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Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship is a three year program designed to give you comprehensive education in the care of critically ill children in a high-volume urban setting.  Your service time will be divided between the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), with the remainder of your time spent engaging in a research project of your choice.

The goal of our fellowship program is to prepare you to be a leader in the field of pediatric critical care.

Clinical Experience

The PICU is a 44-bed unit, which includes a neurocritical care area, an isolation area capable of positive and negative pressure isolation, and facilities for special isolation in case of patients with high-risk infections.

The CICU consists of 26 private rooms, an echocardiography/catheterization viewing area and video monitoring in all rooms.

Both are high volume units with a wide breadth of patient exposure. You will work closely with nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists, respiratory therapists, social workers and case managers. Rounds are multidisciplinary and family-centered.



A representative composition of your fellowship training:

First year

  • 3 week orientation (buddy call with senior fellows, ECMO course, simulation boot camp)
  • 8.5 clinical months (including 2 weeks of anesthesia experience)
  • 3 research months

Second year

  • 5.5 clinical months
  • 6.5 research months

Third year

  • 3.5 clinical months
  • 8.5 research months

Currently, call responsibilities are every 4th day during clinical months.  You will have minimal call responsibilities during your research months to allow you to focus on scholarly activities.  



Children’s National has become a leader among children’s hospitals in research funding.

Each fellowship trainee must complete at least one scholarly project that results in a peer-reviewed manuscript publication. Many opportunities are available to help you meet this expectation. Our division is active in both the CPCCRN and PALISI networks. The Children’s Research Institute provides a platform for collaborative research efforts with other subspecialties. Research opportunities also exist at the NIH, which is nearby.

Good mentorship is the key to any successful research endeavor. You will have an accomplished mentor assigned to serve as a resource as you develop your research question. Towards the end of your first year, you will begin having regularly scheduled meetings with your Scholarship Oversight Committee to monitor the progress of your project, provide additional guidance, and ensure that your project will meet the ABP requirements for successful board certification.

Additional components of our research training include:
  • Fellow Core Curriculum in research/statistical concepts
  • Quality Improvement Core Curriculum training series with departmental QI project
  • Evidence based medicine/Journal club
  • Opportunity to take courses at the George Washington University at minimal cost
How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted through ERAS.

Contact Information

Brandi Kirby
Program Coordinator

Sonali Basu
Program Director

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the benefits?

In addition to salary, each fellow receives $1,000 per year for education expenditures (academic meetings, membership dues, textbooks, etc.). Fees for your medical license and any other required permits are covered by the division.

Please Note: The American Board of Pediatrics requires that you miss no more than 3 months during your training, to include vacation, sick leave, and any other absences you may need to take. If additional time is missed, it must be added to the end of your training period.

Q: Can I see the sample contract for this program?

There is a sample contract used by the program.



Didactic Education

This is a brief overview of our regularly scheduled learning opportunities:

  • CICU Book Club: Monthly chapter discussion led by Jason Patregnani, MD from the Comprehensive Surgical Management of Congenital Heart Disease written by our cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr. Richard Jonas.
  • CICU Conference: Organized and led by John Berger, MD. This conference is for the critical care and cardiology fellows to review recent literature and focus on the pathophysiology encountered in medical and surgical patients in the CICU.
  • Core Content Review: A fellow-led session with board review type questions based on a reading assignment from one of the major pediatric critical care textbooks.
  • Fellow/Faculty Research in Progress Conference: Presentations by members of the division engaged in clinical or basic science research as a key opportunity for the fellows to gain experience in presenting their work and get valuable feedback on the progress of their research (Each fellow is expected to present once per year).
  • Fellow Core Curriculum: Seminars that utilizes a three-year curriculum to cover key topics in medical professionalism and career development; including quality improvement, mentoring, risk management, and promotion/advancement and key topics in research, such as study design and statistical concepts.
  • Key Literature Review: Presented by a faculty member to discuss updates on new literature topics relevant to pediatric critical care.
  • Mathletics: An interactive session to review physiologic principles by responding to questions individually on a white board.
  • Morbidity and Mortality: Monthly conference focused on critical events occurring in the PICU and CICU with overview and discussion regarding complex medical decisions.
  • PICU/ER Conference: Collaborative conference with the emergency medicine department to cover topics of interest to both groups utilizing various formats (case review, pro-con debate, journal club, etc.)
  • Pollack Rounds: Murray Pollack, MD leads the fellows in educational discussions related to academic research medicine, including his novel outcomes research.
  • Simulation Sessions: Monthly session held in our high fidelity simulation lab focusing on clinical scenarios aimed at improving teamwork skills and expanding clinical knowledge.
  • Statistics Review: this conference organized and facilitated by faculty member Tessie October, MD includes a focused review of a key statistical concept and an in depth analysis of a recent publication relevant to pediatric critical care.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff

Children’s Critical Care Faculty members are leaders in the field. Visit the Critical Care faculty page to meet the team and learn more about our Division.

Our Current Fellows

Our Current Fellows

Ali Ahmad
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: Miami Children’s Hospital
Hobbies: Playing basketball, eating, playing music



Bonnie Brooks
Medical School: Medical University of South Carolina
Residency: Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Hobbies: shopping at Whole Foods, yoga, warm weather



Julia Heneghan
Medical School: Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Residency: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Hobbies: Playing tennis, watching basically any sport, cooking, growing her list of interesting words



Amy Jones
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College- Sidney Kimmel
Residency: University of North Carolina
Hobbies: Playing with her dog while watching Eagles games, working out



Mia Maamari
Medical School: Jefferson Medical College - Sidney Kimmel
Residency: Emory University
Hobbies: Eating out, exploring the city and surrounding areas, pretending I don't watch reality TV


  • Chantal Bruno
  • Daniel Choi
  • Sunana Dhir
  • Gene Peir
  • Micah Kadden
  • Aamer Khan
  • Nada Mallick
  • Ami Shah
  • Bryan Siegel
  • Emily Stumpf
Life After Fellowship

Life After Fellowship

2016 Graduates 
Nihal Godiwala, MD
Pediatric Intensive Care
Children’s Hospital of New Orleans

New Orleans, La
Lauren Hebert, MD
Pediatric Intensive Care
Memorial University Medical Center
Savannah, Ga
Jay Patregnani, MDCardiac Intensive Care
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, D.C.
Ashley Siems, MDPediatric Intensive Care
Children’s National Medical Center
Washington, D.C.
Anthony Sochet, MD

Pediatric Intensive Care
All Children’s Hospital
St. Petersburg, Fla
2015 Graduates 
Sherrill Gutierrez, MDPediatric Cardiology Fellowship
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas
Rhiannon Hickok, MDCICU Fellowship
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas
Kavita Morparia, MDPediatric Intensive Care
Goryeb Children’s Hospital
Morristown, NJ
Joanna Tylka, MDPediatric Intensive Care
Rush University Hospital
Chicago, Ill
Adrian Zurca, MDPediatric Intensive Care
Hershey Medical Center
Hershey, Pa
2014 Graduates 
Melinda Coro, MDPediatric Intensive Care
Iowa Children’s Hospital
Iowa City, IA
Becky Riggs, MD
Neuro Critical Care
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Baltimore, Md
Jeramy Roddy, MD Cardiac Intensive Care
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas
Annie Shaw, MD

Anesthesia Residency/PICU Hospitalist
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pa

 2013 Graduates
Rupal Bhakta, MDCardiac Intensive Care
Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Little Rock, Ark
Will Cagle, MDPediatric Intensive Care
Children’s Hospital of Georgia
Augusta, Ga
Parag Jain, MDCardiac Intensive Care
Texas Children’s Hospital
Houston, Texas
 2012 Graduates
Cortney Foster, DOPediatric Intensive Care
University of Maryland

Baltimore, Md
Adrian Holloway, MDPediatric Intensive Care
University of Maryland

Baltimore, Md
Alison Miles, DOPediatric Intensive Care
Fellowship Program Director
Johns Hopkins Children’s Center
Baltimore, Md
Jamie Penk, MDCardiac Intensive Care
Advocate Children’s Hospital
Chicago, Ill
Paul Shea, MD
St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital
Pediatric Intensive Care
Philadelphia, Pa

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