Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Instructorship

We offer a one-year pediatric cardiac intensive care fellowship to 4th year individuals interested in pursuing additional training in pediatric cardiovascular intensive care medicine. Candidates must have completed fellowships in pediatric critical care medicine or pediatric cardiology.

About the instructorship

The Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Instructorship offers a 12-month didactic and clinical training program to individuals interested in pursuing one year of additional training in pediatric cardiovascular intensive care medicine. The fellowship is available to those who have completed fellowships in pediatric critical care medicine or pediatric cardiology.

Our cardiovascular intensive care program provides a unique interface among critical care medicine, cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, and cardiac anesthesia. Our instructorship provides hands-on experience in cardiac critical care from more than 1000 admissions per year, including pre-operative care of newborns with congenital heart disease, thoracic organ transplantation, ECMO, ventricular assist devices and one of the largest cardiomyopathy/heart failure populations in the country.

The clinical content is designed for the individual candidates’ previous experience and training and would focus on developing clinical knowledge and skills specifically in the area of pediatric cardiac critical care. The Sections of Pediatric Cardiology and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine are the sites of NIH funded research training grants in cardiology and pulmonary development. Additionally, the fellowship provides a quality research experience available through Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.

The program is co-directed by Ronald A. Bronicki, MD, associate medical director, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit, and Paul A. Checchia, MD, medical director, Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. The program is coordinated by Lindsey Gurganious.

Curriculum

Our curriculum is a mixture of didactic lectures, directed reading conferences, morbidity and mortality and quality improvement conferences. The fellows and staff play an active role in both scheduling and participating in these conferences. All fellows engage in research (basic science, translational, clinical) according to ABP guidelines and requirements for fellowship.

  • Didactic lecture series: provided by multi-disciplinary faculty twice monthly
  • Case conferences: led by 4th year instructors twice weekly
  • 4th year Instructor – Faculty rounds: twice weekly, discussing a wide breadth of clinical & non-clinical topics
  • Weekly didactic discussion on selected topic
  • Monthly morbidity & mortality conferences
  • Heart center: monthly
    • CVICU: monthly
    • Joint CVICU – Emergency medicine: quarterly
    • Joint CVICU – NICU: monthly
    • Bi-weekly cardiac critical care research group
  • Monthly heart center quality improvement conference
  • Access to an extensive digital cardiac critical care literature repository and index with over 4000 manuscripts from PubMed
  • Research: expectation to engage in either basic science or clinical research
  • Research conferences: monthly opportunities for research to be vetted by critical care and cardiac critical care faculty

Rotations

Critical Care Medicine trained

  • Cardiac intensive care as 4th year instructor: 3 months
  • Cardiac intensive care as junior faculty: 3 months
  • 4 months of electives:
    • Echocardiography
    • Heart failure
    • Cardiac catheterization
    • Electrophysiology
    • Cardiology consult service
    • Cardiac OR
  • Research: 1 month
  • Vacation: 1 month

Cardiology trained

  • Cardiac intensive care as 4th year instructor: 3 months
  • Cardiac intensive care as junior faculty: 3 months
  • 4 months of electives:
    • Pediatric intensive care
    • Neonatal intensive care
    • Anesthesia (airway management)
  • Research: 1 month
  • Vacation: 1 month

Benefits

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How to apply

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Instructorship. To apply, please complete the program application form and submit along with a current curriculum vitae to cvicuinstructorship@texaschildrens.org. If you have any questions or concerns, you may also email us and we will be happy to assist you.

Contact information

We will consider applications from individuals who have completed fellowships in pediatric critical care medicine or pediatric cardiology. Please contact Lindsey Gurganious at 832-826-6214 for more information.