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Research

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship research curriculum is a novel approach to fellow research training. It is based on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) model of clinical researcher development that has proven to be successful in multiple fields of medicine. It has been adapted to the fellows’ level of expected research expertise and can be further individualized as they refine their career goals. Though there may be a de-emphasis on research as a part of PEM fellowships nationally, we feel strongly that this is an important part of the fellows’ training, regardless of whether they choose an academic career.

Clearly, those with aspirations for NIH funding will be trained differently than fellows with aspirations of pursuing a purely clinical career. That said, at minimum fellowship graduates from this program will be competent at comprehending published research and conducting their own research. The scholarly rigor and attention to logistical detail required to complete a research project will provide valuable training that will carry over into other areas of professional development. Importantly, this curriculum is an interactive model of training, which means that input and participation is essential for both the fellows and the project’s overall success. In reality, only two things are required of PEM fellows: active participation in all outlined activities and active support of their peers' efforts.

Recent fellow projects include:

  • A Cost Analysis of Admitting vs. Discharge for 30-60 Day Old Babies with Febrile UTIs
  • Analysis and Outcomes of Abnormal ECGs in the ED
  • Evaluation of a Selective Pediatric Spinal Protection EMS Protocol
  • Identifying Predictors of Surgical Outcomes in Children with Abdominal Pain
  • Patient Compliance with Cognitive Rest Recommendations for Acute Concussion Management
  • Perspectives on Integration in Medical Education: How It Is Defined, Planned and Assessed
  • Screening For Postpartum Depression in Mothers Visiting the ED for Non-Urgent Diagnoses
  • Secondary Imaging for Suspected Appendicitis with Equivocal Ultrasound: Time to Use of MRI Instead of CT
  • Simulation as a Model for Medical Debriefing
  • Trends in Pediatric Poisoning-Related Emergency Department Visits
  • Using the Internet and Mobile Technology to Engage Patients Following an ED Visit

Faculty have a wide variety of areas of interest. Some are as follows: