Pediatric emergency medicine fellowships: faculty and resident training profiles

Monica L Murray, Dale P Woolridge, James E Colletti
Journal of Emergency Medicine 2009, 37 (4): 425-9
The objective of this study was to evaluate the faculty and graduate training profiles of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) fellowship training programs. An electronic 10-point questionnaire was sent to 57 PEM fellowship directors, with a 70% response rate. Analysis of the individual certification of faculty members in PEM training programs demonstrated that the largest represented training types were general pediatricians and pediatricians with PEM sub-certification (29% and 62% representation, respectively). The remaining faculty types consistently showed < 5% overall involvement. Reported estimates on faculty delivery of clinical training, didactic training, and procedural skills demonstrated that pediatricians sub-board certified in PEM consistently administered the highest percentage of these skill sets (74%, 68%, and 68%, respectively). Emergency Medicine-trained physicians showed a relative increase of involvement in fellowship programs administered by Emergency Medicine departments and in those programs located within adult hospitals. Yet, this involvement still remained substantially lower than that of the pediatric-type faculty. Program directors of fellowships within pediatric hospitals and those administered by Pediatric programs demonstrated a preference for general pediatricians with sub-board certification in PEM to improve their faculty pools. Program directors of fellowship programs located in adult hospitals and those administered by departments of EM demonstrated no preference in training type. Lastly, program directors report that 95% of past graduates received their primary board certification through Pediatrics and only 5% received their primary board certification through Emergency Medicine. There are currently many more pediatric-trained physicians among PEM fellowship faculty and graduates. This survey has demonstrated that there has been a decline in EM-trained physicians involved in PEM fellowships since 2000.

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