Welcome to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit! Resident training in our PICU encompasses an intensivist-directed, collaborative team model of patient-centered care. While on this rotation, you will receive specialized lectures as a part of the Pediatric Critical Care Core Curriculum providing a pathophysiologic framework for your critically ill patients. Residents will be exposed to a vast range of diagnoses and complex conditions including but not limited to:

  • Life-threatening infection and sepsis
  • Multi-organ failure
  • Trauma
  • Post-surgical management
  • Cancer and blood disease
  • Solid organ/bone marrow/stem cell transplantation
  • Neurological deterioration
  • Complex congenital heart disease
  • ECMO


Before Your Rotation


  • Required four-week rotation during both PL2 and PL3 years
  • Total of four days off, occurring on weekends when the resident is neither post call or on call
  • Each resident is expected to attend continuity clinic as scheduled

Daily schedule:

  • Fellow-led sign out at 6:30 AM for residents and fellows
  • Didactic teaching for residents is typically led by fellows and occurs from 8:00 AM-8:30 AM every morning (PowerPoints can be found here)
  • Rounds start at 8:30 AM. Patients and rounds occur on two separate teams. Each team consists of a primary attending, a primary fellow, and two primary residents.
    • The Green team rounds on patients requiring post-operative cardiac and neurosurgical care and the general PICU patient population
    • The Blue team rounds on patients with primary hematology/oncology diagnoses and the general PICU patient population
  • Bedside teaching occurs daily
  • Residents should attend noon conference daily
  • Fellow-led sign out to the overnight resident/fellow/attending team at 4:30 PM (3:30 PM on Fridays)

Roles and Responsibilities


Team usually meets in the “fishbowl” conference room in the middle of the PICU on Comer 4. Patient rooms on Comer 3 and 4.


CAPS lecture series
Comer Children’s Hospital PICU webpage
Resident PICU rotation curriculum