Educational Opportunities

“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/ interactive lectures, case conferences, board review, simulation and focused course work.

Dedicated Courses:

  • West Coast Boot Camp Orientation
  • Pediatric Critical Care Ultrasound 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 Transport)
  • 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), Critical Heart Disease in Infants and Children, PCICS Cardiac Critical Care Handbook, Pediatric Intensive Care (Pittsburgh Critical Care Medicine)