Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship
With 43 PICU beds, 24 CICU beds, 24-hour faculty coverage and the capability to care for up to 67 critically ill patients, our pediatric intensive care units sees more than 2,300 annual admissions.
Your clinical experience
Congenital heart disease
Our high-volume Heart Center hosts at least 350 surgeries every year, with treatments including all stages of single-ventricle palliation, ventricular assist devices and transplants.
The ECMO program in our PICU, launched in 2007, sees 40-50 cases and 500-600 patient days annually, utilizing both VV and VA modalities.
Fellows participate in a four-week, first-year program covering transports by ground, rotor- and fixed-wing aircraft with a team that moves more than 5,700 patients a year from a 150-mile radius.
Burn and trauma
The only Level-1 trauma center in a free-standing children's hospital in our region, Children's Mercy is also pursuing American Burn Center certification. PICU providers co-manage all burn and trauma cases admitted to our unit.
Children's Mercy has an active bone marrow transplant and CAR T-cell therapy, kidney, liver and heart transplant programs.More about your clinical experience and rotations
A three-year program
- PICU = 28 weeks
(20 weeks PICU + 8 weeks CICU)
- Anesthesia = 8 weeks
(4 weeks general + 4 weeks cardiac)
- Research = 8 weeks
- Cardiology = 4 weeks
- Transport = 4 weeks
- PICU = 16 weeks
(8 weeks PICU + 8 weeks CICU)
- Research = 32 weeks
- PICU = 20 weeks
(12 weeks PICU + 8 weeks CICU)
- Research = 26 weeks
- Elective = 2 weeks
(Several options based on individual goals)
Tuesday and Wednesday noon lectures are protected time for our fellows. We base our didactics on ABP specifications and current "need-to-know" topics. Each academic year begins with cardiopulmonary topics, with every lecture linked to a published source or SCCM Virtual Critical Care Round module. Core didactics also include PICU-specific ethics, quality and safety, and academic and professional development.
- Weekly Core Physiology Conference
- Weekly PICU Academic Conference
- Monthly PICU M&M Conferences
- Monthly Heart Center M&M Conferences
- Journal Club
- Annual Fellow Retreat
- First-year fellows participate in a multidisciplinary "Boot Camp" facilitated by the Children's Mercy simulation center on a wide range of skills.
- Fellows also must complete a required, three-day ECMO course in their first year, followed by yearly simulations.
- Monthly in situ simulations in the PICU focus on communication and advanced resuscitation.
- Available fellows join weekly CODE LITE simulations with a multidisciplinary team.
Salaries and benefits
- PGY 4: $73,104.03
- PGY 5: $74,983.71
- PGY 6: $77,302.28
- PGY 7: $79,636.38
- PGY 8: $83,262.40
- PGY 9: $85,342.40
- PGY 10: $87,049.25
Benefits for fellows
- $1,500 Educational stipend per academic year for books, travel and other educational materials
- $2,250 Professional stipend for academic year to present scholarly activity
- Health and dental insurance for trainee and dependents with no premiums
- Hospital-issued iPad
- Free parking
- Moving allowance
- 20 days of vacation
- Paid sick time
- Paid board exam
- Access to clinical and research librarians, statisticians, scientific writers and learning specialists
- Tuition allowance of $5,250 per year
- On-site fitness center and wellness center
Each of our trainees is expected to complete a minimum of one scholarly project during the course of their fellowship, resulting in the submission of a manuscript to a peer-reviewed publication.
Past/current fellows have completed scholarly work in the areas of bioethics, clinical research, translational research, basic science, education and quality improvement.
In addition, the Children's Mercy Research Institute supports a large number of basic-science, translational and clinical research projects.More about our research
Apply for the program
The PICU fellowship participates in the Fall Pediatric Subspecialty Match through the NRMP. The program has openings to match two new fellows per year. Applications are accepted via ERAS. We also accept a cardiology fellow every other year to complete a two-year program that allows the fellow to sit for dual boarding.
Inside Pediatrics: Zei's story
After a mysterious illness ravages Zei’s lungs and leaves her fighting for life, the critical care team re-invents its life support protocols to push the limits of medicine to give her a chance.
Inside Pediatrics: Leah's story
Leah was born with half a heart, and despite several surgeries, it’s failing fast. Cardiac and critical care specialists work to keep her alive, hoping a new heart can be found in time.
Our PICU Fellowship leadership team
Jenna O. Miller, MD, FAAP
Andrew Ausmus, MD
Associate Program Director
Toni Zaner, BA