Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program

The Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program in the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine provides broad-based training in the practice of pediatric critical care medicine. Our primary training site, the M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital, is a nationally recognized children's hospital with the steadfast commitment to provide trainees with high quality, comprehensive training in preparation for academic careers in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Emphasis is placed on the stabilization and management of the critically ill child with acute single or multisystem organ failure due to cardiac, pulmonary, infectious, neurologic or traumatic illness. The PICU serves active programs in pediatric cardiac surgery, bone marrow and solid organ transplantation. Pediatric Critical Care fellows participate actively in the multidisciplinary teams responsible for the care of those patients.

Our philosophy is to design a training program to achieve the specific career goals of each trainee under the mentorship of senior clinical and research faculty. We structure our training programs for our trainees to develop the necessary clinical, research, educational, and administrative skills to become clinician-educators and clinician investigators. The overall goal of the program is to produce trainees who are leaders in academic pediatrics.

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Prospective Fellows

We appreciate your interest in the University of Minnesota's Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program and look forward to reviewing your application. Our program participates in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP) and will accept applications only through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Ashley Bjorklund (, if you have any questions not answered here on the webpage. To meet the UMN PCCM Faculty & Fellows, follow this link!

Please Note:

  • Applicants must have completed an ACGME accredited residency program by the fellowship start date
  • We accept only applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) or those who have a J-1 Visa
  • 3 letters of recommendation are required, preferably to include one from a critical care medicine faculty member and one from the residency program director

The University of Minnesota demonstrates a commitment to leveraging the transformative power of equity and diversity to advance excellence in teaching, learning and community engagement. Applications from individuals who self-identify as members of underrepresented groups are particularly welcome.

Stipend & Benefits

This page provides access to information on stipends and benefits for medical residents & fellows.

Additionally, each medical fellow receives:

  • Funding of the ABP General Pediatrics Certifying Exam
  • At least $1,500 for professional development
  • At least $300 annually in education funds
  • MN medical license, or MN residency permit if ineligible for a MN license
  • AAP membership with subspecialty section membership, which includes PREP materials
  • Opportunities for additional funding if presentation or posters are accepted at national or international conferences

Clinical Training

The PICU is a multidisciplinary facility with active programs in all aspects of pediatric medicine and surgery. The majority of clinical training is provided during the first year of fellowship. The clinical commitments during the second and third years of fellowship are reduced so fellows have ample time for pursuit of academic development and research. Fellows receive director supervision from the faculty and have an active role in all phases of patient care, teaching, and research. In addition, they receive concentrated clinical experience in anesthesiology, cardiology, and interventional radiology and rotate annually at one of the the top Level 1 Pediatric Trauma and Burn Centers in the nation.

The PICU provides critical care services for very active programs in medicine, neurosurgery, general surgery, solid organ transplantation, craniofacial reconstruction, orthopedics, otolaryngology and trauma. In the CVICU fellows will care for the full spectrum of pediatric cardiac disease, including more than 200 postoperative patients per year following cardiopulmonary bypass, as well as patients requiring mechanical support including left ventricular assist devices, such as the Berlin Heart, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Educational Training

The educational training for fellows is comprised of clinical, didactic, simulation and administrative based components. Fellows’ clinical training will be provided through close interaction with faculty during clinical rounds and at the bedside. Additionally, clinical training is provided via simulated scenarios and simulation lab sessions to enhance fellow training and comfort in code situations, ECMO and bedside procedures.  Didactic sessions provided by the critical care faculty focus on areas relevant to the clinical practice of pediatric critical care. Fellows will also be provided with education in the areas of academic medicine such as scientific writing, grant preparation, presentation of scientific information, statistical analysis, peer review and ethical scientific conduct. The fellow-based component of the educational program is comprised of didactic lectures and journal club articles presented by the fellows and faculty. The purpose of these lectures, through meaningful feedback from faculty, is to help develop presentation and critical thinking skills necessary for all critical care physicians.

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Current Fellows

Bonnie Bentson
Fellowship Dates: 2023-2026


Paul Chatterton
Fellowship Dates: 2023-2026


Alyssa Levine
Fellowship Dates: 2023-2026


Greg Carlisle
Fellowship Dates: 2022-2025


Sean Larsen, MD
Fellowship Dates: 2021-2024


Johanna Sehloff, MD
Fellowship Dates: 2021-2024

Contact Us

Fellowship Program Director


Fellowship Coordinator

Jessica Jungman
(612) 624-6297

For more information on our other medical fellowship programs, click here.