Web Content Viewer

Critical Care Medicine Fellowship


If you’re passionate about critical care medicine and aim to become an academic leader in the field, the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program at Children’s Health℠ offers you the opportunity to acquire clinical expertise through the care of critically ill infants and children while gaining in-depth knowledge of the pathogenesis of severe illnesses.

Children’s Medical Center Dallas is one of the largest and most esteemed pediatric hospitals in the United States and is the only hospital in North Texas to be nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report in all 10 specialties assessed. Our strategic alliance with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, one of the premier research institutions in the nation, ensures that our fellows will have the distinct advantage of learning from an elite group of leaders in their fields.

Now one of the largest critical care fellowships in the United States, the program emphasizes intense periods of clinical rotations during the early part of the fellowship, and later shifts to protected time to carry out a research program developed with the help of faculty both within the Division of Critical Care Medicine and in the larger UT Southwestern community. In addition to the clinical and research opportunities, the fellowship has a robust didactic curriculum designed to give fellows a foundational knowledge of the pathophysiology of critical illness. Other highlights of the educational program include a simulation curriculum and journal club.  Our fellows have an excellent success rate on the American Board of Pediatric Critical Care sub board examination. The division and collaborating faculty have particular expertise in molecular biology, molecular pathophysiology and translational clinical research.

As a fellow in the program, under the direction of Leticia Castillo, M.D., you will develop a strong background in pediatric critical care medicine that emphasizes the pathophysiology and management of life-threatening pediatric illnesses.

The fellowship encompasses 3 years and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 


Among the goals you will be expected to achieve during your fellowship are:

  • To develop expertise in multidisciplinary care concepts for critically ill children, particularly those requiring long-term critical care, including the use of technological devices, the 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 organizing, analyzing, preparing and presenting 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 apply

Three to four fellowship training positions are available each year. The application cycle begins 12 months prior to the start of the fellowship.

We participate in the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) sponsored match for subspecialties with the following application cycle:

  1. December 1–October 31: Submit application package on ERAS
  2. August 1–October 31: Interview of selected candidates
  3. November (2nd week): Submit rank order list to NRMP
  4. December (1st week): Match results and offer of appointment (for following July)
  • Applicants must have an M.D. degree or equivalent and must have completed or be enrolled in a three-year residency program in general pediatrics or one of the alternate American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) pathways.
  • Applicants must have U.S. citizenship, permanent residency, or a J1 visa. Foreign graduates need an Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certification that is valid for the duration of the fellowship.

The application package should be completed on ERAS and include:

  • Completed application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement with long-term goals
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from a department chair or residency director

If you are interested in an elective rotation in Cardiovascular Critical Care Medicine at Children’s Medical Center, please call 214-456-4467.


Complementary Content