A survey on the graduates from the combined emergency medicine/pediatric residency programs

Dale P. Woolridge, Richard Lichenstein

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The guidelines for dual training in Emergency Medicine (EM) and Pediatrics over a 5-year program have long existed. Many have questioned the benefit of such training in relation to either specialty and in relation to Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) sub-specialty training. We report on the professional outcome, career focus, and job satisfaction of these graduates. Surveys were returned from 91% (n = 29) of graduates, all of whom reported completing either of the two combined training programs. All respondents reported practicing in an emergency medicine setting either with or without an additional pediatric emphasis. Fifty-nine percent reported an academic EM affiliation. Almost all (96.5%) would choose to repeat combined training and all reported they would recommend the combined program to medical students interested in Pediatrics and EM. Combined graduates report a high level of satisfaction with their training and overwhelmingly would recommend such training to medical students. Combined graduates seem to universally work in an ED setting, although a number maintain their pediatric involvement. Over half of the graduates participate in academic EM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-140
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Emergency Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007


  • Residency training
  • combined residency training
  • emergency medicine
  • pediatrics
  • physician careers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine


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