About Critical Care
The Michael G. DeGroote Pediatric Intensive Care Unit is a 12-bed unit that functions as a referral centre for the regions of Waterloo-Wellington and Hamilton-Niagara-Haldimand-Brant (LHIN's 3 and 4), which serves a community of 2.2 million people. The unit is located on the third floor in the yellow section of McMaster Children's Hospital. The PICU is a general medical/surgical critical care centre for pediatric patients aged 17 and under, except for premature infants.
Care in the PICU is delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of: pediatric intensivists, specialized pediatric critical care nurses, RRCPs, clinical pharmacists, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, a dietitian, child life specialists and chaplains. The PICU also supports the McMaster Children’s Hospital Pediatric Critical Care Response Team also known as the PACE Team. PACE provides acute assessment and management of critically ill children within the hospital and provides extramural support to the region by providing 24/7 telephone access to a pediatric intensivist who is available to offer advice to community physicians regarding patient management or transport.
The Division of Pediatric Critical Care has a strong research and educational mandate. Many Division members hold a variety of research grants; have contributed important academic work to the critical care landscape; and are members of the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group. McMaster University’s Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship Program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and provides a robust anchor for the education of undergraduate and postgraduate students from a variety of disciplines. The fellowship program accepts applications for both eligible Canadian and International trainees interested in pursuing a career in Pediatric Critical Care medicine.
Dr. Robert Yates
Dr. Cynthia Cupido
Dr. Karen Choong
Dr. Rob Lloyd
Dr. Melissa Parker
Dr. Naveen Sidhu
Dr. Arif Somani
Interim Medical Lead, PACE
Assistant Professor (Part-time)
The Division of Critical Care provides current trainees with online access to helpful resources including: orientatation materials, suggested readings, calendar of events, and more.
Application and Elective Information for Fellows & Residents
The following provides information on how to apply to the Critical Care Fellowship Program and the procedure for Residents wanting to apply for electives:
Assisted Canine Therapy
Dr. Cynthia Cupido was interviewed by CHCH Television about the innovative Assisted Canine Therapy Program in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unity at McMaster Children's Hosptial. The, "ACT in the PICU" program brings Lukus, the certified therapy dog to the bedside of critically ill children and their families and is the first of its kind in pediatric critical care. (CHCH News, April 2016)
Critical Care Research
Important information for faculty and learners interested in conducting research in the PCCU. Read more...
PCCU Researcher Honoured
Dr. Melissa Parker was recognized at the Hamilton Health Sciences Research Gala as one of five New Investigators to win a HHS Early Career Award. The award provides funding to support novice investigators focus on new programs of research and advance their scientific careers.
Michael G. DeGroote Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
The brand new, state of the art Pediatric Critical Care Unit is now up and running thanks to the $10 million donation from Michael G. DeGroote and the support of the government of Ontario.
Critical Care Division Head, Dr. Cynthia Cupido was featured in a Hamilton Spectator article announcing the grand opening of the facility. Read the article: "McMaster opens new pediatric intensive care unit".