Education & Training

Established in 1986, the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine is a three-year, ACGME-accredited program. Our comprehensive training includes all aspects of pediatric critical care. Fellows work alongside the best of the best—11 subspecialty board-certified pediatric intensivists.

A medical fellowship in the Pediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU) is a rewarding, career-advancing experience. Critical care fellows accepted into our rigorous program treat and observe the rare, congenital, and critical care cases of a diverse population from New York and around the world. 

The majority of your clinical experience happens in our 26-bed Pediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU). This is a "closed unit," in which the critical care team is primarily responsible for the care of all medical and surgical patients. Patient needs span the entire range of pediatric critical care medicine, with strong representation in acute respiratory failure, septic shock, cardiothoracic surgery, solid organ transplant and neurosurgery.

In addition to comprehensive education in critical care procedures and management, fellows receive extensive training in all methods of advanced therapeutics, including nonconventional respiratory support, ECMO, ventricular assist devices and renal replacement therapy.

Many of our critical care patients are rushed in from other hospitals via ground and air by our expert transport team. This offers interested fellows the opportunity to experience the latest in transport medicine.

Our didactic conferences include a core lecture series, case conferences, journal clubs, research presentations and quality improvement initiatives. Critical care fellows also play a vital role in the monthly Department of Pediatrics Morbidity and Mortality/Performance Improvement conference.

Further enrichment is available at Grand Rounds, cardiac catheterization conferences and multidisciplinary airway management conferences, as well as a broad range of teaching series and lectures provided throughout the Einstein network. Additionally, all fellows train with state-of-the-art equipment and participate in a departmental course that encompasses research study design and implementation, biostatistics,  and grant and transcript preparation, as well as ethics, teaching and mentoring.

Mentored research by news-making, board-certified faculty is available in both laboratory and clinical studies. We participate in the PALISI network, a multicenter group of pediatric critical care investigators evaluating acute lung injury, sepsis and other pediatric critical care issues.

Recent critical care fellows have completed studies on various subjects such as:

  • The effects of chronic hypercapnia in neonatal mouse lung and brain
  • Hydrogen sulfide therapy for congestive heart failure
  • Metformin therapy and cardio protection in heart failure
  • Prostaglandin transporter expression in mouse brain during hypoxia
  • Airway inflammation and responsiveness in rats with chronic Cryptococcus neoformans infection
  • Role of vitamin D deficiency in pediatric critical care illness
  • Biomarkers in pediatric acute decompensated heart failure
  • Myocardial failure in pediatric sepsis
  • Prevalence of arrhythmias detected incidentally by telemetry monitoring in the ICU
  • Impact of dopamine infusion on insulin secretion in healthy subjects
  • Rett's Syndrome in scoliosis surgery


All applications must be made through the Electronic Residency Application Service.

Megan E. McCabe MD
Fellowship Director, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Phone: 718-741-2470

James Williams
Fellowship Coordinator, Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Phone: 718-741-2247

Contact Critical Care Medicine at CHAM