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 primarily 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.

The Pediatric Emergency Department is also the clinical site of the VCU Child Protective Team, exclusively devoted to the care of physically and sexually abused children. The largest center of its kind in the state and one of the largest in the country, the CPT provides residents with an opportunity to learn the nuances of the abuse exam and provides a venue for residents to become better equipped to diagnose, treat and advocate for this crucial patient population.

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.