The Critical Care Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Residency Program at the University of Alberta is open to trainees from pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery and anesthesia.
The program prepares residents for practice in pediatric critical care medicine in a tertiary/quaternary setting, caring for both medical and surgical patients. The majority of time is spent learning within the pediatric critical care environment (split between medical surgical and cardiovascular surgical critical care teams).
Mandatory off-service rotations include one block of pediatric anesthesia and one block of surgical neonatal intensive care (at the Stollery). There are two blocks of protected research time over the two years of residency. There is a block of elective (call free) time each year that can be taken within or outside of Edmonton (after discussion between trainee and program director).
Formal education sessions include an academic half day that encompasses lectures, seminars, monthly journal club, monthly city-wide critical care rounds, as well as a host of other subspecialty rounds to which the fellows are invited to attend. Simulation is now integrated significantly into our academic curriculum. Residents are encouraged to complete a minimum of one research project during their training.
Other resident benefits include funding and protected time to participate in the PALS, ATLS, and ECLS courses which are offered in the first and second year of training.