Welcome from the Program Directors
We are an ACGME-accredited 3-year fellowship program, training future clinicians, researchers and academicians in the field of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Our objective is to provide high quality clinical experience, education and research mentorship to train future leaders in this field. Core clinical experience primarily occurs in the multi-disciplinary PICU and Heart Center ICU at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital. Oncologic critical care rotations in the PICU at MD Anderson Cancer Center, rotations with Pediatric Anesthesia at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and trauma rotations in the ER at Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center complete the core clinical experience. In addition, numerous elective opportunities are available in the various divisions at Children’s Memorial Hermann and Memorial Hermann – Texas Medical Center. Educational experience is structured around a comprehensive didactic core curriculum and simulation-based curriculum. Research mentorship in clinical, translational as well as basic science areas relevant to critical care are available. During fellowship, opportunities to obtain graduate certifications and master’s level degrees in Clinical Research, Public Health, Biomedical Informatics and Healthcare Administration are available at the various affiliate schools of the university.
The clinical and educational experience of the trainees is further enriched by the dedicated faculty in the division with varied backgrounds and clinical and research interests. In addition, trainees are encouraged to interact with experienced faculty in other divisions and departments as well. Our faculty strive to achieve excellence in providing the trainees:
- Dedicated teaching and supervisory guidance to develop clinical skills necessary to become proficient in assessing and managing critically ill children
- Graded autonomy to develop leadership skills necessary to lead the multi-disciplinary teams in providing outstanding clinical care to the critically ill children and their families
- Encouragement and guidance to develop teaching skills necessary to educate resident physicians and medical students, as well as other health care professionals
- Research mentorship to develop research skills necessary to conduct research and complete a scholarly product by the end of fellowship training
Fellowship Program Goals
- Patient Care: Fellows are expected to render patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health. The program will provide fellows with the opportunity to master the knowledge and skills necessary to diagnose and manage pediatric patients with critical care diseases. Additionally, fellows will be trained in the selection, performance, and interpretation of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures used in the care of pediatric critical care medicine.
- Medical Knowledge: Fellows are expected to acquire the knowledge about the established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences necessary to provide compassionate, appropriate, and effective patient care. This will include specific knowledge of development, anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology of pediatric critical care diseases.
- Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: Fellows are expected to participate in an ongoing process that involves the investigation and evaluation of their own patient care, appraisal and assimilation of scientific knowledge, and improvements in patient care. Fellows are expected to engage in Scholarly Activity as defined by the American Board of Pediatrics. The program will aid fellows in developing the knowledge and skills needed to engage in clinical or bench research. Critical care thinking and team-training simulation activities are an important part of the fellowship training.
- Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Fellows are expected to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that will result in an effective information exchange and teaming with patients, patients’ families, and other health care professionals. The program will work with fellows to enhance their skills as educators of patients, families, and allied health care professionals.
- Professionalism: Fellows are expected to demonstrate a high degree of professionalism as manifested through a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
- Systems-Based Practice: Fellows are expected to demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care. They should demonstrate the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.
Konstantinos Boukas, MD
Alvaro Coronado Munoz, MD