University of Dallas
During my pediatric residency training at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital, I was able to experience how unique and truly incredible our critical care unit is. The unit is staffed by intensivists who are both approachable and passionate about teaching. The nursing staff is supportive of not only patients, but residents and attendings. Pediatric residents that rotate through the unit are eager to learn, hardworking, and bright. The overall atmosphere at Helen DeVos is one of comradery and collegiality among all providers. In addition to the work environment, our critical care unit has not only a high volume of patients, but of specialty patients in particular. We perform over 250 cardiac surgeries and procedures per year which return to our unit, not a separate cardiac ICU. We also have a growing kidney transplant program. Grand Rapids is a thriving city with access to tons of different activities from hiking and water sports, to live music and beer drinking (we are known as Beer City, USA!). The question becomes, why wouldn't you want to train here? For me the choice was simple. I wanted to train in a program with excellent teaching and a strong experience in cardiac care, all while surrounded by quality people.
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Congenital Heart Disease ECMO Resident Education End of Life Bioethics
Deciding on the perfect fellowship program can be quite challenging. Helen Devos Children's Hospital (Grand Rapids) was the fellowship program that stood out amongst all others. What was most attractive about the program was the relationships between the residents, fellows, faculty and hospital staff. Residents and fellows are supported not only by the faculty and attending physicians, but also fellow residents. This supportive environment accompanied with the focus on educational achievement, allows residents and fellows to reach their full potential while impacting the community.
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Upper airway management Simulation Ultrasound Sedation Congenital heart disease