Goals and 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:


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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

Pediatric Residency Track
Emergency Medicine Residency Track


Our fellows attend didactic conferences at least three full days per month. Many of our conferences are in collaboration with Region’s Hospital and Hennepin County Medical Center.


  • 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.)

  • Practical Emergency Airway Course (Dr. Levitan’s course)
  • Ultrasound for Clinicians (Hennepin County Medical Center)
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics Wound Management Course
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics Topics in Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • 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.