Thank you for your interest in the new Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin! We are located at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, and our first two fellows will begin their training in July of 2023.
The overriding goal of this fellowship is to provide trainees with superb education in pediatric critical care medicine. As an active pediatric intensivist and pediatric cardiac anesthesiologist with over 20 years of clinical experience, I am passionate about education, clinical research and caring for acutely ill children. Christopher Schneller, the associate program director, was instrumental in getting our program accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and together, we have designed a challenging program that allows graduates to pursue careers in either academic practice or private practice.
Pediatric critical care is constantly evolving as new information and technologies become available. Patient care in this field requires that we work well with not only pediatric intensive care unit physicians, advanced practice nurses, nurses, pharmacists and respiratory therapists, but also with other pediatric subspecialists in the departments of pediatrics, surgery and anesthesiology.
The program’s collaborative approach welcomes input from all members of the team, and it incorporates available research evidence, which results in the best care of our complex patients.
The fellowship’s faculty members come from many different training programs, and they all have varying areas of interest — such as cardiac critical care, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, continuous renal replacement therapy, neurocritical care and quality assurance — that support their dedication to teaching.
Fellows have clinical rotations in the PICU, the cardiovascular intensive care unit and in the operating room, and procedures such as airway management, point-of-care ultrasound and simulation are emphasized. Additionally, fellows are involved in weekly division quality assurance meetings, physiology conferences and research conferences. Clinical research opportunities are available from faculty members from the critical care division as well as other areas of the medical school. Presentation at local and national meetings is expected, as is scholarly activity.
In addition to the education and training that fellows receive, the program supports the balance between professional demands and personal and family needs. With our program’s unique setting, fellows have the opportunity to experience all that Austin has to offer, including world-famous food, eclectic live music, and countless nature and outdoor activities.
Paul Sheeran, M.D.