Fellowships

Critical care medicine

Mission

Kara-procedure-cropThe Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship program at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU offers trainees a diverse education in clinical, administrative and research-based pediatric critical care medicine in a state-of-the-art facility.

For more than 28 years, our three-year fellowship program has trained physicians to:

  • Practice in academic centers with expertise in multidisciplinary care and management of life-threatening illnesses in critically ill infants and children
  • Address difficult ethical questions that arise in caring for critically ill and injured children
  • Develop expertise in the organization, analysis, and preparation of scientific research
  • Practice well-developed teaching skills for students at all levels

This fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and participates in the National Residency Match Program for pediatric critical care medicine.

Clinical Training

Fellows coordinate care for patients from all medical and surgical pediatric subspecialties. Specifically, fellows actively participate in the care of patients on trauma, cardiovascular, neurosurgical, and general surgical services.
Mandatory and Elective Rotations:

  • Anesthesia Service
  • Cardiology/Cardiac Intensive Care
  • Pediatric Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
  • Toxicology (Virginia Poison Control is attached to the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU)
  • Pediatric pulmonary disease and the pulmonary function laboratory
  • Medical respiratory intensive care unit
  • Pediatric transports (discretionary)

Research Training

M-Gardner-Procedure-cropThe division and collaborating faculty have particular expertise in molecular biology and pathophysiology. Fellows are presented with ample opportunities to participate in research through VCU Reanimation Engineering Shock Center. In this rich research environment, fellows are encouraged to pursue a mentored laboratory or clinical research experience. Specifically, they learn how to develop a hypothesis oriented to the lab, methodologies for data collection and analysis, and how to present findings and prepare manuscripts for publication. In the past, our fellows have won the AAPs New Investigator Research Grant Awards two successive years for two independent projects.

Curriculum

Fellows attend and present at weekly conferences including journal clubs, chapter reviews, case conferences, and research meetings. In addition, they participate in other instructional opportunities such as didactic sessions, directed readings, dedicated critical care board review, and morbidity/mortality conferences. Fellows receive formal education in biostatistics and study design, ethical and legal aspects of critical illness, PICU administration, and scientific writing.

How to Apply

The Pediatric Critical Care fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). This fellowship program participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) and the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please submit your fellowship application by October 5, 2018 for positions starting July 9, 2018. Application to the fellowship program is highly competitive. Persons who wish to apply should be board eligible or board-certified in pediatrics. Applications from women and minorities are encouraged.
Important Dates:

  • August 1, 2018 - October 5, 2018 - Candidates may apply through ERAS
  • September 3, 2018 - November 9, 2018 - Interview Cycle
  • October 24, 2018 - NRMP rank order list opens
  • November 28, 2018 - NRMP rank order list closes 9:00 pm ET
  • December 12, 2018 - Match day!!

Applicants are encouraged to contact the program for information at any time. Once we have received all application materials in good order, on-site interviews are scheduled.

Contact Us

Fellowship Director
Douglas F. Willson, MD
John Mickell Professor 
Division of Pediatric Critical Care
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Email: douglas.willson@vcuhealth.org

Associate Fellowship Director
Jesse Bain, DO
Assistant Professor
Division of Pediatric Critical Care
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Email: jesse.bain@vcuhealth.org

Division Fellowship Coordinator
Kimberly Hudgins Tabor
PCCM Administrative Assistant
Division of Pediatric Critical Care
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
Email: kimberly.tabor@vcuhealth.org

Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
PO Box 980530
Richmond, VA 23298
Phone: 804-828-4080
Fax: 804-828-0645

Departmental Education Coordinator, Pediatrics
Melinda A. Lambert
Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU
1000 E. Broad St. 5-345
Richmond, VA 23219
804-628-2616 phone
804-628-5536 fax
Email: melinda.lambert@vcuhealth.org

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