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Program Information

The goal of the PCCM Fellowship at UPMC is to provide fellows with the training and experience to provide first-rate care to critically ill children and to serve as the foundation for a successful academic career. We expect all fellows to fulfill the requirements needed for subspecialty certification in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics. 

This training and experience are acquired through bedside clinical experience, bedside teaching, didactic lectures, and other formats. Six fundamental areas of focus for each fellow include:

  • Medical Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge of established and evolving biomedical, clinical and social sciences and the application of knowledge to patient care and education of others.
  • Patient Care: Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the promotion of health, while focusing on illness prevention, disease treatment, and end-of life issues.
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills: Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that enable you to establish and maintain professional relationships with patients, families and other members of health care teams.
  • Professionalism:  Demonstrate behaviors that reflect a commitment to continuous professional development, ethical practice, understanding and sensitivity to diversity, and a responsible attitude toward their patients, their profession and society.
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement:  Use scientific evidence and methods to investigate, evaluate, and improve patient care practices.
  • Systems-Based Practice:  Demonstrate an understanding of the contexts and systems in which health care is provided and the ability to apply this knowledge to improve and optimize health care.