Pediatric Emergency Medicine Rotation

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Rotation name: Pediatric Emergency Medicine Rotation

Year: R2 and Santa Fe Intern)

Location: Department of Emergency Medicine; UNMHSC 1thfloor

Contact(s): Rachel Tuuri, MD, FAAP, FACEP, Pediatric ED Medical Director

                    Miriam Bustillos, Coordinator - 272-3833

PEM Orientation Handout Link:

Clinical Resources Handout Link:

Sick Leave:  If calling in sick please follow the procedures below:


R1s (1+2 residents)

R2/R3 (UNM residents)




The goal of the pediatric curriculum is to provide FP residents with learning opportunities that will enable them to develop or refine knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to


  1. See at least 75 patients in the month (both R1s and upper levels).  This is from an RRC pediatric ED requirement. We track these by looking at notes so you don't need to log them

  2. Diagnose and manage common pediatric disorders

  3. Recognize, triage and coordinate consultation of complex pediatric conditions

  4. Provide education and support for patients and families living with pediatric disorders

  5. Effectively communicate with all members of the healthcare team

  6. Develop a professional identity that emphasizes individual, practice and system improvement





The resident will demonstrate:

  1. the ability to obtain, document and report a developmentally and age appropriate pediatric history.

  2. the ability to perform, document and report a developmentally and age appropriate pediatric examination.

  3. the ability to generate an appropriate differential diagnosis.

  4. the ability to make informed decisions about diagnostic and therapeutic interventions based on patient information and preferences, up-to-date scientific evidence, and clinical judgment.

  5. the ability to perform appropriate procedures, with attention to consent, technique, patient comfort and follow-up.

  6. the ability to counsel and educate patients and their families in a clear, respectful and culturally conscious manner.

  7. the ability to develop and implement an appropriate follow-up plan that includes attention to the medical and psycho-social dimensions involved and incorporates the patient’s family, the primary care physician and appropriate consultants.



The resident will demonstrate:

  1. knowledge of normal vital signs, lab values, growth and development.

  2. recognition of changes or variation in vital signs, lab values, imaging results, growth and development that should trigger evaluation.

  3. knowledge of the indications, application & interpretation of commonly used laboratory, imaging, developmental and behavioral assessments.

  4. the ability to recognize, evaluate and appropriately treat sepsis

  5. the ability to recognize, evaluate and appropriately treat dehydration

  6. the ability to recognize, evaluate and appropriately treat respiratory distress

  7. the appropriate initial assessment and stabilization of trauma/injury

  8. the ability to determine appropriate medication dosage for weight and/or age.

  9. knowledge of the various presentations of child abuse & neglect, the appropriate approach to the patient and family and the legal obligations related to reporting.



The resident will:

  1. recognize his/her own strengths and limitations.

  2. apply medical evidence to inpatient clinical situations, using a logical approach that is inclusive of the individual patient.

  3. use appropriate resources such as literature, consultants and peers to provide best patient care.

  4. ask questions as an engaged, critical learner.



The resident will:

  1. make organized and effective oral presentations.

  2. communicate with the patient and family in a timely, developmentally and culturally appropriate manner.

  3. communicate clearly and respectfully with medical team members, consultants, nursing, social work, discharge planning, and other staff.



The resident will:

  1. accept responsibility for patient care.

  2. never misrepresent patient care information.

  3. be punctual, reliable and collegial.

  4. demonstrate dress, hygiene and manner of speech that consistently reflect appropriate standards.

  5. demonstrate sensitivity towards patients’ and colleagues’ gender, age, culture, disabilities, ethnicity and sexual orientation.

  6. demonstrate sensitivity to the stressors of the family with an ill child, and the needs of that child.



The resident will:

  1. practice patient advocacy and use system resources to minimize discomfort or confusion.

  2. recognize that the patient is part of greater system and provides care in a manner that supports continuity.




The resident will demonstrate proficiency in:

  1. laceration repair


The resident will document/demonstrate experience with:

    1. lumbar puncture

    2. splinting/immobilization


The resident will demonstrate understanding of:

    1. sedation


As always, please see the competency based rotation goals


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