Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Clinical Environment

Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, the primary site for the PEM fellowship, is a 236 bed quaternary referral center located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital is West Michigan’s only licensed free standing children’s hospital and Level I pediatric trauma center, providing world class care in 50 Pediatric specialties to children throughout  a 37 county area. The hospital moved into a new, state-of-the-art facility in 2011 and cares for nearly 8000 inpatients and 95,000 ambulatory visits annually. The pediatric emergency department handles more than 50,000 visits per year with nearly 4000 admissions annually. The ED has social workers, pharmacists, paramedics, interpreter services, child-life specialists and respiratory therapists available at all times. We have a 24 bed PICU and an 80 bed NICU for critical pediatric patients. ED has access to 24/7 laboratory and radiology services including US, CT and MRI. We currently have 12 PEM trained faculty members who are available for fellow education and guidance.

Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital houses Grand Rapid’s largest emergency department with nearly 100,000 visits annually. It is a Level I adult trauma center and is West Michigan’s premiere location to receive burn care. Butterworth is a primary stroke center. It connects directly to the area’s leading heart center, which provides 24/7 cardiac catheterization services. The emergency department serves as our base for adult-focused rotations in general adult emergency care, trauma and burn care as well as ultrasound training.

Gerber Hospital is located in Fremont, Michigan, and is one of Spectrum Health’s numerous community and rural-based emergency departments. The department is staffed by the same private physician group that staffs our Grand Rapids based emergency departments including Helen DeVos Children’s Emergency Department.

Didactics

To complement the training received on clinical rotations, fellows are also expected to regularly attend scheduled conferences, journal conferences, and lectures given by faculty and invited speakers.

  • PEM weekly lectures, Wednesday, 7:30 to 9:30 am
  • Journal club, once a month
  • Procedure labs, Thursday, once a month 7:30 to 9:30 am
  • Simulated trauma and medical codes, once a month
  • EM department pediatric lecture series, Thursday, once a month
  • Pediatric Grand Rounds every Tuesday, 8am
  • Fellows research lecture series, Wednesday afternoon, once a month for 8-9 months/year
  • Regularly scheduled ultrasound workshops and simulations labs

Program Focus

The program offers a 3 year track for Pediatric graduate and 2 year for EM graduate. Each year is divided into 13 blocks each of 4 weeks duration.

Sample curriculum Pediatric graduate:

First year:

6 Pediatric ED
2 Research
1 Trauma
1 Toxicology
1 Orthopedics
1 Anesthesia
1 Ultrasound

Second year: 

5 Pediatric ED
4 Research
1 Trauma
1 PICU
1 Rural EM
1 EMS/Risk

Third year:

7 Pediatric ED
5 Research
1 Elective

Sample curriculum EM graduate:

First year:

6 Pediatric ED
2 Research
1 US/Anesthesia
1 NICU
1 PICU
1 Peds Ambulatory
1 Peds subsp. Elective

Second year:

7 Pediatric ED
4 Research
1 EMS/Risk
1 Elective

Research

Exposure to and participation in research begins early on in the fellowship program so fellows are able to meet their scholarly activity requirements on time and also develop interest in all aspects of research. Dr. Christopher Benner is the Research Director for the pediatric ED who will work closely with the fellows and guide them on their research projects throughout their fellowship. Currently active research projects in the Pediatric ED include reducing imaging in pediatric blunt chest trauma, emergency airway placement and improving emergency pediatric care in Michigan.

Spectrum Health provides many opportunities in quality and safety based research. Michigan State University and Spectrum Health have a blossoming interest in multicenter collaborative research networks. Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital has a dedicated Research Advisory Committee which helps to distribute local grants to pediatric researchers. The Van Andel Institute also aligns itself with Spectrum Health and provides support for medical research. With support from MSU, Spectrum Health, Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, The Van Andel Institute and Emergency Care Specialists (our physician group), fellows can expect to have ample resources for mentorship and support. Please check out the following links for more information on research opportunities.

Spectrum Health office of Research Administration and Office of Sponsored Programs: http://www.spectrumhealth.org/research-and-clinical-trials

Spectrum Health/Michigan State University Residency Program: https://www.grmep.org/research/

The VanAndel Institute: https://vari.vai.org

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