“We believe in the spirit and resiliency of the children entrusted to our care, and we will relentlessly push the field of critical care forward to ensure we find even better ways to treat them"
The Section of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) and the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine (CU SOM) offer a fully accredited pediatric critical care fellowship for up to 9 fellows at a time (average 3 per year) designed for board-eligible pediatricians planning a career devoted to the care of the critically ill child. Our program mission is to train the future leaders of pediatric critical care, who will provide compassionate and high-quality care and contribute to the advancement of critical care medicine. To achieve this mission, we have the following:
The PCCM fellowship program offers broad-based training in both the practice of pediatric critical care medicine and the advancement of scholarship related to pediatric critical care. The section of PCCM consists of 20 faculty, all board certified or board eligible in pediatric critical care medicine, with two dual-boarded in pediatric pulmonology, four full-time PhD investigators and 16 advanced practice practitioners (PA/NP). In addition, several members of the Departments of Pediatric Pulmonology, Cardiology, and Anesthesiology provide key roles in the education and training of the fellows.
The primary clinical training site for the fellowship is the Children's Hospital Colorado, a free-standing children's hospital affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The 32-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) admits approximately 2,600 patients per year from the Denver metro area and surrounding Rocky Mountain Region, serving active programs in pediatric general surgery, trauma surgery, solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, ENT, and orthopedic surgery. In addition, there is a separate Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) providing care to cardiology and cardiac surgery patients. PCCM fellows participate actively in the multidisciplinary teams responsible for the care of every patient in the PICU and the CICU.
The first year is designed to provide the fellow trainee with the necessary experience to become an excellent clinician and teacher in the field of critical care medicine. The year is fully structured and almost entirely clinical. The required clinical rotations include:
Seven months of clinical service in the ICU, on both the pediatric ICU (5 months) and cardiac ICU (2 months) services. Fellows are primarily responsible for all medical patients in the PICU, and they co-manage all surgical patients.
One month of pediatric anesthesiology in the first half of the year; this is designed to teach airway management, intubation, vascular access, and sedation skills.
One month on the pediatric pulmonary medicine service at Children's Colorado. Fellows gain bronchoscopy experience during this month, as well as a broader view of pediatric pulmonary disease.
The educational goal of the second and third year clinical rotations is to solidify the knowledge and skills attained during the first year, and to develop their leadership, team management and supervisory skills. The expectation is that fellows will have increasing independence through these years. The required rotations during the second and third years include:
3 – 4 months of clinical service in the ICU, on both the pediatric ICU (2 – 3 months) and cardiac ICU (1 month).
In addition to the clinical rotations, the PCCM fellows at the University of Colorado receive the following educational opportunities:
Fellows participate in Children's Hospital Emergency Transport Service and manage, with supervision from the ICU attending, transports and admissions to the PICU. Night call is taken in-house and averages every 5-6 nights. At least one PICU attending is in-house 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to ensure a safe balance between clinical demands and educational needs of the fellows.
PCCM fellows at the University of Colorado School of Medicine have the additional opportunity to participate in two structured clinical electives during their second or third year:
An international cardiac intensive care elective with one of our PCCM faculty, Dr. Vohwinkel, through the International Children’s Heart Foundation
An elective at Denver Health Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, affiliated with the University of Colorado, which offers the opportunity to practice in a smaller community-based PICU under the supervision of board-certified PICU faculty.
Numerous funded academic and research opportunities are available to critical care fellows. This includes but is not limited to basic science and translational research in pulmonary vascular disease, developmental lung biology, oxygen radical-induced injury, biomechanical engineering, and neuro-trauma. Clinical research is supported through an active and growing critical care research program, and outcomes-based research and quality improvement projects are also available to interested fellows.
The research portion of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship occurs all three years, with 2 months in the first year and 7 – 8 months the second and third years. During this time, fellows will be expected to engage in scholarly projects that require critical thinking and to acquire the knowledge and skills for advancing the field of critical care. The scholarly activity will be performed under the guidance of a research mentor and team, who will be identified during the first year of fellowship. Fellows will be expected to disseminate their findings at national scientific meetings and within peer-reviewed journals.
Our pediatric fellowships will be conducting virtuals for this upcoming season. We look forward to sharing our programs with you and getting to know more about you. Our planned virtual dates are forthcoming.
If you have questions about the online application and interview process feel free to reach out to our program coordinator.
Nationally, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship programs use the ERAS application system. For our program the application period will begin July 15, 2021. Completed ERAS applications are screened and selected applicants are invited to travel to Denver to meet with faculty, fellows and tour our facilities. The selection criteria are based on prior academic performance, the strength of clinical training and performance, and scholarly interests and pursuits. Letters of support from PCCM supervising physicians are strongly recommended. Our interview season begins in August and ends in November of 2021.
Fellow selection is accomplished by participation in the National Residency Matching Program Match service, which occurs in the fall each year. Applicants must be eligible for a Colorado medical license. International medical graduates must have a valid ECFMG (see below)
|Wednesday, September 22, 2021||Match Opens|
|Wednesday, October 27, 2021||Ranking Opens|
|Wednesday, November 17, 2021||Quota Change Deadline|
|Wednesday, December 1, 2021||Rank Order List Certification Deadline|
|Wednesday, December 15, 2021||MATCH DAY|
The University of Colorado offers salary and benefits packages that are competitive with other fellowship programs across the country. Current salary levels can be found at the School of Medicine - Graduate Medical Education Stipends.
In order for International Medical Graduates to be eligible to enter our program, you must meet the following criteria:
Have a valid ECFMG Certificate
Be able to legally work in the United States:
Fellows in our program must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident, refugee, asylee, or possess the appropriate documentation to allow Resident to legally train at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Currently, we are only able to support applicants with a J-1 visa AND who have completed a training program with an accredited U.S. institution.
Minimum selection criteria of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Visit the Graduate Medical Education website to view the criteria.
Any other criteria as determined by the program.
Thanks again for your interest in our program and best wishes in your future endeavors.
Feel free to Contact:
Angela S. Czaja, MD MSc
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship
Critical Care Medicine
13121 East 17th Avenue
P.O. Box 6508
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Tel: (303) 724-2393
Christopher Haberkorn, MD
Grace Logan, MD
Christina Osborne, MD
Diane Peng, MD
Lauren Castaneda, MD
Brian Schultz, MD
Christina Sul, MD
3rd Year Fellows
Gabrielle Karpinsky, MD
Kevin Brian Kilgallon, MD
Matthew Kyle Leroue, MD
|Diversity / Equity / Inclusion|
We are committed to creating a diverse environment for students, residents, fellows, and faculty. We believe that an environment of inclusiveness and respect promotes excellence and that a setting where diversity is valued leads to the training of physicians who are prepared to practice culturally effective medicine and meet the needs of the various populations we serve. Visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in PEM page for more.
|Well-Being / Resilience|
By embracing wellness and improving personal resiliency, physicians can reconnect with the meaning of their work and fend off stress. Reducing or eliminating burnout also has practical implications for the entire department such as improving patient safety, student advancement, and the overall campus environment.