Welcome to the Pediatric Critical Care Pediatric Residency Training webpage and the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. You about to embark on a four-week excursion into an area of pediatrics, which will be slightly different from any other area, you have so far explored the care of the critically ill child. It will be a long and challenging month, with demanding hours and considerable responsibility, but it will be a month hopefully filled with many learning opportunities and rewarding experiences.
Our Pediatric Critical Care Medicine residency training program is part of the Pediatric Residency program at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and University of Tennessee Health Science Center. It is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and meets all the requirements of the American Board of Pediatrics. The Division of Critical Care Medicine is located within the Department of Pediatrics; attendings are either board-certified in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine or are board eligible (having trained in critical care at an accredited program). All attendingsd have faculty appointments at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC).
Residents' training takes place in the 20-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the adjoining 21 bed Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU). We have approximately 1,600-1,800 admissions annually, provides all critical care services for active programs in pediatrics, general surgery, neurosurgery, otolaryngology and craniofacial reconstruction, orthopedics, transplantation, and trauma. In addition, the PICU serves as a center of excellence for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), providing advanced life support to patients from the NICU, CVICU, and Pediatric Surgical service.
Remember, you are training to become general pediatricians who will have the occasion to be first on the scene with a critically ill child. Becoming familiar with the life-saving equipment, techniques, and treatment plans that you will be exposed to in this rotation will help you to deal with these situations in a competent, organized fashion.
Dr. Mark Bugnitz
Dr. Samir Shah
Department of Pediatrics
Critical Care Division
Le Bonheur Children's Hospital
50 N Dunlap, 3rd Floor
Memphis, TN 38103