Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Residency Program

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Residency Training Program at the University of Alberta prepares residents for practice in pediatric critical care medicine in a tertiary/quaternary setting, caring for both medical-surgical and cardiac patients. The Critical Care Environment at the Stollery Children's Hospital is a Level 1 trauma center, a referral center for solid organ transplant (including heart, lung, kidney, liver and small bowel), a busy Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) program with over 30 runs a year, and the referral center 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.

Most of the two-year residency is spent within the pediatric critical care environment (split between a 16-bed medical surgical PICU and a 16-bed cardiovascular surgical critical care PCICU). Learners spend time in pediatric anesthesiology and have protected time for research or other scholarly pursuits. In addition, many electives are available to choose from including cardiology, nephrology, VAD/ECMO, echocardiography, diagnostic imaging, transport, palliative care, and NICU. There is also 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 as well as in situ in the ICU environment. 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. Residents also receive funding to travel to one major conference a year.

The PCCM Residency Training Program is open to trainees from pediatrics, emergency medicine, surgery and anesthesia. The program is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

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Program Highlights

  • The second busiest program in Canada and one of the few that offers the full range of critical care therapies (including cardiac/transplant surgery, ECMO, VAD, and CRRT) and subspecialists
  • Only four to five PCCM trainees in the program at a time which provides more learning opportunities for our trainees
  • Support for learners to travel to national and international conferences
  • Large catchment area and a broad range of pathology
  • An engaged, supportive, and active teaching faculty