Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital was established in 1981. The three year PCCM fellowship program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and meets all eligibility requirements for the PCCM sub-board of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Our Clinical Facilities

Established in 1952 and a central component of the Methodist-Le Bonheur Healthcare System, Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is the premier free-standing tertiary children's hospital in the Mid-South. In 2010 we moved into our new 12-story, 255-bed, state-of-the-art building. This new building provides 45 medical/surgical subspecialties with all the necessary resources to treat the nearly 130,000 children we care for each year. Although the majority of our patients come from 95 counties in our six-state referral area, children also come to Le Bonheur from all 50 states and many countries.

Here, you will train in our "critical care complex" that occupies two consecutive floors and contains three distinct units managed by one cohesive team. Our 20-bed general pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) serves a diverse population of critically ill medical/surgical patients. The 12-bed Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) serves as both a "step-down" unit as well as an area for the care of children who depend on durable medical equipment. Our 6-bed Neuro-Intensive Care Unit accommodates a brain tumor program that is among the largest and most distinguished in the country, as well as other patients with neurological or neurosurgical illness. Finally, our critical care fellows gain valuable clinical experiences in the 10-bed Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) and the 8-bed Hematology/Oncology ICU at the world-renowned St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Our Critical Care Team

Training with us means you'll be a valued member of our close-knit group of pediatric critical attendings and fellows. It also means being a part of a multi-disciplinary group of pediatric healthcare providers consisting of a full spectrum of subspecialists, general pediatric residents, and acute care nurse practitioners. Our team is rounded out by excellent partnerships with our bedside critical care nurses, respiratory therapists, pediatric pharmacists, pediatric nutritionists, and medical social workers. This team provides care to approximately 1,700 admissions annually, and every single patient that is admitted to one of our units is followed and treated by this critical care team.

Pharmacy and Nutrition

Our units benefit from an on-site, dedicated critical care satellite pharmacy staffed 24/7 by a pediatric pharmacist. This helps to ensure the timely and appropriate administration of medications to our patients. In addition, a pharmacist is present on rounds seven days per week. The pharmacy department also provides a dedicated TPN team, (Total Parental Nutrition), to help formulate parental nutrition for those patients unable to tolerate enteral feedings. A dedicated critical care nutritionist always participates on daily rounds, and makes certain the enteral nutrition is optimally delivered to meet nutritional needs. Both services are invaluable resources for fellowship training.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

Le Bonheur has been designated by the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO) as an ECMO "Center of Excellence" for the fourth consecutive year. Averaging 18 cases annually, your ECMO training will be nothing short of robust. Uniquely, both neonatal and pediatric ECMO patients are managed in the PICU, or in the CVICU when related to congenital heart disease.

Transport

Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital sponsors Pedi-Flite, our specialized transport team that provides ground, rotary wing, and fixed-wing transport for patients referred to the hospital. Pedi-Flite is staffed 24/7/365 by a dedicated team of critical care nurses, respiratory therapists and emergency medical technicians. Our team provides expert pediatric care to an area which covers a 150-mile radius by ground and rotary wing, and further afield by fixed wing. Our trainees have the opportunity to provide medical control for transported patients being directly admitted to the PICU.

In Closing

The Division of Critical Care Medicine at UTHSC and Le Bonheur Children's Hospital is dedicated to providing caring, high-quality, evidence-based care to the critically ill children of the Mid-South and from around the world. Explore our comprehensive fellowship program that includes a robust clinical experience, structured academic curriculum, and organized scholarly activity. We believe you'll agree that Le Bonheur is an amazing place to train in the care of critically ill children and their families!

Contact Us

Department of Pediatrics

Critical Care Division

Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
Children's Foundation
Research Center
50 N Dunlap, 3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38103
Phone: 901-287-6303

Program Coordinator

Julie Clyce
E-mail: jclyce@uthsc.edu