About the Program
Our fellows receive the majority of their training at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Our 72-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit admitted 3019 patients in 2012. Critical Care providers also responded to 121 Code Blue events, 221 Rapid Response Team calls, and handled 1100 transports in 2012.
The 36-month curriculum is divided roughly into 16 months of clinical work and 20 months of research activities as follows:
The first year is conducted in four-week blocks. Clinical service during the second and third years is done one week at a time, which allows for classes scheduled at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences or blocks of time in the laboratory.
First Year Second Year Third Year
PICU 26 weeks 14 weeks 14 weeks
Anesthesiology 8 weeks
Pulmonology 4 weeks
Transport 2 weeks
Transport Medical Control 2 weeks
Research 16 weeks 34 weeks 36 weeks
In-house call frequency, average every 4th every 5th every 6-7th
# call nights / month 6-7 5-6 4-5
Mentorship during fellowship is considered very important. Mentors offer unique guidance because they have been in your position and are using their experience for your benefit. Throughout the pediatric critical care fellowship training you will work closely with faculty members who will offer advice, guidance and feedback along the way.
Once you start your research rotation you will have scholarly meetings. This is a multidisciplinary meeting where you have the opportunity to talk about your interests and projects you would like to pursue. Based on your interest, you will be encouraged to meet up with several faculty at MCW who have common goals. Ultimately, you will highlight someone as your primary research mentor. This is someone who shares a similar research interest who can offer guidance in the planning phase of your research project. They will help to keep your research project on track and will meet with you during your research time to collaborate on ideas and progress.
Each Fellow also has one of the primary administration faculty as their go-to resource throughout fellowship. They will be present at faculty meetings as well as semi-annual reviews. Although all of the primary administration directors are involved with the progress of each Fellow, this is someone who is dedicated to knowing specific details of your fellowship experience. This is your mentor who not only helps to ensure you are meeting all of the criteria for graduation but helps to keep your long term goals in consideration.