Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Overview and Mission

Thank you for your interest in the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship at the Stanford University Medical Center. The fellowship was established in 2016 and is an ACGME accredited, three year program (pediatric trained fellow) or two year program (emergency medicine trained fellow) focusing on education and experience in patient care, research, teaching, and administration. The goal of our fellowship program is to produce physicians who are clinically excellent in the practice of Pediatric Emergency Medicine. In addition, our goal is to provide our fellows with the opportunity and mentorship to become skilled teachers, researchers and administrators. 

Application Process

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Application & Admission

Our three-year fellowship seeks physicians who will have completed three years of training in an accredited residency program in pediatrics or emergency medicine. For the application year 2016-2017, we are accepting a fellow outside of the NRMP.

Program requirements

  1. Current photograph (released only after interview is offered)
  2. Personal statement
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Three letters of recommendation (including a letter from the current program director)
  5. Dean's letter
  6. Medical school transcript
  7. Parts 1, 2 and 3 of the USMLE, taken within the seven-year time frame, or equivalent scores

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed a Pediatric or Emergency Medicine residency program in North America AND be board eligible prior to the start of the fellowship.

In addition, all applicants must meet one or more of the following qualifications:

  • Be a graduate of a US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • Be a graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Be a graduate of a medical school outside of the United States who meets one or more of the following qualifications:
  • Have a current valid ECFMG certificate
  • Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction.

International medical graduate applications must also include:

  • Copy of Green Card, J-1 Visa, or Documentation of U.S. Citizenship
  • Valid ECFMG Certificate
  • Evidence of previous training in the United States
  • Letter from the Medical Board of California verifying qualification for licensure in the state.

Clinical Curriculum

The Pediatric Emergency Department is the primary clinical component of the fellowship. The Pediatric Emergency Department at Stanford University Medical Center cares for more than 24,000 children and young adults each year. Stanford University Medical Center also serves as a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. Each fellow delivers emergency care to children and provides supervision for pediatric and emergency medicine residents and third and fourth year medical students with the mentorship of the faculty. 

Clinical rotations in related acute care specialties comprise the other major component of the clinical program. These include: Pediatric Critical Care (Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford), Adult Emergency Medicine (Stanford University Medical Center), Anesthesiology (Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford), Toxicology (San Francisco General Hospital), and Emergency Medical Services.

First year fellows participate in a procedural bootcamp with the pediatric critical care fellows as well as educational bootcamp with the pediatric emergency medicine fellows in the broader Bay Area. Elective months are available in all pediatric and surgical subspecialties, child psychiatry, ultrasonography and others.

Research Curriculum

Research experience and education occurs throughout the 3 years of training. (Required for pediatric trained fellows). As part of the research curriculum, the fellow will undertake the development and completion of an individual scholarly activities project under the supervision of a faculty mentor and oversight by the fellowship director, research director and scholarly activity committee.

The second component of the research curriculum is participation in didactic sessions designed to develop skills in research design, biostatistics and critical appraisal of the medical literature The basic principles of statistics, research design, evidence based medicine are taught by the pediatric emergency medicine faculty. The fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the Stanford University Spectrum Intensive Course in Clinical Research (ICCR). This is a one-week immersion course designed for new clinical investigators, senior residents, fellows, and junior faculty interested in pursuing careers in clinical and translational research. 

Teaching Curriculum

Throughout the year the fellow is actively involved in the teaching activities of the division of pediatric emergency medicine under the mentorship of the faculty.

As a supervisor in the Pediatric Emergency Department, the fellow has the opportunity to clinically precept the pediatric and emergency medicine residents and medical students. During Pediatric and Emergency Medicine residency conferences, the fellow will lead case-based discussions on a variety of topics as well as provide high fidelity simulation cases at the Goodman Immersive Learning Center (ILC). The ILC is a state of the art learning facility, located in the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at Stanford School of Medicine. The ILC, a state of the art learning facility,  provides personnel, space, and resources for a wide range of immersive and simulation-based learning activities for learners of all levels. It has become a valuable resource for our simulation curriculum and training. The fellows will also participate in in-situ simulations completed in the emergency department at Stanford and at other community emergency departments in the Bay Area.

To enhance their knowledge of medical education scholarship, the fellow will also participate in the honors certificate program of the Stanford University Clinical Teaching Seminar Series (CTSS). The CTSS is a year-long faculty development program in medical education, designed to introduce clinical educators to fundamental concepts in education. The seminars are high-yield, relevant, and interactive, providing practical tips for bedside teaching, curriculum development, and education research. 

The Honors Certificate program is meant to recognize participants with a dedication to medical education, who regularly attend the seminars and complete a scholarly project in medical education. 

Finally, all fellows become providers in Pediatric Advanced Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Advanced Trauma Life Support and instructors in PALS.

Administrative Curriculum

Administrative responsibilities include participation in continuous quality improvement projects, risk management, policy making, and the operations of the Pediatric Emergency Department. Administrative topics related to the Pediatric Emergency Department are also covered in a seminar series taught by Department of Emergency Medicine faculty.

Contact Us

For any questions regarding the fellowship, please contact:

Kajal Khanna, MD, JD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
E-mail: Kajal Khanna


Department of Emergency Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine
Suite 350, 900 Welch Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94304
t: (650) 498-5220
f: (650) 723-0121