Pediatric Emergency Medicine
The NewYork-Presbyterian Pediatric Emergency Medicine experience is designed to give residents the confidence to provide excellent care to critically-ill children and their families.
Our residents train in the Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of New York (CHONY), ranked by US News and World Report as one of the top 5 pediatric hospitals in the US. The CHONY ED is a Level 1 pediatric trauma center with a census exceeds 50,000 annual visits, providing care to some of the sickest children in the region. The new state-of-the-art CHONY ED opened in 2011. CHONY also has a highly regarded pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training program, and our residents enjoy working alongside the fellows.
To develop experience in assessing and treating common pediatric complaints, residents spend 4 weeks in the Pediatric ED during the PGY1 and PGY2 years. For senior residents, to keep skills fresh and more closely mirror actual practice in many community settings, pediatric ED shifts are intermixed with adult shifts throughout the year.
In addition to Pediatric Emergency Department experience, our residents spend 2 weeks in Pediatric Anesthesia during their PGY2 year and 4 weeks in the Pediatric ICU during their PGY3 year.
Our unique pediatric EM curriculum focuses on:
- Diagnosis and management of the most common pediatric emergencies
- Diagnosis and management of the very sick child
- Early recognition and diagnosis of the child who appears well, but is really very sick
Residents learn at the bedside and also through online modules designed by a collaborative team led by Dr. Joel Berezow, an EM-trained physician and the Director of Emergency Medicine Resident Education in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. This curriculum is designed to emphasize important pediatric topics as well as confidence-building methods for assessing sick children. Sample areas of focus include:
- Vital Signs
- Respiratory Issues
- Fever in the Well Baby
- Gastrointestinal Complaints
- Pediatric Resuscitation
PGY1 residents are given protected time within clinical shifts to review didactic materials and to work closely one-on-one with a faculty tutor. Significant weekly didactic conference time is also devoted to pediatric topics.
The CHONY Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty annually run an all-day symposium, the Steven Z. Miller Pediatrics for Emergency Physicians Course, that NYP EM residents may attend free of charge. Additionally, Dr. Anju Wagh facilitates a cadaver procedure workshop that extends throughout the year.
CHONY's Pediatric EM faculty work closely with our residents didactically during Wednesday Conference and through clinical bedside teaching. Two pediatric ED faculty members have taken a leadership role in EM resident eduation. Dr. Joel Berezow an EM trained physician and the Director of Emergency Medicine Resident Education in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, leads interactive sessions with junior residents and spends significant time one-on-one with each intern to ensure they understand basic pediatric EM concepts. Dr. Biren Bhatt, a recent NYP EM graduate and former chief resident, works in both the Columbia adult and CHONY pediatric EDs. Dr. Bhatt also leads our residency journal club and frequently selects pediatric topics.
The Pediatric EM faculty are actively conducting research on a broad array of topics and participate in several multi-center trials. More information is available at: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Research.
The Pediatric EM faculty welcome EM residents as research collaborators, and many residents have chosen pediatric topics for their scholarly projects.
Evaluating and managing sick children is intimidating for many emergency physicians. The NewYork-Presbyterian Pediatric Emergency Medicine experience is designed to give residents the confidence to provide excellent care to critically-ill children and their families.