Critical Care and Cardiology

Discussion in 'Pediatrics' started by Chimera, Jan 3, 2004.

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  1. Chimera

    Chimera Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 1, 2001
    I was hoping someone could answer a few of my questions regarding these pediatric subspecialties (critical care and cardio). As I am very interested in both.

    1.) What fellowship programs are considered top notch for training pediatric intensivists? cardiologists?


    2.) Is there a good amount of utility in being boarded in both fields through joint-fellowships that are currently available in a 5y time period? Would I be crazy to consider this?

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  3. augmel

    augmel Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 7, 2002
    I have a friend that is a PICU fellow at Texas Children's and she is working her ass off but getting amazing training. She says that most common and useful combined program is probably PICU and anesthesia. I guess at UCSD the faculty is almost entirely triple boarded and actually work in both the PICU and the OR. KInda interesting I thought.
  4. SoonerBJJ

    SoonerBJJ Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    augmel- Is your friend happy with her fellowship training at Baylor? What does she think of the PICU, faculty, etc? I've heard very good things about the program.
  5. v-tach

    v-tach Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Aug 29, 2004
    From what I hear, two good places for cardiology are Boston Children's Hospital and CHOP. Don't really know anything about critical care.
  6. Gator05

    Gator05 Resident 7+ Year Member

    Oct 17, 2001
    How does this "triple crown" work of becoming certified in peds, anesthesia and peds CCM? Is it really a 9 year process? I have a hard time believing so (although there isn't much alternative), as this sort of specialization locks you into an academic position, and paying back loans after 9 years of training seems nearly impossible.

    However, it sure is quite a carrot...
  7. SoonerBJJ

    SoonerBJJ Member 7+ Year Member

    Sep 14, 2004
    I believe you must do five years after a pediatrics residency for 8 total years. My info came from the U of Florida at Gainesville website where they describe such a program. You have to do 3 years of an anesthesia residency and then 2 years of PICU. Didn't take that long in the old days. You can set yourself up in a potentially lucrative position but 8 years of growing loans takes some catching up.

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