Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Education

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

The University of Minnesota offers an ACGME accredited 3 year fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  Please click the tabs below to learn more about our program.

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital is nationally recognized with the steadfast commitment of providing trainees with high quality, comprehensive training in preparation for academic careers in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

The fellowship program offers broad-based training in the practice of pediatric critical care medicine. Emphasis is placed on the stabilization and management of the critically ill child with acute single or multisystem organ failure due to cardiac, pulmonary, infectious, neurologic or traumatic illness. The PICU serves active programs in pediatric cardiac surgery, bone marrow and solid organ transplantation. Pediatric Critical Care fellows participate actively in the multidisciplinary teams responsible for the care of those patients.

The philosophy is to design a training program to achieve the specific career goals of each trainee under the mentorship of senior clinical and research faculty. We structure our training programs for our trainees to develop the necessary clinical, research, educational, and administrative skills to become clinician-educators and clinician investigators. These curricula may be adjusted somewhat to meet the needs of the individual. However, the overall goal of the program is to produce trainees who are leaders in academic pediatrics.

Clinical Training

The PICU is a multidisciplinary facility with active programs in all aspects of pediatric medicine and surgery. The majority of clinical training is provided during the first year of fellowship. The clinical commitments during the second and third years of fellowship are reduced so fellows have ample time for pursuit of academic development and research. Fellows receive director supervision from the faculty and have an active role in all phases of patient care, teaching, and research. In addition, they receive concentrated clinical experience in anesthesiology, cardiology, interventional radiology, cardiology and have rotations at a trauma and burn center.

The PICU provides critical care services for very active programs in medicine, neurosurgery, general surgery, solid organ transplantation, craniofacial reconstruction, orthopedics, otolaryngology and trauma. In the CVICU fellows will care for the full spectrum of pediatric cardiac disease, including more than 200 postoperative patients per year following cardiopulmonary bypass, as well as patients requiring mechanical support including left ventricular assist devices, such as the Berlin Heart, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Educational Training

The educational training for fellows is comprised of clinical, didactic, and administrative based components. Fellows’ clinical training will be provided through close interaction with faculty during clinical rounds and at the bedside. Didactic sessions provide by the critical care faculty focus on areas relevant to the clinical practice of pediatric critical care. Fellows will also be provided with education in the areas of academic medicine such as scientific writing, grant preparation, presentation of scientific information, statistical analysis, peer review and ethical scientific conduct. The fellow-based component of the educational program is comprised of didactic lectures and journal club articles presented by the fellows and faculty. The purpose of these lectures, through meaningful feedback from faculty, is to help develop presentation and critical thinking skills necessary for all critical care physicians.

Contact Us

Fellowship Coordinator

Valerie B. Cole
cole0430@umn.edu
612-624-8788

Current Fellows

Nick Brown, MD (2016-2018)
Catherine Heith, MD (2015-2018)
Nick Kucher, MD (2017-2020)
Sacha Kumar, MD (2015-2018)
Riwaaj Lamsal, MD (2016-2019)
Ali Taber, MD (2017-2020)