The Program

UAMS has offered subspecialty training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine for the American Board of Pediatric eligible physicians since 1990.  As one of the oldest ACGME-accredited training programs, we have a track record of training clinicians with sound clinical judgment who have experienced a wide range of clinical scenarios as they train at the only PICU in the state of Arkansas.  Since the inception of the program, our first take board pass rate is 98% with a five year rolling average of 100%.  Our traditional pathway is a 3-year fellowship training program which prepares physicians to take the ABP PCCM board exam.  Our institution also offers an additional year of training in CVICU through a separate application process.

The Place

Arkansas Children’s Hospital exterior

Our program is housed at Arkansas Children’s Hospital, a private not-for-profit freestanding 370-bed children’s hospital initially established in 1910.  The facility in Little Rock, Arkansas served as the sole pediatric hospital in the state until a new facility (Arkansas Children’s Northwest) was opened in Springdale, Arkansas in early 2018.  The Little Rock campus continues to be the sole PICU in the state and serves as a referral center for the entire state of Arkansas as well as overlap areas in Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas.  Arkansas Children’s Hospital also serves as the only burn center in the state.  The burn center is unique in that adults and children are admitted to the burn center at ACH.

ACH Little Rock is also the home of Angel One.  Angel One is a very busy neonatal and pediatric specialty transport program with two dedicated helicopters, four ground transport vehicles and available fixed wing aircraft when indicated.  The PCCM faculty serve as medical control for all non-neonatal Angel One transports that are inbound or outgoing from our facilities.

Angel One helicopters   Angel One crew