Center for Excellence in Pulmonary Biology

Critical Care Medicine

Thank you for your interest in The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. This is a three-year program open to candidates who have completed a pediatric residency at an accredited program in the U.S. or Canada. The goals of this program include:

1. To adequately educate and provide the background that is necessary for a trainee to diagnose and manage critically ill pediatric patients.

2. To prepare the trainee to conduct research in an area relevant to pediatric critical care diseases, and to pursue discovery-based careers in academic medicine.

3. To enable the trainee to become a competent educator of pediatric critical care illnesses.

The first year of fellowship training is focused primarily upon the acquisition of a strong clinical foundation such that by the conclusion of the first year, trainees will be able to generate comprehensive differential diagnoses, outline data-driven treatment plans and be able to direct the management of the full spectrum of patients with critical illness. To accomplish these goals, trainees will have extensive clinical exposure through rotations in both the Pediatric Intensive Care (PICU) and Cardiovascular Intensive Care Units (CVICU). 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 care for the full spectrum of pediatric cardiac disease, including more than 500 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.

During the early research rotations, the pediatric critical care medicine fellow will explore potential research opportunities within the remarkably rich Stanford University community of biologic and non-biologic scientists (e.g. policy, economics, medical humanities, engineering). In the second year, clinical service time decreases significantly and dedicated, protected, research rotations increase. During the third year, clinical responsibilities will be further circumscribed to facilitate the publication of research findings and grant preparation.

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The program is designed to foster greater responsibility and increasing leadership opportunities concomitant with increasing seniority.  We are committed to the creation and maintenance of a fellowship training program that provides a collegial, supportive environment, while still ensuring that fellows are able to realize even their loftiest career aspirations. We look forward to your application.

If you are interested in this program, please contact:

David N. Cornfield, MD
Fellowship Director

You may also receive details on the program by contacting:

Linda Young
Fellowship Coordinator
(650) 723-8325

Pediatric Critical Care accepts applications through ERAS and participates in the Match through the NRMP.