Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The mission of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Medical Center is to train clinicians who provide compassionate, state-of-the-art emergency care for children. Our training program develops academicians who are skilled in research methodology and educational scholarship, teachers and role models to other health care personnel and the community, and leaders in the subspecialty of pediatric emergency medicine.

The Emergency Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital provides care to more than 55,000 children annually. We are a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center within a larger tertiary care children’s hospital in a diverse New York City community. Our department is committed to providing quality, evidence-based pediatric emergency care to our medically complex patient population.

As a site of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), our trainees are exposed to cutting edge research and the continuous commitment to improving the health of pediatric patients. We provide fellows with a comprehensive point of care ultrasound curriculum and in addition, our division sponsors a competitive ultrasound fellowship. Fellows receive dedicated training in educational strategies, including simulation and debriefing, to hone their teaching skills. Our philosophy is to provide trainees with a strong foundation in all aspects of pediatric emergency medicine, encouraging them to develop their own clinical and academic expertise in the field.

The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine includes over 30 PEM trained faculty. This includes several federally funded clinical investigators, education scholars with advanced training in medical education, four ultrasound-trained faculty, experts in QI methodology, and masterful clinicians. Our diverse and energetic faculty is committed to the education and development of our fellows.

The goals of our program are:

  1. To develop expert clinicians who provide compassionate emergency care, incorporating evidence-based practice and quality improvement methodology, to provide the highest quality care to a diverse and medically complex patient population.
  2. To provide fellows with a rigorous foundation in research design to enable the independent pursuit of scholarly work.
  3. To train fellows who can effectively incorporate core and advanced point-of-care ultrasound applications into clinical practice.
  4. To promote educational scholarship and develop lifelong educators who are skilled in a variety of teaching strategies, including simulation.
  5. To train future leaders in pediatric emergency medicine by cultivating individual interests into academic niches and to support fellows to reach their highest potential by promoting balance and meaning in work.

Fellows are provided multiple mentored teaching opportunities in order to hone their skills as an educator. Formal training is provided by the NYC Teaching Workshop and Teaching Rotation. Fellows present at our divisional conference in a variety of topics such as: trauma, ultrasound, and evidence-based medicine. In addition to direct teaching and precepting, fellows facilitate didactic sessions for pediatric residents, emergency medicine residents and medical students.

Our fellowship provides trainees with a rigorous research curriculum and mentorship to ensure a foundation in fundamental research skills. Our research faculty works closely with fellows to develop their scholarly interest, focus and project. Research skills are taught during the comprehensive research methods course as well as one on one by scholarly mentors. Fellows are encouraged to become involved in national research networks such as the PEMCRC.

Fellows benefit from a robust bedside ultrasound educational curriculum and training program from four dedicated ultrasound faculty. Fellows have multiple opportunities for formal training, including monthly divisional ultrasound conferences, workshops and regional conferences, dedicated rotations, and mentored scan shifts. Fellows scans are tracked and reviewed, enabling fellows to receive formal feedback on all of their scans, as well as to obtain certification in specific applications as they achieve competency.

For questions about the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, please contact Lisa Brooks-McDonald, Medical Education Coordinator, at lm3451@cumc.columbia.edu.