We use as much hands-on or interactive training as possible in all aspects of learning. We employ web-based technologies, simulation and cadaver labs, core fellows’ lecture series, journal clubs, airway courses and ultrasound courses, to name a few. Our fellows are exposed to every aspect of pediatric emergency medicine.
Yes, fellows can earn a Master of Medical and Health Professions Education, Master of Public Health or Master of Health Administration degree. A fellow can also opt to participate in a certificate program in Global Health. All coursework is free of charge to the fellow and completed online, offering maximum flexibility.
We offer expert in-house biostatistics support and clinical research mentorship opportunities. Fellows will have access to our Summer Scholars Program, where medical students and pre-medical students from around the country help with ongoing scholarly projects.
Yes, Moonlighting is merit-based, available within the division and available in all three years of training.
Fellows can dedicate 11-12 months toward scholarly activity. In addition, many other months (anesthesia, sedation/child abuse, sports medicine, critical care transport) also afford some additional time to work on scholarly projects.
15 shifts per month.
The fellows work together to make their own schedule with a senior fellow who takes requests and crafts the actual schedule.
Absolutely not. Our primary purpose in having a fellowship is not for extra staffing but because we all enjoy teaching. Fellows will never find themselves completely alone in the department, and our fellows actually work fewer weekends and overnights than most of our faculty.
Absolutely. We think it is important that you leave our training program immediately ready to independently staff a high-volume chaotic ED anywhere in the country. You will mentor residents and precept residents' cases in our department throughout your training with us. During your senior training year, you will be able to function independently within the department in staffing patients with residents in a double coverage role. A pediatric emergency medicine faculty member is always immediately available (and physically present in the department) for consultation when needed.
Fellows are exposed to critical care for two months during their first year. During the trauma month, fellows participate in the care of traumatized patients in the trauma ICU, surgical ICU and PICU. The other critical care month is spent with time equally split between dedicated time working in the PICU (2 weeks) and time working as a member of our critical care transport team (2 weeks).
Yes. Should you be interested, the division will pay for you to participate in one of several EVMS sponsored medical mission trips during your third year of training. Many other international electives are also available through Operation Smile or Physicians for Peace (both headquartered in Hampton Roads). Fellows are also given the opportunity to participate in a 2-week wilderness medicine elective offered through Blue Ridge Poison Center. If none of this sounds exciting enough for you, then you are also welcome to set something up on your own with a little advanced planning (must be approved by EVMS GME).
Learn it? You’ll be teaching it by the time you leave. We challenge you to find a PEM fellowship with a better pediatric emergency ultrasound curriculum. In addition to regularly scheduled seminars, you will take two formal emergency medicine ultrasound courses during your first 18 months with us, and you will have a dedicated emergency medicine ultrasound rotation in the spring of your second year. On your two-week rotation, supervised by the EM ultrasound fellows and director, you will have the opportunity to perform well over 100 exams and even become certified in specific point-of-care ultrasound exams applicable to our field.