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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Academic Curriculum
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Academic Curriculum

Required Conferences

PCCM Education Conference

  • Monthly continuing education conference prepared by PCCM fellow or attending.
  • Presented to critical care physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, pediatric residents and medical students

PCCM Morbidity and Mortality Conference

  • Monthly PICU and Heart Center conference.
  • Case summaries prepared by PCCM or Cardiology fellow or attending.
  • Multispecialty conference to improve the quality of care or identify system-based deficiencies.

Cardiac Disposition Conference

  • Biweekly conference to review echocardiographic, radiologic, clinical and catheterization data of children with congenital heart disease.
  • Attended by physicians, nurses, trainees, and other multidisciplinary staff.

Fellow Administrative Meeting

  • Every other monthly meeting to discuss administrative aspects of fellowship and provide opportunity to educate fellows on administrative responsibilities.

PCCM Core Curriculum

  • Weekly Noon conference prepared by CMH faculty or fellows.
  • Continuing education conference.
  • Two-year curriculum designed to cover the American Board of Pediatrics content for Pediatric Critical Care Boards.

PCCM Research Conference

  • Weekly noon conference prepared by Children's Mercy faculty or fellows.
  • Provides foundation for clinical research.
  • Provides opportunity to discuss ongoing research endeavors.

Common Fellowship Core Curriculum

  • Hospital-wide program to address topics common to all ACGME-approved fellowship programs.
  • Conferences cover topics such as professionalism, medical ethics, fatigue/sleep deprivation, physician impairment, teaching, mentoring and leadership.

Common Fellowship Quarterly Seminars/Workshops

  • In-depth education for second and third year fellows
  • Topics include case discussions on medical ethics and professionalism, health economics, transition to faculty, coding and billing.

Grant Writing Boot Camp

  • Instruction on writing a competitive grant
  • Pairs all first year fellows with a mentor
  • Goal of writing first grant during fellowship


  • Eight-week didactic course for second year fellows
  • Learn and apply a variety of analytical tools and techniques that are effective in continuously improving your practices.
  • Assist in better developing and maintaining clinical and research skills

Optional conferences

  • Grand Rounds - Local and national speakers present pertinent pediatrics topics weekly.
  • Professor Rounds- Case-based presentations for residents and faculty prepared and presented by a senior resident each week.
  • Pediatric Resident Morbidity and Mortality - A monthly conference structured to define ways to improve quality of care through the analysis of recent cases.

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