Paediatric Emergency Medicine

The Division of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) continues to be a world leader in the emergent care of acutely ill and injured children.  Recognized as one of the pioneering institutions of pediatric emergency medicine, we continue that tradition of innovation through our state-of-the-art education, quality, safety, and research initiatives.  Our robust training program is responsible for developing both domestic and international specialists in paediatric emergency medicine, in addition to offering unique advanced specializations in point-of-care ultrasound, medical-simulation, trauma, disaster medicine, and research.  Our groundbreaking work in the areas of point-of-care ultrasound, team-training, and competency-based learning has changed global practice.  Now with 74,000 patient visits annually to our Department and increasing complexity in our patient population, we are refocused on ensuring the highest standard of acute care is reliably delivered. 

In 2015-2016, our PEM faculty were again recognized for outstanding academic accomplishments in leadership, education, quality practice and research. Dr. Suzanne Schneeweiss was appointed the Associate Dean of Continuing Professional Development at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Yaron Finkelstein was inducted as a Fellow by the American College of Medical Toxicology in recognition of his expertise and leadership in medical toxicology. Drs. Charisse Kwan and Mark Tessaro made multiple media appearances across the country to share their pioneering work in point-of-care ultrasound. Drs. Tania Principi, Suzanne Schuh and Kathy Boutis received international acclaim for research challenging the established management of bronchiolitis and dehydration.

Our clinical and academic efforts continue in 2016-17 with exciting work already started on patient safety, led by our quality practice team of Drs. Tania Principi, Olivia Ostrow and Deborah Schonfeld. Competency based training, led by our medical simulation team of Drs. Jonathan Pirie and Laura Simone, and physician wellness, led by Dr. Anna Kempinska.

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Education Initiatives

Our Emergency Department (ED), is by far one of the busiest paediatric emergency departments in Canada with approximately 200-300 visits per day. Approximately 82,000 children and their families will visit the ED each year with various needs.