Critical Care Services: Professional Training
The physicians who treat patients at Children's Medical Center Dallas are not employees or agents of Children's. They are either (i) independent physicians engaged in the private practice of medicine who have staff privileges at Children's; (ii) independent physicians who are independent contractors and have staff privileges at Children's; (iii) physicians employed by The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas or another institution who have staff privileges at Children's; or (iv) physicians participating in the care of patients as part of a post-graduate medical education program.
The fellowship program at Children's Medical Center is designed to train those passionate about critical care medicine who will become academic leaders in the field. Leticia Castillo, M.D. is the Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program.
The program provides the opportunity to acquire clinical expertise through the care of critically ill infants and children, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the pathogenesis of severe illnesses.
The objective of this program is to train individuals who are passionate about critical care medicine and who will become academic leaders in the field. The program provides the trainee with the opportunity to acquire clinical expertise in the care of critically ill infants and children, as well as an in-depth knowledge of the pathogenesis of severe illnesses. In addition, the program offers an array of research training opportunities that helps fellows learn to ask and answer scientific questions that relate to the genetic, molecular, cellular, physiologic or clinical aspects of pediatric critical care medicine. The division and collaborating faculty have particular expertise in molecular biology, molecular pathophysiology and translational clinical research.
Goals of the fellowship program:
- To develop a strong background in pediatric critical care medicine emphasizing the pathophysiology and management of life-threatening pediatric illnesses.
- To develop clinical expertise in the care of critically ill infants and children.
- To develop expertise in multidisciplinary care concepts for critically ill children, particularly those requiring long-term critical care, including: use of technological devices, development of complex discharge planning and overseeing family needs during crises.
- To familiarize trainees with the difficult ethical questions that arise in caring for critically ill and injured children.
- To develop original lines of clinical and/or basic science research.
- To develop expertise at organization, analysis, preparation and presentation of data.
- To develop teaching skills for both the informal and formal presentation of material.
- To develop expertise in the organizational and administrative skills necessary for the development and/or ongoing management of a multidisciplinary critical care unit.
- To train physicians for academic careers.