1. Clinical training occurs in one hospital, The Children’s Hospital of Georgia. The volume in 2018, was 30,000 visits in children < 18 years of age. Our hospital is considered an urban teaching hospital. We are the only children’s emergency department that provides 24/7 services within a 150 mile radius. We are the only American college of surgeons designated to provide pediatric trauma care in the region and we have all pediatric medical and surgical subspecialties represented. We operate out of 16 rooms in a designated area exculsivly designed for pediatric patients. We are contiguous with the adult emergency department and can flex our space accordingly. Our dedicated nursing staff are all PALS certified and several with TNCC and EPNC certification. Several have won nurse of the year awards within the institution.
2. Our faculty have been dedicated and motivated over the years and are frequently recognized by the institution for their teaching excellence in both resident and student teaching. The majority of our faculty are pediatric residency and pediatric emergency medicine fellowship trained. (Faculty)
3. Fellows are not considered primary workforce and quickly function as mentors and teachers to junior learners. The volume of the emergency department allows for a pace conducive to learning and concentrating on the ill patient.
4. There are a number of methods available to gain skill in low volume, critical procedures. Fellows will do 1 - 2 months in our 15 bed pediatric intensive care unit and 1 month in the largest burn unit east of the Mississippi. Additionally, there are live pig labs, cadaver labs and the use of our high fidelity simulation lab. Our own department has a very vibrant simulation lab with ample opportunity to practice and engage in simulation scenarios on a monthly basis. Additional experience in the adult trauma and emergency medicine departments.
5. We are now in our second year of having a pediatric emergency medicine ultrasound fellowship being led by a trained pediatric emergency medicine fellowship trained physician. Ultrasound is easy accessible and becoming a routine part of the care of pediatric patients in our emergency department.
6. If you are trained in emergency medicine as your primary field, during your fellowship, you will be able to maintain your adult skills by serving as clinical faculty within the emergency department for one or two shifts a month.
7. The department enjoys a robust research environment with primary areas of focus in resuscitation, ultrasound, disaster medicine and pre- hospital science. (Research) There is a research coordinator and chair to help with fellow, faculty and resident success in research and board requirements.
8. There are expectations for fellows to become excellent teachers upon completion of this program. There are a number of opportunities to perfect this skill in local and regional venues.
9. Fellows have the opportunity to expand their interests through exposure to other fellowships and programs within the department . These include international, wilderness, ems, event and tactical medicine. (Fellowships)
10. Augusta, Georgia is a wonderful place to live while training. Affordable home prices, wonderful weather and ample cultural and outdoor opportunities make this a great place to bring your family. (Augusta)
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