Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
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:
- Chairman: C. Dean Kurth, MD
- Division Chief, Critical Care Medicine: Robert A. Berg, MD
- Program Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship: Donald L. Boyer, MD, MSEd
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.
- 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
- 2 months CICU
- 3-3.5 months PICU
- 5.5-6 months research
- 2 week elective
- 1-2 weeks anesthesiology
- 4-week vacation
- 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
Combined training in pediatric critical care medicine (fellowship) and anesthesiology (residency) is possible in five years for candidates already trained or training in pediatrics (residency). The ideal candidate will apply during the PGY-2 year for an ADVANCED (“A”) position as a CA-1 anesthesiology resident. For more information, please email Justin Lockman, MD, MSEd.
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.
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.
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
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. May:
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship, Fellowship Administrative Coordinator
Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
For combined fellowships, please call us at 267-426-9967 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.
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
- Noon - Critical Care Medicine Case Conference
- 8 a.m. - Division Professor Rounds
- Noon - Research 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
- Noon - Neurocritical Care Conference
Current fellows: July 2020 to June 2021
- Daniel J. Scott Chilcote, MD — Medical school: Baylor College of Medicine. Residency: Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital
- Cody-Aaron Gathers, MD — Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine. Residency: Boston Children’s Hospital/Boston Medical Center
- Elizabeth Landzberg, MD — Medical school: Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons. Residency: UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
- Vanessa Mazandi, MD — Medical school: Jefferson Medical College. Residency: Boston Combined Residency Program, University of Pennsylvania
- Andrew Percy, MD — Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Thomas Rappold Jr., MD — Medical school: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Residency: Johns Hopkins Hospital
- Lindsay Shepard, MD — Medical school: Thomas Jefferson University. Residency: New York Presbyterian
- Nina Fainberg — Medical school: Duke University School of Medicine. Residency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Mark Mai — Medical school: Yale University School of Medicine. Residency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Leslie Mataya — Medical school: University of Chicago. Residency: University of Chicago
- Brenna McCabe — Medical school: Rush Medical College of Rush University Medical Center. Residency: Children's National Medical Center
- Sanjiv Mehta — Medical school: Perelman School of Medicine. Residency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Ani Reddy — Medical school: University of Colorado School of Medicine. Residency: Children’s National Medical Center
- Maureen Banigan — Medical school: George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Residency: Children’s National Medical Center
- Curran Daigle — Medical school: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA. Residency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia
- Ryan Brandon Hunter — Medical school: University of Virginia. Residency: Boston Children’s Hospital
- Garrett Keim — Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine. Residency: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
- Steven Loscalzo — Medical school: Drexel University College of Medicine. Residency: St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children
- Andrew Renuart, MD — Medical school: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Residency: University of California – San Diego (Pediatrics), Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (Anesthesiology)