The Program

The goal of the training program is to provide the subspecialty residents with an educational experience which results in the resident’s acquisition of the knowledge, clinical, research and technical skills, as well as the professional behavior necessary to be an excellent clinician and a contributor to the Pediatric Critical Care Community. The program is a 3-year experience for post-graduate pediatric trainees to prepare them for a career in academic Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Training focuses on acquiring the necessary skills for diagnosis and management of disease in critically ill children, practicing the administrative skills needed to run a multi-disciplinary unit, and performance of laboratory or clinically based research or other scholarly activity aimed at furthering the body of knowledge in the field.

Six areas of general core competencies are identified within the training program. These areas are in patient care, medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and system based practice. Some tools used to evaluate these competencies are a procedural database, in-service exams, staff survey, fellow case conferences, evaluations on performance and sub-specialty resident feedback. Critical Care residents are given the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills required to diagnose and manage patients with acute life-threatening problems. This includes, but is not limited to:

The development of special competence in such areas as

  • cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
  • Stabilization for transport;
  • Triage;
  • Ventilatory, circulatory, and neurologic support;
  • Management of renal and hepatic failure, poisoning, and complicated hematological, infectious, and immune problems;
  • Continuous monitoring;
  • Nutritional support

Though clinical training in pediatric critical care medicine includes direct patient care responsibilities, a graduated experience enables the subspecialty resident to assume supervisory and teaching roles. Our program is organized and conducted in a manner that ensures optimum patient care while providing residents with the opportunity to become skilled clinicians, competent teachers, and knowledgeable investigators familiar with and capable of administering a critical care unit.

Franco Diaz, M.D.
Third Year
Facultade de Medicina
Clinica Alemana Universidad del Desarrollo/Chile

Joshua Lovvorn, M.D.
Second Year
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Kamal El Masri, M.D.
Third Year
Makassed General Hospital
Beruit, Lebanon

Sangeetha Rao, M.D.
Second Year
St. Barnabas Hospital

Robert Richter, M.D.
First Year
Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Nathan Swinger, M.D.
First Year
Mercer University