Helping Families When They Need it Most: Underwriting a pediatric fellow in the Emergency Department
2017-2018: Pediatric Fellow in the Stanford Emergency Department
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford is one of a few hospitals in the country dedicated exclusively to pediatric and obstetric care. Despite this, Packard Children’s does not have its own emergency department, but rather pediatric patients share physical space with adults at the Stanford Hospital Emergency Department. Our target goal is $175,000.
There is a significant need for emergency medicine physicians to receive subspecialized training in pediatric emergency medicine to adequately handle the different physical and social-emotional needs of pediatric patients and their families. Typically, emergency medicine physicians receive only a few months of pediatric training, and they may lack the experience to best care for children with complex conditions or needs.
Over the course of the last 10 years, Packard Children’s has been slowly building a Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) team that can better serve the children and families admitted to the ER. In July 2017, the hospital accepted its first pediatric emergency medicine fellow, launching the second pediatric emergency medicine fellowship training program in Northern California.
Our Ambassadors 2017-2018 Fund-A-Need will help expand the PEM team by funding a second fellow, who will gain invaluable training as a dedicated pediatric emergency medicine physician at Packard Children’s. Through these efforts, we are excited to help Packard Children’s become a leader in pediatric emergency medicine as they build the pipeline of future pediatric emergency medicine specialists.