The major educational goal of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship is to prepare trainees for a career in pediatric emergency medicine. Our objective is to train and develop physicians who, in addition to possessing exceptional clinical skills, will be able to add to this growing field through research, teaching, and administrative capacities.
This is accomplished by offering a broad clinical experience in our emergency department as well as a variety of required and elective rotations. During the first year, the fellow becomes familiar with the ED and its workings and gains clinical skills in the ED and through required rotations in ICU, anesthesia and trauma. Responsibilities increase as the fellow progresses through the three years of fellowship training. As time progresses, fellows take on roles as preceptors and supervising in the emergency department.
In addition to training fine clinicians, our fellowship is designed to develop physicians with a wide range of academic abilities. Our graduates have been extremely successful in forging careers in pediatric emergency departments around the country.
Research skills are emphasized throughout the fellowship and development of an independent research project is a priority. To meet this goal, we offer a statistics and research design course in the first month of the fellowship. Our fellows, along with other fellows in the Department of Pediatrics, participate in a year-long seminar that examines issues related to research. Other course work is available through the Boston University School of Public Health located on the medical campus shared by Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine.
Each fellow will have a faculty member as a research mentor, usually one of the faculty from pediatric emergency medicine or general academic pediatrics. However, if a fellow has a particular research interest in another pediatric sub-specialty, the mentor may come from outside of the department. There are weekly meetings for fellows and ED attendings which include journal club, research presentations and lectures.
Development of teaching skills is another important aspect of the fellowship, and we provide a number of forums in this area. In addition to bed-side teaching, didactic lectures to pediatric residents and to the pediatric emergency department are regularly scheduled. Fellows are also expected to teach in several other forums including: Pediatric Case of the Week, Pediatric Morning Report, the Pediatric ED Lecture Series, Combined Adult and Pediatric ED Conference and CME courses.
Fellows are also expected to identify an administrative area in which they will participate. This may involve developing a lecture program for residents, developing guidelines for patient care or becoming a member of a departmental committee. Imagination and initiative are welcome in developing your interests.