The Division of Emergency Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Feinberg) offers training opportunities to fellows to develop excellent clinical and academic skills. This program, established more than 20 years ago, is accredited by the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Pediatrics. The program accepts two fellows each year. Please browse our other divisional pages to read about our dedicated faculty and staff.
Fellows get a broad clinical experience caring for ill and injured children in the Emergency Department (ED) at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children's). The ED is located in Chicago's Streeterville neighborhood and has more than 60,000 annual pediatric visits. There is an on-site urgent care area that is staffed 16 hours/day. The hospital is a tertiary care referral center; ED patients include children from the community as well as those from the larger metropolitan area with subspecialty care needs. The patients are socioeconomically and racially diverse, representing a broad cross-section of Chicago children. Medical needs range from the simple and common to the complex and rare. The ED is a designated pediatric trauma center, one of four in the city of Chicago. It is equipped with an EMS Base Station, and it serves as a local as well as a regional referral center for pediatric trauma. Twenty full-time pediatric emergency care physicians direct patient care and teach fellows, residents, and medical students.
In addition to ED-based clinical training, fellows participate in electives to develop skills related to the provision of pediatric emergency care including anesthesia, critical care, pediatric surgery, sports medicine, and toxicology. During the second and third years, elective time may be allocated to clinical or research activities. An on-site medical simulation center is used for additional didactic training to complement clinical experiences.
- Toxicology instruction is through the training program at John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County and the affiliated Illinois Poison Control Center.
- Each fellow completes a rotation in the John H. Stroger Hospital of Cook County Trauma Unit. This urban trauma center serves a high volume of injured adult and pediatric patients, providing critical trauma and burn management.
- Training in adult acute care occurs in the Northwestern Memorial Hospital ED. Faculty from the Department of Emergency Medicine provide supervision and teaching.
Fellows start their research projects during their first year. Although most choose clinical research projects, those interested in a bench laboratory experience have collaboration opportunities with researchers at Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute as well as at Feinberg. It is anticipated that a project will be completed during fellowship and that the work will be presented at a national meeting. There is research time during ED clinical months as well as dedicated research time during which the fellow is free from clinical responsibilities. Resources include mentorship from faculty within the division as well as throughout the Department of Pediatrics. Assistance in study design and statistical analysis is also available through faculty in the Child Health Services Research Program. The clinical schedule can be adjusted to accommodate coursework needed to complete a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation or a Master of Public Health. Several of the faculty are in leadership positions in the Injury Control and the Emergency Medicine Sections of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Seminars and Conferences
Fellows are not assigned to clinical duties during Fellows Conference, held 2-3 hours each week. This conference includes a core curriculum, research conference, an evidence based medicine forum, journal club, and morbidity and mortality conference. Fellows participate in division administrative and quality activities, as well as advocacy initiatives. Many additional optional conferences are available through the Department of Pediatrics including weekly Grand Rounds and Firm Rounds, and a monthly Outcomes Review Conference.
Fellows improve their teaching skills by giving lectures to students and residents during the weekly PEM Resident Education Program. Faculty are present to provide feedback about the method and quality of presentation. Fellows also present topic lectures to peers and faculty during Fellows Conference, and participate in teaching in the Emergency Medicine Resident Lecture Series for the programs at Northwestern and at Cook County. Fellows provide instruction in the ED to a broad variety of trainees. Lurie Children's is an education site for two emergency medicine and five family practice programs. Fourth-year medical students also participate as sub-interns in the ED.
Elizabeth C. Powell, MD, MPH
Division of Emergency Medicine
Ann & Robert H. Lurie
Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue #62
Chicago, Illinois 60611
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