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Curriculum

Education

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 for 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 10:00 AM and cover a wide range of medical and surgical topics. We host additional sessions from 10:00 – 12:00 for workshops, resuscitation training as well as the discussion of other professional topics. Over the past 2 years, we have incorporated more flipped-classroom sessions as well.

In addition to core lectures each month, we also incorporate faculty-driven board review, 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 our academic faculty. Recently, we have introduced longitudinal curricula in administration, disaster management, global health and research design, and quality improvement.

Some conferences fellows participate in that are external to our curriculum include:

  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Quality Assurance Committee
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds
  • Emergency Medicine Grand Rounds
  • Toxicology Grand Rounds
  • Trauma Conference
  • Radiology Conference
  • Division Business Meeting

Teaching Opportunities

Pediatric emergency medicine fellows at the 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)

National Conferences

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

Research

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 the previous year’s national meetings. Direct mentorship to find a project and create appropriate methodology is typically provided by faculty within our Division. However, due to significant faculty collaboration both regionally and nationally, fellows are also encouraged to work with mentors from outside of our division or institution.

Research education is also integrated into the division's conferences as a longitudinal curriculum. However, Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellows are also exposed to external research education. Fellows from all of the divisions at the 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. 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.