Early Career and Fellow Special Interest Group (SIG) Update


Dear PCICS family,

The Early Career and Fellow Special Interest Group was formed in 2021 to provide support to its dynamic, enthusiastic, and motivated group of trainees in pediatric critical care, pediatric cardiology, fourth year advanced training, and early career CICU faculty. We are interested in both growing as providers and contributing to the field. We actively engage with other mid- and late- career PCICS members to leverage communal wisdom and guidance through discussing topics such as: feedback, mentorship, being an effective teacher, being an effective researcher, clarifying your academic path, conflict resolution, financial knowledge and more. We are also invested in giving back with plans to organize the 2023 Early Career and Fellow PCICS pre-conference, and to produce a white paper of updated landmark articles for a comprehensive CICU tool box for physicians expanding beyond medical papers, including papers on wellbeing, technology, education and quality.

Although the SIG is identified as Early Career and Fellows, we warmly invite all PCICS members who are curious, growing, transitioning or have a passion for collaborating and educating to join us! We meet for one hour every other month, on Tuesdays (noon PST/1500 EST) and alternate sessions between offerings for members and opportunities for members to create and collaborate. Please share your email to be added to our list-serve and notified of meetings. Email: vsurma1@jhmi.edurodriguezz@kidsheart.com, or npurkey@stanford.edu.


Neha Purkey, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatric Cardiology
Associate Program Director, Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford


Saidie Rodriguez, MD

Assistant Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, Emory School of Medicine
Cardiac Intensivist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


Victoria Surma, MD

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Fellow, Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD
Future Pediatric Cardiology Fellow, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC