Program Structure

The first year of the fellowship is comprised of a minimum of 6 blocks in the PICU. The time in the PICU is spent as a junior fellow doing in-house call and becoming comfortable with the knowledge and procedures necessary to become a pediatric intensivist. The remainder of the first year consists of rotations in anesthesia, cardiology, palliative care and research.

The second year of the fellowship is comprised of a minimum of 6 blocks in the PICU. There is a mandatory elective at another pediatric critical care unit which is fully supported by the program. Fellows have pursued this elective at The Hospital for Sick Children, Alberta Children’s Hospital and Montreal Children’s Hospital. The goal of this block is to gain continued exposure to pediatric critical care cases and also to gain exposure to solid organ transplantation. The clinical time in the PICU is spent as a senior fellow doing in-house call. During the last two PICU blocks of the fellowship, fellows can function as a junior attending, facilitating patient rounds, bed flow and taking call from home. The remainder of the time is spent doing research or electives in consultation with the program director.

In the PICU, fellows are exposed to a wide variety of clinical cases including trauma patients, medical and surgical patients and patients on ECMO and CVVH.

Remuneration and benefits applicable for this position will be stipulated by the guidelines and agreements already in place between the Professional Association of Interns and Residents of Ontario (PARO), the University of Ottawa and CHEO.

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