The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) 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 a medical surgical PICU and cardiovascular surgical critical care PCICU). The Critical Care Environment at the Stollery Children’s Hospital is a Level 1 trauma centre, a referral centre for solid organ transplant (including heart, lung, kidney, liver and small bowel) and the referral centre for the Western Canadian Children’s Heart Network which performs over 450 congenital heart surgeries annually. It also has a busy transport program with over 200 transports performed annually.
In addition to the time in the PICU and PCICU, learners spend time in the pediatric operating room. There is protected research time over the two years of residency as well as time for other electives such as cardiology, nephrology, VAD/ECMO, echocardiography, transport and NICU. There is a block of elective (call free) time each year that can be taken within or outside of Edmonton.
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 scholarly 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.