Welcome to the UC Davis Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM) Fellowship Program!

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine fellowship is an ACGME-accredited three-year fellowship program that seeks to train leaders in the field of pediatric critical care. The fellowship provides clinical training in the acute management and coordination of care for critically ill pediatric patients. It provides the knowledge, skills and attitudes to prepare fellows to serve as educators and physician scientists who contribute to advances in the field of pediatric critical care medicine.

Program Director, Critical Care Medicine Fellowship: Jessica Signoff, M.D. 

Associate Program Director: Blair Colwell, M.D.

Program Coordinator: Jen Byberg


UC Davis Children’s Hospital is the tertiary and quaternary care pediatric hospital for children throughout Northern California, western Nevada and southern Oregon. It is the region’s only nationally ranked, comprehensive hospital for children. UC Davis trainees additionally benefit from integration of the Children’s Hospital within the University Medical Center, as well as the academic environment of the University of California Davis.

The state-of-the-art pediatric and cardiac intensive care unit at UC Davis Children’s Hospital is a 24-bed mixed unit that treats over 1800 critically ill infants, children, and adolescents each year. The PICU/PCICU, staffed by 15 board-certified Pediatric Critical Care faculty, provides the full spectrum of extracorporeal support including ECMO, continuous renal replacement, and apheresis therapies. Comprehensive care is available from board-certified physicians in over 30 pediatric subspecialties.

The Division of Pediatric Critical Care is committed to the provision of excellent and compassionate clinical care to critically ill and injured children and their families. In addition, faculty are committed to excellence in research, education, quality improvement, and academic training.  The diverse PCCM faculty include the Chief of Staff, Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Director of the Center of Health and Technology, pediatric clerkship director, Director of Palliative Care, and Director of Clinical Skills. The PICU is an educational site for medical students, residents, nurses, ancillary staff, and external fellows; all faculty and staff share and enthusiasm for teaching. There are over 30 ongoing IRB-approved research projects being conducted by PICU faculty, with many opportunities for collaborative research and quality improvement projects within and outside of the division.

Program Highlights

  • Partnership with Shriner’s Hospital Children to provide intensive care for specialized orthopedics patients
  • Unique opportunity for Shriner’s Hospital for Children Burn ICU rotation
  • Management pediatric ECMO patients, including neonates
  • Busy trauma service in the region’s only Level I pediatric trauma center
  • Nationally renowned pediatric telemedicine program providing enhanced real-time care to remote hospital locations throughout California
  • Active Pediatric Critical Care Transport Team providing ground, rotor, and fixed-wing transport throughout Northern & Central California, Western Nevada, and Southern Oregon
  • Pediatric Heart Center performs 100 cardiac cases per year
  • Renal transplant center
  • First American College of Surgeons verified Level I Children’s Surgery Center on the West Coast (4th in the nation)
  • Simulation-based training at the state of the art Center for Virtual Care 
  • Research training, support, and other resources at the Clinical and Translational Science Center
  • Close research relationship with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

UC Davis has also been recognized for excellence in the following ways:

  • ELSO Center of Excellence
  • Magnet Recognition by American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • PICU/PCICU Beacon Award for Excellence by American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • US News/World Report ranked in 4 specialties in 2021-2022

How To Apply

The UC Davis Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship participates in the NRMP Pediatrics Specialties Fall Match.
All applications are through ERAS, the online application service of the AAMC.

As outlined by the ABP and ACGME, applicants must meet eligibility criteria for this fellowship program including:

  • Board eligibility or board certification in pediatrics or medicine-pediatrics
  • ECFMG certification, if pertinent
  • Completion of the ERAS application
  • At least 3 letters of recommendation
  • School of Medicine transcript
  • USMLE/COMLEX transcript of Step 1-3 scores
  • Personal interview

California Medical Board Licensing Requirements

All residents and fellows are REQUIRED to have a full and unrestricted California Medical License after they complete 36 months of any ACGME (or RCPSC, CFPC) program training.

For more information, visit our Graduate Medical Education CAMB info page.

IMG - Applying for a postgraduate position

Graduates of International Medical Schools must meet all California Medical Board licensing requirements for either a Post Graduate Training License (PTL) or a California Physician’s and Surgeon’s License, and any J-1 visa sponsorship requirements (if applicable).

Visas: A clinical J-1 visa is required for admission to UC Davis Health residency and fellowship training programs. The visa can only be sponsored by ECFMG, which requires passage of USMLE Steps 1 and 2. Applicants on a J-1 with a waiver from the Department of State (DOS) can only be accepted into our programs on an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) or J-1 visa Physician Program.