Fellows are relieved of their clinical duties during academic sessions. Recently, the program has changed their academic half-day program to a monthly “boot camp” model. The fellows partake in monthly full-day boot camp sessions that are designed to specifically address all of the RCPSC objectives. These boot camps cover many areas from basic physiology to ethics to practice management issues. In addition, fellows participate in, and present at, monthly PICU rounds, journal clubs, and PICU M&M rounds.
Fellows are given time to attend at least one conference per year. In addition, the program supports fellows’ attendance at one meeting of the critical care trials group and one meeting of the canadian critical care forum over the two-year fellowship.
Every effort is also made to send fellows for update courses. There is ample opportunity for fellows to acquire specialized technical skills including management of difficult airways or bronchoscopy. As well, fellows enhance all of their skills by participating in workshops on topics from research to professionalism. Fellows will also experience simulation-based learning through both CHEO and the University of Ottawa.