Welcome to the Children’s Mercy Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM) Fellowship Program & thank you for taking the time to learn more about our program! Our fellowship was established in 1981 making it one of the oldest programs in the country. Our Division has an active clinical research program supported by funding from federal and industry sources. PEM faculty conduct research across a wide range of interests including health disparities, adolescent reproductive and sexual health, adolescent relationship abuse, reproductive coercion, disease surveillance, medical education, and simulation. PEM faculty participate in multi-institutional studies, as well as collaborate across disciplines at Children’s Mercy.

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Works from 2024

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Institutional Pilot Changes Lead to a Reduction in Emergency Department Boarding Patients, Rohan Akhouri, Kelly Sinclair, Bethany Bolt, Ashley Daly, Chris Kennedy, and Jennifer Watts

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Pediatric Caregiver Perspectives on Immigration Status in the Healthcare Setting, Anik Patel, Alison L. Fowler, Juan S. Farias, Ana Contreras, Claudia Zepeda, Estefania Bazan, John Cowden, Frances Turcotte Benedict, Jennifer Watts, and Kimberly Randell

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Antimicrobial Duration Stewardship Project: A QI approach, Joshua Saucedo, Rana El Feghaly, Amanda Nedved, Leslie Hueschen, Marsha Dannenburg, Tanis Stewart, Patty Philips, and Jennifer Floyd (Presentation)

Works from 2023

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Life Threatening Anemia and Acidosis Secondary to Systemic Loxoscelism in a Pediatric Patient, Rohan Akhouri, Vincent J. Calleo, and Leslie Hueschen (Poster)

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Diagnosis and Management of Pediatric Gastroesophageal Reflux in the Emergency Department., Rohan Akhouri, Aamer Imdad, and Lina Patel (Article)

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“There’s a difference in practice when you have to make the decision”: Autonomy in pediatric emergency medicine fellowship, Katherine Dunne, Vivek Dubey, Sarkan Toy, Camryn Martinez, Kelsey Gavin, and Christopher S. Kennedy (Abstract)

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Physical Restraint Use in the Pediatric Emergency Department., Mary Haywood and Lina Patel (Article)

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Comparative healthcare use by adolescents screening positive for sexual exploitation., Cree Kachelski, Jennifer Hansen, Mary Moffatt, Grace E. Arends MD, Ashley K. Sherman, and James Anderst (Article)

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Pediatric Educational Outreach to a Community Based Emergency Department: Clinical Management of the Febrile Infant, Jess Parker, Frances Turcotte Benedict, Emily Hillman, Ryan C. Jacobsen, Ashley K. Sherman, and Arjun Sarin (Abstract)

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Exploring bidirectionality in US pediatric global health programs, Anik Patel, Pauline Kamau, Ashley Combs, and Megan McHenry (Poster)

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Exploring Bidirectional Partnerships in Global Health Training Programs, Anik Patel, Pauline Kamau, Ashley Combs, Justus Simba, and Megan Song McHenry (Presentation)

Works from 2022

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Parental Teach Back in the ED setting for Non-English Speaking Families, Rohan Akhouri (Presentation)

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Improving adolescent sexual and mental health care access through community outreach, Anna Bitely (Poster Presentation)

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Ultrasound Guided Peripheral IV Access Curriculum for the Pediatric Emergency Department: a pilot study., Samuel Dillman (Poster Presentation)

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Ultrasound Guided Peripheral IV Access Curriculum for the Pediatric Emergency Department: A Pilot Study., Samuel Dillman, Frances Turcotte Benedict, and Christopher S. Kennedy (Poster)

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Outpatient Emergency Preparedness, Mary Haywood (Presentation)

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COVID-19: Perspectives from Youth in Detention, April McNeill-Johnson (Poster Presentation)

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Healthcare Needs and Experiences of Detained Youth, April McNeill-Johnson, Zuri Hudson, Brittany Moore, Dumebi Okocha, Megha Ramaswamy, and Kimberly A Randell (Poster)

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Patient Attitudes, Perceptions, Knowledge, and Beliefs Regarding Immigration Status in the Healthcare Setting, Anik Patel (Presentation)

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Impact of a Mental Health Screening Process in a Pediatric ED, Bryan Stocker DO, Shobhit Jain MD, Kathryn Worland MSW, Celeste Tarantino MD, Lina Patel MD, and Shayla Sullivant MD (Poster Presentation)

Works from 2021

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Prevalence of Mycoplasma genitalium and Macrolide Resistance in Adolescent Females Receiving Care at a Pediatric Hospital, Kayla Barnes (Poster Presentation)

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Prevalence of Mycoplasma genitalium and Macrolide Resistance in Adolescent Females Receiving Care at a Pediatric Hospital, Kayla Barnes, Bishnu Adhikari, Rangaraj Selvarangan, Christopher J. Harrison, and Melissa K. Miller (Poster)

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A Proposal for Developing Academic Partnerships between American Clinical Institutions and NGOs, Anik Patel, Nahreen Ahmed, Alfredo Mena Lora, and Riley Jones (Poster)

Works from 2020

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Justice System Involvement Among Adolescents in the Emergency Department, Vivek Dubey (Poster Presentation)

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Hematoma Block Use in Management of Distal Forearm Fractures in a Pediatric Emergency Department, Eric Nau (Oral Presentation)

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Clinical Risk Assessment for Testicular Torsion in the Emergency Department, Matthew Solove (Poster Presentation)

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Ankle Injuries in the Pediatric Emergency Department., Matthew Solove and Frances Turcotte Benedict (Article)

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Parental Views on Parent-Generated Asthma History in a Pediatric ED: A Randomized Control Trial, Marc Sycip (Poster Presentation)

Works from 2019

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Use of Cognitive Task Analysis to Understand Decision-making for Management of Blunt Abdominal Trauma in Children., Tania Ahluwalia, Serkan Toy, and Christopher S. Kennedy (Article)

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Altered Mental Status in Children After Traumatic Brain Injury., Vivek Dubey, Eric Nau, and Marc Sycip (Article)

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A Retrospective Review of Project InStRuCT: Improving Sexual and Reproductive Health amongst At-Risk Teens, April McNeill MD (Oral Presentation)

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Neonatal Hypernatremic Dehydration., Arjun Sarin, Andrew Thill, and Clay W. Yaklin (Article)

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Pediatric Emergency Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound for the Diagnosis of Intussusception., Theodore E. Trigylidas, Mary A. Hegenbarth, Lina Patel, Christopher S. Kennedy, Kevin O'Rourke, and James C. Kelly (Article)

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Attitudes of Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Providers towards Pediatric Death and Outside-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) Orders, Clay Yaklin (Poster Presentation)