Mini Fellowships

The mini-fellowship program is an optional program that allows our residents to further explore and receive mentorship in a sub-specialty of emergency medicine in order to either prepare them for a future fellowship or to simply enhance their proficiency in a specific topic in emergency medicine. A resident who completes the requirements for a mini-fellowship will receive a certificate upon graduation from residency certifying his/her added expertise in their chosen niche. See below for the current mini-fellowships offered.

informatics Clinical Informatics
Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Peter Peacock

Healthcare information technology is a powerful and pervasive tool that has the capacity to improve care, or be really annoying. Clinical Informatics is the newest board-certified medical specialty, but the first US academic department of Informatics was originally established in 1978. Residents enrolled in the KCH Clinical Informatics mini-fellowship will work directly with Dr. Peter (Rusty) Peacock, the Chief Medical Informatics Officer for the hospital. Rusty has been working in the field since ~2004, originally focused on ED systems. He currently leads hospital efforts to improve IT support for our clinical operations, including current and future-state Electronic Medical Records.


Critical Care
Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Ashika Jain

The Critical Care Mini-Fellowship is a specialized academic track created for Emergency Medicine residents to develop a knowledge base in Critical Care Medicine (CCM). We, at Kings County Hospital Center/SUNY Downstate Medical Center would like to ensure that our residents have access to an understanding of CCM through a mini-fellowship course that is designed to help EM residents develop an understanding of critical care, thereby allowing for earlier recognition of career goals while helping the resident become a more competitive applicant for a CCM fellowship, post graduation.

Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Nathan Reisman

The EMS mini-fellowship hosts a monthly journal clubs where a resident will present an EMS article for discussion. Residents are encouraged to attend regional, state, and national EMS meetings including the Regional EMS Counsel, the Medical Standards and Protocol sub-committee meetings, and the National Association of EMS Physician annual meeting. Ride-alongs with local EMS agencies and involvement with medical care at local events can also be arranged for interested residents.

geriatric Geriatric EM
Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Joel Gernsheimer

The objectives for this mini-fellowship are to provide further teaching, knowledge, skills and experience in Geriatric Emergency Medicine to interested Emergency Medicine Residents.To assist in improving the care that we give our elderly patients in our Emergency Departments.To help us in teaching the principles of Geriatric Emergency Medicine to our Emergency Medicine Residents and students.To assist us in developing and implementing meaningful research, educational and administrative projects in the area of acute care for older patients.

health_policy Health Policy
Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Matt Foley

This mini-fellowship was created to provide Emergency Medicine residents interested in health policy, opportunities for productive, interactive learning and active advocacy. Each resident will have their course individualized and adjusted appropriately according to the resident’s interests (lobbying, policy, legislation, regulation, non-governmental organizations, etc.)

international International EM
Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Christina Bloem

All residents in the IMF will maintain a portfolio to collect their projects, lectures, publications, and evaluations. The portfolio will be kept by the resident and will be presented every 6 months to the Director of the IMF at semi-annual evaluations. Residents will also be asked to share their portfolio with the other members of the IMF yearly at a group meeting.

palliative Palliative Care
Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Audrey Tan

The objectives of the Palliative Mini-fellowship are to learn about the medical, social, spiritual aspects of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM), to develop an understanding of Palliative Emergency Medicine – the integration of Hospice and Palliative Medicine with Emergency Medicine, and to gain knowledge in advanced modalities of managing pain and symptoms (ie PCAs, use of methadone, palliative procedures).

pem Pediatric EM
Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Jennifer Chao

The purpose of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Mini-Fellowship is to supplement the experiences of Emergency Medicine (EM) resident in pediatrics. This Mini-Fellowship is open to all residents who are interested either in enhancing their PEM knowledge base or in pursing a PEM fellowship after completion of the EM residency. The curriculum focuses on attending PEM-specific conferences, preparing PEM-specific lectures, teaching PALS and increasing PEM proficiency through additional clinical exposure.

sim Simulation
Mini-fellowship Director: Drs. Jessica Stetz and Sigrid Wolfram

The goals of the mini-fellowship are to learn the basics of medical simulation and education utilizing current guidelines and literature.

By the completion of the mini-fellowship, the successful trainee will have acquired knowledge and expertise in the field of medical simulation which include:
1. History and application of Medical Simulation in its current state
2. Basics of running a medical case based simulation
3. Debriefing Tools and Strategy
4. Development of a medical simulation based research question and strategy
5. Adult Learning Theory

teaching Teaching
Mini-fellowship Director: Drs. Teresa Smith and James Willis

The teaching mini-fellowship is for residents who wish to have a focus on education in medicine. It should be considered for anyone considering an academic career such as working as a program director, medical student education, MLP education, etc. There are monthly meetings with residents and faculty leading discussion using education literature and giving lectures. Discussions include lecturing, bedside teaching, educational research, feedback and many more adult education topics. Members of the teaching mini-fellowship become involved in Medical student lectures, PA and FP lectures, curriculum review and multiple research projects.

Mini-fellowship Director: Drs. Blumenberg and Wiener

The toxicology mini-fellowship is a monthly gathering where we discuss relevant journal articles and historical events of large scale poisonings. Recent topics have included cyanide poisoning and the Jonestown massacre, organophosphate and the Kim Jong-nam assassination, naloxone and the Moscow theater hostage crisis.

ultrasound Ultrasound
Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Ninfa Mehta

To provide the resident with a more focused Ultrasound experience during their 4 years of residency. The mini-fellow will be encouraged to participate in didactic session, research opportunities, teaching including international experiences, and focused scanning sessions. The resident can work in conjunction with a fellow or ultrasound faculty in pursuing a research interest of their choice. The mini-fellow will also be invited to all ultrasound grand rounds and to any other conferences at other institutions that the division is attending. In addition the mini-fellow will be encouraged to attend AIUM, the national ultrasound conference that occurs yearly. The ultrasound division will help the resident with RDMS certification if interested.

wilderness Wilderness
Mini-fellowship Director: Dr. Mark Silverberg

The wilderness medicine mini-fellowship is comprised of a group of people that enjoy time in the great outdoors. We take a handful of trips each year to great hiking destinations as well as public venues like the Baltimore Aquarium or the Pocono Snake Farm. Each month we get together and discuss some of the best literature from the WM literature. We welcome anyone and everyone to join us no matter how much WM knowledge you have amassed.