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Teaching and Education Conferences

Fellows participate in multiple educational conferences, which are described in the following table.



Role of the Fellow

Journal Club Weekly Fellows select, present, and organize discussion regarding papers to review (e.g., single subject, recent study, pathophysiology)
Neurocritical Care Safar Rounds Weekly Fellows present one or two interesting or controversial neurocritical cases within the ICU to the neurocritical care faculty for discussion.
Professor Rounds Weekly Fellows, residents, and attendings present interesting or controversial cases in the PICU or CICU for faculty discussion and fellow questions.
Safar Journal Club Weekly Fellows select, present, and organize discussion regarding research articles and projects to review (single subject, recent review, etc.)
PICU Morbidity & Mortality Conference Twice a Month Fellows present cases and participate in discussion of possible errors and a need for change in policy and procedures.
Fellow Core Curriculum Monthly, for a 3 hour block Continuing education for PCCM fellows in different topics relevant to pediatric critical care. Specific topics presented by faculty from PCCM as well as outside departments. 
CICU Conferences Monthly Fellows participate in discussion about congenital heart disease diagnosis and management.
CRRT (Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy) Conference Monthly The physiology, pharmacology, indications, complications, & outcomes of renal replacement therapies are discussed.  Fellows identify problems occurring during CRRT courses, discuss as a multidisciplinary group, & modify procedures as indicated after discussion. 
Ethics Conference Monthly Fellows present cases and participate in discussion of ethical, legal, and psycho-social aspects of care with ethicists, faculty, nursing staff, social workers, and hospital chaplains.
Performance, Quality, Research, Safety (PQRS) Quarterly This is a QI/QA conference that improves the safe and effective care of patients in pediatric critical care. 
Department of Critical Care Medicine Grand Rounds ~18 times per year Visiting and local professors give CCM Grand Rounds each year, including multiple named lecturers who are world-renowned leaders in the field.  Recent visiting professors include Jamie Hutchinson, Murray Pollack, Michael Whalen, Luciano Gattanoni, Greet Van den Berghe, and Michael Matthay.  
Department of Critical Care Medicine Research Conference ~12 times per year The goal of this conference is to discuss cutting-edge techniques in research in critical care medicine.  These conferences are commonly lead by visiting professors.
PICU Condition A Review As incidents occur Fellows who respond to a Condition A (code for resuscitation) join residents, nurses, and ICU attending to review events leading to a cardiopulmonary arrest outside the ICU Complex to develop changes to the system that would decrease the likelihood of similar events in the future.


Fellows also participate in a unique, innovative course on physician-family communication (Pediatric Critical Care Communication).  This three-day, off-site, intensive course is lead by Dr. Robert Arnold, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute on Doctor-Patient Communication and PCCM and other faculty. 

In addition, throughout fellowship, PICU fellows have the opportunity to facilitate high fidelity simulation sessions for pediatric residents.  These sessions occur during the resident PICU rotation and include recognition and management of respiratory distress, shock, and seizure.  PICU fellows take an active role as a confederate in the simulation session, and then debrief the residents after each session.  This unique simulation opportunity affords the fellows opportunity to teach cognitive principles as well as psychomotor skills, utilizing adult education principles and debriefing techniques.