Our academic curriculum highlights Tuesday and Wednesday noon lectures that are protected time for fellows. We develop our didactics based on ABP content specifications and current “need-to-know” topics. Each academic year begins with cardiopulmonary core topics. Throughout the year, each core physiology topic is linked to a book chapter, relevant evidence-based article, podcast or SCCM Virtual Critical Care Rounds module to prime each fellow learner for the topic. Built into our core didactics, we have a PICU specific ethics curriculum, quality and safety curriculum and academic and professional development curriculum. We provide evaluations to fellows and faculty in order to improve education on an ongoing basis.
Each academic year begins with an inter-disciplinary simulation boot camp for first year fellows. Fellows are then involved with yearly ECMO simulations and monthly multi-disciplinary fellow simulations in the PICU. These are designed to help develop leadership skills and give fellows multiple opportunities to practice difficult conversations. Also, fellows have the opportunity to participate in Code Lite, which is a short, weekly multi-disciplinary simulation, as either a participant or facilitator. Please find a comprehensive list of didactic offerings below.
Also, fellows may pursue optional certificate programs in clinical research, health professions curriculum and evaluation or pediatric bioethics offered through Children’s Mercy or UMKC. Additional information regarding these programs can be found on the Masters and Certificate Programs page.