Educational Resources

There is a strong emphasis on fellow education, both clinically and theoretically. Every year, we organize a boot camp for incoming first year fellows to review high yield topics of routine critical care that may be useful in their coming time in the PICU and PCCU. We have a uniformly designed didactics schedule for fellow education, which includes core critical care curriculum, Morbidity & Mortality conference, and journal club. Fellow conferences are structured to involve presentations by fellows, critical care attendings and other pediatric specialists. Our fellows also have the opportunity attend Multi-disciplinary cardiac care conferences and departmental grand rounds provided by the department of pediatrics.

The simulation center at H-E-B Clinical Skills Center at UTHSCSA provides an advanced simulation methodology to support the development of skills for the fellows. Fellows are also provided with the AAP PREP-ICU and board review courses membership, fully funded through department. Fellows are also encouraged to take part in difficult airway courses, ultrasound courses, or other opportunities for advanced learning, supported by the department.

Resident and medical student teaching is a core part of the fellowship beginning with a course in teaching adult learners early in the first year and continued with opportunities to teach informally on rounds as well as giving formal lectures when the time is available.

PCCM Board Review Program

Certification in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Critical Care are milestones that lay the foundation for life-long learning in our field of practice. Given the importance of accomplishing this milestone in a timely manner post-completion of each training program and the anxiety and stress that it can impart when preparing, we feel it is our obligation to support our trainees in the organized preparation for each of these important endeavors. To that end, the Department of Pediatric and the Division of Pediatric Critical Care have devised a Board Preparation Curriculum and Boot Camp for each of the 2 certification exams.

Pediatric Certification Exam Preparation:

The Curriculum for the Pediatric Board Certification Exam will include three key parts:

  • New England Journal of Medicine Knowledge + adaptive learning platform
  • Med Study/Pediatrics Options (you choose)
    • Attend Live review course in Dallas in August (Travel & Hotel at your expense)
    • Online - Watch Live from San Antonio
    • Videos – Watch when & where at any time
  • Dedicated Study time for Board Boot Camp in Sept-Mid Oct.

Pediatric Critical Care Certification Exam Preparation:

The Curriculum for the Pediatric Critical Care Board Certification Exam will include:

  • “How do you learn best?” Assessment tool to allow for individualized study plan
  • AAP Prep ICU Questions for Pediatric Critical Care
  • Preparation for Annual In-training Exams with month-long daily “Battle of the Brains” Text War. Who can get the questions right the fastest and win the Brain Trophy??
  • Annual In-training Exams
  • Annual SCCM Knowledge Assessment Exam
  • Dedicated Study time during Board Boot Camp in Senior Year that focuses on your strengths and weaknesses
  • Core curriculum during weekly Fellows Conference
  • Attending an SCCM Board Review Course the fall before you take your PCCM Certification Exam (Payment is on us!)