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Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship

Can you provide a brief summary of the program?

What are the salary and benefits?

Who is eligible to apply?

How do I apply?

What is the relationship to UCLA?

Who are the faculty?

How can I contact you for more information?

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Can you provide a brief summary of the program?

The Los Angeles County/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is a three-year program fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Our goals are to provide the trainee with the knowledge and skills to care for critically ill children and to enable the trainee to make contributions to the field of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. These goals are accomplished through clinical service, structured educational conferences and independent assignments with consistent feedback on progress.

The strength of the clinical training is based on the vastly different experiences obtained in the intensive care units at two institutions, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). The two hospitals are highly complementary, both in patient population and administrative structure, and this confers a significant benefit in terms of experience. At CHOC, the Fellow is exposed to a variety of diseases encountered at a tertiary care Children’s center, including a busy cardiac surgery program, transport and sedation services, as well as higher level therapies such as extracorporeal life support and bone marrow transplantation. At Harbor-UCLA, the Fellow plays a central role in the management of critically ill infants, children and adolescents predominately from an underserved population. Patients with a wide variety of diseases are encountered, especially those admitted for traumatic injury, since Harbor-UCLA is one of LA County’s Pediatric Trauma Centers. By rotating through these two hospitals, the Fellow interact with over 14 faculty trained in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, as well as multiple pediatric subspecialists. At the end of the program, our Fellows are well prepared to practice critical care medicine in a variety of settings. Commuting between the two centers is not an issue since fellows are assigned to only one of the two hospitals at any given time.

The Scholarly Activity experience is a vital component of our program. It is structured to prepare the fellow for a career in academic medicine and is tailored to suit the needs of the individual. Medical education, with an emphasis on learning how to teach, is of high priority. There are numerous research opportunities, including clinical, laboratory or medical education. Most research is performed at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor-UCLA (LABioMed); however, there are also opportunities at CHOC. Adequate guidance and supervision is provided at all stages to assure a meaningful experience and completion of the project.

There are weekly Pediatric Critical Care Conferences specifically designed for the Fellow. These include journal clubs, case conferences, didactic lectures and innovative interactive sessions, which are broadcast online for participation between the two institutions. There are also formal curriculums in Scholarly Activity (includes teaching in study design, biostatistics and human subjects protection), as well as sessions on professionalism, cultural competency, bioethics, communication and quality improvement. Our fellows stay up to date using our Fellowship Wiki site, where conference schedules, articles, and other educational materials can be accessed. In addition, there are many research seminars and clinical conferences available at both Harbor-UCLA and CHOC.

Our program strives to be innovative in educating our fellows. At our most recent ACGME accreditation, we were commended for implementing learning activities to teach the competencies. These were selected for inclusion in the ACGME Notable Practices database and ours is one of only a few pediatric subspecialties currently listed. For more information, click here and then select specialty "Pediatrics," then category “Model Program Information Form.”

We feel that the constellation of educational, research and clinical opportunities available in our program are unique and provide an exceptional opportunity for training in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. We are very proud of the success of our graduates. In fact, our board passing rate on the first attempt is excellent.

What are the salary and benefits?

A listing of the salary and benefits is available here. Please note that although all Fellow’s receive the same salary, benefits may differ slightly depending upon the salary source.

A copy of the appointment agreement is available here.

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Who is eligible to apply?

To be considered for an appointment, the applicant must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. He or she has completed medical school:

— at an LCME accredited school in the US or Canada
— at an osteopathic school in the US accredited by the AOA
— at a school outside the US, provided that the individual has a valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

  1. He or she is currently enrolled in or has completed an ACGME approved pediatric residency or medicine-pediatrics residency in the US or Canada.
  2. He or she can obtain an unrestricted California Medical License by the projected start date.

Satisfactory completion of the residency program is a prerequisite for actual enrollment in the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship. If an applicant is not a US citizen, he/she must possess a valid J-1 visa. The Fellowship Program does not support the H-1b visa. Applicants who are currently enrolled in another Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship program must provide a completed ABP Fellowship Transfer Form by the time of enrollment.

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How do I apply?

Application to the Los Angeles County/Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship is through ERAS Fellowships. Please visit this site for application details. Applications must also include a CV, a copy of your medical school transcript and three letters of recommendation.

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What is the relationship to UCLA?

The academic sponsor of the Fellowship Program is the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Upon graduation, applicants receive two diplomas, one from the School of Medicine and another from Harbor-UCLA. There are no required rotations at the UCLA Medical Center.

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Who are the faculty?

We pride ourselves on our Program’s commitment to and expertise in teaching. Over the past 5 years, our faculty members have received three Resident Teaching Awards and our Fellows have received three Housestaff Teaching Awards.

Faculty at Harbor-UCLA

Richard Mink, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Critical Care, Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship, and Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Mink received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his Pediatric Residency and his Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship training at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC where he also served as Chief Resident. In 2011, Dr. Mink earned a Master of Academic Medicine degree (i.e. Medical Education) from the University of Southern California. Dr. Mink is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, a Fellow of the American College of Critical Care Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is on the Executive Committees of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Critical Care and the Council of Pediatric Subspecialists. His research laboratory is focused on understanding the role of purine metabolism in hypoxic-ischemic brain injury. He is also interested in clinical aspects of TBI and the long-term effects of treatment.

Bonnie Rachman, M.D. is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Rachman is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She received her medical degree at Tufts University School of Medicine and completed both her Pediatric Residency and Critical Care training at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. She is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Rachman serves as the Chair of Quality Improvement for both the Department of Pediatrics and the Division of Pediatric Critical Care and the Director of Pediatric Critical Care transport. Her research is focused on inadvertent extubation in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit.

Tom Kallay, M.D. is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Kallay is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He received his medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He completed his Pediatric Residency and his Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Kallay is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. His research interests include medical education with an emphasis on simulation-based techniques, and he is currently the Director of the Simulation and Skills Center at Harbor-UCLA. Dr. Kallay completed a two-year Medical Education Fellowship at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and has received the Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award on two occasions.

Faculty at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)

Nick Anas, M.D. is Chief of Critical Care, Associate Director of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonary and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Anas received his medical degree at West Virginia University in Morgantown. He completed his Pediatric Residency at the Children’s Medical Center, Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and his Fellowship training at the University of Rochester.

Paul Lubinsky, M.D. is a Associate Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Lubinsky is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He received his medical degree at the University of Cape Town, South Africa and completed his Pediatric Residency at the University of California, Irvine and his Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Children’s Hospital of Orange County.

Anthony Cherin, M.D. is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Cherin is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He received his medical degree at Ohio State University School of Medicine. Dr. Cherin completed his Pediatric Residency at CHOC and his Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Jason Knight, M.D. is Co-Director of the CHOC Transport Program and an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Knight received his medical degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia and completed his Pediatric Residency and his Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Michele Domico, M.D. is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Domico is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She received her medical degree from and completed her Pediatric Residency training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. After completing her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, she worked in London at the Great Ormond Street Hospital as a Senior Fellow in Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care/ECMO. She specializes in the care of infants and children after cardiac surgery.

Juliette Hunt, M.D. is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric critical care. Dr. Hunt completed medical school at the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine. Her residency training was completed at the Boston Combined Residency Program, where she also served a year as Chief Resident. Following completion of her residency, Dr. Hunt completed fellowship training in pediatric critical care at Boston Children's hospital and also served as the chief critical care fellow during her final year of fellowship. Dr. Hunt did additional training in pediatric cardiac critical care at Boston Children's Hospital prior to beginning work at CHOC. Her areas of research interest include cardiac critical care and medical education with an emphasis on simulation.

Dina Iwai, M.D. is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. She is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Iwai received her medical degree at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She completed her Pediatric Residency at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center and her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Jason Cook, M.D. is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in pediatric critical care. Dr. Cook completed medical school at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. His residency training was completed at King/Drew Medical Center where he also served a year as Chief Resident. Following completion of his residency, Dr. Cook completed fellowship training in pediatric critical care at Massachusetts General Hospital. His areas of research interest include teaching leadership in Pediatric CCU using High Fidelity Simulation and Incidence & description of morbidities during Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

Patricia Liao, M.D. is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Liao is board certified in Pediatrics and board eligible in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. She received her medical degree from Northwestern University and she completed her Pediatric Residency at CHOC and her Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Adam Schwarz, M.D. is an attending physician in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Schwarz is board certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. He received his medical degree and completed his residency training at Stanford University. He completed his Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

For Information about CHOC Faculty, click here.

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How can I contact you for more information?


Richard B. Mink, M.D.
Division Chief, Division of Pediatric Critical Care
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program

1000 West Carson Street, Box 491
Torrance, CA 90509
Phone: (310) 222-4002
Fax: (310) 320-2271
Email: rmink@ucla.edu

Program Coordinator
Susan Butler
susanbutler@labiomed.org
Phone: 310-222-4002
Fax: 310-320-2271

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