“The patient is your best teacher – ask the patient.” – Dr. Bradley Peterson

Clinical exposure to patient pathophysiology at the bedside is the foundation of pediatric critical care education.

A structured education curriculum that is systems based repeats two times over the 3 year fellowship.  Our education curriculum consists of formal and informal didactic lectures, case conferences, board review, simulation and focused course work.

Dedicated Courses:

  • West Coast Boot Camp Orientation
  • Pediatric Critical Care US Course
  • Difficult Airway Course
  • ECMO Course
  • PALs Instructor Course
  • INQUIRY Quality Improvement Course
  • ATLS Course
  • ACLS Course


  • Biweekly Morning Conference
  • Monthly Journal Club, Board Review and Case Conference
  • Weekly M&M Conferences (PICU, Trauma, Cardiac, CHET)
  • Monthly Research Meeting
  • Quarterly Simulation

Academic Support

  • Computer access to UCSD Online Library, MDConsult, Pubmed, Online journals
  • 24 hour access to Rady Children’s Hospital Library
  • Society of Critical Care Membership (SCCM)
  • SCCM Virtual PICU Rounds I and II
  • Board Review Material (SCCM and ICU Prep)
  • Purchased Texts: Rogers Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care, “Baby” Rogers Handbook and Pediatric Critical Care Study Guide (Lucking)