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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

The Children's Mercy PCCM Program is under the institutional sponsorship of Children’s Mercy. We accept two fellows each year.

The critical care fellowship program began in 2008 and is fully accredited by the ACGME. We encourage interested applicants who have completed or are completing a pediatric residency to apply. We support the pursuit of advanced certification in areas such as clinical research, bioethics or education. 

Appointments are made through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Three letters of recommendation are required. Interviews generally begin in August and run through late October and are by invitation.  

Children's Mercy primarily accepts applicants with J-1 Visa status. To be eligible for appointment, all international citizens must be sponsored by the ECFMG for the J-1 non-immigrant Visa classification and have and maintain valid ECFMG certification throughout the length of their training program. Applicants must also have participated in a US ACGME accredited residency program. In some cases, Children's Mercy will sponsor an H-1B Visa. Residents/Fellows who wish to change their immigration classification while pursuing a graduate medical training Program at CMH must seek prior written approval from the GME Department. Failure to seek such approval will subject the trainee to immediate termination from his/her training Program. All candidates must have passed Step 3.

Thank you for your interest in the Children's Mercy Critical Care Medicine Program.

Jenna O. Miller, MD, FAAP
Program Director
(816) 234-3041

Andrew Ausmus, MD
Associate Program Director
(816) 234-3462

Toni M. Zaner, BA 
Fellowship Coordinator 
(816) 760-8818

International medical school graduates

Graduates of international medical schools, whether American or foreign nationals, must have and maintain a valid ECFMG certificate for entrance into a Graduate Medical Education training program at Children's Mercy Hospital. Graduates of international medical schools should contact the Medical Board of Missouri for requirements to commence postgraduate training and to receive subsequent licensure.

State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
(866) 289-5753

Foreign nationals must consider current visa requirements for training. Either a permanent resident card or a J1 visa sponsored through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) is required. J1 visas allow for a maximum stay of seven years and require passing of Steps I and II of USMLE. The ECFMG may be contacted directly for visa sponsorship application information and current immigration regulations for post-graduate training. You may contact the ECFMG at:

Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates
(215) 386-5900

For additional information, foreign nationals considering application to a Children's Mercy training program should contact:

Susan Hathaway, PhD
Vice Chair, Graduate Medical Education & Administrative Director,
Department of Medical Education
(816) 983-6905

For this fellowship, travel will be reimbursed up to $300 per applicant for round trip coach airfare within the continental United States. If traveling by car and if the travel distance one-way to Children's Mercy is greater than 50 miles from your home address, round-trip gas mileage to your home address will be reimbursed at the current federal government mileage rate up to $300 per applicant. Mileage will be calculated based on the distance between your home address and Children's Mercy Hospital; this data will be derived from an internet mapping program.

A copy of the airline itinerary including ticket price or a completed expense report documenting mileage driven must be submitted to the program coordinator within 15 days from the date of travel to process your reimbursement. Transportation to and from the airport by taxi or shuttle are also reimbursed with a receipt