Our education curriculum is divided into 13 blocks (each 4 weeks) per year. The entire curriculum is 19 blocks in duration, so each fellow will experience the curriculum twice. We have an educational theme each block where all of the recommended content from the American Board of Pediatrics subsection on Pediatric Emergency Medicine is covered. The conferences are each Wednesday from 7 AM to 10:30 AM and cover a wide range of medical and surgical topics.
In addition to core lectures each month, we also incorporate 2 board review discussions, a journal club, a literature review and a mock code. We also include procedure-based videos that supplement the content from the related block, in addition to educational support from the Program Director and Associate Program Director. Various other conferences supplement the knowledge pediatric emergency medicine fellows acquire from activities within the division. Some of these conferences are:
- Pediatric Emergency Medicine Quality Assurance Committee
- Pediatric Grand Rounds
- Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds
- Toxicology Grand Rounds
- Trauma Conference
- Radiology Conference
- Business Meeting
Pediatric emergency medicine fellows at Children's Hospital of Michigan have vast opportunities to teach. Teaching is part of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship and the performance of each fellow is critiqued and feedback is given. Fellows regularly teach at:
- Wednesday Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows Conference
- Noon Fellows Conference
- Regional presentations at various emergency medicine residency programs
- Grand Rounds at other programs (Dental, Emergency Medicine)
Pediatric emergency medicine fellows attend and participate in national conferences such as:
- The Annual National Pediatric Emergency Fellows Conference
- AAP Annual Meeting
- ACEP Annual Meeting
- PAS Annual Meeting
- SAEM Annual Meeting
- Advanced pediatric emergency medicine Assembly
A structured research program for pediatric emergency medicine fellows begins the 1st month of fellowship. Each July, the program provided fellows with a list of potential research ideas and a list of abstracts that were published at at the previous yearsyear’s national meetings. Each fellow either accepts an idea or develops their own original research question. A literature search is performed to ensure that the study is both feasible and that the question has not already been answered.
A research mentor is chosen by each pediatric emergency medicine fellow with the guidance of the Director of Research, the Medical Director, and the Fellowship Program Director. The mentor and the division's research coordinator help the fellow at each stage of the research project, from the development of the research question to publication. Fellows are encouraged to actively pursue grant funding for their projects and are required to submit their work prior to graduation. Fellows are also required to submit two case reports/review articles during their fellowship.
Research education is also integrated into the division's conferences. However, Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellows are also exposed to external research education. Fellows from all of the divisions at Children's Hospital of Michigan attend a weekly fellow's conference. The didactic portion of these conferences covers topics such as biostatistics, research design and locating funding sources .sources. Fellows also present their research ideas at these conferences and feedback is given by faculty with a wealth of research experience. Their advice helps mold the research design of fellows' projects, guides fellows in the analysis phase of their project, and provide useful counseling regarding presentation skills. Fellows also attend a SPSS course given by the Children's Research Center of Michigan that is on campus. Fellows have also been sent to national research workshops funded by EMS-C.