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Research

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Our Division has an active clinical research program supported by funding from federal and industry sources. PEM faculty conduct research across a wide range of interests including health disparities, adolescent reproductive and sexual health, adolescent relationship abuse, reproductive coercion, disease surveillance, medical education, and simulation. PEM faculty participate in multi-institutional studies, as well as collaborate across disciplines at Children’s Mercy.

The Division provides robust support for fellows’ research, including biostatisticians, REDCap for data collection, and editing services and writing workshops through the CMH Medical Writing Center. Fellows may apply for internal grant funding, including the Division of Emergency Medicine Simone Fund. The ED Research Team includes a team manager and research coordinators who staff the ED for recruiting approximately 12 hours daily. Additional resources for fellows include training, mentoring, and funding opportunities through Frontiers, the University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Children’s Mercy is a Frontiers Partner Institution.

Scholarly activity


PEM fellows are required to complete a scholarly project during their fellowship, which have generally been in one of four areas: clinical research, administrative/quality improvement, health policy & advocacy, or education & curriculum development.  Our fellows are expected to present their findings at a national meeting and at Children’s Mercy Hospital’s Research Days Conference. Finally, all projects are expected to be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal for publication by completion of training.

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Scholarly Oversight Committee (SOC)


This committee is comprised of faculty from PEM and external to the division of emergency medicine selected by the fellow with guidance by the program directors. The SOC provides ongoing mentoring, guidance, and assistance in the entire process of project development to manuscript submission. The SOC is responsible for formally reviewing the scholarly activity progress in a semi-annual process and determining the fellow has satisfactorily met the American Board of Pediatrics guidelines.

Improvement academy


This is a course taken in the 2nd year with goal to learn and apply tools and techniques that are effective in Quality Improvement. The fellows meet with the director of ED Quality Improvement to develop and implement a project during training. A quality improvement project must be completed by the end of fellowship training.

Grant writing


During the 1st year, fellows participate in a grant writing workshop & are paired with a faculty mentor to write a grant. There are opportunities to apply for fellow-specific grants available from the hospital and division of emergency medicine. Our fellows have been successful in applying for and receiving both internally- & externally-funded grants.