Goals and Curriculum

Our fellowship 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:


  • Develop skills in initial assessment, resuscitation, stabilization and early management of pediatric emergencies.
  • Gain broad knowledge and skills in common and uncommon pediatric emergencies.
  • Become competent in the assessment and management of pediatric trauma.
  • Gain knowledge of bedside ultrasound and its application in pediatric emergency medicine.
  • Acquire necessary skills in the field of adult emergency medicine and trauma.


  • Develop effective bedside and didactic teaching skills, for use with both families and medical trainees.
  • Learn to use Simulation as teaching tool for procedural competence and improving communication skills.
  • Opportunities may include becoming PALS instructor and presenting and educating at conferences throughout the community.


  • Develop a foundation in the research process through formal training.
  • Gain experience in grant writing, project development, paper presentation.
  • Grasp basic concepts of statistics and epidemiology.
  • Compete a written scholarly project, as required for board certification by the American Board of Pediatrics.


  • 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

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 their second and third year. There is more than sufficient time and support to complete all requirements of the ABP and ACGME relevant to fellowship.

During emergency medicine rotations, fellows spend time in both of our pediatric emergency departments. Shifts vary to allow for a variety of experiences, includes being an active participant and leader in traumas and medical resuscitations. In addition to standard shifts, fellows will have opportunities to complete ultrasound scanning shifts and procedure shifts to practice procedures such as suturing, foreign body removal, nail bed repairs and blocks.

Pediatric Residency Track
Emergency Medicine Residency Track


Our fellows have protected education days every month. Some of our conferences are in collaboration with Region’s Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center. Fellows have opportunities to teach or present cases at these conferences throughout the year.


  • Trauma Grand Rounds (combined with Region’s EM)
  • Pediatric Critical Case Presentation (combined with Region’s EM)
  • PEM Board Review
  • Simulation
  • PEM Journal Club
  • Toxicology Journal Club (held quarterly with Hennepin Regional Poison Center)
  • Children’s PEM Staff Meeting Case Presentation
  • Faculty Lectures
  • Research, Epidemiology and Statistics conferences
  • 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.)

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow’s Conference
  • Practical Emergency Airway Course (Dr. Levitan’s course)
  • Children’s Minnesota Wound Management Course
  • Academic meetings: PAS, AAP, ACEP, etc

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Our UnitedHealthcare® Pediatric Emergency Department and Level I Trauma Center is Minnesota’s only Level I pediatric trauma center in a hospital dedicated solely to kids.