Paediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group

Paediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group

Role of the Paediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group:

The Paediatric Emergency Medicine Special Interest Group was formed in 2011 as an initial writing group for the document ‘International Standards of Care for Children in Emergency Departments’.

Objectives of the Group

  • Promote the sharing of information amongst Emergency Physicians and Paediatric Emergency Physicians, relating to all aspects of caring for children in Emergency Departments
  • Promote networking of interested individuals around the world
  • Promote co-working between paediatricians and Emergency Physicians
  • Provide advice and information to all member organisations, using the IFEM 2012 publication “Standards of Care for Children in Emergency Departments” as a foundation
  • To act as a contact point and be a resource for project work relating to paediatric care, within IFEM
  • Promote collaboration and best practice in education and training in the field of Paediatric Emergency Care

Expressions of interest are invited from IFEM Members to join the Special Interest Group. Nominations by your organisation, or self-nominations by individuals within your organisation, should be forwarded to the IFEM Secretariat via the contact form.


Dr Simon Chu | Chair
Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Dr Simon Chu is a senior emergency consultant at the Lyell McEwin Hospital Emergency Department, located in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. He completed his specialist emergency medicine training in Sydney, Australia, and paediatric emergency medicine (PEM) training in London, Canada. Returning to Australia, he assisted with ongoing improvements in PEM services in his hospital, where he then took a detour in his career and went into medical education where he helped design the revised FACEM specialist training program and curriculum for Australia and New Zealand, which lead to him holding the position of ACEM Deputy Censor in Chief. He is also a member of the IFEM Core Curriculum and Education Committee. He now has a renewed passion for models of PEM care in mixed EDs, recently completing a 6 month contract at Flinders Medical Centre Emergency Department to experience their PEM model of care, and is overseeing the PEM aspects of the Lyell McEwin Hospital ED redevelopment and expansion. In his spare time, he enjoys travelling, good food, an appreciation of good wine, and being lead cellist in the Unley Symphony Orchestra whilst participating in other community and medical orchestras. He hopes the merging of his love of travelling, good food, and paediatric emergency medicine will provide a solid basis in his tenure as chair of IFEM PEMSIG.

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Nick Jouriles | Past Chair | American College of Emergency Physicians

Gautam Bodiwala | Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Arif Alper Cevik | Emergency Medicine Association of Turkey

Matthew Chu | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Prof Juliusz Jakubaszko | Polish Society for Emergency Medicine

Sateesh Kumar Kailasam | Society for Emergency Medicine, India

Nicole Kester-Greene | Canadian Association of Emergency Medicine

Janet Lin | American College of Emergency Physicians

Bret Nicks | American College of Emergency Physicians

Andrew Singer | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Erin Simon | American College of Emergency Physicians

David Teng | Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore

Rahim Valani | Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians

Venkataraman Anantharaman | Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore

Abraham Wai | Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine

Jeremy Wee | Society for Emergency Medicine in Singapore

Christian Arbalaez | American College for Emergency Physicians

Autumn Brogan | American College of Emergency Physicians

Amber Hathcock

Mohan Kamalanathan | Australasian College for Emergency Medicine

Mohamed Alwi Abdul Rahman

Sean Kivlehan | American College of Emergency Physicians

Associate Professor Valerie Krym | Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians

Luis Vargas Tellez | Asociacion Colombiana de Especialistas en Medicina de Emergencias

Grzegorz Waligora | Polish Society for Emergency Medicine

Anand Kanani

Chamy Lok | Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine

Marcus Tai | Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine

Jerome So | Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine

Arthur Cheung | Hong Kong College of Emergency Medicine

Committee work and achievements

PEM RoadMap Project
Led by Camilo Gutierrez (USA) and Baljit Cheema (South Africa)

The purpose of the PEMSIG RoadMap is to develop a document to help countries who are in the process of developing paediatric emergency care by outlining an approach to evolution of the necessary steps to establish a well-organized and self-sustainable PEM structure, and be recognized by that nation’s government and professional healthcare networks. This project is still ongoing and we hope to have specific outcomes before the 2020 Buenos Aires International Conference on Emergency Medicine.

PEM Standards Revision
Led by Dr Rodrick Lim (Canada)

The standards document is a template for the Care of Children Internationally in developed and developing Countries. We proudly announced the completion of this latest revision expanding to 25 chapters and 168 pages. The document is complete and sent for final stamp by the IFEM Board. The next step will be the translation of the project in different languages.

PEM Education Curriculum
Led by Dr Rahim Valani (Canada)

The PEMSIG group also completed the development of an international paediatric emergency medicine consensus document that focuses on clinical presentations, procedural skill sets, and professionalism. The document was completed and will be an addendum to the IFEM’s general emergency curriculum documents offering guidance on what would be considered essentials for the safe and competent management of paediatric emergencies by any clinician, not necessarily only those PEM trained.

Paediatric Emergency Research Networks (PERN)
Led by Prof Franz Babl (Australia)

PERN was initially established in 2009 and is comprised of representative hospitals from the major national and international Paediatric Emergency Medicine research networks located in Europe, the Middle East, North America, South America, and Australasia. These networks are: Research in European Paediatric Emergency Medicine (REPEM), Paediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) in the US, Paediatric Emergency Medicine Collaborative Research Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics (PEM CRC), Paediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC), Paediatric Research in Emergency Departments International Collaborative (PREDICT) in Australia and New Zealand, Paediatric Emergency Research in the United Kingdom & Ireland (PERUKI) and Red de Investigación de la Sociedad Española de Urgencias de Pediatría / Spanish Paediatrirc Emergency Research Group (RISEUP / SPERG). Together the research networks have access to data from over 2 million paediatric emergency presentations per annum, to over 100 hospitals, in four of the six World Health Organization (WHO) regions. We are also collaborating with the South American network Red de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Emergencia Pediátrica Latinoamericana (RIDEPLA). The mission of PERN is to perform meaningful and scientifically rigorous international collaborative research in paediatric emergency medicine, fill the gaps in research, and develop new research streams and fostering networks with a focus on multi-site, multi-country projects. PERN has published a dozen research papers to date including in Paediatrics, Paediatric Emergency Care, British Medical Journal, Journal of Paediatrics and European Journal of Emergency Medicine.

There are several ongoing projects: Global Paediatric Emergency Poisoning surveillance System (S. Mintegi in Spain), Pharmacotherapy Practice Patterns and Outcomes in Bronchiolitis (S. Schuh, Canada), Paediatric Emergency Critical Skills and PERN Asthma Studies (S. Craig, Australia), Community-Acquired Pneumonia (T. Florin/N. Kuppermann, USA) and a Survey on diagnostic errors (P. Mahajan, USA).

More details

Resources and Training

International Standards of Care for Children in Emergency Departments

急诊部对儿童医护的国际标准 3.0

Regional and National Organisations

Collection of FOAMED resources relevant to Paediatric Emergency Medicine

Below are links to third party web sites. These links are used to provide further information and are not intended to signify that IFEM or PEMSIG endorses such websites and/or their content. IFEM or PEMSIG takes no responsibility for any loss or damage suffered as a result of using the information published on any of the pages of the linked web sites.

Books and Journals
Clinical Information
Drug information and Calculators
Clinical Guidelines
FOAMED (FREE Open Access Medical Education)


PEM Curriculum (in progress)
International Fellowships Directory Paediatric Emergency Medicine December 2019
United Kingdom


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