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Pediatric Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

About the Pediatric Surgical 
Critical Care Fellowship

The Department of Pediatric Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan offers a position for a one year fellowship in Surgical Critical Care approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Prospective applicants should have completed their General Surgery residency training and be Board Certified or Board Eligible, or at least have completed a minimum of three years of their General Surgery training. Although not a requirement, the majority of graduate fellows have had a specific interest in Pediatric Surgery.

The Pediatric Surgical Critical Care (PSCC) fellowship provides the trainee with the opportunity to enhance his/her management of the critically ill surgical child by providing one-on-one care for our patients in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units under the supervision of our Pediatric Surgery faculty. The spectrum of diseases encountered in our units includes, but is not limited to, congenital diseases such as patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia, congenital pulmonary airway malformations, tracheoesophageal fistula/esophageal atresia, abdominal wall defects (gastroschisis and omphalocele), neonatal bowel obstructions, Hirschsprung’s disease, and neonates with necrotizing enterocolitis. In addition, the majority of patients requiring ECMO support are managed by our department. Moreover, as a level I trauma center, and the only verified pediatric burn center in Michigan, our fellows also enhance their surgical expertise by caring for the trauma patients and patients affected by major burns. The gamut of pathophysiology will allow the PSCC fellow to acquire procedural skills and techniques needed to provide optimal surgical care of the critically ill and will allow graded and progressive responsibility, a goal of our training program.

The PSCC fellow participates in a weekly joint didactic curriculum with the Pediatric Surgery fellows and faculty which focuses on the basic and clinical aspects of pediatric surgical diseases through pathology, radiology, M & M, research, and joint specialty combined conferences. Moreover, fellows are provided with the opportunity to participate in the adult track Surgical Critical Care weekly didactic curriculum to further enhance their knowledge and skills required to care for the surgical patient. Participation in the pediatric critical care specialty didactic lectures is also encouraged.

Prospective Fellows

For further information regarding the PSCC fellowship program and/or the application process, please contact:

Lydia Donoghue, M.D., Associate Program Director (Pediatric)
Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Steven Tennenberg, M.D., Program Director 
Harper University Hospital/Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Fellowship Directors