Fellowship Curriculum

The majority of the first year curriculum involves clinical rotations in the PICU, as well as a one-month experience in Pediatric Anesthesia and a one-month experience with the Procedural Sedation Service. Research months and one elective month round out the first year. The initiation of a research project completes the first year course of study. All first-year fellows spend 3 days at the beginning of fellowship at the Simulation Education Center for an intensive simulation boot camp taught by our critical care faculty.

Further development and initiation of the fellow’s research project occupies most of the second year. Clinical responsibilities are reduced to provide research time. Clinical responsibilities during the second year include PICU, CVICU (two months), and an elective.

The third year of the fellowship is largely devoted to research. Research time during this year is largely devoted to continued data collection, data analysis, and submission of a first-authored manuscript reporting the fellow’s research findings. Clinical responsibilities during the third year include PICU and CVICU (2 months).

An optional fourth year of training may be arranged in either cardiovascular intensive care or clinical pharmacology with general pediatric critical care.

Throughout the three-year curriculum, fellows participate in a broad variety of educational conferences, both within the Division of Pediatric Critical Care and also at the Departmental and hospital level. A Fellows’ Core Curriculum conference series provides a structured curriculum for all fellows in the Department of Pediatrics addressing such topics as research design, grant writing, presentation skills, quality improvement initiatives, principles of evidence-based medicine, teaching skills, professionalism, and a variety of other topics. During the second year, fellows are enrolled in a Biostatistics course offered through the UAMS College of Public Health. Pediatric critical care fellows also participate in teaching a variety of courses, such as the Advanced Pediatric Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition, and Stabilization courses to residents and medical students.

A unique educational resource available to our fellows is the Arkansas Children’s Simulation Education Center (SEC). The SEC offers a state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary, high-fidelity simulation environment. Fellows both learn and teach at the SEC. They are involved in teaching “mock codes” to the pediatric house staff. Fellows have several opportunities for learning at the SEC Center in a high-fidelity simulation environment, including courses on delivering “bad news” to family members, workshops on management of the difficult airway, and a unique ECMO simulation training program which has gained national recognition.