Emergency Medicine

Part of the traditional Acute Care Pathway, residents interested in Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) should seek out elective and procedure experiences that increase their exposure to the continuum of care for ill and injured children, as well as the other health care professionals, sites, and resources involved in acute care.


Caitlin Valentino Caitlin.Valentino@cchmc.org
Emergency Department Rotation Director

Essential Electives

Recommended Electives

Ultrasound Elective

Contacts: Jamie Nong & Ted Brenkert

Offered 4 blocks a year, residents on this elective will participate in 8-half days learning hands on POCUS. After tutorial sessions residents will scan actual patients and practice techniques such as skin and soft tissue, bladder, cardiac, lung, and more.

Procedures: Residents on this rotation should log all of their POC ultrasounds

Simulation Elective

Contact: Gary Geis (email)

This half block only elective introduces residents to the simulation center and in-situ simulation trainmen at CCHMC. Residents will learn how a sim is developed, work behind the scenes with sim educators, Learn how to design and debrief a simulation, and observe how multidisciplinary teams train (ECMO, OR, in-situ ED trainmen, Code Conference).

Procedures: Residents may have the opportunity to perform procedures in the sim center including endotracheal intubation, central lines, and chest tubes.

Work Product: Residents will develop a simulation scenario


Contact: Name

This half block only elective (8 clinical days) is scheduled with Anesthesiology. Residents are assigned to different OR rooms each day. It is generally limited to PGY-3 and above residents due to limited teaching availability.

Procedures: Endotracheal intubation, bag mask ventilation, peripheral IVs

Other Electives

ED Procedures

Contacts: Caitlin Valentino

This half block elective involves scheduling 8 shifts in the Burnet ED and Urgent Care focused on procedures.

Child Abuse

Contacts: Kathi Makaroff

This half or full block elective will expose residents to the care of children who are victims of child physical and sexual abuse. It is hosted through the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children.


Contacts: Caitlin Valentino

This half or full block elective exposes residents to use based and hands-on learning with our medical toxicologists and the Drug and Poison Information Center.

Transport medicine

Contact: Hamilton Schwartz

Residents in this half block elective will accompany the Cincinnati Children’s Transport Team on various inter-facility transports. There is a limited opportunity for airfare transport as well.


Contact: Stacey Elangovan

This half or full block elective is taught by faculty in the Division of Radiology. Residents pursuing PEM should seek out additional experiences in Ultrasound and Interventional Radiology by scheduling in advance.

Sports Medicine

Contact: Kate Berz

This half or full block elective will expose residents to the various health care professional that care for and prevent sports-related injuries in patents involved in youth athletics in our area. On field activities are season dependent. Contact in advance to arrange these.

Recommended procedures

  • Bag mask ventilation
  • Bladder catheterization
  • Cervical collar placement and clearance
  • CPR
  • Foreign body removal
  • Gastrostomy tube placement / exchange
  • Hemorrhage control
  • I&D of abscess
  • LP
  • MDI and nebulized treatments
  • Peripheral IV/venipuncture
  • Simple reductions
  • Splinting
  • Sutures
  • Hemorrhage control

Optional procedures

  • Central venous access
  • Chest tube
  • Defibrillation
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Fracture reduction
  • IO
  • Nasopharyngeal scope with ENT
  • Procedural sedation

Other Experiences

Residents Selected to Intubate – a longitudinal training program that will train residents in the use of video laryngoscopy for intubation, as well as the RSI process. Residents completing the program will be allowed to intubate select patients in the STS, as well as serve as the second physician manning the checklist in RSI cases.

RESUSC 200 – An advanced version of the baseline RESUSC longitudinal curriculum intended for residents interested in pursuing acute care careers.

Scholarly Activity

Most applicants pursuing PEM participate in a scholarly project. The project does not have to be housed in the Division of Emergency Medicine specifically, and a wide array of projects have been completed by residents matching into Emergency Medicine. The quality the mentoring and methodology are the most important criteria programs consider.

Recent resident projects

Coming soon!

Professional Organizations

AAP Section on Emergency Medicine

Journals & Online Resources

Pediatric Emergency Care

Annals of Emergency Medicine


PEM Currents: The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Podcast

Academic Life in Emergency Medicine

Pediatric EM Morsels

PEM Playbook

Life in the Fast Lane

Don’t Forget the Bubbles

EM Crit