About the Program
Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, California is a 250-bed children’s hospital, affiliated with the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, serving the entire four-county Inland Empire containing a population of over 4 million. Specifically, our children’s hospital services a geographical area of 1.2 million children in Southern California. Fellows rotate through both the Pediatric ICU (PICU) and the Pediatric Cardiac ICU (PCICU). The Pediatric Critical Care service covers a closed 25-bed medical/surgical PICU, and a 14-bed pediatric cardiac/solid organ transplant intensive care unit unconnected from our 19-bed step-down unit. Our total admissions are approximately 1800 per year and we offer critical care transport for the children in our region, separate from the neonatology division, performing about 800 transports annually of which 80% come to the intensive care unit.
Fellows actively participate in multi-disciplinary patient care with the trauma team, heart and renal transplant teams, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, orthopedic surgery, and head and neck surgery, among others.
The PICU fellows also take and manage transport calls from outside hospitals. We have two pediatric critical care transport teams at any given time, consisting of a resident physician, PICU nurse, and respiratory therapist. When a patient is critically unstable, then a PICU fellow may be asked to go with the transport team.