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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

In General

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Program includes a number of programs and conferences, completion of which is a prerequisite to graduation. The program has designed these activities to enhance the learning experience and to assist fellows in meeting the goals and objectives of the fellowship program.


The program expects fellows to acquire and maintain a number of important certifications, including BLS, PALS and ACLS.


As members of the Critical Care Medicine division, fellows will attend the regularly scheduled physician, staff and division conferences. In addition, the program has designed activities and meetings tailored specifically to the needs and interests of fellows, such as fellow conferences, lecture series and workshops. Fellows will also attend a Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Boot Camp to develop further leadership and communication skills.

Presentations and Projects

As part of the program, fellows will develop and present projects in protected case review, quality and patient safety. Selected faculty members will mentor fellows on these projects.

Scholarly Activity

The program expects each fellow to complete a scholarly work product based upon the approved American Board of Pediatrics qualifying works. According to the American Board of Pediatrics:

All fellows must participate in a core curriculum in scholarly activities. This curriculum should provide skills that lead to an in-depth understanding of biostatistics, clinic and laboratory research methodology, study design, preparation of applications for funding and/or approval of clinical or research protocols, critical literature review, principles of evidence based medicine, ethical principles involving clinical research, and the achievement of proficiency in teaching. In addition to participating in a core curriculum in scholarly activities, all fellows will be expected to engage in projects in which they develop hypotheses or in projects of substantive scholarly exploration and analysis that require critical thinking. Areas in which scholarly activity may be pursued include, nut are not limited to: basic, clinical, or translational biomedicine; health services; quality improvement; bioethics; education; and public policy.

American Board of Pediatrics, Criteria for Subspecialty Certification

Research Support

The Scholarly Activity Forum and Exchange (SAFE), is the body responsible for overseeing and approving all fellow research. Led by Anthony Willyerd, MD, SAFE is made up of a cross-section of professionals actively involved in research. Although SAFE oversees all fellow research, each fellow has his or her own Scholarly Oversight Committee, made up of three to five individuals. The individual Scholarly Oversight Committees meet at least twice a year and ensure that fellows are on track with their research.

Medical Education has a dedicated Research Analyst, who assists residents and fellows with research, including working with the Phoenix Children's Institutional Review Board as well as answering questions and offering advice regarding research.

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