Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Do you like working with kids in an acute setting? All emergency department physicians receive training in the acute care of infants, children, and teenagers. It is rare, however, to find a doctor who feels completely at ease treating these younger charges. "Can I stabilize a sick kid? Absolutely. But, I am much more comfortable working with adults," commented a resident at a large urban hospital. "Kids can fool you — sometimes you'll see a bunch with minor complaints and then out of nowhere one will really surprise you." With further training in pediatric emergency medicine, EM doctors can easily take on any acute pedi-atric problem—croup, seizures, earaches, child abuse, fevers of unknown origin, asthma attacks, and trauma. Pediatric emergency medicine is an exciting and very rewarding branch of medicine. You will typically work in the ED of a major children's hospital. After completing this 2-year fellowship, the ABEM offers a subspecialty examination for board certification.

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