Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program, established in 1991 at Norton Children’s Hospital is a three year program which prepares fellows for a future in pediatric emergency medicine with both an academic and clinical focus. The fellowship training program provides in-depth education and experience in clinical care, teaching, administration, and research. Our fellowship program is available to pediatrics and internal medicine/pediatrics trained applicants.

Norton Children’s Hospital is the region's primary pediatric referral facility. The emergency department evaluates and treats more than 70,000 patients a year.  Fellows receive exposure to a large variety of acuity, clinical problems, and diseases.  In addition, fellows receive a broad exposure to a large cross section of medical and surgical sub-specialty services.

Through progressive autonomy fellows supervise and teach residents as well as students in the emergency department. Fellows also receive formal instruction in lecture design and teaching methods.

2020/2021 UofL PEM Fellows
2020/2021 UofL PEM Fellows

With faculty supervision, fellows are expected to design and execute one or more independent research projects and are encouraged to participate in additional investigations. This independent research project fulfills the required board eligibility for Scholarly Activity.

University of Louisville Pediatric Fellowships

Visit the Pediatric Fellowships webpage to learn more about:

  • How to apply for a pediatric fellowship
  • Compensation & benefits for pediatric fellows
  • Facilities where our fellows see patients, perform research, and learn
  • What is it like to live in Louisville, Kentucky?

Year 1 Curriculum

DurationLocation
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 6 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
*PICU1 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Pediatric Anesthesia1 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Adult Emergency Medicine1 monthUniversity of Louisville Hospital   
Research/ Elective1.5 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
Pediatric Orthopedics.5 month

Norton Children's Hospital

*Trauma1 month

University of Louisville Hospital

Year 2 CurriculumDurationLocation
Pediatric Emergency Medicine8 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
Adult Emergency Medicine1 monthUniversity of Louisville Hospital
Toxicology1 monthKentucky Regional Poison Center
Research/ Elective1.5 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
Child Abuse.5 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Year 3 CurriculumDurationLocation
Administration1 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Transport/EMS.5 monthNorton Children's Hospital
Research/ Elective9.5 monthsNorton Children's Hospital
Adult Emergency Medicine     1 monthUniversity of Louisville Hospital     

*No assigned PEM shifts during 1st and 2nd year

Vacation: four weeks each year


Electives available:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Dental/OMFS
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Disease


Additional Certificates and/or Master Degree available

As part of the fellowship program, fellows have the opportunity to obtain a Master’s or certificate in Clinical Investigation through the University of Louisville Graduate School of Public Health and Informational Sciences. Alternative options may be available.

Tuition, Fees and Books associated are paid through the division. 

General Education Opportunities:

  • Completion of the IHI Quality Improvement Curriculum
  • Radiology Series; Interactive Didactic Session with Pediatric Radiologist reviewing real cases from the Emergency Department
  • Strong Ultrasound Curriculum; includes hands on scanning sessions and didactics with Pediatric Ultrasound Fellowship Trained physicians
  • Simulations
  • M&M
  • ECG Series; reviewing real ECG cases with a Pediatric Cardiology Electrophysiology Attending
  • Board Review
  • Grand Rounds
  • Vascular Lab
  • Procedure Lab

Research

During training, fellows will be required to design, conduct, analyze and interpret data from their individual research projects.  From this experience, they will have fulfilled the research requirements to sit for the sub-board examination in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Fellows are expected to generate a research question during their first year of fellowship, using designated research months to conduct background research and to begin designing their project.  During the first or second year of fellowship, fellows are expected to submit their proposal to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and begin enrolling patients or acquiring data.  The curriculum during the third year of fellowship is designed to provide the fellow with ample opportunity to complete their research project and prepare and submit a manuscript for publication.

During each year of fellowship, fellows will meet regularly with the Research Director and the Scholarly Oversight Committee to discuss their project and the project’s current status.

Objectives

By the completion of their training, fellows will be:

  • Proficient in critically reviewing research proposals and investigations published in the medical literature related to Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Eligible for sub-specialty certifying examination

Current Fellows

Kasi Eastep, D.O. (2022)
Residency: University of Louisville, Norton Children's Hospital, Pediatrics
Medical School: Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University
Kasi's Spotlight


Dominique Elmore, D.O. (2022)
Residency: Marshall University, Joan C Edwards School of Medicine, Pediatrics
Medical School: West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine
Dominique's Spotlight


Julie Klensch, M.D. (2023)
Residency: Indiana University, Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Louisville, School of  Medicine


Samantha Lucrezia, M.D. (2023)
Residency: John Hopkins All Childrens, Pediatrics
Medical School: New York Upstate Medical University
Samantha's Spotlight


Akwesi Poteh, M.D. (2023)
Residency: University of Alabama Birmingham, Pediatrics
Medical School: Medical College of Georgia, School of Medicine


Aakriti Bhargava, M.D., M.P.H. (2024)
Residency: Childrens Hospital of New Jersey at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (Rutgers University affiliate) , Newark, NJ, Pediatrics
Medical School: St Georges University, School of Medicine Grenada


Victoria Magloire, M.D. (2024)
Residency: Monroe Carrell Jr Childrens Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN, Pediatrics
Medical School: Loma Linda University, School of Medicine


Esper Wadih, M.D. (2024)
Residency: University of Louisville, Norton Children's Hospital, Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Cincinnati, School of Medicine

 

Past Graduates and their Employment

2020
Rosina Hussain, MD., M.Sc., Children's Minnesota, Minneapolis,MN
Timothy Roach, D.O., M.Sc., Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, PA 
Johanna Sasid, D.O., M.Sc., Norton Children's Hospital, Louisville, KY 

2019:
Robert Clemons, MD., M.P.H., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Veronica Sepulveda, M.D., M.Sc., Puerto Rico 
Shiva Zargham, M.D., M.Sc., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 

2018:
Megan Evers, D.O., M.S., M.Sc., Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland, OH
Becca Hart, M.D., M.Sc., Norton Children's Hospital, Louisville, KY 
Beth Spurlin, M.D., Ph.D., Norton Children's Hospital, Louisville, KY 

2017:
Ben Nti, M.D., M.Sc., Indiana University Bloomington, IN
Erika Pasciuta, M.D., M.Sc., University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 
Adam Patterson, M.D., M.Sc., Norton Children's Hospital, Louisville, KY 

2016:
Danielle Graff, M.D., M.Sc., Norton Children’s Hospital, Louisville, KY

Fellowship Program Leadership

 

Danielle Graff, M.D., M.Sc.
Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Email
502.629.7212


Johanna Said, D.O., M.Sc.
Associate Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship
Email
502.629.7212

 


For information about the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at the University of Louisville, please contact the Program Coordinator:

Krystal Kaufman
Fellowship Coordinator
Email
502-629-7212