Letter from the Director

            Thank you for your interest in the UAB Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program.  Our fellowship website contains information about the fellowship program, the Critical Care Division, and the tremendous facilities we enjoy here at UAB and Children’s Hospital of Alabama. 

            Our fully accredited three-year program combines research and clinical experiences that makes our graduates eligible and prepared for the American Board of Pediatrics Subspecialty Board examination in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  The goal of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program is to provide trainees with the education, clinical experience, research training, and technical skills necessary to become excellent intensivists who are ready to become successful in the academic setting. The 36-month curriculum includes 17.5 months clinical service, 18.5 months protected research time, and nine weeks’ vacation. 

            Clinical service takes place in the busy 22-bed multispecialty Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (10 months) and the 20-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (4 months). The Pediatric Intensive Care unit is a combined medical surgical unit. With approximately 1,400 admissions per year, our trainees are exposed to children with a very wide variety of both common and rare critical illnesses representing all subspecialties. Children’s of Alabama is the only level one pediatric trauma center in the state of Alabama, and this ensures adequate preparation in caring for children with traumatic injuries, including those with serious traumatic brain injuries. The Cardiac intensive care unit is a busy service with approximately 250 cases of congenital heart disease that require cardiopulmonary bypass each year. Trainees are exposed to the care of neonate’s and infants with very complex heart defects including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and mechanical assist devices.  Both of these units are housed in the new Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children, a 750,000 square foot, $400 million expansion facility on the UAB health system’s downtown Birmingham campus.  Fellows also complete clinical rotations with anesthesia, pulmonary, palliative care and cardiology/cath lab services. 

            Fellows devote time and effort to academic interests including research projects (clinical, translational, or bench research), and are able to select a research mentor from across all specialties on the UAB campus.  The critical care curriculum also includes training in Quality Improvement with a one-day mini quality academy and a required QI project to be completed during the course of training.  Our faculty has developed a very extensive curriculum that is geared towards preparing our trainees to meet the challenges of being an excellent intensivist as well as facing the critical care boards successfully.

Priya Prabhakaran, M.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship