Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program Overview

The Norton Children's Emergency Department sees more than 50,000 patients a year

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program at Norton Children’s Hospital trains fellows with an academic and/or 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 50,000 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.

Fellows supervise and teach residents and students in the emergency department. Fellows receive formal instruction in lecture design and teaching methods.

Fellows will complete either a Certificate in Clinical Investigation Sciences or Health Professions Education, Master Certificate in Health Professions Education (coming Fall 2021), or Master in Clinical Investigation Sciences (M.Sc.) at the University of Louisville School of Public Health. These didactic sessions supplement their research mentoring by faculty. The curriculum covers: epidemiology, statistics, study design, and methodology. This rich experience provides fellows with a framework for understanding clinical research. 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 as well as the Masters’ thesis requirement.

Fellows learn the principles of administration in weekly administrative meetings and by involvement in the day-to-day operations of the emergency room. Fellows are expected to assume an administrative role in a designated program in the Emergency Department and develop a Quality Improvement Initiative.


Applications may be submitted via ERAS® – The Electronic Residency Application Service.  When submitting your application through ERAS, please include the following:

  • ERAS common application form
  • Current CV
  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation (one letter must be from your residency training program)
  • Wallet size photograph
  • Medical school transcript
  • USMLE transcript
  • ECFMG status report (for International Medical Graduates only)

The Match

Please review the National Residency Matching Program's Intro to Fellowship website for match registration policies and dates.


Interview dates are typically held on Mondays or Fridays during September, October, and November.

Contact Us

For more information about the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program, please contact:

Krystal Kaufman,Fellowship Coordinator



Year 1    MonthsLocation

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Department

Norton Children’s Hospital



Norton Children’s Hospital

Pediatric Anesthesia

Norton Children’s Hospital

Adult Emergency Medicine

University of Louisville Hospital




Norton Children’s Hospital
Year 2MonthsLocation
Pediatric Emergency Medicine Department



Norton Children’s Hospital



Norton Children's Hospital



Kentucky Regional Poison Center



Norton Children’s Hospital
Year 3MonthsLocation


Norton Children’s Hospital



Norton Children’s Hospital

Adult Emergency Medicine Department1

University of Louisville Hospital

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


Vacation: four weeks each year

Electives available:

  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics
  • Dental/OMFS
  • Child Abuse
  • Neurology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rheumatology
  • Cardiology
  • Infectious Disease

As part of the fellowship program, fellows have the opportunity to obtain a Master’s in Clinical Investigation (M.Sc.) through the University of Louisville Graduate School of Public Health and Informational Sciences. Admission requirements and forms may be obtained from the program administrator, Tammi Thomas, by calling 502-852-3289.  (Tuition and book costs are paid by the division. Alternative option available: obtain certificate in clinical investigation)

Three Year M.Sc. Option for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows


31 total credit hours of required coursework:
     19 credit hours of required coursework
       9 credit hours of elective coursework
       3 credit hours of mentored research

Fall Semester Options
PHMS-523 -Public Health in the U.S.* (2) {Hybrid}
PHST-500 -Biostatistics I (3) {Online}
PHST-624 - Clinical Trials I (2) {Hybrid}
PHST-631 -Data Collection for Clinical Research (2) {Hybrid}

Spring Semester Options
PHST-501 -Biostatistics II (3) {Online}
PHEP-614 -Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology(2) {Live OR Hybrid}
PHST-625-Clinical Trials I (2) {Hybrid}
PHPH-601 -Evaluating Health Care Literature (1) {Online}
PHPH-632 -Ethical Conduct of Research (2) {Live}

Summer Semester Options (3rd Year ONLY)
PHPH-699 - Mentored Research (3) {Independent}

 Elective Options:

  • PHPB-604 (3) {Hybrid}
  • PHPB-501 (2) {Hybrid}
  • PHPH-610 (2) {Live}
  • ENGL-599 (3) {Live}
  • CECS-536 (3) {Live}
  • SOC-618 (3) {Live}


 Year 1
Fall Semester
PHCI 611 - Introduction to Clinical Epidemiology (2)
PHCI 610 - New Drug and Device Development (2)

Spring Semester
PHCI 650–Medical Decision Analysis (2)
PHCI 601- Evaluation of Health Care Literature (1)
PHCI 632 - Ethical Conduct of Health Care Research (2)

Year 2
Fall Semester
PHST 500- Introduction to biostatistics (3)
PHCI 631 – Social & Behavioral Science in Health Care (2)

Spring Semester
PHCI 624 – Clinical Trials I (2)

Year 3
Summer Semester
PHCI 699 – Mentored Research (5)
PHCI 501 - Bench to Bedside (1)

Fall Semester
PHCI 625 – Clinical Trials II (2)
PHPH 696 – Issues in Public Health (2)

Spring Semester
PHEP 602 – Epi Methods (3)
PHCI 629 – Special Topics:  Epi Methods (1)
PHCI 699 – Mentored Research (1)



During training, fellows will be required to design, conduct, analyze and interpret data from their individual research projects.  They will gain an in-depth understanding of basic epidemiology and biostatistics from the Masters in Clinical Investigation Sciences (M.Sc.) program.  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 to discuss their project and the project’s current status.


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 subspecialty certifying examination

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow Benefits

Stipends (academic year July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021)

  • PGY 4 - $60,108
  • PGY 5 - $63,144
  • PGY 6 - $65,784

University of Louisville Benefits for Pediatric Fellows

  • Dell or Apple laptop provided in 1st year of fellowship
  • Four weeks of paid vacation per year
  • Medical, Life, and Disability insurance available
  • Vision and dental insurance available
  • Coverage for inpatient and outpatient psychiatric care is included in the medical plan
  • Free professional liability insurance
  • Paid Parking available
  • Moonlighting opportunities within the division

 Additional benefits are provided by the division:

  • Professional meeting: First year fellows attend the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellow's Conference held annually in different locations. Third year fellows are provided the time and opportunity to attend one national meeting (choice of the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference or Pediatric Academic Society's annual meeting). Travel expenses, lodging and registration fees are paid for by the division.
  • Established research infrastructure including support staff, computers, and statistical software
  • Reimbursement for initial expenses for Kentucky Medical License, DEA, and other related fees with division covering subsequent training years
  • Organizational dues: American Academy of Pediatrics and ACEP
  • Tuition and textbooks for CREST courses

To view a complete list of the University of Louisville's Graduate Medical Education (GME) benefits (including updated Stipend information), please visit the GME webpage for Incoming Residents

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




Elizabeth Lehto, D.O. (2021)
Residency: University of Louisville, Norton Children's Hospital, Pediatrics
Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University, United States
Elizabeth's Spotlight



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



Robin Lund, M.D. (2021)
Residency: Children's Mercy Hospital, Pediatrics
Medical School: University of Missouri-Columbia, School of Medicine, United States
Robin's Spotlight



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




Amar Singh, M.D. (2021)
Residency: Texas A&M College of Medicine, Driscoll Children's Hospital, Pediatrics
Medical School: Ross University, School of Medicine Dominica
Amar's Spotlight




Past Graduates and their Employment

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 

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 

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 

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 

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



Johanna Said, D.O., M.Sc.
Assistant Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship


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

Krystal Kaufman
Fellowship Coordinator