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PEM How to Apply

Application Process

Our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship participates with pediatric specialties fall match through NRMP: http://www.nrmp.org/fellowships/pediatrics-specialties-fall-match/

The application process opens up in August. After completion of the application in its entirety, interviews will be offered to select applicants and scheduled accordingly. Interviews typically take place in September and October.

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation, at least 1 from pediatric emergency medicine faculty.
  • Residency program director letter of recommendation and verification that applicant is in good standing.
  • One-page personal statement.
  • Results of Tests (USMLE, etc).


Contact Us

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PEM Goals & Curriculum

Our fellowship training program emphasizes the ACGME six core competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice based learning, interpersonal skills, professionalism, and systems based practice). The following goals will be accomplished through a variety of activities during the course of the fellowship:

Clinical

  • Develop skills in initial assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and early management of pediatric emergencies.
  • Gain broad knowledge and skills in common and uncommon pediatric emergencies; gain exposure to adult emergencies.
  • Gain knowledge of bedside ultrasound and its application in pediatric emergency medicine.


Teaching

  • Develop effective bedside and didactic teaching skills.
  • Learn to use Simulation as teaching tool for procedural competence and improving communication skills.
  • Become a PALS instructor, teacher/leader in community.


Research

  • Develop research foundation through formal training.
  • Gain experience in grant writing, project development, paper presentation.


Administrative

  • Understand the relationship of Emergency Medicine to hospital administration and committees.
  • Become familiar with medical/legal issues, handling parent complaints, quality improvement, finances and scheduling.
  • Understand state and regional administrative control of Emergency Medicine Systems.

Rotation Curriculum

The fellowship is designed to complete all core requirements in two years. Fellows who have previously completed an EM residency operate on a two-year curriculum. Those who have completed a Pediatric residency function as a junior faculty in third year and have 75% protected research time to complete their scholarly activities. In accordance with ACGME, fellows will also complete a Quality Improvement project during their training.

Block Schedule - Core Rotations

Month FL1 FL2 FL3
JUL PEDS ED PEDS ED RESEARCH
AUG SEDATION ANESTHESIA PEDS ED PEDS ED
SEP PEDS ED RESEARCH PEDS ED
OCT PEDS ED ADULT ED RESEARCH
NOV RESEARCH PEDS ED PEDS ED
DEC PEDS ED RESEARCH RESEARCH
JAN RESEARCH PEDS ED PEDS ED
FEB PICU ADULT ED RESEARCH
MAR ADULT ED RESEARCH PEDS ED
APR RESEARCH PEDS ED Q1/ADMIN
MAY PEDS ED RESEARCH PEDS ED
JUN RESEARCH PEDS ED ELECTIVE

*Vacation - 4 weeks/year

Elective Opportunities

  • Ortho
  • Radiology
  • International Health (abroad elective)
  • Child Abuse
  • ENT
  • Inpatient/Outpatient Pediatrics
  • PICU
  • NICU
  • Trauma Services
  • Procedural Skills (suturing, procedures, ultrasound)
  • Many more opportunities available

Didactics

Our fellows attend didactic conferences each month. Many of our conferences are in collaboration with Region’s Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center.

Conferences

  • Trauma Grand Rounds (combined with Region’s EM)
  • Pediatric Critical Case Presentation (combined with Region’s EM)
  • Metro Conference (case reviews)
  • PEM Board Review
  • Simulation
  • PEM Journal Club
  • Toxicology Journal Club (with Hennepin Regional Poison Center)
  • St. Paul Staff Meeting/Medical Resuscitation Case Presentation
  • Minneapolis Staff Meeting/Trauma Case Presentation
  • Faculty Lectures
  • Radiology Rounds
  • University of Minnesota, Smiley’s Family Medicine Lecture (annually)
  • Hospital-wide Disaster Drill Simulation (annually)


Additional Training

Our fellows have the opportunity to attend a number of other training courses, conferences, national meetings, and credentialing courses. CME or Department funds are available to cover the cost of course fees, national meetings, certifications, and professional society memberships. We have adequate funds to cover travel to an additional conference (once annually). CME specific money is also available for textbooks and/or computer software (i.e. statistical programs, reference management software, etc.)

PEM Research

Our PEM Fellows are supported by a robust team through the Department of Research and Sponsored Programs: http://www.childrensmn.org/about-us/research-home/our-team. Additionally, our fellows attend the Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills course at the American College of Emergency Physicians.


Research Team

PEM Fellows work closely with PhD’s (statistical support), clinical research coordinators (IRB and grant support), and research assistants (we employ a number of RAs for prospective data collection). A number of PEM faculty are dedicated as academic faculty. We have numerous ongoing projects in our department and there are ample opportunities for our fellows to pursue their clinical interests.

Name Title
Anupam Kharbanda, MD, MSc  Associate Fellowship Director, Director of Research for Emergency and Trauma Services
Andrew Flood, PhD  Career Scientist, Epidemiologist
Gretchen Cutler, PhD, MPH  Epidemiologist, Scientific Investigator
Jill Dreyfus, PhD, MPH   Epidemiologist, Scientific Investigator
Kristin Frenn, MPH   Clinical Research Coordinator
Heidi Vander Velden, MS  Senior Clinical Research Coordinator
Ernest Krause, BA  Clinical Research Associate, level II
Samuel Kim, BS   Clinical Research Associate, level I
Yi Lu, MS   Health Service Research Specialist
Angela Plaisance   Grants and Contract Specialist

Academic Faculty

A number of our faculty are dedicated to academics and have devoted time for clinical research. Our faculty’s academic interests include: trauma, injury and prevention, shared decision making, appendicitis, clinical decision rules, quality improvement, biomarkers for common pediatric illnesses, bedside ultrasound, and many more. Our fellows have ample opportunities to engage in research.

Fellow Research Projects

Anna Depompolo, MD Implementation of a pediatric prehospital pain management protocol
Kara Seaton, MD Development of a decision rule for children at high risk of prolonged post-concussion syndrome
Meghann Duffy, MD Parasagittal vertex clots on head CT in infants with subdural hemorrhage as a predictor for abusive head trauma
Jonathan Strutt, MD Shock index as a predictor of morbidity and mortality in pediatric trauma patients
Kelly Bergmann, DO Measurement of the optic nerve sheath diameter by optic ultrasound in diabetic ketoacidosis and the relationship to cerebral edema


PEM About Us

The Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine is comprised of our staff physicians, nurse practitioners, and ancillary staff. We have numerous resources available to parents and families, including in house interpreter services and child life specialists.

Our Level I pediatric trauma center at Minneapolis Children's is verified by the American College of Surgeons and is run in conjunction with our trauma surgeons and trauma physician assistants.

Our Leadership

Name Title
Joe Arms, MD Fellowship Program Director
Anupam Kharbanda, MD, MSc Associate Fellowship Director, Director of Research for Emergency and Trauma Services
Robert Sicoli, MD Co-Medical Director, Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
David Hirschman, MD Co-Medical Director, Department of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Cullen Hegarty, MD Region's Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director


Meet the Faculty

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Meet the Fellows

Current Fellows

Class Name Residency Medical School

2015

 Anna Depompolo, MD  Peds, U of MN  U of North Dakota
2015  Kara Seaton, MD  Peds, Yale  Penn State College of Medicine
2016  Meghann Duffy, MD  Peds, U of MN  U of MN
2016  Jonathan Strutt, MD Peds, Washington University/ St. Louis Children’s Hospital  Brown-Dartmouth Medical College
2016  Kelly Bergmann, DO  Peds, U of MN  Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
2017  Meghan Cain, MD  Peds, Mayo Clinic  U of MN
2017  Michael McWay, MD  Peds, Western Michigan University  St. George’s University
2017  David Piechota, MD  Peds, Maimonides  St. George’s University

Meet the Alumni

Class Name PEM Faculty Position After Fellowship
2014 Leena Sastry, MD St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Washington University in St. Louis, MO
2013 Annalisa Rudser, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2013 Funmi Salami, MD Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, GA
2013 Beth Placzek, DO Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
2012 Jen Longo, MD All Children's Hospital, St Petersburg, FL
2011 Jeff Dahlen, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Ridgeview Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
2011 Jen Halverson, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2011 Tom Skrypek, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2010 Vaishali Jha, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2009 Marydee Chamberlain, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2009 Opher Nadler, MD Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel
2009 Mark Schnellinger, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2007 Paul Zenker, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2007 Joe Arms, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2006 Glenda Grawe, MD Texas Children’s Hospital
2004 Laura Erickson, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2002 Cindy Nielsen, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
2000 Jeff Peterson, MD Children's Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN