The Program

Since 1990, the UAMS Department of Pediatrics, in partnership with Arkansas Children’s Hospital, has offered an ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  We offer a three-year fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine leading to board eligibility for the Critical Care Medicine Sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics. Currently, our first-time Board pass rate is 98% since the program’s inception.  Before telling you a bit more about the program curriculum and how to apply, let us share with you more information about our hospital and its tremendous resources.

 The Place

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is a private, not for profit, free standing children’s hospital with 370 beds. Established in 1910, the hospital underwent rapid growth in the 1980’s and is now one of the ten largest children’s hospitals in the nation. The hospital serves as the major pediatric teaching affiliate of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

The hospital is the only pediatric hospital in the state of Arkansas and serves as a referral center for areas of Mississippi, southern Missouri, eastern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana and northeast Texas. Having the only PICU in this catchment area allows us to provide pediatric critical care fellows with abundant, thorough, and varied clinical experiences in the care of critically ill and injured children.  Nationally renowned programs such as the pediatric cardiovascular surgery program and the ECMO program attract patients from other areas of the country as well.  The ECMO program at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is one of the nation’s busiest.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital is the base for the pediatric residency program of UAMS. Fellows in critical care play a key role in educating pediatric house staff in the care of critically ill children and adolescents.

The Donald W. Reynolds PICU is a 26-bed unit with approximately 1,200 admissions per year.  Due to our being the only pediatric facility in the state, the PICU at Arkansas Children’s Hospital cares for children with a wide variety of critical illnesses and injuries.  A separate 30 bed cardiovascular intensive care unit is in close proximity to the PICU.  Arkansas Children’s Hospital is home to the state’s only Burn Center , as well as a 100-bed NICU.

The hospital operates Angel One – an extremely busy neonatal and pediatric transport service, utilizing two twin engine, instrument flight capable helicopters, four ground ambulances, and a variety of fixed-winged aircraft. Fellows in critical care medicine have ample opportunity to gain experience transporting critically ill and injured children and learning to provide medical control for a transport team.  The Angel One team averages approximately 80 PICU transports per month.