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Pediatrics Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program

Program overview

  • Pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program is categorized as one of post-graduation training programs under department of emergency medicine in KAMC.

  • This program was established through Saudi commission for health specialties (SCHS) aiming to provide trainee an excellent clinical experience in the management of critical pediatric patients of all ages with various types of illnesses and injuries.

  • It is also aiming to train them skills of  immediate recognition and treatment of life threatening illnesses in the emergency set and be able to do all critical care procedures for pediatric patients

  • This is a two-year program that provides full training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, encompassing the comprehensive acute health care of children of all ages and developmental levels, and including triage, stabilization, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care.

  • All fellows will undertake core training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at KAMC-Riyadh NGHA Emergency Department. The department is located in the tertiary-care facility, that serve the national guard community and involve in treating most of the emergency cases in the eastern part of the Riyadh city. PEM division has 3 Fast tracing beds, a 6-bed observation unit, 2 isolation rooms, a 3-bed resuscitation room, 4 step down monitor beds, and big nebulization and holding areas. The annual census is approximately 60,000 patients. A Fast Track clinic operates daily for 24 hours and accepts less urgent (Triage levels 4&5) ambulatory patients arriving at the Emergency Department for assessment.

  • Graduates of this program will have achieved the key competencies of the Pediatric Emergency Specialist in the areas of medical expert/clinical decision-maker, communicator, collaborator, manager, health advocate, scholar, and professional.

  • PEM Fellowship completion certificate will be issued to all fellows who will finish his\her program rotations successfully and pass the  final SCHS written and clinical exams.

Overview of Training Levels in PEM Fellowship Training Program

Academic Activities in the PEM Fellowship training program

  • The curriculum includes formal instruction in the basic and clinical sciences of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (mandatory weekly PEM Fellow Teaching) and assigned readings to be completed over the course of the fellowship to ensure that all fellows achieve the general and rotation-specific goals and objectives of the program.

  • A two -year comprehensive curriculum is based on the content outline of a major PEM textbook. The PEM Fellow Teaching sessions and Assigned Readings closely follow this outline.

  • PEM Fellow Teaching (every Mondays, 08:00-12:00) will include:

PEM Subspecialty Teaching: These are interactive sessions with invited subspecialists/fellows which cover major topics in PEM over the course of the fellowship.

PEM Procedures and Skills: These are hands-on practical sessions using equipment and/or models. Some requires advance reading assignments and most involve invited specialists and allied health professionals (nurse clinicians, respiratory and cardiology technicians, OT/PT). Topics include IVs, suturing, intubation, chest tubes, central lines, non-invasive and invasive monitoring, shunts, GT tubes, reductions, casting/splinting etc. Other sessions include specialized clinical skills teaching (e.g. communication skills, ENT examination), radiology rounds, and/or mock codes.

Fellow Case/Topic Presentation: These sessions are prepared by the fellows and complement the topics covered in PEM Subspecialty Teaching.

PBL: new methods to organize the chapter reading where we follow the problem based learning concepts with submission of one or more cases to the fellows and ask them to write their objectives and review them with the instructor and plan three hours discussion set to solve the problems of the patient.

  • These teaching sessions are tailored to the needs of PEM fellows, however attendance is open for junior house staff rotating through PEM and to nursing staff and staff physicians as part of their continuing education. Staff physicians and the Program Director will be responsible for supervising and teaching selected sessions on a rotating schedule.

  • Those activities are prepared by Saudi Council PEM Scientific Committee and will be rotated weekly between the four teaching centers.

  • Assigned Readings will complement the weekly fellow teaching sessions and will ensure that the spectrum of PEM is covered. These will include major PEM texts and supporting research/academic literature. The assigned reading schedule is based on the outline of a major PEM text and ensures that the text is covered over a two-year period.

  • Additional educational opportunities include the rotation-specific academic opportunities (rounds, seminars provided by off-service rotations), courses such as PALS, APLS, ATLS, ACLS, and NRP, and university courses in Biostatistics and Epidemiology. Attendance at PEM Rounds and PEM Fellow Teaching will be mandatory during all rotations.

The following organized educational activities will be recommended to the fellows:

  • Rounds: Pediatric Grand Rounds, Pediatric Research Rounds

  • Adult emergency residency academic half days weekly

  • EBM courses

  • Courses: PALS, APLS, ACLS, ATLS, NRP, Biostatistics/Epidemiology

  • Specialized Teaching Sessions: Triage Orientation

  • Journal club: PEM journal club (monthly)

  • Journal club: AEM  journal club (monthly)


​Dr. Mohammed Al Mutairi

Program Director

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

King Abdulaziz Medical City-MNGHA

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Susan S. Nool

Program Coordinator

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

King Abdulaziz Medical City-MNGHA

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Office No:# 116.02.58

​Dr. Abdullah Dhafian

Deputy Prog. Director

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

King Abdulaziz Medical City-MNGHA

Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Last Modified

26-Jan-2021 11:05 AM