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Maybelle KouMaybelle Kou, MD
Program Director
The Altieri Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship

Welcome to our webpage! We are excited to share highlights about our program!

This small fellowship is located in Northern Virginia, 15 miles from downtown Washington, DC, at the world class Inova Children's Hospital on the Inova Fairfax Medical Campus. Our unique location provides learners a diverse spectrum of patients and pathology. Our goal is to train leaders in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, who are able to practice anywhere.

The program leadership is involved nationally in education advocacy and innovation. We are delighted to provide tailored curricula to meet the needs of all our fellows. Many of the faculty are national experts.

Program highlights:

  • Pediatric mini-residency (EM track)
  • Longitudinal general EM experiences (Peds track) in Level 1 Emergency and Trauma center
  • State-of-the-art teaching and simulation facilities
  • Unique instruction in simulation and debriefing
  • Ultrasound fellowship trained faculty
  • Leadership development in education administration
  • Rotation at the National Capital Poison Control Center
  • FACT (Abuse and Forensics) and EMS

Dedicated time is provided for scholarly activities. Fellows engage in team based learning with a flipped classroom at weekly conferences. Conferences are fellow led, and feature a variety of structured learning activities that expose fellows to the latest in educational technology. Fellows also collaborate asynchronously through web-based activities.

Fellows enjoy ample opportunities to hone their teaching and procedural teaching skills in both clinical and conference settings to learners at all levels and disciplines. Fellows participate in regional PEM activities with neighboring institutions throughout the year and multispecialty conferences with the residents rotating from the Inova Pediatric Residency, the George Washington University Emergency Medicine Residency, and the WHC-Georgetown Emergency Medicine Residency. Research is closely mentored, many recent graduates have presented their work at national conferences. Graduates of the program are in demand in both academic and community settings. (see testimonials)

What does the fellowship look for in an applicant?

We desire mature, self-directed team players in tireless pursuit of intellectual challenge and excellent clinical training. If you fit this description, please apply!

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“From a curriculum standpoint, the advanced digital electronic and traditional modalities gave me the extra edge with respect to my knowledge base and ability to learn and teach effectively."
“Coming from an emergency medicine background, I had different educational needs than the majority of fellows that come from a pediatrics background. The EM specific curriculum, and the adjustments we made to the curriculum based on my personal experience and knowledge gaps coming out of residency meant that rotations outside the ED were as relevant and useful as possible."
“I received support for any endeavour in setting up electives that were not traditional to the curriculum, and as a result, felt that my personal goals were valued and fostered. Most importantly, I still miss my INOVA family and am grateful for the lifetime relationships that I developed there."
"Since graduating from fellowship I have been in a hybrid academic/community Pediatric Emergency Room. At Inova, coming from a Peds residency, I was ecstatic about the varied backgrounds of our PEM attendings from both Gen Peds and Gen EM backgrounds. This allowed me to tap into each of their fortes, whether as simple as navigating difficult parents to doing more invasive procedures. This made for bedside learning that I have not seen replicated at any institution that I've come thru since."
"In the ED, I worked with attendings who had taken every different route to PEM, and were very flexible in helping me meet my educational needs."
"Team based learning, and the significant level of involvement fellows had in our educational conferences have made me a more efficient and flexible educator. Tonight, I am putting together a "one pager" for the fellows I work with in my new position, something I never thought I would have done if you asked me 2 years ago!"
"The high expectation for involvement in creating educational materials and presentations for our conferences was a significant time commitment. I was definitely forced out of my comfort zone at times."
"The fellowship training goes far beyond the standard core curriculum and truly aims to instill its fellows with the clinical expertise, analytical thinking capability, and leadership skills to practice in any environment. I personally found the greatest benefit with regards to maturing as a leader both in the clinical setting as well as academics."
"The fellow-driven and faculty supported conference curriculum centers around a flipped classroom model whereby each fellow contributes to the education of their peers as well as faculty, residents and medical students. This is perhaps most evident in the robust medical simulation sessions which occur in our newly designed, high-fidelity simulation center. It is by participating in and ultimately leading and designing these scenarios that I have gained confidence in leading my clinical team in critical resuscitation in the department as an attending."
"This program is ideally suited for well-rounded and self-motivated individuals seeking a rigorous but high-caliber academic experience."