Our goal is to create an environment of collegial scholarship and apprenticeship for trainees in pediatric critical care medicine that fosters learning and growth for both fellows and faculty. Within this environment, we wish to nurture and promote the development of empathy, respect, professionalism, scholarly inquiry, clinical excellence and effective leadership as traits essential to practitioners of pediatric critical care medicine.
The Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship is an ACGME accredited three-year program for Board eligible/certified physicians in Pediatrics or Medicine-Pediatrics. The program is accredited for 12 PICU fellows and matches 3-4 trainees per year. Learn more about our current fellows.
The program has a dual focus for the subspecialty trainee:
- Acquiring and refining expertise in managing critically ill children in a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary, pediatric critical care unit.
- Developing research interests and skills.
Specific information regarding objectives and duties of fellows is available in the following downloadable PDF documents:
Research training is an integral part of the fellowship. The 36 months of fellowship include 15 months of clinical service, 9 weeks vacation and 18 months of scholarly activity. Fellows are expected to participate in a core curriculum of lectures in the basics of research; including study design, data analysis, and preparation of manuscripts/grants.
Extensive options for both basic science or clinical research experiences are available through collaboration with the broad spectrum of lab-based and clinical scientists at Vanderbilt University. The Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR) will play an integral role in the successful completion of a project.
Selected individuals may also be selected to participate in T32 Research Training Grants sponsored by the Department of Pediatrics with the ability to seek a Masters of Public Health or Masters of Science.
The 42-bed Pediatric Critical Care Unit admits nearly 3,000 patients each year. We care for patients from all medical and surgical services at Vanderbilt. In addition, Children’s Hospital is a major referral center for various pediatric subspecialties including:
- Pediatric trauma
- Organ transplantation (heart, kidney, liver, and bone marrow)
- Cardiothoracic surgery
- Plastic Surgery
- Head and Neck Surgery
- Urologic surgery
Advanced technologies in life support and critical care are also utilized in the intensive care unit including:
Initial application submissions are received through ERAS from July 15 through October 1. Applicants are then invited by the Fellowship Program Director to interview from August to November. The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Training Fellowship Training Program at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine accepts applicants with H1 and J1 visa status. The following are minimum requirements for application to the training program.
- Board Eligible or Board Certified in Pediatrics or Medicine-Pediatrics
- Completed application
- Three letters of recommendation
- School of Medicine transcript
- USMLE/COMPLEX transcript of Step 1-3 scores
- ECFMG certification if pertinent
- Personal interview
Application information is available on the Office of Graduate Medical Education's website.
Geoffrey Fleming M.D., Fellowship Director
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program
Division of Pediatric Critical Care
5112 Doctors' Office Tower
Nashville, TN 37232-9075
Phone: (615) 936-1302
Fax: (615) 936-3467
Mette Smith, Fellowship Coordinator: mette.smith@Vanderbilt.Edu