Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Program Description

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship is an accredited ACGME program dedicated to the training of fellows in academic pediatric emergency medicine. Our fellowship is available to both emergency medicine and pediatrics-trained residents.

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship training program is based at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, a member of the University Pittsburgh Medical Center. The Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP) of UPMC draws patients from a wide radius encompassing western Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio and northern West Virginia, and also serves as a community hospital for children of the greater Pittsburgh area. As the region's only Level 1 Regional Resource Pediatric Trauma Center and the primary pediatric referral facility in the region, most children who have serious illness or injuries in the region are transported to the CHP Emergency Department where more than 75,000 patients are evaluated and treated annually. Thus, the catchments area and census expose fellows to a wide variety of clinical problems and disease states.

The PEM Fellowship training program at CHP provides a comprehensive educational experience with emphasis on clinical care, teaching, administrative and leadership skills, and research.

Graduating fellows will:

  • Be proficient in the management of acutely ill and injured children of all ages with a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries (Clinical Care)
  • Be effective teachers in multiple arenas to provide instruction based on adult learning principles in the skills necessary for resuscitation and management of ill and injured children (Teaching)
  • Have experience in administrative responsibilities necessary to practice and effectively lead in clinical and academic settings (Administration and Leadership)
  • Be proficient in reviewing published research, able to apply basic biostatistics and will design, conduct, analyze and interpret data from their individual fellowship scholarly project (Research)

Program Requirements

Applicants must be board-eligible or board certified in Emergency Medicine or Pediatrics.

Required Rotations


Pediatric ICU

1 month

Child Advocacy Center

1 month

Adult ED

2 months


6 weeks

Adult Trauma

1 month


1 month


1 month



The emergency medicine trained applicant will complete rotations in Pediatric ICU (1 month), anesthesiology (2 weeks), neonatology (1 month), general pediatrics (1 month), toxicology (1 month),  well-baby nursery (1 month) and ultrasound (2 weeks).


A formal seminar on principles of epidemiology, statistics, study design, and methodology provides fellows with a framework for understanding clinical research. With faculty supervision, fellows are expected to design and execute one or more independent research projects and are encouraged to participate in additional investigations.


A major component involves supervising and teaching residents and students in the Emergency Department. Fellows receive formal instruction in lecture design and teaching methods. Fellows also participate as speakers in a variety of formal and informal settings in and outside Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. 


Fellows learn the principles of administration in weekly administrative meetings and by involvement in the day-to-day operations of the emergency room. Fellows are expected to assume an administrative role in a designated program in the Emergency Department.