Critical Care Medicine

Fellowship Overview

The Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program at the Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Presbyterian offers trainees a diverse education in clinical, administrative, and research-based Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at a state-of-the-art facility. The Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and participates in the National Residency Matching Program for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. The Program has a track record of training Fellows in specialized programs such as the Physician Scientist Development Program, Masters of Public Health programs, and combined training in two pediatric subspecialties, as well as training Fellows in general and cardiac Pediatric Critical Care.

Clinical Experience
Clinical experience is provided at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, one of the largest pediatric facilities in the country. The PCCM division oversees three clinical services, with a total of 41 Pediatric Intensive Care beds: a 14-bed Pediatric Cardio Vascular ICU (CVICU), a 13-bed medical/surgical PICU, and a 14-bed pediatric neuro ICU. ECMO cases (approximately 50 per year) are taken care of in the CVICU and the general PICU. 

Research Experience
The rich research environment of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons is available for mentored laboratory or clinical research experience. All Fellows have an individually tailored Scholarship Oversight Committee convened to follow and advise them throughout their training in research or scholarly activities. For Fellows interested in pursuing laboratory-based research, multiple relationships exist with top laboratories at Columbia offering a rich experience in active areas of basic science investigation, including: stem cells in brain injury and mechanisms of brain injury; stem cells in lung injury and transplantation; and inflammatory responses to staphylococcal infection

In addition, the division has an active clinical research program with on-going investigations in the following areas: ethics; bioinformatics; multisite pacing after cardiac surgery; inflammatory states in critical illness; critical illness associated hyperglycemia; "database mining"; comparative effectiveness of the management of childhood traumatic brain injury; the informed consent processes; and international health. 

Educational Opportunities
Educational goals are met through an established curriculum. Focused clinical curriculum is centered on weekly Fellows Conference meetings at which advanced principles of physiology and patient management are discussed, monthly Pediatric Cardiac Critical Care Conferences, and weekly Division Chief Bedside Rounds.  Additional learning opportunities include didactic sessions, directed readings, mortality and morbidity conferences, quality improvement meetings, laboratory meetings, research conferences, and journal clubs. Fellows receive formal education in biostatistics and study design, ethical and legal aspects of critical illness, PICU administration, and scientific writing.


How to Apply to the Program

Applications to our fellowship are processed through the (Electronic Residency Application Service) ERAS system. Applicants who wish to apply to our program should do so through ERAS:

Materials are accepted during the summer and early fall of the year preceding the start of fellowship – i.e. applications will be accepted starting in July of 2018 for fellowship positions beginning in 2019. The deadline for completed applications materials is September 1st of the year preceding the start of fellowship. Persons who wish to apply must be board eligible or board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics: Please note that a completed application includes:

  • Completed ERAS forms
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one letter from the applicant's Department Chairman or Residency Director
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Additional information, such as personal statements and manuscript reprints are welcomed.

Acceptances to the fellowship are made through the Pediatric Specialties Fall Match of the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). Please refer to the NRMP website for details about the match submission deadline.

Applicants to the program may wish to consider additional clinical and research training experiences that may be available for selected Fellows. These experiences include:

  • Combined training in two pediatric subspecialties
  • Concentrated research training through the Physician Scientist Development Program
  • Concentrated clinical research training through Public Health School Scholarships

    Applicants wishing to pursue any of these opportunities must identify themselves to the Program Director early in the application process.

Columbia University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital are equal opportunity employers; applications from women and minorities are encouraged. Please note that Columbia University and the New York Presbyterian Hospital do not sponsor H1B visa trainees.

At any time if you'd like to speak to the Program Director about our program, please contact Dr. Linda Aponte-Patel at 212-305-8458 or