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The Next Generation of Leaders in Pediatric Emergency Medicine

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) fellowship at the University of Utah/Primary Children's Hospital (PCH) places each fellow in a well-designed clinical and research program emphasizing the skills needed for future academic success.

This clinical experience is complemented by instruction in research design and methods, leading to completion of original research projects.


The goal of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellowship program is to produce academically-oriented PEM physicians with superb clinical skills and the ability to expand the field's knowledge base. The traditional PEM fellowship is a three year program for pediatrics residency trained applicants, and a two year program for emergency medicine residency trained applicants. Fellows acquire experience and skills to fulfill their maximal potential as a clinician, researcher, teacher, and administrator. In addition to the traditional PEM fellowship tracks, we also offer a PEM-Global Health (PEM-GH) fellowship track, and a dual PEM-Child Abuse (PEM-CAP) fellowship program. Please see the llnks on this page for more information about PEM-GH and PEM-GH.

Primary Children's Hospital

Primary Children's Hospital is a high-acuity tertiary referral center for medical, surgical, and trauma care, with patients coming from large parts of six western states. PCH’s 35-bed ED sees about 45,000 patients annually, and includes an 18-bed short-stay observation unit also overseen by our division.

Research, Policy, and Advocacy

Fellows' responsibilities go beyond patient care, including opportunities resident teaching and patient care, but the division is also very active in research and is additionally involved in many areas throughout Primary Children’s Hospital and the community:

  • Pediatric transport
  • Trauma care
  • Resuscitation
  • Injury prevention
  • Disaster management
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)
  • Outreach
  • Global, rural, and underserved child health
  • Child advocacy
  • Simulation

Staff from Diverse Fields

The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine consists of 26 PEM BC/BE faculty, 7 pediatricians, 7 fellows, 5 administrative staff, and 2 research staff. Some faculty also have additional training:

  • 1 Child Abuse Pediatrics trained
  • 2 Sports Medicine trained
  • 2 Emergency Medicine trained
  • 1 Ultrasound fellowship trained
  • 2 Global Health trained
  • 2 with MBA
  • 4 with MPH
  • 1 with MSPH

Our PEM Division faculty include the following

  • Pediatrics Residency Program Director
  • Immediate Past President of AAP Utah Chapter
  • Primary Children’s Hospital Medical Directors:
    • Trauma
    • Pediatric Life Flight
    • Emergency Department
    • Rapid Treatment Unit (Observation unit)
    • Quality
    • Disaster Preparedness
    • Informatics
    • Pediatric Specialty Services
    • Outreach
    • Pediatric Clinical Programs
    • Associate Chief Medical Officer

Program Director

Michael Miescier, MD

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Associate Program Director

Zachary Drapkin, MD

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Elizabeth Keating, MD, MSPH

PEM- Global Health Track Program Director

Elizabeth Keating, MD, MSPH

Contact Us

Program Director
Michael Miescier, MD

Associate Program Director
Zachary Drapkin, MD

Fellowship Program Coordinator
Laurel Fortun
Phone: 801-662-5703