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Welcome to the Children’s Mercy Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship Program and thank you for taking the time to learn more about our program! Our fellowship was established in 1981 making it one of the oldest programs in the country. We are associated with the University of Missouri-Kansas City and fully accredited by the ACGME. 

Our program strives to develop pediatric emergency medicine physicians who will become leaders in our subspecialty, educators of emergency care providers, and researchers who will work to improve the care of acutely ill and injured children. Our curriculum blends together an excellent mix of graduated level of autonomy in patient care, opportunities in leadership and administration, and a research infrastructure to support fellow scholarly projects. 

We encourage you to explore our website and contact us if you have any questions. 

Children’s Mercy Hospital PEM Fellowship training curriculum includes comprehensive clinical, educational, administrative, and research experiences preparing our fellows for an academic career with clinical expertise and the potential to excel as an educator and researcher. We strongly believe in tailoring each fellow’s curriculum to their area of interest, which has included pediatric ultrasound, sports medicine, and global health.

Academic opportunities


The PEM fellowship educational curriculum is a valued part of training and as such, fellows have protected time for conferences, including weekly PEM fellows’ conferences, morbidity & mortality conference, journal club, quality improvement training, and hospital-wide GME fellows’ conferences. In addition, our fellows are recognized as educators; often teaching in various workshops, courses, and presenting didactics to residents and medical students.

Fellows can obtain a Masters or Graduate Certificate in Health Professional Education, Clinical Research, or Bioinformatics through the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine during their fellowship training.

A research infrastructure with diverse faculty mentors, research assistants & support staff, fellow specific grant availability, and national collaborations support fellows in completing their scholarly projects.

Check us out IRL!

Graduate Medical Education Open House


Explore our hospital and our city. Experience our culture of wellbeing and support firsthand. See your future here, with us.

Save the date:

  • Friday, October 27, 2023
  • Friday, November 3, 2023

One night lodging paid. Participation will not affect your ranking. All invited applicants will receive additional information at the time of their invitation to interview.

UIM Mix & Mingles


Optional session for applications traditionally underrepresented in medicine. Meet with UIM faculty, fellows and residents. Discuss DEI efforts and life at CM and in KC!

Save the date:

  • Thursday, October 26, 2023 (in person)
  • Thursday, November 2, 2023 (in person)

Participation will not affect your ranking. All invited applicants will receive additional information at the time of their invitation to interview.‚Äč

Academic curriculum

Learn more about the curriculum, including didactics, courses and workshops.

Clinical experience

Learn about the quality and extent of hands-on experience offered through the Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship.

Research

Learn more about the research opportunities and focuses offered during this fellowship.

Faculty and fellows

Meet the team of fellows and faculty for the Pediatric Emergency Department fellowship.

Locations

Learn more about the impressive locations offered up to academics during this fellowship. 

Apply for the program

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship participates in the National Resident Matching Program. Prospective candidates should apply through the Electronic Residency Application Services. Learn more about the application process.

Special opportunities at Children's Mercy

For those interested in clinical pharmacology, global health and health care administration, learn more about our special opportunities.

Our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship team

Frances Turcotte Benedict, MD, MPH, FAAP
Program Director
(816) 302-3152
fgturcotte@cmh.edu

Vivek Dubey, MD
Associate Program Director
vpdubey@cmh.edu

Michelle DePhillips, MD
Associate Program Director
mdephillips@cmh.edu 

Rachel Laws, MBA
Sr. Fellowship Coordinator
rmlaws@cmh.edu