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The Bradley Peterson Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship is based at Rady Children’s and affiliated with the University of California, San Diego. Eight or nine fellows are a part of our team each year, with two fellows working on clinical service at a time.

The fellowship is designed to provide the knowledge, technical skills and judgment necessary to care for the child who is critically ill and to provide training in research and administration. Fellows also take an active role in the education of residents, as all UC San Diego pediatric residents rotate through our PICU.

Clinical Care

The fellow’s primary clinical responsibility is the management of patients in the PICU, but he/she also serves as an integral part of the Trauma and CHET (transport) teams. The PICU offers a high-volume, high-acuity and diverse clinical experience. Fellows have an opportunity to care for children with the full range of life-threatening disorders, as well as those recovering from cardiovascular surgery, trauma surgery, transplant surgery, neurosurgery, airway reconstruction, and other major surgeries.

Research and Teaching

Approximately 40 percent of the fellow’s time is devoted to teaching and research. Research opportunities at Rady Children’s and UC San Diego are available in both the clinical and laboratory settings. The fellow works under the supervision of a physician director of critical care and anesthesia research and a PICU research nurse.

How to Apply

Please visit the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) website for current training program guidelines.

All applications for standard three-year fellowships are through ERAS, the online application service of the AAMC, and positions are offered through the National Resident Matching Program Pediatric Subspecialties match.

ERAS Match:

Please submit applications through ERAS.

Please review the ERAS match instructions.

Fellowship candidates are invited for a virtual interview via zoom after review of completed fellowship applications. We are working on an optional in person visit. Interested applicants can contact our program coordinator with additional questions.

Additional Assistance or Questions:

Brenna Vanderpool
PICU Fellowship Program Coordinator
Phone: 858-966–5863

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