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Emergency Medicine - Education


The Department of Pediatrics and Children's Hospital Colorado Emergency Medicine Department offer a variety of educational programs for medical students, residents, and fellows including the following:

A core rotation in pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) for third-year medical students and a senior elective in pediatric emergency medicine are offered. The core rotation is open to University of Colorado medical students and external medical students.

All students and residents’ clinical schedules and rotations allow for attendance of our monthly case-based, open discussion PEM Teaching Conference. The conferences include presentations from a PEM Attending, a PEM Fellow, and a Senior Pediatric Resident and discuss different cases and issues that present in the ED.

The Emergency Department (ED) also trains family medicine, emergency medicine and pediatric residents from several programs in the Denver Metro and Wyoming areas. The ED accepts electively-rotating residents in each of the above disciplines from around the state and around the country. These rotations last no less then two weeks and no longer then four weeks total and allow for exposure to common experiences and situations in the ED. 

All students and residents’ clinical schedules and rotations allow for attendance of our monthly case-based, open discussion PEM Teaching Conference. The conferences include presentations from a PEM Attending, a PEM Fellow, and a Senior Pediatric Resident and discuss different cases and issues that present in the ED.

The University sponsors a Fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine through the Emergency Medicine Department at Children's Hospital Colorado. This pediatric subspecialty-residency-training program was accredited by the ACGME in 1999 and re-accredited in 2004.

The PEM Fellowship is a three-year program and accepts applications from either pediatric emergency medicine residents or emergency medicine residents. 

The overall goal of the program is to create experts in the clinical application of pediatric emergency medicine, including the assessment of the acutely ill or injured child.  More specific clinical knowledge is gained through eight required rotations and several elective rotations in different subspecialty areas. 

The fellowship program also includes research and teaching components.  For detailed information, please visit our fellowship page

The ED has 24-hour attending physician coverage. All attendings are board certified or board eligible in pediatric emergency medicine. The attending staff is dedicated to bedside teaching and overall supervision geared to the level of training and the background of each of our trainees. Moreover, the PEM faculty is committed to teaching in a variety of arenas including the medical student core lecture series, the resident core lecture series, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support classes. Attendings also participate in regional lecture series for emergency medicine residency training for family medicine residents, emergency medical services personnel, as well as pediatric and emergency medicine staff physicians. The ED welcomes other attending and staff physicians wishing to spend time in the pediatric emergency setting to further their education or skills in the management of acutely ill or injured pediatric patients.