Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Class Of:

2020

Nathan Patterson, MD

Baylor College of Medicine

Nathan Patterson, MD

2020

Undergraduate

Baylor University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

Grand Rapids is a rapidly growing city in a beautiful part of Michigan, with our extended family close by. The pediatric critical care fellowship is in an ICU that cares for a large number of children, including those requiring cardiac intensive care. This is a medical system which provides comprehensive needs to the patient population while providing a broad exposure for my fellowship training.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

I enjoy outdoor excursions for hiking, camping, Frisbee, and tennis. Recently I have also added baking to the list of activities (and sometimes calamities).

Hometown

Las Cruces, NM

Professional Interests

In addition to gaining skills in critical care, I have a passion for education both for medical students as well as for residents. I plan to continue to focus on clinical education throughout my career.

2019

Danny Gil, MD

Texas Tech University

Danny Gil, MD

2019

Undergraduate

University of Dallas

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

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.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work

Tennis Running Skiing Walking my dog

Hometown

Amarillo, TX

Professional Interests

Congenital Heart Disease ECMO Resident Education End of Life Bioethics

Thomas Pott, MD

St. George's University School of Medicine

Thomas Pott, MD

2019

Undergraduate

Purdue University

Why I chose this program/Grand Rapids for my training

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.

Hobbies/what I do outside of work.

Snowboarding Wood Working Cabinet making Hockey Ice Skating Sports

Hometown

Wheaton Illinois

Professional Interests

Upper airway management Simulation Ultrasound Sedation Congenital heart disease

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