Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

The Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship offers a comprehensive training experience with a diverse clinical service, a structured research experience and a thorough academic curriculum.

The mission of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program at Nationwide Children's Hospital is to train the next generation of well-rounded pediatric critical care physicians and future leaders of our field. Competitive trainees will choose our program for its high volume, depth & breadth of educational content, and equal focus on the pillars of excellence in clinical care, quality improvement, education and science. We strive to produce pediatric intensivists that are fully invested and compassionate to a diverse population of patients and families, those that provide dynamic and hands-on pediatric critical care education to trainees, and those who contribute innovative and meaningful science to the field of pediatric critical care.

The Intensive Care Units at Nationwide Children's Hospital includes 54 PICU beds and 20 Cardiothoracic ICU beds, combining for approximately 3,000 admissions per year. Led by 25 critical care faculty, our PICU team cares for children from all hospital services, surgical and medical. Our cardiothoracic ICU is led by a team of eight cardiac intensivists, many with dual certification in cardiology and critical care medicine. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, Level 1 trauma and burn care, and surgical management of complex congenital heart disease are among the treatments available to patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital along with heart, lung, heart/lung, kidney, and bone marrow transplantation.

The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, our on-site state of the art research facility, is in the top 10 in NIH funding among children's hospitals and serves as a home to more than 160 principal investigators engaging in basic, translational and clinical research. Additionally, our academic association with The Ohio State University allows for myriad research and clinical collaborative opportunities.

The three-year training program is divided into 19 clinical months, 15 research months and two elective months. The block schedule for the entire training program is weighted toward clinical time in the first year with more research time and flexibility in the second and third years. The majority of research months are call free. On-call time is spent exclusively in-house and will be no more than every fourth night on average. We are committed to providing a supportive learning environment through strict adherence to the duty hours limitations set forth by the ACGME.

Upon successful completion of the program, the fellow has met the training requirements for Pediatric Critical Care Medicine certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.

What You Need to Know


Nationwide Children's Hospital has consistently held the lowest severity-adjusted mortality rate among our peer institutions in a national benchmarking database. This means many children who would be predicted to die—by their initial illness severity—don't. There are many reasons for this, including outstanding multidisciplinary teamwork; innovative yet evidence-driven practice; and a culture of quality and safety that permeates the PICU. 

Creating a safe day every day is a core value in our everyday work. Patient safety is especially important. Our PICU nosocomial infection rates are among some of the lowest in the country despite the size and acuity of our unit.

Training and Experience

Our program offers clinical training, simulation, research education and more.

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Critical Care Medicine is a leading presence in the field of pediatric critical care research.

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Health Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

Achieving health equity is to achieve a state in which every patient has a fair and just opportunity to attain their highest level of health. Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine are dedicated to improving care for intensive care patients and families from marginalized backgrounds by raising awareness of health and healthcare disparities that exist within the medical field, and by educating providers on topics of health equity, social justice, diversity, and inclusion. Learn more about our hospital’s DEI, health equity initiatives, and community engagement below.

Learn how Nationwide Children's intentionally recruits a diverse workforce with a focus on candidates who are Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM)

Our Healthy Neighborhoods Healthy Families initiative targets five impact areas: affordable housing, education, health and wellness, community enrichment and economic development

Learn more about our School-Based Health Services (Care Connection)

Fellows in our program participate in division-specific and institution-wide didactics and conferences focused on health equity topics. Additionally, Nationwide Children’s is home to the Center for Child Health Equity and Outcomes Research, which affords our fellows opportunities to conduct scholarly projects that aim to reduce healthcare disparities as well.

Global Health Fellowship Track

At Nationwide Children’s Hospital, we believe that global health is an integral function of the profession of pediatrics. In support of this, the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine offers a unique opportunity for Pediatric Critical Care Fellows. The Global Health Track within the PCCM fellowship aims to help fellows develop the essential skills necessary to function as clinicians, educators, and researchers in low and middle income countries at the completion of training. Most academic years, our program has the capacity to admit one fellow into the track every other year (i.e., no more than 2 fellows in the program at a time). Global health fellows spend up to six weeks during the first year of fellowship and up to four months in both the second and third year of fellowship abroad.

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Faculty, Fellows and Alumni

Application and Selection

The Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). Beginning July 1, applications for Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship can be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)

Interested applicants please review Nationwide Children’s policy on resident visa status and financial consideration, as well as Nationwide Children’s Resident Contract.

If you have specific questions relating to the application process, please feel free to contact our program coordinator:

Tricia Brown
Program Coordinator
Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship
Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio  43205-2696

Phone: (614) 722-3436


For more information, please contact:

Markita Suttle, MD
Program Director

Claire Stewart, MD
Associate Program Director

Jennifer Muszynski, MD
Associate Program Director for Research

Megan Daniel, MD
Associate Program Director

Tricia Brown
Program Coordinator
Phone: (614) 722-3436