Why you should consider the Combined Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics Residency Program

EM & Peds hospital entrance

The Combined Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics training program is a five-year (60-month) training program that is approved by the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics. The University of Arizona accepts up to three outstanding individuals into the combined training per year. Each resident spends 30 months of training in each department.

The goal of the combined training program is to train physicians to be fully competent emergency physicians and fully competent pediatricians. In doing this, graduates also become experts in pediatric emergency medicine. Residents complete all the requirements of both categorical emergency medicine and categorical pediatrics training, but in 12 months less time. Residents who have completed the five-year training program are eligible for both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics certification exams.

Of the three options to become a pediatric emergency medicine specialist, we believe that combined training is the best!

Characteristics Peds Residency
PEM Fellowship

EM Residency
PEM Fellowship

Combined EM&Peds
Duration of Training 6 years 5-6 years 5 years
Training Methodology

General pediatric residency
with PEM fellowship

EM residency with
PEM fellowship
Simultaneous EM and
general pediatric residency
NRMP Match Cycles 2 2 1
Training Focus by
Pediatric ED
General ED
Pediatric ED
General pediatrics
General ED
Critical Care
Primary Board Eligibility General pediatrics Emergency Medicine General Pediatrics and
Emergency Medicine
PEM Sub-Board
Yes Yes No
Trained to care for adults? No Yes Yes
Clinic or hospitalist
career potential?
Yes No Yes

As the candidate progresses through training, they assume an increasing role in Pediatric Emergency Medicine didactics, prehospital training, and lastly as chief resident during the final year of training. The curriculum has been developed to maximize the benefits and clinical opportunities from both departments to prepare graduates for any scenario they may face. From the ED to the clinic to the wards to the ICU, combined graduates can do it all.

To hear more about Combined Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics training, click here to listen to an interview on The Undifferentiated Medical Student podcast and here to listen to an interview with Medical School Headquarters.

Please feel free to email me for further information on Combined EM & Peds training.

Aaron Leetch, MD
Assistant Professor and Director
Combined EM & Peds Residency Program
The University of Arizona College of Medicine