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Residency Training Program in General Pediatrics
Acute Care Experiences
Emergency and Acute Care at Kings County Hospital Center
The acute care experience at Kings County Hospital's Pediatric Emergency Room is a unique highlight of the program. With about 50,000 pediatric visits per year, this site is the major pediatric trauma, acute urgent care facility for a Brooklyn population of close to 1,000,000 children. Our residents have a great deal of hands-on experience and develop a tremendous sense of confidence because the setting is so vibrant and rich in pathology. Residents are involved in all procedures, emergencies and resuscitations. Very few other programs rival this exposure to and experience in handling of major emergencies. The emergency area is directed and mostly staffed by faculty dual certified in pediatrics or emergency medicine, and pediatric emergency medicine as well as some attending pediatricians who see patients and supervise and educate housestaff. In addition to pediatric residents, the Pediatric Emergency Department hosts residents from the Departments of Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Surgery, Orthopedics and other consultant services.
Emergency and Acute Care at University Hospital of Brooklyn (Children's Hospital at Downstate)
When it opened just a few years ago, the new and then subsequently expanded and renovated Acute Care Receiving Center at Downstate experienced a surge in pediatric emergency and acute care visits. The Center, now designated a 911 EMS receiving facility evaluates and treats over 18,000 pediatric patients per year. Infants, children and adolescents are cared for in a separate and distinct pediatric emergency unit. Attending staff supervising residents in the ACRC are dual certified in Pediatrics or Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. Other ACRC staff members include pediatricians and emergency medicine physicians. Many of the emergency medicine staff in the ACRC also work in the Pediatric ER at KCHC. The ACRC is however distinctly different from KCHC in at least two ways. First, the ACRC is the referral center for evaluation of thousands of patients with chronic and complex illnesses followed by the pediatric subspecialties at Downstate. Second, the ACRC is a referral center for evaluation and often for admission of many of the patients followed by private pediatricians throughout central Brooklyn.
Emergency and Acute Care at Long Island College Hospital
For emergency and acute care experiences, residents will also see patients in the LICH emergency department. This affords the resident an experience in working one to one with a pediatric emergency attending or pediatrician along with physician extenders in the care of acutely ill patients referred by local practicing pediatricians in addition to a range of very ill children brought in by their parents or the paramedics. The faculty of this department is particularly committed to the education of pediatric residents in the evaluation, management, and procedures for patients in need of emergency care. The Pediatric Emergency Department at LICH is a newly refurbished, separate and dedicated unit for the care of children. The LICH Pediatric ER cares for over 15,000 infants, children and adolescents each year. Because of its location, the Pediatric ER at LICH serves a distinctly different population compared to KCHC and UHB and is a strategically important site for emergency preparedness for all of Downtown Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan.