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Emergency Medicine Fellowship Training Program

The goal of the ACGME-accredited fellowship training program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Weill Cornell Campus) is to build experts and leaders in the field of pediatric emergency medicine. The fellowship curriculum emphasizes both academic and clinical pediatric emergency medicine, and fosters an independent, evidence-based decision-making approach to patient care. NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital (Weill Cornell Campus) offers a uniquely diverse clinical environment, with mentorship from highly respected experts in pediatrics, emergency medicine and surgery. The PEM subspecialty resident (fellow) will receive a comprehensive training experience and acquire the requisite skills to become an astute clinician, educator, researcher and administrator. The fellowship program provides the resident with the foundation essential to achieve a rich and rewarding career in pediatric emergency medicine.

Developing Clinicians

The program offers a unique opportunity for the PEM resident to train in diverse pediatric emergency settings. The majority of clinical training takes place at NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health/Weill Cornell Medical Center, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. This is an urban, tertiary, level I designated trauma center and regional burn center, providing care to all varieties of general and subspecialty patients, many with highly complex medical and surgical issues. We accept referrals from private physician offices and neighboring schools as well as transfers from many hospitals throughout the greater New York metropolitan area. We also serve as the receiving institution for patients requiring evaluation at our regional burn center.

The PEM resident also performs clinical rotations in the pediatric emergency service at NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital (Columbia Campus), located in Washington Heights, New York, and serving a high volume, inner city community. This is a tertiary, level 1 designated pediatric trauma center, and will provide exposure to a varied clinical milieu and education by highly regarded and nationally-acclaimed Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty.

The PEM resident is afforded the opportunity to develop skills at medical investigation, rapid assessment and triage, evidence-based analysis, simulation-based education and technical procedures. Subspecialty residents learn to prioritize care and manage patient flow, and, with an advancing independent role during the training program, acquire the skills essential to supervise all aspects of a busy urban ED. Pain management and child health advocacy are greatly emphasized.

A robust simulation-based educational program incorporates simulation-based scenarios for infrequently seen medical entities, resuscitation procedures, communication, team training and leadership into the clinical curriculum.

Developing Educators

At Weill Cornell, there is a strong emphasis on developing educators. The Pediatric Emergency Medicine subspecialty resident is provided formal training and close mentorship in developing teaching skills in a variety of modalities. There are numerous opportunities to teach, including one-on-one sessions with medical students and pediatric residents at the bedside and giving formal and informal talks to pediatric and emergency medicine residents and faculty in a range of academic venues, including Grand Rounds. Lecture development and public speaking skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum, and there is a focus on incorporating an interactive teaching style.

The PEM resident participates in the pediatric simulation educational program developed by the PEM division for both emergency medicine and pediatric residents, and performs an elective in developing simulation scenarios and in implementing simulation as an educational modality. The PEM resident participates in a course on teaching Evidence-Based medicine, and moderates the PEM division monthly journal review in the 3rd year of training.

Developing Researchers

The program emphasizes the importance of academic investigation and scientific advancement in the field of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Public Health at Weill Cornell Medical College, we offer the essential resources our subspecialty residents require to attain expertise in the development, design, methodology, statistical analysis and composition of original clinical research.

Formal coursework in research design and biostatistics provides an introductory foundation in the first months of training. Monthly research meetings with the mentor are conducted and the PEM resident presents ongoing research progress to the departmental scholarship oversight committee (SOC) biannually.

The PEM resident attends the National Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Conference twice during the training program. This enables the subspecialty resident to present active research projects to and receive feedback from peers and nationally-acclaimed academicians in the field of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. The PEM resident is expected to present his/her research at a national meeting and to prepare a completed manuscript/work product during the training program. Funding for research-related travel and CME is available each year of training.

The curriculum includes 12 months of dedicated research time, distributed throughout the 3 years of training, in a manner that will support the development and performance of meaningful clinical research.

Developing Administrators

The PEM subspecialty resident is exposed to a variety of administrative roles and leadership opportunities. These activities may vary based on the experience and unique interests of the individual resident. The PEM resident may develop programmatic and operational enhancements in the pediatric emergency service, serve on a departmental or institutional committee, participate in safety and quality improvement, develop programs for pediatric advocacy and/or join in community outreach activities. Formal education is offered on physician wellness, ethics, healthcare economics, safety and quality improvement.

The Environment

The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health is part of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, a world-renowned university hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, The Hospital for Special Surgery and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The hospital is a tertiary care medical center and is designated by the New York City Regional Trauma Advisory Committee and the New York State Department of Health as a Level One Trauma Center for children and adults. The William and Randolph Hearst Burn Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center is one of the largest and busiest burn centers in the country and serves as the primary regional burn center in New York City.

The Department of Pediatrics has distinguished faculty in all subspecialties of pediatrics, offering the highest caliber in teaching and clinical consultation. The pediatric in-patient unit and critical care unit serve children with complex medical and surgical entities. The Department of Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center offers a highly acclaimed and nationally renowned Emergency Medicine Residency Program with outstanding faculty from both New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and New York-Presbyterian/Columbia campuses contributing to the didactic educational efforts in emergency medicine.

The Faculty

The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine is comprised of PEM board-certified faculty with outstanding training and experience in the field of pediatric emergency medicine. Members of the faculty are genuinely dedicated to the PEM training program, and work closely with the PEM subspecialty resident, offering expertise in both a clinical and didactic venue.

Current Pediatric Emergency Medicine Faculty

Shari Platt, MD
Chief, Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center

Mary Birmingham, MD
Richard Bruckner, MD
Kevin Ching, MD
Catherine F. Hicks, MD
Janienne Kondrich, MD
Rachel Kowalsky, MD, MPH
Sophia Lin, MD
Marie Lupica, MD
Michele Rosenthal, MD

The Curriculum

The program is uniquely developed to meet the individualized interests and needs of the PEM resident, while adhering to ACGME program guidelines. This is a three year program, structured to foster academic and personal growth by encouraging increasing independence and responsibility with each training year.

Clinical rotations at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center include:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care
  • Adult Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Simulation
  • Emergency Ultrasound
  • EMS
  • A rotation in Toxicology is performed at the New York City Poison Control Center. This is a nationally and internationally recognized regional poison center receiving more than 90,000 consultations each year.
  • A rotation in Trauma is performed at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. This is an intense month of training, during which highly skilled and trained trauma surgeons supervise the PEM subspecialty resident in the acute assessment and management of the most severely injured adults and adolescents.
  • The program offers electives in burn surgery, orthopedics, sports medicine, otolaryngology, ophthalmology, oral surgery, plastic surgery, emergency radiology, obstetrics, child protection, wilderness medicine, global health and adolescent medicine/ gynecology.

    Competency-based goals and objectives are outlined for each rotation and reviewed with the resident prior to and after the completion of each rotation. Resident evaluations of a rotation provide critical feedback and serve as a basis for programmatic modifications, enabling continuous and ongoing curriculum improvement.

    Certification in PALS, BLS, ACLS and ATLS are required throughout the training period.

    The Subspecialty Resident

    This program has a single PEM resident position over the three year training period. The subspecialty resident works closely with the PEM faculty, and obtains the maximal exposure to all possible clinical experiences in the pediatric ED. Given the small size, the program is able to cater to the unique interests and desires of the subspecialty resident, and there is meaningful oversight and guidance in all areas of training. The subspecialty resident develops close relationships with faculty, and there is a mature sense of camaraderie and mutual respect toward the trainee.

    How to Apply

    Applications are received via the ERAS system, for July 2014. ERAS website: https://www.erasfellowshipdocuments.org/index.asp

    Applicants must complete all application requirements to be considered for an interview. Acceptance into the subspecialty residency program requires a current New York State Medical License or limited permit.

    ERAS Application Requirements

    1. General Application
    2. Four letters of recommendation (one must be from the Program Director)
    3. Recent Photo
    4. Personal Statement (single page)

    The PEM application deadline is Monday September 2, 2013.

    We look forward to you contacting us:

    Program Director
    Shari Platt, MD
    Email: slp9001@med.cornell.edu

    Current PEM Fellow 2012-14
    Mia Sarohia Friedman, MD
    Email: mis9160@nyp.org

    Program Administrator
    Anne Hoffmann
    Office: 212-746-0892
    Email: anh2015@nyp.org

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