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Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program

Welcome from the Program Director

Andrea Hinkle

Andrea Hinkle, M.D.
 Program Director

Our Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and combines education, research, and clinical experience. The fellowship program is structured so that trainees spend time in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), the Pediatric Cardiac Care Center (PCCC) and are involved in research during all three years. We afford fellows exceptional clinical training among a diverse group of attendings, and strive to train clinically superb intensivists, with a special emphasis on professional and personal balance. As program director, I work closely with the fellows to ensure a quality, balanced, and customized training experience.

Our fellows excel in both the clinical and academic realms and benefit from personal individualized training. I invite you to explore the breadth of opportunities available in pediatric critical care and to see how our program can help you meet your goals and plan your future career.

Andrea Hinkle, M.D.
Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program Director

Fellows who have successfully completed a three-year ACGME-accredited specialty program in either Pediatric Critical Care or Pediatric Cardiology are eligible to apply for our Cardiac Intensive Care Fellowship.

What Makes Us Unique?

Our Children's Hospital

UR Medicine opened a new building for the Golisano Children's Hospital in 2015. Two more floors were completed in 2017 encompassing new pediatric operating rooms, a pediatric cardiac surgery center, a gastroenterology procedure suite, and a new pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit/Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit is the largest intensive care service for children in western and central New York, serving more than 800 children each year.

A National Leader in Improving Quality and Safety

ACGME has chosen URMC to be one of eight institutions to help transform the way we improve quality and safety. Our fellows play a key role in changing the clinical learning environment here at our institution and across the country. This initiative furthers our commitment to continuously improve health care by advancing the quality of physician education.

Involvement in Patient Care

Our fellows experience a well-rounded patient base and treat a variety of patient needs. Based on our program size, the degree of fellow involvement in each case is exceptional, with the opportunity to lead rounds, perform procedures, and field questions.

Extensive Cardiac Experience

Our PICU and PCCC (Pediatric Cardiac Care Center) share space and attendings. While on in-house call, fellows tend to all patients, affording them far more experience with cardiac management than in larger settings.

Customized Curriculum

Within the requirements of the Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program, we can modify fellow training to accommodate individualized needs and strengths, as well as hone learning to support a fellow’s specific professional interest.


The Department of Pediatrics and Division of Critical Care deeply value and attend to the wellbeing of our fellows and residents. We monitor workloads, allow for flexible scheduling, and plan fun events, relaxing and family time.

Well-Balanced Call Schedule

Our fellows’ schedule for in-house call totals 180 shifts (30 months x 6 calls/month) over a typical 3 year training period. This is one night per week and two weekend days per month.

Strong Mentorship

The Chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and/or Dr. Patricia Chess, Vice Chair of Education, meet quarterly with fellows from our subspecialty training programs in an informal roundtable setting to offer mentorship and research guidance. In addition, a high trainee to faculty ratio allows for strong faculty interaction and guidance.

Dedicated Faculty

Our faculty are in-house 24/7, which offers fellows autonomy and guidance. They are dedicated to teaching and fellows’ success, taking active roles in clinical and didactic education. Fellows regularly have one-on-one interactions with attendings to support their academic and professional development through mentoring, bedside teaching, and lectures.

Research Support

The Department of Pediatrics provides financial support for each fellow to present at one national conference as this contributes to their professional development and hones their presentation and networking skills.