The Current State of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Workforce and Innovations to Improve Pediatric Care

Gregory W. Faris, James P. Marcin, Elizabeth Weinstein

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Many hospitals and emergency departments lack resources to optimally care for ill and injured children, perpetuating risks of receiving fragmented and “uneven” care. In this article, we describe the present state of our pediatric emergency medicine workforce as well as the impact that different innovations could have on the future of pediatric emergency care. Many innovative initiatives, including physician and advanced practice provider education and training, pediatric readiness recognition programs, telemedicine and in-situ simulation outreach, and community paramedicine are being utilized to help bridge access gaps and augment the reach of the pediatric emergency medicine workforce. Advocacy for reimbursement for novel care delivery models, such as community paramedicine and telemedicine, and funding for outreach education is essential. Also, better understanding of our current training models for and utilization of advanced practice practitioners in pediatric emergency medicine is crucial to understanding the diversity of workforce growth and opportunity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)272-281
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018



  • community paramedicine
  • facility recognition
  • pediatric emergency medicine
  • pediatric readiness
  • simulation
  • systemization of care
  • telemedicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine

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