Pediatric Surgical Critical Care Fellowship

The University of Michigan Pediatric Surgical Critical Care fellowship prepares graduates to become leaders in the specialty as part of an accelerated 1-year program combining pediatric and adult surgical ICU training.

Mission & Goals

Our fellowship program, one of only a dozen in the country, offers:

  • Learn from surgeons in the ICU: In most institutions, pediatricians manage surgical ICU patients. At Michigan Medicine, surgeons manage that care, providing pediatric surgery critical care fellows with a unique training experience as they learn from faculty who are trained in both .
  • Diverse case mix: As a fellow, you will spend 8 months taking care of pediatric surgery patients in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units at CS Mott Children’s Hospital. You will also spent 3 months taking care of adults at the University of Michigan Surgical, Cardiovascular and Trauma/Burn Intensive Care Units. These rotations expose our fellows to a broad casemix of patients as they learn from our nationally recognized faculty. Michigan Medicine has particular strengths in ECMO, adult ICU critical care, trauma burn, and cardiovascular ICU care.
  • Excellent career outcomes: We have a 100 percent board pass rate and previous fellows have gone on to become pediatric surgeons with clinical expertise as directors of surgical critical care or ECMO at their institutions.

Program Overview

We accept 3 fellows a year into our 1-year ACGME-approved fellowship.

This program is designed for applicants who have completed their General Surgery residency and seek further training in the post-operative management of the critically ill pediatric surgery patient. At the end of the program, trainees are eligible to take the Surgical Critical Care Certifying Examination through the American Board of Surgery.

As a fellow, you will spend 8 months at CS Mott Children’s Hospital, Michigan Medicine’s nationally ranked children’s facility, home to neonatal and a pediatric intensive care units (NICU and PICU).

You will gain experience in the pre-, peri- and postoperative management of complex pediatric surgery patients from the neonatal period and into young adulthood. Common diagnoses in these patients include necrotizing enterocolitis, gastroschisis, congenital diaphragmatic hernia and esophageal atresia with tracheoesophageal fistula. The multiply-injured child is a common admission to the PICU as we are a referral center for the state of Michigan. You will become proficient in the management of mechanical ventilation, fluids and electrolytes and parenteral nutrition in the neonate and pediatric patient. You will also have the opportunity become adept at ECMO management in the neonatal, pediatric and adult populations.

Your remaining 3 months are spent at University Hospital caring for critically ill and injured adults, learning fluid and electrolyte balance, blood gas interpretation, respiratory therapy, and hyperalimentation in this population.


Fellows attend all regular conferences within the Section of Pediatric Surgery as well as the Surgical Critical Care core lecture series and journal club.

Research & Academic Opportunities

Each fellow is required to complete a research abstract or publication and a quality improvement project. Many fellows in the program average 10 publications during their fellowship year or the year after they finish the program.

You will find ample opportunities to contribute to research efforts in the Section of Pediatric Surgery.

Applications for the Pediatric Surgery Critical Care Fellowship are sent directly to the Program Director and should be received no later than December 31 of the year proceeding the anticipated start date in July.

All applications are reviewed by our training committee and select applicants are asked to visit for a personal interview.

The following materials are required to complete your application:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Brief personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation are required: one from the director of your current training program, one from a surgeon with whom you have worked and one from another professional with whom you are personally acquainted, preferably a pediatric surgeon.

Contact Us

For further information regarding our program and application process please contact:

Section of Pediatric Surgery
CS Mott Children’s Hospital
University of Michigan
1540 E Hospital Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109