Fellow Reading List

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Recommended Reading

 1.       Primary Textbooks

Pediatric Critical Care:

We would recommend choosing one and trying to read systematically through the textbook, ideally within your first year of fellowship. Choices include:

·         Fuhrman and Zimmerman. Pediatric Critical Care.  This is a list of questions that fellows should be able to answer after reading each chapter.

·         Shaffner and Nichols. Rogers' Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care

·         Wheeler, Wong, and Shanley. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence.

Cardiac Intensive Care: 


2.        Key articles

Key Articles: These are important articles within critical care medicine that have informed much of our practice. Knowing the names and basic conclusions of these studies would be a good goal for a 2nd or 3rd year fellow. 

PedsCCM.org Evidenced Based Journal Club

ATS Pediatric Pulmonary/CCM Reading List

Journals: Fellows should set up a system to stay on top of key literature. This could include creating an account on PubMED (myncbi) and having searches automatically sent to you on a regular basis, using a RSS reader (ie Feedly) to follow the table contents of major journals, or using Twitter (#PedsICU) to get updates on key literature.

Journals to follow include: NEJM, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine ("The Blue Journal"), Critical Care Medicine, Intensive Care Medicine, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Others could include JAMA, JAMA Peds, Pediatrics, and Journal of Pediatrics. 

3.       Supplemental Books:



·         West, John. Respiratory Physiology: The Essentials. Ninth Edition. 2011

·         West, John. Pulmonary Pathophysiology: The Essentials. Eighth Edition. 2012

·         Lumb, Andrew B.  Nunn’s Applied Respiratory Physiology.  Seventh Edition . 2012

·         Bartlett, Robert H. Critical Care Physiology. 2010

·         Lily, Leonard. Pathophysiology of Heart Disease.  Fifth Edition. 2010.


·         Annich, Gail et al. ECMO. Fourth Edition. 2012


Communication and End of Life

·         Back, Arnold, Tulsky.  Mastering Communication with Seriously Ill Patients: Balancing Honesty with Empathy and Hope.  2010

·         Buckman,Robert.How to Break Bad News: A Guide for Health Care Professionals.  1992


4.       Research Books

Hulley, Stephen B et al. Designing Clinical Research.  Fourth Edition.  2013


5.       Online resource




6.       Board Review Materials:

        PREP-ICU: https://shop.aap.org/prep-icu-critical-care-series/

        SCCM has variety of resources from online board review lectures to self-assessment question books: 



            Lucking, Stephen et al. Pediatric Critical Care Study Guide: Text and Review.  Springer publishing. 2012

7.    Social Media

 Pediatric Critical Care is surprisingly active in Twitter. You can follow the hashtag #PedsICU as well as various journals to find out the latest updates on new articles, what leaders in the field are discussing