Division of Critical Care Medicine | Programs & Services

Programs for patients

Critical Care, Anesthesia Perioperative Extension (CAPE) and Home Ventilation Program

CAPE providers help determine if, and how, short and long-term respiratory support can be of benefit. Services are intended to optimize your care at home and facilitate any hospital-based care, augmenting the Medical Home/primary care services.

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)

The ECMO Program is housed within the hospital's Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit. ECMO, which stands for Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation, is an advanced technology that functions as a replacement for a critically ill child's heart and lungs.

International Observership Program

The Division of Critical Care Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital welcomes physicians from all nations to apply to observe in the Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU) for a month-long rotation. Visit the webpage to learn more about the eligibility requirements and application materials.

Medical/Surgical Intensive Care Unit

The Medical/ Surgical Intensive Care Unit cares for critically ill children, from newborn to college-age youth, who have a spectrum of childhood diseases


OPENPediatricsTM is designed to promote sharing of knowledge about the care of ill children, so that doctors and nurses anywhere across the globe can have access to colleagues and vital information when they need it. The objective is to provide education on general principles and optimal practice in the diagnosis and care of an ill child.

Pediatric Critical Care Nutrition Program

The Pediatric Critical Care Nutrition Program at Boston Children's Hospital consists of dietitians, clinical nutrition specialists, pharmacists, nurses and physicians, all working together to advance the nutritional health of children with critical illness.

Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS)

The Program to Enhance Relational and Communication Skills (PERCS) began at Boston Children's Hospital in 2002 by offering innovative, experiential day-long workshops focused on difficult conversations in pediatric critical care. The mission is to promote relational learning for healthcare professionals that integrates patient and family perspectives, professionalism, and the everyday ethics of clinical practice.

Simulator Program

The Boston Children's Hospital Simulator Program will form an education center to advance and support medical education for all health care providers at Boston Children's Hospital. Through the development and adaptation of innovative teaching strategies, the program will teach to a wide array of practitioners via experiential learning. The Program will seek to make substantial contributions to global pediatric education and foster collaborative research by assisting in the development of international simulation centers.