Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Choosing a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) is beginning a journey to endless opportunity. Providing care for children during critical life-threatening emergencies requires a delicate balance between the compassion of a pediatrician and the mental agility of an emergency medicine physician. Your mind must be able to sort and prioritize many variables within a limited time frame.

Simultaneously, you must lead a team of care providers through implementing life-saving measures to ensure the optimal outcome. PEM physicians must also use their knowledge and skills to advocate for children, teach all levels of care providers, and continually evaluate and work to improve the system of care.

At Akron Children’s Hospital, we strive to create an environment where physicians can develop the skills and expertise necessary to become experts in this dynamic field of medicine. We offer a 3-year, ACGME-accredited pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program to physicians who are board certified or board eligible in pediatrics or pediatrics/internal medicine. In addition, we offer a 2-year, ACGME-accredited pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program to physicians who are board certified or board eligible in emergency medicine.

Akron Children’s Hospital is home to one of the busiest pediatric emergency departments in Northeast Ohio. In May 2015, we opened a $200 million critical care building, which included a new 32,000 square foot pediatric emergency department. The new emergency room consists of 39 total patient rooms, including 5 behavior health rooms, 8 fast track rooms and 3 trauma bays. 

We are a tertiary care referral center as well as a Level II Pediatric Trauma Center. Our total ED volume exceeds 100,000 patients per year, including approximately 3,000 patient transports per year. We have an array of support staff, including pediatric nurses, a dedicated suture team, a behavioral health unit with specialty trained psychiatric intake workers, child life, and in-house pediatric hospitalists, intensivists, orthopedics and general surgery.

We also have 24-hour faculty coverage of 2 emergency departments, a 23-bed PICU, and a Level I NICU. Akron Children’s Hospital is the only pediatric hospital in northeast Ohio that has its own helicopter and pediatric critical care transport team to assist in pediatric and neonatal transports from regional community hospitals.

Individuals who are attracted to PEM frequently have strong personal drive that leads them on amazing and varied career paths. Members of our faculty are distinguished in a variety of fields including simulation medicine, global health, bedside ultrasound, medical education, child advocacy and abuse, pre-hospital care, and hospital administration.

Because of this diversity, PEM fellows at Akron Children’s have the opportunity to explore many areas that complement the care provided in the ED.

Education remains a priority, with faculty and fellows providing direct supervision of our pediatric, family practice, and emergency medicine residents as well as 3rd and 4th year medical students from Northeast Ohio Medical University. Our fellows also have the opportunity to be appointed as faculty at the medical school during their training years.

In addition, our group has protected weekly education days for didactics. The curriculum includes faculty lectures, board preparation, procedure workshops, wellness activities and monthly simulation, both in-situ and at our 5,000 square foot simulation center. Our PEM fellows are considered to be an integral part of our division and we consider it an honor to be a part of their PEM journey.

If you would like to come for a visit, we would enjoy meeting you and discussing your goals for this profession.


Nirali Patel, MD

Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician

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