Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

  • Overview and mission

    The three-year Fellowship Program in Emergency Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia prepares physicians for an academic career to lead and further advance the field of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. The fellowship training program provides in-depth education and experience in clinical care, teaching, administration and research.

    All graduates of CHOP”s Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program have successfully passed the certifying examination in Emergency Medicine. The majority have gone on to academic positions in pediatric Emergency Departments across the country.

    Fellowship training program directors

    Division chief

  • Research expectations and opportunities

    Research education, experience and accomplishment are requirements of the three-year fellowship program.

    Research activities include:

    • Research proposal development
    • Submission for extramural funding
    • Data collection and analysis
    • Presentation of research results locally and nationally
    • Manuscript preparation and publication

    The fellow has an appropriate level of clinical, teaching and administrative responsibility to allow time for the accomplishment of meaningful research.

  • Fellowship details

    First year

    The focus during your first year of the ED Fellowship is to develop knowledge and clinical skill in the care of patients in the Emergency Department (ED).

    You will be involved in direct patient care and will supervise pediatric and emergency medicine residents in the care of patients. These activities occur under the supervision of an attending physician. Your teaching skills at the bedside and presentation at case conferences will also be a focus.

    Fellows will begin to learn about administrative issues in emergency medicine. Fellows are expected to write a case report, chapter or review article during this year.

    The fellow is also required to complete rotations in trauma, anesthesia and critical care medicine. Programs for expanded fellowship training in both toxicology and critical care have been developed.

    First year curriculum and rotations

    Each year of the fellowship contains 13 four-week blocks. The first year includes:

    • Pediatric emergency medicine (six and a half blocks)
    • Anesthesia (one block)
    • Critical care (one and a half blocks)
    • Trauma (one block)
    • General emergency medicine (one block)
    • Child abuse (one block)
    • Research (one block)

    Second year

    The second year has a dual focus. First, the fellow continues to refine clinical, teaching and administrative skills as he or she completes the required clinical rotations. During this year, formal research training begins.

    Fellows have the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Clinical Epidemiology or Master of Public Health. Alternatively, fellows can take individual courses in biostatistics and epidemiology at the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Second year curriculum and rotations

    The second year includes 13 four-week blocks, including::

    • Pediatric emergency medicine/Pediatric trauma (six blocks)
    • Transport medicine (one block)
    • Anesthesia (a half block)
    • Toxicology (one block)
    • General emergency medicine (one block)
    • Pediatric trauma (one block)
    • Sports medicine (one block)
    • Elective/research (two and a half blocks)

    Third year

    During the third year, the fellow is again expected to complete 13 blocks of training. For this year, all blocks are research-focused. The fellow will also spend clinical time as the attending physician in the ED.

    General emergency medicine

    The curriculum for graduates of emergency medicine training programs is slightly modified from the above to include rotations in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit, as well as ambulatory electives in cardiology, dermatology and neurology and pediatric well-child care.

  • Conference schedules

    Fellows and attending physicians co-facilitate our weekly, monthly, bi-monthly and annual teaching conferences.


    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine - Friday morning resident conference
    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine business meeting
    • Fellows clinical conference
    • Fellows research conference
    • Fellows patient follow-up walk rounds
    • Toxicology conference


    • Transport conference
    • ED/ICU conference


    • Fellow dinner conference


    • Resident suturing and splinting workshops
    • Resident resuscitation retreat
    • CHOP CME Courses
  • How to apply

    Our three-year fellowship seeks physicians who will have completed three years of training in an accredited residency program in pediatrics or emergency medicine in order to sit for the American Board of Pediatrics or American Board of Emergency Medicine certifying examinations.

    Our fellowship program participates in the National Resident Matching Program and the ERAS universal application process.

    For an application and to upload documents, please visit

    Program requirements

    • Completed on-line application
    • Current photograph (released only after interview is offered)
    • Personal statement
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Dean's letter
    • Medical school transcript
    • Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the seven-year time frame as required by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or equivalent scores
    • If a graduate of a medical school outside the United States, Canada or Puerto Rico, valid ECFMG certificate or one that does not expire prior to the start of the fellowship
    • If not a citizen of the United States, copy of permanent resident card or copy of current, appropriate visa. CHOP will sponsor H1B Visas for select candidates.

    Deadline for applications

    The deadline for completed applications is Aug. 31. The fellowship directors will review completed applications and then selected candidates are invited to interview during the months of September and October.

    Tobacco-free hiring policy

    To help preserve and improve the health of our patients, their families and our employees, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia has a tobacco-free hiring policy. This policy applies to all candidates for employment (other than those with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey) for all positions, including those covered by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

    Job applicants who apply after July 1, 2014 will be expected to sign an attestation stating they’ve been free of nicotine or tobacco products in any form for the prior thirty (30) days. They will also undergo a cotinine test as a part of the Occupational Health pre-placement drug screen administered after the offer of employment has been accepted but before the first day of hire.

    Exemptions: Attending physicians (excluding CHOP physicians in the Care Network), psychologists, principal investigators and/or Penn-based faculty are exempt from this process to better align with our colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

    More information

    For information or questions about the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship, please contact: Jeanine Robles

Reviewed on April 03, 2014