Emergency Medicine

Our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program offers two fellowship positions yearly. Our fellowship program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). Both emergency medicine residency trained applicants and pediatric residency trained applicants are welcome. The emergency medicine trained applicant will follow a 24-month training curriculum and the pediatric residency trained applicant will follow a 36-month training curriculum.

The fellowship program schedules most of its core and elective rotations at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children (SCHC). Trauma, general emergency medicine, child maltreatment and advocacy, and toxicology rotations are offered off-site. Fellows can arrange for elective rotations at SCHC or at other institutions.

Mission

The overall goal of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is to produce a physician clinically proficient in the management of the acutely ill or injured child in the setting of an emergency department, and an educator and scholar in the field of pediatric emergency medicine.

Goals and Objectives

  1. Clinical Proficiency
    Through a structured training program that meets the requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, each fellow will receive the rigorous clinical experience and teaching needed to become proficient at caring for the acutely ill or injured child.
  2. Educator Competency
    The training program’s faculty will assist fellows in developing requisite skills and demonstrating competence in the teaching of current knowledge in pediatric emergency medicine to nursing staff, pre-hospital personnel, medical students, resident physicians from different disciplines, and the community (both medical and lay).
  3. Scholarly Activity
    Each fellow will be mentored in her/his acquisition of the knowledge base and skills needed to engage in meaningful scholarly activity. Upon completion of the training program, achievement of this objective will be reflected in a scholarly “work product.” This will contribute to the existing pediatric emergency medicine fund of knowledge and will fulfill, if applicable, the American Board of Pediatrics scholarly activity requirement for eligibility for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Board Certification.
  4. Administrator Competency
    Each fellow will be exposed to the administrative aspects of the practice of pediatric emergency medicine. This will include learning about pre-hospital and inter-hospital care organization, quality assurance and improvement, personnel management, public relations, child advocacy, medical-legal issues, and finances and billing rules and regulations.

Program Setting

St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children is a non-sectarian full-service children’s hospital, the home of the SCHC Pediatric Residency Program and the primary pediatric teaching facility for Drexel University College of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency Programs. The hospital is set on an urban campus located in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is less than 30 minutes from the Drexel University College of Medicine campus. The hospital has 189 beds, including the 33-bed clinical areas in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CCU), transitional care unit, (Special Care Unit) and the only dedicated pediatric Burn Unit in the area.

The hospital’s tradition of excellence can be traced back to its humble beginnings over 135 years ago when it was established to meet the medical needs of the children of the mill workers in North Philadelphia. This tradition encompasses not only a deep commitment to caring for the children in its community and for those referred to the hospital for specialty services from other parts of the country and the world but also a faculty that is passionately dedicated to teaching and academic growth. SCHC is well known for its “neighborhood feel” which provides a warm and inviting medical home for patients and their families and affords medical professionals the opportunity to forge strong collaborative ties and lasting friendships with one another. SCHC is a regional referral center for multiple subspecialty services. The hospital employs advanced electronic technologies to facilitate patient care, research, and faculty communication. It fosters a spirit of inquiry through educational resources available through user-friendly hospital and university libraries.

SCHC’s Emergency Department (ED) treats more than 70,000 patients annually and handles a broad range of pediatric emergencies. It is a Level I Trauma Center and a 911-receiving facility. Patient age ranges from newborn to 21 years old. The Department has 36 acute beds, and a resuscitation bay. There is a Fast Track area where children with non-urgent problems are seen. SCHC’s ED enjoys an excellent reputation among the community physicians and referring facilities.

The ED directs the Transport Team, which performs more than 4,100 transports in the tri-state region via ambulance and helicopter each year. The ED is supervised 24 hours a day by nine full-time and five part-time pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) attending physicians, all board certified or board eligible in PEM, and seven full-time and seven part-time general pediatricians who staff the Fast Track area of the Department. The PEM physician staff is made up of both emergency medicine—trained and pediatric-trained physicians whose combined clinical experience and educational background afford a rich learning environment for PEM fellows. Pediatric, Family Medicine, and Emergency Medicine resident physicians from various training programs staff the ED. SCHC is also the pediatric clerkship site for Drexel University College of Medicine medical students, with the ED forming an integral part of their experience in pediatrics. The ED plays an active role in the teaching of resident physicians and medical students and has an active clinical research program.

Eligibility

The program is open to any physician who has completed an American Board of Pediatrics or American Board of Emergency Medicine approved residency training and is eligible for board certification. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania law requires all fellows to have successfully completed all three steps of USMLE. Copies of the scores need to be provided along with the application, in addition to three letters of reference.

Foreign medical graduates with a valid ECFMG certificate and who meet the criteria listed above are welcome to apply. A copy of the ECFMG certificate needs to be provided with the application. We would, in deserving cases, sponsor a J1 visa for the training purposes.

How to Apply

Please use the ERAS application, and forward us an electronic and a paper copy. Once we have received the completed application including the letters of reference, we will contact you to arrange a one-day interview.

Contact Information

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email or phone.

Evan Weiner, MD
Program Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship 
St. Christopher's Hospital for Children 
160 East Erie Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19134 
(215) 427-5369 (office)
Email: Evan.Weiner@DrexelMed.edu

For more information about St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, visit www.stchristophershospital.com.