Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Our Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship is ACGME-accredited. While we offer separate curricula for emergency medicine residency graduates and pediatric residency graduates, all of our graduates have passed the PEM Boards on their first attempt. We accept one new fellow per year.

We Are Big: Main Destination for Critically Ill and Injured Children

You will train in the region’s only Pediatric ED—Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department—which includes 18 pedi beds and a designated pediatric trauma bay. With approximately 31,000 pediatric visits per year, you will see a vast range of clinical pathology.

You will become adept at providing the highest quality care for the acutely ill and injured children in our pediatric intensive care unit, the only one in western Massachusetts, which makes us the main EMS destination.

We Are Small: Tailor Your Curriculum to Meet Your Needs

As a small program, we can tailor the training environment to uniquely meet your needs and interests.

Our fellows and residents are supervised in our pediatric emergency department by Board-certified/Board-eligible PEM faculty, including one faculty member who is also a board-certified toxicologist.

You will also benefit from the expertise in our residency and other fellowships. The Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship Director supervises fellowship research with support from biostatisticians and epidemiologists. Our Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship faculty supervise a one month rotation and provide a didactic curriculum.

Faculty from Baystate Children's Hospital supervise fellows on additional rotations in pediatric intensive care, neonatal resuscitation, pediatric anesthesia, pediatric radiology, and abuse evaluation. Elective time is also available with faculty from other pediatric subspecialties.

Come To Train, Stay To Live

Western Massachusetts is an exceptional place to live and raise a family, providing a mix of urban and rural settings and many idyllic college towns.

Program at a glance 

The goals of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship at UMass Chan Medical School-Baystate include developing our fellows' knowledge and procedural skills to provide high quality care for the acutely ill and injured child. Additionally, the curriculum further enhances the fellows' teaching, research, and administrative skills.

Meet our team

Fellowship Director:

Blake Spirko, MD email:

Associate Fellowship Director:

Julien Ginsberg-Peltz, MD

Fellowship Administrator:

Kathleen Diederich phone: 413-794-3947 email:

By the numbers

Program Metrics

  • Length of fellowship: 2 years for EM residents | 3 years for Pediatric residents
  • Number of fellows: 4

Emergency Department Metrics

  • Yearly Emergency Department Census: 25% Pediatrics | 21% Admissions | 115,000 visits
  • 13 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Board Certified Faculty
  • Baystate Medical Center: 716 bed facility, Level-1 Trauma Center and Pediatric Hospital
Fellow benefits & facilities
  • Fellow lounge with computer
  • National Meeting
  • Membership: ACEP, ABP, Mass Medical Society
  • BMC Health Sciences Library, Health Club, Procedure Simulation Lab
  • We have attempted to maintain salaries in the 75th percentile nationally, and here in western Massachusetts, we enjoy a lower cost of living than in major urban areas. View our complete list of salaries and benefits.
  • 4 weeks vacation/year, free parking
  • Disability/Malpractice/Health/Dental/Life Insurance
Curriculum information
  • Scheduled Shifts: 34hrs/wk in the Pediatric ED
  • Conferences: 4 hrs/wk didactic, monthly Journal Club

2-year fellowship program curriculum for EM residents

Year 1: Year 2:
  • 6 mos Pedi ED
  • 1 mo Elective
  • 1 mo Pedi Anesthesia
  • 1 mo Pedi Ward
  • 1 mo NICU/Resuscitation
  • 1 mo PICU
  • 1 mo Pedi Subspecialty Clinic
  • 1 mo Elective
  • 8 mos Pedi ED
  • 1 mo Pedi Abuse Education/Administration
  • 1 mo PICU
  • 1 mo Electiv


3-year fellowship program curriculum for pediatric residents

Year 1: Year 2: Year 3:
  • Pedi ED orientation/didactic sessions
  • 5 mos Pedi ED
  • Pedi ED Research
  • 1 mo Adult ED
  • 1 mo Pedi Anesthesia
  • 1 mo PICU
  • 1 mo Toxicology
  • Ultrasound
  • 2 mos Pedi ED
  • 5 mos Pedi ED/Research
  • 1 mo Adult ED
  • 1 mo OB/EMS
  • 1 mo PICU Supervisory
  • 1 mo Trauma
  • Elective
  • 6 mos Pedi ED/Research
  • 4 mos Pedi ED
  • 1 Pedi Abuse Education/Administration
  • Elective
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