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              Pediatric Emergency Medicine Residency Program

  Program Description
  You may enter this program from either a General Pediatrics residency program or an Emergency Medicine program.
  We offer two to three years of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, with one year of which may be concurrently undertaken
  with one of the specialties listed above with the joint approval of the program director in the base specialty and the
  program director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine program (as well as Royal College approval).

  This program offers thirteen (13) 4-week blocks of training in the Pediatric Emergency Department at the Stollery
  Children’s Hospital.

  There will be a minimum of 5 blocks per year to ensure that residents are given increasing professional responsibility,
  under appropriate staff supervision. A minimum of 3 months of PEM are completed during the last 6 months of
  training, in order to allow the resident to function as a ‘staff’; however, they are never without a staff-person present.


  Required Rotations
         •   Thirteen (13) blocks of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Trauma
         •   One block of Toxicology (with a balanced emphasis on adult and pediatric aspects)
         •   One block of Emergency Services Systems and Disaster Planning
         •   One block of Administration
         •   One block of Anesthesia and Pain management
         •   Two blocks of Research
         •   Residents with a background in General Pediatrics:
                  o        One block of Plastic Surgery
                  o        One block of Orthopedic Surgery
                  o        Two blocks Emergency Medicine and Trauma
         •   Residents with a background in Emergency Medicine:
                  o        One block of Neonatology
                  o        One block of Pediatric ICU
                  o        One block of Pediatric Ambulatory Care
         •   Three blocks of electives/selectives

  The recommended rotations for the three months of electives/selectives can include:

         •   A Sports Medicine Clinic rotation
         •   A STD Clinic rotation
         •   Child protection services
         •   International health
         •   Additional trauma or adult EM training

  A resident will complete or significantly participate in a scholarly project relating to any aspects of research,
  education or professional activity in the sub-specialty of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. This project should lead to a
  presentation, report, or publication which would be peer reviewed in a setting outside the residents own centre. This
  may include a research protocol, development of an educational curriculum for a specific course or group, or creation
  of quality improvement activities, or protocol development.

  Residents will be encouraged to have a third year of training, however, this is not mandatory.


www.pediatrics.med.ualberta.ca                                                                     Last Updated: July 2011
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  Highlights of Unique Educational Activities at the University of Alberta
  PEM Program
      •   PALS Instructors’ Course: Obtaining instructor status for PALS is considered mandatory in our program.
          Protected time and funds are provided in order to achieve this.
      •   PEM Academic Half Day: A mandatory ½ day activity, with staff attendance. The day begins with mock
          codes, and is then followed by PEM grand rounds, and core curriculum rounds.
      •   Evidence-Based Medicine Course: This course systematically covers the EBM approach to medical
          problem-solving. Residents are expected to complete it once, during their training.
      •   Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Annual Fellows’ Conference: This is a new conference
          that began in 2005. It occurs annually, usually in the Rocky Mountains. Last year it was held at Lake Louise
          and this year it will be in Banff, AB. It will occur just before the PERC conference. We routinely pay for
          room and transportation for the residents. This conference includes 1 fellows education day (including career-
          counselling) and 1 day of fellows research presentations.
      •   Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC) Annual Conference: This conference is designed to foster
          research collaboration amongst Canadian pediatric emergency departments.
      •   Pediatric EM Journal Club: Every 8 weeks, our division hosts a ‘rapid-fire’ journal club. Each resident and
          staff-person is responsible for reviewing an assigned journal, and providing a brief summary of the salient
          findings.
      •   PEM Radiology Rounds: Radiology Rounds were initiated approximately 3 years ago, in order to allow
          residents and staff to receive feedback and instruction in radiography interpretation.
      •   Research Methodology Training Course (Annual): This is a course that is offered to our first year residents
          and gives an overview to the basics in formulating a research question, conducting a literature search, and
          designing a research proposal.
      •   Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS): All of our residents are expected to have successfully completed
          this course by the end of their training. As we consider this mandatory, the program/PGME covers all related
          expenses.
      •   Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS): If a resident wishes to complete ACLS, they can do so during
          their training. Protected time will be made available in order to facilitate this.
      •   WCHRI (Women and Children’s Health Research Institute) Trainee Research Day: All residents will be
          expected to present their research, annually.
      •   Emergency Medicine Research Day: The purpose of this day is to highlight research being done in the
          Adult and Pediatric emergency departments. All residents will be encouraged to present their research,
          annually.
      •   Emergency Medicine Journal Club: This meeting occurs 1 evening per month. Three to 4 times per year,
          the topic is relevant to the practice of PEM. Our residents are encouraged to attend.
      •   General Emergency Medicine Academic Half Day: Weekly academic half days for this program are open
          to our residents and staff.
      •   FRCPC (EM) Senior Interactive Sessions: One time per month, the fourth and fifth year emergency
          medicine residents meet to review a core selection of EM topics. The PEM residents may attend any sessions,
          but are highly encouraged to attend the Pediatric-content evening.



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      •   Pediatric Grand Rounds: These rounds occur on Thursdays, just prior to the PEM Academic Half Day.
          Residents are encouraged to attend relevant rounds. During the summer, Pediatric Grand Rounds are presented
          by the subspecialty residents.
      •   Junior Resident PEM Rounds: These sessions are interactive teaching sessions, focused on junior off-
          service residents. They address core PEM topics. The PEM residents may attend, if they feel they need to
          review the topic being taught.
      •   Epidemiology and Statistics courses: A resident may complete any of the courses offered through the
          University of Alberta. This may be done as a part of a Master’s degree, or simply for the sake of knowledge
      •   Putting Evidence into Practice: This annual 2.5 day course, hosted by the Department of Pediatrics’
          ARCHE group, is a thorough review of critical appraisal of the literal, filtered evidence sources, and
          conducting a literature review. Last year, at least 2 PEM staff were involved in teaching this course.




www.pediatrics.med.ualberta.ca                                                                Last Updated: July 2011

				
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