The Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (PCCTSDP) is a national faculty training program that develops successful pediatric critical care and pediatric trauma physician scientists. The PCCTSDP goal is to increase the number of highly trained, successfully funded, and sustainable pediatric critical care and pediatric trauma physician scientists who do research to enhance the scientific understanding, clinical management, and long term outcomes of critical illness and trauma in children. The PCCTSDP is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) to select the most outstanding junior faculty candidates for sustained training as PCCTSDP Scholars in excellent research settings throughout the United States.


Pediatric critical care and pediatric trauma surgery are important subspecialties in medicine. Critical care physicians and pediatric trauma surgeons provide intensive care to children with critical or unstable conditions. Because pediatric trauma and critical care is a high-risk and time-consuming field, the fellowship training is clinically intense and often does not allow for adequate development of physician scientists. The field needs translational researchers, those who can move clinical problems into the laboratory and incorporate scientific findings into bedside care. This type of research requires physician scientists who maintain a sound research career in addition to providing excellent clinical care

This program will involve the following:

The Pediatric Critical Care and Trauma Scientist Development Program (PCCTSDP) is administered through the University of Utah School of Medicine. Governance of the program is provided by the National Advisory Committee (NAC). The NAC is composed of outstanding scientists and leaders in pediatric critical care and trauma surgery. The NAC provides oversight for the program, selects applicants for funding as PCCTSDP Scholars, and provides mentorship for PCCTSDP Scholars.

Potential applicants may identify outstanding mentors from their own institutions, or by contacting the PCCTSDP Program Director for advice. The program provides an annual PCCTSDP retreat to facilitate interaction with the NAC members and site visits to assure quality of the training environment for each scholar.