Fellowship Program in Pediatric Critical Care

The Department of Pediatrics offers a Fellow Applicant Travel Scholarship Program for applicants interested in cell and molecular biology and health disparities research. 

Each fellow's clinical experience is designed to meet their educational goals. Fellows rotate through the pediatric ICU and the pediatric Cardiothoracic ICU with the opportunity to gain additional experience in the trauma burn ICU, emergency critical care unit and ECMO.

The clinical experience is complemented by instruction in research design and methods, leading to completion of original research projects.

The University of Michigan Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship is an ACGME accredited program that offers comprehensive training in pediatric critical care and whose aim is to train the future leaders of pediatric critical care. 

Fellowship Components

Clinical Care

Fellows provide minute-to-minute critical care to patients admitted to the 24 bed PICU as well as responding to rapid responses and deteriorating patients throughout the hospital.


Comprising half of the time of the fellowship, fellows are mentored to conduct clinical, translational, basic science and educational projects.


A dynamic education program with didactics, high fidelity simulation and opportunities for fellows to teach medical students, residents, nurse practitioners and nursing staff.

Our fellows provide care to patients admitted to the PICU while also responding to acutely deteriorating patients throughout the hospital.  Our PICU fellows care for medical and surgical subspecialty patients admitted to the PICU, including patients receiving solid organ transplants and bone marrow transplants.

Our PICU fellows serve as medical command for all patients being admitted to the PICU who are transported by Michigan Survival Flight. They support referring institutions in phone consultation for critically ill patients. Fellows are trained to perform central venous catheterization, peripherally inserted central catheter placement, arterial catheterization, bronchoscopy and advanced and difficult airway management.

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Fellowship Directors

Tsovinar Sorkin, M.D.
Fellowship Program Director

Kristen Smith, M.D.
Associate Fellowship Director for Education

Mary Dahmer, Ph.D.
Associate Fellowship Director of Research

Pam Borton
Fellowship Coordinator