Critical Care Fellowship Program: Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Critical Care Fellowship

The University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland are pleased to offer a unique academic, clinical, and research experience through the joint Fellowship Program in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program offers the trainee a broad clinical experience. At Children's 23-bed PICU, the trainee is involved in the management of general medical and surgical patients, as well as a wide range of subspecialty patients, and is an integral member of the trauma team (for the only designated pediatric trauma center in the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area). Children's active transport program reaches north to the Oregon border, south to the Central Valley, and east to Nevada. Subspecialty services frequenting the PICU include neurosurgery, cardiothoracic surgery (in partnership with Stanford), orthopedics, general surgery, cardiology, pulmonary, hematology, oncology, and bone marrow transplant.

At UCSF's 22-bed PICU (8 bed Cardiac Unit and 14 bed Med/Surg Unit), the trainee is primarily involved in the management of tertiary care patients, as the UCSF unit supports large, active cardiac surgery, neurosurgery, transplant (liver, kidney, and bone marrow), neurology, oncology, and immunology programs, in addition to a general medical PICU service. PICU staff also partner in the management of a 9-bed Cardiac "Step-Down" Unit.

Altogether, the trainee is exposed to the complete spectrum of pediatric diseases requiring intensive care management, and, through interaction with a wide diversity of subspecialists at both institutions, the trainee learns multiple different approaches to diagnosis and management.

Program Structure

During the first year of the fellowship, the trainee will spend six months in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (three months at UCSF, three months at Children's Hospital Oakland), one month in Pediatric Anesthesia, one month in an Adult Intensive Care Unit, and one month in Pediatric Transport.

The trainee will also participate in research courses offered by the Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI) at UCSF. The CVRI offers as part of the general training program courses in mathematics, statistics, electronics, experimental design, the use of computers in biology, the art of writing, and the art of lecturing. The trainee will spend clinical time during each of the second and third years in the Pediatric Intensive Care Units (both at UCSF and Children's). Time for clinical electives is available during all three years.

There is an increasing amount of research time in the second and third years. The third year of the fellowship will provide the trainee with an in-depth experience in laboratory or clinical research. In addition to the wide range of excellent research possibilities at UCSF, fellows also have a multitude of opportunities available at Children's, and the University of California at Berkeley. After successful completion of the fellowship, the trainee will be eligible for the subspecialty boards in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.


To apply, complete the Critical Care Fellowship application form.


For questions regarding the application process, please contact:
UCSF Administrative Office
Phone: (415) 476-5153
If you are interested in the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Program, please contact:

Dr. Sharon Williams

UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland

Dr. Jeff Fineman