Established in 1992 with six faculty, the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Section of Emergency Medicine has grown to include 73 subspecialists and generalists, 15 full time pediatric emergency medicine fellows, and 11 advanced level practitioners.
Clinical services provided by the pediatric emergency medicine section includes coverage at Texas Children's Hospital Emergency Center, Texas Children's Hospital West Campus Pediatric Emergency Center, St. Luke's Woodlands Community Medical Center Emergency Center, St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital Emergency Center, and the Texas Children’s Child Protection Team/Children's Assessment Center.
The Texas Children's Emergency Center has four distinct sections:
- Main Emergency Center
- Rapid Treatment Area
- Acute Treatment Area
- Emergency Department Observation Unit
The main Emergency Center and the Rapid Treatment Area are where pediatric patients presenting with acute illnesses or injuries requiring emergency care receive treatment. The Acute Treatment Area serves as a fast track area for evaluation and management of pediatric patients with non-life threatening illnesses and injuries.
The Emergency Department Observation Unit is a 23-hour observation unit for patients who cannot be directly discharged from the emergency center but are likely to be discharged within 24 hours of arrival to the hospital.
The Child Protection Team coordinates the center for the physically and sexually abused children seen at Texas Children's, provides consultative services for hospitalized children who have been abused, and coordinates the multidisciplinary efforts and comprehensive care for these children at Texas Children's.
In addition, the BCM section of pediatric emergency medicine is responsible for the education of multiple medical learners. During their core pediatric rotation, BCM medical students spend one week in the Texas Children's Emergency center.
Pediatric residents spend at least four months of their three-year pediatric residency in the emergency centers of Texas Children's Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital. In addition, emergency medicine and family medicine residents from programs outside of BCM rotate at Texas Children's Emergency Center to gain experience in the care of pediatric patients requiring emergency care.
The section is also responsible for a nationally recognized pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program that meets the criteria for certification by the American Board of Pediatrics, subspecialists of Emergency Medicine. The pediatric emergency medicine fellowship program is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.