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Inova's Altieri Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship is a comprehensive, ACGME-accredited residency program created to meet the unique training and education needs of both emergency medicine and pediatric residents.
Our small, highly personalized program is centered within the Emergency Department at Inova Fairfax Hospital/Inova Children's Hospital, located about 15 miles from the heart of Washington, DC. Inova Fairfax Hospital is the premier tertiary care and Level 1 trauma center in Northern Virginia. We experience more than 85,000 patient visits each year, of which nearly 20 percent are pediatric visits.
Our proximity to a thriving, multi-cultural and demographically rich population means our fellows experience a full range of pediatric emergency medicine challenges and opportunities. At the same time, fellows work in a personable and well-mentored clinical environment overseen by expert practitioners committed to educational excellence.
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Dr. Michael F. Altieri (1951-2004) founded the fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine in 1994 as an intensive two-year subspecialty residency for graduates of emergency medicine training programs. With his pediatrics background, he recognized that emergency physicians should have a firm grasp of standard emergency pediatrics. His vision was a rigorous, comprehensive training program in pediatric emergency care underscored by a strong focus on clinical medicine and child advocacy. In 1997, a separate three-year track was added for physicians primarily trained in pediatrics.
Dr. Alteri's visionary leadership led to many of the pediatric services currently available at Inova Children's Hospital, including the Pediatric Residency Program that began in 1995, the subsection of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and the SANE program. In January 2006, his dream of a dedicated emergency department for children was realized. The Michael F. Altieri, MD, Pediatric Emergency Care Unit was unveiled as a separate department within the hospital's emergency medicine wing. With a dedicated, innovative staff specializing in the care of children, delivery of service has been dramatically improved in a family-centered environment.