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.
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.