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Department of Pediatrics

Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Mission Statement

We are looking for well-rounded, highly motivated individuals who will enhance our Division both within the emergency department and outside of it. Our intent is to provide a broad foundation clinically, academically, and in research through our support and mentoring. We expect graduates from our program to be the future leaders and role models in our field of pediatric emergency medicine.

Advantages of the program

  • Training sites include Seattle Children's Hospital, Harborview Medical Center and University of Washington Medical Center.
  • Eight months per year are spent in the Emergency Department (ED) at Seattle Children's Hospital.
  • Great mentorship and foundational learning opportunities.

Overview

  • Pediatric and Emergency Medicine resident applications are accepted. Three positions are available per year. All fellows complete three years of fellowship training.
  • Advance your academic career through research, publishing, and presentation opportunities
    • Our faculty includes recognized leaders in emergency medicine. Current research involves simulation, foreign bodies, sedation, diarrhea, quality improvement, transport, cardiac arrest, and ultrasound.
    • Clinical research is aimed at improving the care and treatment of children and can impact local, national, and international heath care. Your clinical research project is based on your area of interest and will be held to our high standard of research and publishing.
    • Enhance your teaching skills as part of the emergency department (ED) team, with bedside teaching and small to large group didactics.
  • Superb clinical experience and clinical education with graduated responsibility
    • Five month-long rotations including trauma, adult emergency department work (inpatient Pediatrics/NICU for EM trained), and pediatric intensive care are required.
    • Numerous clinical rotations are offered and include child abuse, toxicology, anesthesia, and orthopedics.
  • Graduates of our program have successful careers in academic and clinical PEM.

Locations

Our PEM fellowship is affiliated with the University of Washington Emergency Department and Harborview Medical Center Emergency Department (Regional Trauma Center). As part of our fellowship, PEM fellows spend a minimum of four months learning adult emergency medicine. Note that Emergency Medicine trained fellows will have 4 month-long rotations in pediatrics rather than adult work.

View a map of training sites, nearby hotels, and the Seattle area.

About the University of Washington

Each year, approximately 1,200 residents and fellows conduct their ACGME training at one of UW’s primary training sites. For more information, including appointment information and stipends visit the Prospective Residents and Fellows page.

About Seattle

View our quick guide to Seattle(pdf) with links, traveling information from the airport, a map, and recommended hotels close to Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Curriculum

First Year

  • Focus on gaining clinical experience, seeing patients in Children's ED as well as in an adult and trauma ED setting.
  • Introduction to ED administration and research practices.
  • Teach residents, nurses, paramedics and colleagues.
  • Begin independent research project.
  • Intro to sedation and ultrasound.

Curriculum

Second Year

  • Increased responsibility for running the ED with additional adult and trauma ED experience.
  • May participate in coursework at UW School of Public Health.
  • Expanded administrative and teaching opportunities and responsibilities.
  • Work towards completion of research project.

Third Year

  • Attain the goal to independently run the ED.
  • Complete elective clinical experiences.
  • Work to publish and present research findings at local and national meetings.
  • May participate in coursework at UW School of Public Health.

Fellow Teaching Opportunities (O) and Responsibilities (R)

  • ARNP students (O)
  • Teach 2 PALS courses / year (R)
  • Paramedic students Pediatric Emergency Training Course (R)
  • EM resident conferences (R)
  • Pediatric resident conferences (R)
  • Urgent Pediatric Problems (annual regional conference put on by ED group) (R)
  • Pacific NW PEM Consortium (O)
  • Regional ACEP Conference (O)
  • Simulation Curriculum (O)

Fellow Learning Opportunities

  • ACLS Course
  • ATLS Course
  • PALS Instructor Course
  • Pacific NW PEM Consortium
  • Pediatric Academic Society Meeting
  • National PEM Fellows Conference
  • UW Certificate Programs – Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Applied Biostatics
  • UW School of Public Health classes

SAMPLE BLOCK SCHEDULE

 

Year One

Year Two

Year Three

July

Anesthesia & SCH ED

SCH ED

Elective & SCH ED

August

SCH ED

Elective & SCH ED

SCH ED

September

Adult Trauma & NICU

SCH ED

SCH ED

October

SCH ED

SCH ED

SCH ED

November

Elective & SCH ED

SCH ED

Adult EM &

Pediatrics for EM Trained

December

SCH ED

SCH ED

SCH ED

January

SCH ED

Elective & SCH ED

SCH ED

February

Elective & SCH ED

SCH ED

SCH ED

March

Adult EM &

Pediatrics for EM Trained

and EMS

SCH ED

Elective & SCH ED

April

SCH ED

SCH ED

SCH ED

May

SCH PICU

Adult EM &

Pediatrics for EM Trained

Elective & SCH ED

June

SCH ED

SCH ED

SCH ED

KEY

Anesthesia

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Anesthesia rotation

Adult Trauma and Adult EM

Adult emergency department rotation at Harborview Medical Center or University of Washington Medical Center (Note that Emergency Medicine trained fellows will have 4 month-long rotations in pediatrics rather than adult work) includes Airlift Northwest and Medic One ride-alongs.

Electives

May include rotations such as transport, orthopedics, dermatology, wilderness medicine. Mandatory: Ultrasound, Child Abuse, Toxicology.

SCH ED

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Emergency Department shifts.

SCH ED and Research

There are no dedicated research months. Research work is done concurrently with clinical work. Lower shift counts per month in years 2 and 3 to allow adequate time for on-going research projects.

SCH PICU
 

Seattle Children’s Hospital, Pediatric Intensive Care shifts
 

Core Training Sites

Seattle Children's Hospital Emergency Department

Seattle Children’s Hospital Emergency Department serves as the primary location to learn pediatric emergency medicine.

In April 2013, the Emergency Department (ED) moved to the new wing of the hospital called Building Hope. This state-of-the-art facility nearly doubled the size of the ED and is designed for providing the best possible experience for patients and families.

Emergency Department Facts:

  • Yearly census of 45,000 patients
  • 24-hour emergency care for children ages 21 years and younger
  • Rapid access to the full facilities and staff, including experts in more than 20 pediatric specialties
  • Hospital services the Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho region.
  • View a video about Building Hope.

Each fellow spends an average of 24 months learning pediatric emergency medicine in our department over 3 years.

  • As a first year fellow, the first couple months are spent learning primary patient care responsibilities, perfecting suturing and splinting techniques, and learning the essentials of sedation. In the latter part of the year, fellows transition to a preceptor role and begin to focus on flow in addition to clinical care.
  • Subsequently, fellows combine primary patient responsibility and supervision of residents and medical students. Residents at Children’s include pediatric, family medicine, and emergency medicine.
  • The final year of fellowship emphasizes resident supervision, management of critically ill patients, management of ED patient flow, and direction of ED codes with the guidance of ED faculty. Educational opportunities include weekly fellow and faculty led education sessions, bedside learning, and mock codes with and without Simbaby simulation.
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Seattle Children's Hospital Emergency Department

Harborview Medical Center Emergency Department (HMC ED)

Harborview Medical Center provides trauma care to adults and children, and serves as the Washington’s only Level I adult and pediatric trauma center. As the only such facility in a four-state region (Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho), Harborview's Emergency Department sees more than 80,000 patients each year, many of these patients suffering serious trauma.

PEM fellows work exclusively in the emergency department as part of a coordinated trauma team composed of attending trauma surgeon, trauma fellow, and surgical residents in their first and second years. Fellows act in the role of a first year surgical resident and are responsible for evaluating and treating trauma patients, as well as patients with primary surgical complaints. In their third year they may transition to a supervisor role in trauma care.

The experience allows for the development of proficiency in assessment and stabilization based on Advanced Trauma Life Support algorithms, and performing common procedures such as peripheral and central access, complex laceration repair, and thoracotomy tube placement.

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Harborview Medical Center Emergency Department (HMC ED)

University of Washington Emergency Department (UWMC ED)

The University of Washington Department of Emergency Medicine serves as an outstanding site for learning key concepts of adult emergency medicine in a state-of-the-art medical center. Our fellows work alongside adult emergency medicine providers, residents of the UW emergency medicine residency program, and UW medical students.

Fellows experience the full range of adult emergency medicine complaints in both otherwise healthy and medically-complex adult patients. Due to the University’s many specialized diagnostic and treatment centers, the emphasis is on tertiary and quaternary care, and the care of the university community.

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University of Washington Emergency Department (UWMC ED)
Program Director

Derya Caglar, MD

Associate Professor Fellowship Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Faculty

Stanford Heath Ackley, MD, MPH

Clinical Associate Professor

Sabreen Akhter, DO, DTM

Clinical Associate Professor

Julie C. Brown, MD, MPH

Associate Professor Co-Director, PEM Research

Rebekah A. Burns, MD

Associate Professor

Derya Caglar, MD

Associate Professor Fellowship Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Vidya Chande, MD

Clinical Professor; Associate PEM Chief for Quality and Community Integration

Veena Devarajan, MD

Clinical Assistant Profesor

Douglas S. Diekema, MD, MPH

Professor Education Director, Pediatric Bioethics

Brianna K Enriquez, MD

Clinical Professor Medical Director, Emergency Management

Emily A Hartford, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Ashley E Keilman, MD

Assistant Professor

Lauren Kinneman, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Mark D Lo, MD, MS

Clinical Associate Professor

Suzan Mazor, MD

Professor Medical Director, Toxicology

Russell Migita, MD

Clinical Professor Associate Division Chief, Emergency Medicine; Clinical Director, Emergency Services; Associate PEM Chief for Clinical Operations and Process Improvement

Rob Peterson, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Ben Prince, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Stephanie D. Pryor, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Jennifer R Reid, MD

Associate Professor Co-Director, PEM Simulation

Stephanie H Richling, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Lori Ellen Rutman, MD, MPH

Associate Professor

Corinne Shubin, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Richard P. Shugerman

Professor Residency Director

Anne C. Slater, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Patrick B Solari, MD

Clinical Associate Professor

Kimberly P Stone, MD

Associate Professor

Anita Anne Thomas, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Indi Trehan, MD, MPH, DTM&H

Associate Professor

Neil G. Uspal, MD

Associate Professor

Jessica Wall, MD, MPH, MSCE

Clinical Assistant Professor

George (Tony) A. Woodward, MD, MBA

Professor Division Chief, Emergency Medicine Medical Director, Emergency Services

Hiromi Yoshida, MD, MBA

Clinical Assistant Professor

Daniel Yu, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor

Fellows and Alumni

Current Fellows

Kaileen Rohr, MD (2018-2021)

Kaileen Jafari, MD (2018-2021)

Residency in Pediatrics at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center

Suzanne Sundermann, MD (2018-2021)

Suzanne Seo, MD (2018-2021)

Residency in Pediatrics at University of Washington

"I feel so lucky to be a PEM fellow in the ED at Seattle Children’s Hospital. Our department is dedicated to excellent patient care and is a fantastic place to learn. As trainees, we are given autonomy to develop our own clinical practice and are supervised by experienced attendings who are eager to teach. The SCH ED is a bustling and collaborative environment that promotes evidence-based patient care and is dedicated to medical education. I love working with the medical students, residents, NPs, nurses and other support staff to care for children in the WWAMI region."

Tavis Dickerson-Young, MD (2018-2021)

Tavis Dickerson-Young, MD (2018-2021)

Residency in Pediatrics at University of Washington

"Training at SCH has been such a great experience. Our hospital serves the 5 state WWAMI region and it is great exposure to care for children from all over the region. Our trauma experience at HMC is also wonderful as it is the only level 1 trauma center in the state so you care for trauma patients that come from afar. The range of expertise among our faculty make it easy to pursue any project you are interested in! Our facilities are up to date and consultants are easily available. I have really enjoyed my training at SCH and feel lucky to have had the opportunity to train here.

Brittany Boswell, MD (2019-2022)

Brittany Boswell, MD (2019-2022)

Residency and Chief Residency in Pediatrics at Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital/Stanford

Carson Burns, MD (2019-2022)

Carson Burns, MD (2019-2022)

Residency in Pediatrics at University of Washington

Siobhan Costakis, MD (2019-2020)

Siobhan Costakis, MD (2019-2022)

Residency in Pediatrics at University of Washington

Brian Park

Brian Park (2020-2023)

Residency in Pediatrics at Kravis Children's Hospital at Mount Sinai

Emine Tunc

Emine Tunc (2020-2023)

Residency in Pediatrics at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Cassey Koid

Cassey Koid (2020-2023)

Residency in Pediatrics at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai - Elmhurst Hospital Center

 

 

Alumni

Andrea Posa Anderson

Andrea Posa Anderson, MD (2017-2020)

Residency in Pediatrics at University of Washington

"I feel so lucky and proud to train in the Seattle Childrens Emergency Department. The faculty and staff are an outstanding group colleagues with a diverse mix of academic interests. It has been easy to engage in interdisciplinary projects because of the collaborative atmosphere and high level of motivation to improve which pervades the department. Everyone in the department prides themselves in providing the highest possible level of patient care, from understanding the medical evidence behind decision making to keeping our patients as comfortable and safe as possible during the stress of their emergency visit. If there is a process that could be improved, guaranteed someone is working on it. It is also an amazing place to teach and learn with teams of highly motivated residents and medical students. Patients come for care from all over the 5 state region we serve and beyond, providing great diversity in acuity, pathology and disease. The Seattle Children’s Emergency Department has provided a great model for me in my training of how a pediatric emergency department should be run."

Position after graduation: Attending Physician at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Jonathan Higgins

Jon Higgins, MD (2017-2020)

Residency in Pediatrics at University of Washington

"I am grateful to be training at Seattle Children’s for PEM Fellowship. We have fantastic faculty, co-fellows, and staff! There is a wide breadth of teaching, research, and QI opportunities for building a scholarly foundation, learning from faculty who are leaders in their fields. I am also proud to train at an institution with a commitment to the entire five-state WWAMI region and the diversity of patients and communities who live here."

Position after graduation: Attending Physician at University of Colorado, Denver

Alexander Stephan

Alexander Stephan, MD (2017-2020)

Residency in Pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital

"I am so thankful to be training at Seattle Children’s for fellowship. The faculty have such a wide range of research and education interests, it is easy to find mentors who are invested in helping you develop your professional career while honing your clinical practice. I have received nothing but full support and encouragement from everyone in the Emergency Department, from program leaders to the skilled nursing and support staff."

Position after graduation: Clinical Assistant Professor at New York Presbyterian/Will Cornell Medical Center

Taylor Louden

Taylor Louden (2016-2019)

Position after graduation: Attending Physician at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas

Corinne Shubin

Corinne Shubin (2016-2019)

Position after graduation: Clinical Assistant Professor at University of Washington

Wee-Jhong Chua, MD (2015-2018)

Wee-Jhong Chua, MD (2015-2018)

Position after graduation: Attending Physician in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

"I feel so fortunate to be at Seattle Children's Hospital. The culture of safety, teamwork, and evidence-based medicine form the foundation for the outstanding care we provide for our patients. I come to work everyday with a smile on my face, because I get to work with truly wonderful people. Seattle Children's is the perfect place to for me to grow as a clinician and advocate for children and their families."

Emily Hartford, MD (2015-2018)

Emily Hartford, MD (2015-2018)

Position after graduation: Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital

"Seattle Children's is an incredible institution and I feel it's really a privilege to train here with such amazing faculty, co-fellows, nurses, and staff. The entire multidisciplinary team shares a strong commitment to excellence in patient care. As a fellow, there are truly unlimited opportunities for research, mentoring, and education, and the faculty members are extremely supportive."

Julie Augenstein

Julie Augenstein, MD (2014-2017)

Position after graduation: Attending in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital

"It has been a privilege to train at Seattle Children’s. The clinical training is excellent and the PEM fellows are well supported by all levels of faculty. There are so many incredible opportunities for mentorship, career development, and research."

Hiromi Yoshida, MD (2014-2017)

Hiromi Yoshida, MD (2014-2017)

Position after graduation: Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital

"This program offers excellent clinical training as well as diverse research and educational opportunities. The department is constantly working to improve the quality and delivery of care, making it a dynamic place to work."

Ryan Kearney, MD, MPH

Ryan Kearney, MD, MPH (2013-2016)

Position after graduation: Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital

What I liked most about the program: "Excellent clinical training with a group of uniquely humble, aspirational and truly awesome providers/mentors. Fellows here are provided with the tools and appropriate guidance to become experts in any realm within our field, which is the result of a careful balance by program leadership that is much harder than it looks!"

Anita Thomas, MD, MPH

Anita Thomas, MD, MPH (2013-2016)

Position after graduation: Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital

What I liked most about the program: "The research and educational mentorship along with the breadth of clinical scenarios, especially working as a trauma doc at Harborview Medical Center."

Abby Schuh, MD

Abby Schuh, MD (2012-2015)

Position after graduation: Associate Director, Pediatrics Residency, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin

Jon Silverman, MD

Jon Silverman, MD (2012-2015)

Position after graduation: Assistant Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University

Tausala Coleman, MD

Tausala Coleman, MD (2011-2014)

Position after graduation: Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii

Lori Rutman, MD, MPH

Lori Rutman, MD, MPH (2011-2014)

Position after graduation: Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle ’s Hospital, QI Scholar Program Mentor

Lila O'Mahony, MD

Lila O'Mahony, MD (2010-2013)

Position after graduation: Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital
Currently at Mary Bridge Hospital in Tacoma, WA.

Mark Lo, MD

Mark Lo, MD (2009-2012)

Position after graduation: Clinical Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Erica Michiels, MD

Erica Michiels, MD (2008-2011)

Position after graduation: Attending Physician in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan

S. Heath Ackley, MD, MPH

S. Heath Ackley, MD, MPH (2007-2010)

Position after graduation: Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Patrick Solari, MD

Patrick Solari, MD (2006-2009)

Position after graduation: Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital, Washington ACEP President

Kimberly Stone, MD, MS, MA

Kimberly Stone, MD, MS, MA (2005-2007)

Position after graduation: Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Jennifer Reid, MD

Jennifer Reid, MD (2004-2007)

Position after graduation: Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital

Russ Migita, MD

Russ Migita, MD (2002-2005)

Position after graduation: Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital

How to Apply

How to Apply

Who can apply

Applicants will have completed a minimum of three years of training in an ACGME approved pediatric or emergency medicine residency program. J-1 visas are accepted.

Application Requirements

  1. Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Register at https://www.aamc.org/services/eras.
  2. Please submit at minimum your personal statement, 3 letters of recommendation, and your board scores through ERAS.
  3. This program participates through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) Specialties Matching Service. Register at http://www.nrmp.org/fellow/index.html

Timeline

  • Applications are accepted 10-12 months before the fellowship begins
  • September 1 - ERAS application deadline
  • September and November - interviews are held
  • December - NRMP Match Day
  • July 7 - start of the fellowship

Contact

For questions regarding the Fellowship Program, please contact: pemfellowship@seattlechildrens.org.

Follow us on Twitter @uwashpem to see the latest developments with our program and faculty.

Program Director

Derya Caglar, MD

Associate Professor Fellowship Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine

206.987.2599 (phone)
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Program Administrator
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Tamar Anderson

Program Administrator

206.987.7763 (phone)
206.729.3070 (fax)

Emergency Medicine
Seattle Children's
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA   98105

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