • One (1) month elective (e.g. research, palliative care, adult cardiac critical care, neurocritical care, adult congenital heart disease, advanced imaging, pulmonary hypertension)

Conference schedule


  • Surgical Conference
  • Professor Rounds
  • CICU Chronic Care Rounds
  • CICU Quality Improvement
  • CICU Multidisciplinary Rounds
  • CICU Thrombosis Rounds
  • CICU Patient Management Rounds
  • CICU Noon Conference (Case Conference, Journal Club, Research, Respiratory Failure)


  • Cardiac Center Clinical Care Conference M&M

Additional learning opportunities:

  • PCCM Boot Camp – July
  • CICU Simulation – Fall and Spring
  • CHOP Ultrasound Course – Fall and Spring

Salary and other benefits

  • Salary will be provided at a PGY7 level as determined by the office of GME.   
  • All fellows will receive an educational stipend.

How to apply

  • Please complete a Common Application.
  • A completed application, CV, personal statement plus one (1) letter of recommendation will be required prior to an offer for interview.
  • Two (2) additional letters of recommendation will be required at the time of the interview.
  • There are no specific application deadlines and acceptance is offered on a rolling basis. Typically, interviews are offered between August and November of the preceding year and final decisions are made in December. 
  • Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States and obtaining a PA medical license. 

Please submit all the requisite materials via email to Jodi Chen, MD, Program Director, at, and Carmen Girona, fellowship coordinator, at

Contact information

For more information, please contact Jodi Chen, with any additional questions.

Tobacco-free hiring policy

To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, 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.