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Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship
The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship is a one-year advanced fellowship based at Children’s National Hospital, the capital’s only free-standing standing hospital with a dedicated state-of-the-art pediatric cardiac intensive care unit (CICU). We care for a wide range of medical and surgical cardiac critical care patients, from premature infants to adults with acquired and congenital heart disease, in our 26-bed CICU. Our Division of Cardiac Surgery performs more than 400 surgeries per year, encompassing all types of cardiac palliations and repairs, including mechanical assist devices and heart transplants.
Our fellowship has two positions each year for applicants who have successfully completed training in pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiology, pediatric anesthesia or pediatric neonatology. We offer a rigorous CICU curriculum with individualized training tailored to our fellow's background.
Fellows will train with outstanding pediatric cardiac intensivists with a diverse background in pediatric cardiology, pediatric critical care, pediatric anesthesia, pediatric pulmonology, simulation and telemedicine. Our goal is to train and foster the next generation of excellent pediatric cardiac intensivists and leaders in the field.
- CICU: 24 weeks
- Cardiac Anesthesia/Cardiac Surgery/Perfusion: 2-6 weeks
- Research/Elective: 6 weeks
- Vacation: 4 weeks
Individualized Rotations for Critical Care/Anesthesia/Neonatology-trained Fellows:
- Cardiac Echocardiogram: 8 weeks
- Cardiac Catheterization: 4 weeks
- Electrophysiology: 4 weeks
Individualized Rotations for Cardiology-trained Fellows:
- CICU Attending Didactic Lectures (monthly)
- CICU Case Conference (monthly)
- CICU Journal Club (monthly)
- CICU/NICU Combined Conference (monthly)
- Echo/Catherization Conferences (weekly)
- Heart Center Critical Events Review (weekly)
- Surgical Conference (weekly)
Our faculties are engaged in wide ranging research interests including bioinformatics, artificial intelligence, quality improvement, clinical trials, simulations, medical education, ECMO, neurodevelopmental outcomes, advocacy and global health. Fellows are encouraged and supported to be active in scholarly activity and research.
How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in applying to the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Fellowship. Application requirements include the following:
- Common application form (will be accessible after completing registration on the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Society website)
- Curriculum vitae
- Personal statement
- Three letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the director of your most recent/current fellowship training program or from the medical director at the institution you are currently practicing.
- Copy of medical diploma
Once complete, prospective fellows should submit these materials via email to the program director, Robyn (Bao) Puente, M.D., and fellowship coordinator, Lakiesha Brown.
Please note: Applications are open from July 1, 2022. Interviews will be offered on a rolling basis. We will start sending offers on October 1, 2022.
For more information or questions about the fellowship, please email the program director, Robyn (Bao) Puente, M.D.