Overview

Overview

Welcome to the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic Children's.

The Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program at Cleveland Clinic Children's provides a rigorous training experience in a convivial environment to enable fellows to become outstanding practitioners, leaders and life-long learners in the field of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for a total of 6 fellows and matches 2 trainees a year.

Pediatric Critical Care fellows obtain most of their clinical experience working in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the main campus. The PICU is a 25 bed unit that admits over 1,500 patients, from Ohio as well as other states and countries, annually. Cleveland Clinic Children’s is a referral center for all types of pediatric subspecialty care. Our services include cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery, bone marrow and solid organ transplant including heart, liver, small bowel, kidney and multi-organ transplants, epilepsy surgery, advanced neurologic care and a myriad of other subspecialty services. The burgeoning cardiothoracic surgical service continues to grow, exposing trainees to children and adults with complex cardiac physiology, ECMO, and ventricular assist devices.  

Cleveland Clinic Children’s receives 13,000 admissions per year and performs more than 11,000 surgical procedures per year. Our staff includes greater than 350 attending level physicians of all disciplines. We have a fully accredited Pediatric Residency Program and 13 different Pediatric Specialty Fellowships.

Fellows work closely with Pediatric Critical Care faculty, who are in- house and available to the fellows 24/7.

PICU

PICU

Our pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), staffed 24/7 by a team of highly skilled pediatric intensivists, ensures safe transition from the emergency department or operating room to recovery. We typically treat and care for over 1,000 pediatric patients a year from Ohio, as well as children from other states and foreign countries. Learn More.

Education

Education

The fellowship is structured so as to allow the fellows to develop a strong clinical foundation in patient management and procedural skills during the first year; with refinement of these skills, along with development of organizational and leadership skills during the second and third years.  There is also a focus on research and scholarly activities during the second and third years. 

Research months increase each year of fellowship, with 2-3 months in the 1st year, 4-5 months in the 2nd year, and 7-8 months in the 3rd year.  Fellows have three weeks of paid vacation each year, which is usually taken during research months.

The three year training program includes rotations with Anesthesiology, Cardiology (including echocardiography, electro-physiology and the cardiac catheterization lab), and Trauma.

Education is highly valued in our program, and begins with a month-long “bootcamp” in July during which trainees are exposed to about 30 hours of classroom sessions and 2 full days of simulation.  Thereafter, educational activities are scheduled as a 4 hour block each week and comprise of case conferences, physiology discussions, journal clubs, board reviews, guest lectures, problem-based learning, QI and research presentations and simulations.   Fellows also present at our weekly departmental case conference meetings and participate in monthly Morbidity and Mortality and QI conferences.  Fellows are also strongly encouraged to attend Cardiology Surgical conferences and Professor Grand Rounds.  An online learning platform is also utilized for education. The educational curriculum also includes an introductory course in research and biostatistics, sessions on grant writing, error prevention, quality and patient safety, teaching, healthcare communication, ethics, professionalism, and wellbeing.

Benefits

Benefits

Fellowship appointment includes competitive salary and full benefits including paid vacation, maternity/paternity/adoption leave, health and dental insurance, and malpractice insurance.

Detailed information about benefits can be found on the GME site.

About Cleveland

About Cleveland

Located approximately 2 miles from the Cleveland Clinic campus, downtown Cleveland features a host of cultural and recreational attractions for an ethnically diverse mid-sized city. Many of Cleveland's neighborhoods such as Ohio City, Tremont, Lakewood, and Cedar-Fairmount are overflowing with cultural heritage, as well an eclectic offering of restaurants and nightlife.

Take advantage of all this beautiful city has to offer! Champion sports teams, culture, outdoor adventure, and a food scene that was recently ranked by TIME as #7 on their 20 'Best Food Cities' in America and is home to two James Beard award-winning restaurants. There really is something for everyone here in Cleveland.

How To Apply

How To Apply

The fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and meets all requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics Subspecialty Board of Pediatric Critical Care. Applicants must be in, or have completed, an accredited pediatric residency in the United States or Canada. There are two positions available each year. The program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine and accepts applications via the AAMC’s ERAS program

Please do not send application materials to us directly. If you would like additional information or would like to schedule a visit, please contact the Program Director, Associate Program Directors or Program Coordinator.

Fellowship Program Director: Kshama Daphtary

Fellowship Associate Program Directors: William Hanna and Mohammed Hamzah

Program Coordinator: Laurie Staltari
staltal@ccf.org
Phone: 216.636.9042
Fax: 216.445.5679

Faculty

Faculty

Samir Latifi MBBS, FRCPCH, FAAP
Department Chair, Pediatric Critical Care

Orkun Baloglu, MD

Kshama Daphtary, MD, MBI
Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program

Chidiebere Ezetendu, MD

Narayana Gowda, MD

Mohammed Hamzah, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

William Hanna, MD
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

Jeremy Lamkin, MD

Michael McHugh, MD