The Clinical Setting
The pediatric ED clinical experience takes place in the pediatric ED at VCUMC. The Pediatric ED serves approximately 25,000 children annually and is integrated within the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, a tertiary care referral center for the region.
Clinical experience in Adult EM and trauma take place in the adult Emergency Department at VCU a level I trauma and burn center with over 95000 patients annually.
Toxicology experience is at VCU Health Virginia Poison Center. Rotations in EMS and Ultrasound are in the Emergency Department at VCU.
VCU Medical Center (VCU Health) is the only comprehensive Level 1 trauma center in Virginia that is verified in adult, pediatric and burn trauma care.
The Pediatric Trauma Center at the Children's Hospital of Richmond (CHoR) at VCU is part of the larger level I trauma center at VCU Medical Center, and has received national verification through the American College of Surgeons as Virginia's first Level 1 pediatric trauma center.
The Department of Emergency Medicine features a six-bay major trauma suite, with one dedicated pediatric bay. Pediatric specialists at CHoR are available 24/7 to provide care to injured pediatric patients.
Transport: Children and adolescents are transported directly to CHoR Pediatric Emergency Department via ground ambulance or medical helicopter directly from the scene of injury, where a team of dedicated trauma specialists and pediatric emergency specialists meets them. CHoR pediatric Emergency Department also receives transfers from community hospitals for children who need access to resources unavailable at any other healthcare facility in Central Virginia.
Injury Prevention: CHoR is home to Safe Kids VA, a local chapter of the worldwide agency dedicated to preventing injuries and keeping children safe. CHoR also participates in a number of community outreach programs on topics including concussion/traumatic brain injury, summer safety, injury prevention, car seat safety and various other topics.
The Department of Emergency Medicine has residencies in emergency medicine and emergency medicine/internal medicine, and houses fellowships in Ultrasound, Toxicology, EMS, Clinical Resuscitation and Emergency Cardiac Care.