A Day in the Life of a Second Year Fellow
As a second year Pediatric Critical Care Fellow, your clinical time decreases significantly. You go from being on service for 26 weeks in your first year, to being on service for 14 weeks your second year. You have a lot of protected time to pursue your research or other educational activities, including a Master’s degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. If desired, fellows are typically able to obtain a Master’s Degree during their 2nd and 3rd years of fellowship and get it completed before fellowship is completed. Tuition is paid by the Department of Pediatrics as a taxable benefit. All of our Pediatric Critical Care faculty and fellow fellows are supportive of those obtaining a Master's degree. During weeks on service they are allowed to leave the PICU for class without any problems.
If on service, a typical day begins by meeting in the PICU at 7am for sign-out from the on-call fellow. We go to Radiology for rounds at 8 am followed by work rounds in the PICU. At noon we go to lunch (both fellows and attendings) or to noon conference on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. After lunch/conference, it is back to the PICU for more work, new admissions, and procedures. Depending on how busy it is there is usually some type of teaching which takes place with one of the senior fellows or one of the attendings for the entire group, including residents. At 4 pm, we sign-out the unit to the on-call team and adjourn for the day.
During your second year you will also spend 4 weeks doing a Pulmonary rotation. During this rotation you will have the opportunity to do bronchoscopies, learn more about PFTs, sleep studies, respiratory equipment and home ventilators, and spend some time seeing new consults.
There is great camaraderie in this PICU. We are always having fun. It is fun to be on service and to be around in this PICU.