Pediatric emergency medicine

A photo from inside the Pediatric Emergency Department

VCU has a long history of pediatric emergency medicine, having featured a separate area for the emergency care of children for more than 25 years. This section of the Emergency Department is staffed by faculty trained in pediatric emergency medicine and operates on a 24-hour basis. The Pediatric Emergency Department has 12 beds with two beds set aside for pediatric critical care.

Pediatric trauma represents approximately 10 percent of all Level 1 trauma team alerts at VCU, allowing residents to gain proficiency in pediatric airway management and pediatric trauma care.

Residents also may join pediatric emergency medicine faculty members who participate in international medical mission trips.

During all years of the curriculum, residents spend time every emergency medicine block in the Pediatric Emergency Department to facilitate a longitudinal exposure to pediatrics. All years of residency also have a dedicated block in the Pediatric Emergency Department and in each subsequent year of training are given increasing autonomy in the care of sick children.