Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program
Program overview and mission
Since its founding in 1968, the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Fellowship Program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has developed as a national leader in the training of individuals to become independently practicing pediatric intensivists. Housed in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, the program embraces the departmental mission to teach and train the most capable and motivated individuals as we train physicians to become leaders in patient care, research, education, and quality improvement.
The history, expertise and compassion that make Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia unique are also what makes it the best place for medical trainees.
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. Program leaders include:
- Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine: 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.
- 3 weeks anesthesia experience
- 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 weeks vacation
- 2-3 months research
- 1.5 months CICU
- 3.5-4 months PICU
- 5.5-6 months research
- 2 weeks point-of-care ultrasound
- 1 week anesthesia experience
- 4 weeks vacation
- 0.5-1 month CICU
- 2-3 months PICU
- 1 week anesthesia experience
- 8-8.5 months research (including 2 weeks of acting attending time)
- 4 weeks vacation
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 multidisciplinary mock codes.
- 7 a.m. — Cardiac catheterization/surgery conference
- Noon — Critical care medicine case conference
- 8 a.m. — Division professor rounds
- Noon — Research conference (3x/month); journal club (monthly)
- 6:45 a.m. — Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Grand Rounds (monthly)
- 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. — Fellow didactics (protected time for 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
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, infectious diseases, and clinical informatics 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 accredited 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. Individuals who are interested in abbreviated PCCM training after completion of a previous pediatric-based fellowship should discuss their interests with the program director prior to applying through ERAS.
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
- Completed online application (via ERAS)
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation (one letter should be from prior training program director and at least one letter should be from a critical care faculty member)
- Dean's letter
- Medical school transcript
- Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the seven-year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
- If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship
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.
Deadline for applications
The deadline for completed applications is September 15th. The fellowship selection committee reviews completed applications as soon as ERAS opens for program review and interviews are offered on a rolling basis until all interview positions are filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply as close to the ERAS opening date as possible. Selected candidates will be invited to interview during the months of September through early November.
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.
Current fellows: July 2021- June 2022
- Daniel Balcarcel, MD — Medical school: Loyola University Chicago. Residency: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
- Andrew Eskay Becker, MD — Medical school: Mount Sinai Hospital. Residency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Michelle Brajcich, MD — Medical school: University of Washington School of Medicine. Residency: University of Colorado School of Medicine
- Kristopher Lin Dixon, MD — Medical school: Wake Forest School of Medicine. Residency: Brenner Children’s Hospital/Wake Forest Baptist Health
- Morgann Loaec, MD — Medical school: Penn State College of Medicine. Residency: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
- Brandon Stormes, MD — Medical school: University of Texas Health San Antonio. Residency: Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital
- 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