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.

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. Program leaders 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

Year two

  • 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

Year three

  • 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

Educational programming

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.

Tuesdays

  • 7 a.m. — Cardiac catheterization/surgery conference
  • Noon — Critical care medicine case conference

Wednesdays

  • 8 a.m. — Division professor rounds
  • Noon — Research conference (3x/month); journal club (monthly)

Thursdays

  • 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

Fridays

  • 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.

Please email Dr. Justin Lockman or call 267-426-0669 regarding Pediatric Anesthesiology, and email Dr. Donald L. Boyer 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, 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.

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. 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:

Alexandria 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
6 Wood
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4399
Phone: 267-426-2958
Fax: 267-426-5574
Email: maya2@email.chop.edu

Program requirements

  • 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

Combined fellowships

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.

Other requirements

To carry out its mission, it is of critical importance for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) to keep our patients, families and workforce safe and healthy and to support the health of our global community. In keeping with this, CHOP has mandated all workforce members (including trainees) on site at any CHOP location for any portion of their time be vaccinated for COVID-19. This mandate also applies to workforce members or trainees performing work for CHOP at non-CHOP locations. The CHOP COVID-19 vaccine mandate is in alignment with applicable local, state and federal mandates. CHOP also requires all workforce members and trainees who work in patient care buildings or who provide patient care to receive an annual influenza vaccine. Employees may request exemption consideration for CHOP vaccine requirements for valid religious and medical reasons. In addition, candidates other than those in positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, must attest to not using tobacco products.

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Current fellows: July 2021- June 2022

Year one

  • 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

Year two

  • 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

Year three

  • 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