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Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Thank you for your interest in our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program. The fellowship program is open to board-eligible or board-certified physicians who have completed a Pediatric or Emergency Medicine Residency. It is a three-year program designed to develop excellent clinical practitioners of pediatric emergency medicine as well as provide preparation for an academic career. Currently the fellowship is open to two fellows per year.

Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital, is a large urban pediatric hospital, with 268 beds including twenty pediatric intensive care, twelve cardiac intensive care and fifty neonatal intensive care beds. The Division of Emergency Medicine consists of nineteen PEM staff members and provides care to over 85,000 patients per year. Overall the Emergency Department admits approximately 10% of patients seen which accounts for 68% of all hospital admissions. The Emergency Department serves as the only freestanding Pediatric Trauma Center in Florida and provides care to over 300 critically injured children a year. Nicklaus Children's Hospital is affiliated with Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and serves as its primary site for the medical student’s rotation in pediatrics.

The training of the fellows employs an integrative approach to learning with didactic lectures, bedside teaching, simulation training, research design and development and a hands on approach to patient care and management. Throughout the fellowship you will be required to present lectures during our weekly academic meetings, journal club, procedure conference, research conference, trauma conference, and resident noon conference. Upon completion of your training all fellows will receive certification in PALS and ATLS.

Our state of the art simulation lab provides each fellow the opportunity to be a leader in managing medical and trauma resuscitation. Simulations are performed weekly in the sim lab and bimonthly as in situ simulation in the emergency department involving members of the medical and trauma teams. These real life simulations are integral in learning the management and leadership skills needed to become a pediatric emergency medicine doctor.


Curriculum

The curriculum is divided into thirteen 4 week blocks:

First Year Fellow
Rotation # of Blocks
Pediatric Emergency Medicine/Research 8
Anesthesia 1
PICU 1
General Emergency Medicine 1
Transport/Child Protection Team 1
Vacation 1
Second Year Fellow
Rotation # of Blocks
Pediatric Emergency Medicine/Research 8
Trauma 1
General Emergency Medicine 1
Toxicology 1
Elective 1
Vacation 1
Third Year Fellow
Rotation # of Blocks
Pediatric Emergency Medicine/Research 8
General Emergency Medicine 1
Elective 3
Vacation 1


How to Apply

Our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship participates in the ERAS universal application process. For more information regarding the ERAS application please visit their website at http://www.aamc.org/eras or call 202-828-0676. Applicants are required to submit their application, curriculum vitae and three letters of reference through the ERAS system. Upon receipt of all application materials, leading candidates will be invited for interviews.

The deadline for completed applications is September 1st.


Contact Us

Vincenzo Maniaci, MD
Fellowship Director
Division of Emergency Medicine
Nicklaus Children's Hospital
3100 SW 62 Avenue
Miami, FL 33155


Meet the Faculty

Kresimir Aralica, MD
Residency: New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY
Fellowship: Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Muna Azzo, MD
Residency: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CA
Fellowship: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
Rodney Baker, MD
Division Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
Residency: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, OH
Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, OH
Michelle Blumstein, MD
Assistant Medical Director, Trauma
Residency: Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
Fellowship: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
William Coombs, MD
Residency: Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, FL
Antonella Denaro, DO
Residency: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
Fellowship: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
John Dunlop, MD
Residency: New York University, NY
Fellowship: Jacobi Medical Center, NY
Karen Franco, MD
Residency: Montefiore Medical Center Bronx, NY
Fellowship: NYU/Bellevue Hospital Center NY, NY
Marla Friedman, DO
Chair, Clinical Competency Committee
Residency: UMDNJ-Cooper Hospital Medical Center, NJ
Fellowship: DuPont Hospital for Children, DE
Daniel Green, MD
Residency: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
Fellowship: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
Paul Khalil, MD
Residency: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Fellowship: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Marc Linares, MD
Associate Research Director
Residency: Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit MI
Fellowship: Primary Children's Medical Center, Salt Lake City, UT
David Lowe, MD
Residency: Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, FL
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston, MA
Taj Madiwale, MD
Residency: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Alabama
Vincenzo Maniaci, MD 
Fellowship Director, Department of Emergency Medicine
Residency: Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, FL
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston, MA
Ani Paez, MD
Residency: Holtz Children’s Hospital, Jackson Memorial Hospital, FL
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston, MA
Barbara Pena, MD, MPH
Research Director
Residency: Children’s Hospital Boston, MA
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital Boston, MA
Richard Raffaele, MD
Residency: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
Michael Rizkalla, MD
Residency: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami, FL
Fellowship: Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, MI
Oranit Shaked, MD
Residency: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
Fellowship: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
Nestor Valeron, MD
Residency: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
Fellowship: Nicklaus Children's Hospital, Miami, FL
Jose Vargas-Loayza, MD
Residency: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Fellowship: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
Eugenio Vazquez, MD
Residency: Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Fellowship: Loma Linda University Medical Center & Children’s Hospital
 


Clinical Competency Committee (CCC)

In accordance with the ACGME requirements, each training program is expected to form a Clinical Competency Committee (CCC). The program director appoints the CCC. The CCC must have at least three program core faculty (excluding the program director) who have the opportunity to observe and evaluate the residents. The CCC meets at least semi-annually to review and discuss each individual residents’ performance data and make a consensus decision on the progress of each resident by applying assessment data to the milestones. The CCC serves as an early warning system/early identification if a resident fails to progress in the educational program and make recommendations to the program director for resident progress including promotion, remediation, and dismissal. The program director meets with each resident semi-annually to review the CCC report and design an individualized learning plan for the resident. To learn more about the CCC click here ->

Below are the faculty members who serve on the CCC committee (in addition to the Program Director) for the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program:

  • Marc Linares, MD
  • Michelle Blumstein, MD
  • Marla Friedman, DO
  • Barbara Pena, MD
  • Karen Franco, MD
  • David Lowe, MD
  • Taj Madiwale, MD

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