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Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Fellowship

Fourth Year of Advanced Training in Cardiac Intensive Care

Collaborative Effort

The overall improving results in the management of pediatric and congenital cardiac disease have been recognized as the result of an intense multi and trans-disciplinary effort. This important interaction between pediatric and adult cardiologists, surgeons, intensivists, anesthetists, pharmacists, research staff, nurses, respiratory therapists, perfusion technicians, nutritionists, psychologists, physiotherapists and other specialized staff optimizes conditions to provide an outstanding quality of care to our patients and their families. The advantages of such collaboration allied to the need for highly reliable clinical practices widely justify a specific training in the arena of cardiac intensive care allowing fellows to fully develop comprehensive skills in both cardiology and intensive care, whilst learning how to integrate the team, patients and their families into their activity.

Children’s Hospital Colorado provides a comprehensive training program for pediatric cardiac intensive care 4th year fellows (CICU fellows) and the academic opportunities are tailored to suit background, needs and interests of each candidate. There is a dedicated 16-to-24 bed pediatric cardiac intensive care unit hosting categorical fellows of pediatric cardiology, neonatology, general pediatric intensive care and anesthesia, and Advanced Practitioners (Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners), who work in collaboration with or under the supervision of the 4th year CICU fellow.


The Senior Fellowship curriculum is specifically designed for each individual fellow in order to adequately prepare the trainee to care for patients with critical congenital heart disease. The broad goal throughout the year of training is to develop a large knowledge background, communication skills, leadership skills and the technical skills necessary to provide comprehensive acute critical care to the full spectrum of congenital or acquired heart disease in neonates, toddlers, infants, children, adolescents and adults. We have set forth specific goals and objectives and while all CICU advanced fellows will be expected to achieve these goals by the end of their fellowship, the curriculum will be adapted to the individual’s previous training, knowledge and competence. In addition to the time spent in the cardiac intensive care unit, this could include rotations in ECHO, cardiac anesthesia, perfusion, cardiac surgery, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology, heart failure/transplant, general intensive care, ECMO and research.

Clinical Information

The program provides an academic environment that allows the CICU Senior Fellow to be personally responsible for patients and their families as well as the CICU team, and to develop highly sophisticated skills in the management of medical, pre and post-operative and post-interventional patients with congenital and acquired cardiac illnesses- from the complex neonate to the adult- under the close supervision and mentorship of an experienced group of faculty members. Clinical training is complemented by clinical and academic discussions, didactics, journal clubs, research and teaching opportunities.

Application Process

Fourth year applications will require a copy of your curriculum vitae, at least three letters of reference and a personal statement highlighting why you wish to become a Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Fellow at Children’s Hospital of Colorado. If you are not a USA citizen, include a copy of your ECFMG and specify your Visa status. Please bear in mind that you would need to acquire a J1 visa if selected as a candidate for our program. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

All applications should be submitted by September 1st.

Please submit all applications to both:
Carly Scahill, DO, MSCR
Director, Cardiac Intensive Care Advanced Fellowship​

Renee Patilla
Administrative Coordinator, Cardiac Intensive Care Advanced Fellowship

Feel free to contact either of us with any questions you may have, via email or at 720-777-3365