Emergency Department/Injury Prevention Center Fellowship
The Connecticut Children’s Emergency Department (ED)/Injury Prevention Center (IPC) Fellowship provides students with an opportunity to:
- Understand the roles and functions of various providers within pediatric emergency medicine in an academic children’s medical center
- Understand the process of developing and implementing a research study in the pediatric emergency department
- Understand the importance of the injury problem in terms of magnitude, cost, and preventability
- Understand the conceptual and historical underpinnings of injury and violence prevention
- Describe the epidemiology of unintentional injury and violence
- Understand general principles of injury prevention and the use of educational, environmental, and legal strategies to prevent injury
The ED/IPC Fellows work alongside the Hayley Petit Injury & Violence Prevention Fellows during a six-week summer program.
Adrienne Nguyen, University of Connecticut
Being one of the first Connecticut Children’s Emergency Department/Injury Prevention Center (IPC) fellows was exciting because as someone who has been part of ongoing research within an emergency department during my studies, I was able to see how it all came together during my time at the IPC. This fellowship is an incredibly unique and amazing experience that I will always remember and I hope to carry what I learned into my career. As a fellow, I got to enter the world of public health work with a focus on injury prevention which has now inspired me to pursue a masters degree in public health later in my career.
I left the fellowship with a greater expanse of knowledge and awareness about ongoing issues such as domestic violence, intimate partner violence, and pediatric trauma. I was inspired by the IPC team and the work they are doing. I enjoyed being able to create my own research proposal, on assessing behaviors and attitudes towards screening for teen dating violence among pediatric providers, and having their expertise and knowledge as a resource on this journey.
This fellowship was empowering and I am grateful to work with a strong and dynamic group of fellows under the leadership and mentorship of Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH and the rest of the IPC team. I am confident in my own ability to contribute to the growing public health field using what I learned from these five weeks. I am incredibly thankful for the support from Connecticut Children’s, the Petit Family Foundation, and the IPC staff for creating this unforgettable experience.
Leianna Dolce, University of Vermont
As a 2018 Connecticut Children’s Emergency Department/Injury Prevention Center Fellow, I had the amazing opportunity to work alongside the 2018 Hayley Petit Injury & Violence Prevention Fellows. It was a very special experience to honor Hayley Petit’s memory in such an impactful way. In only five weeks with the Injury Prevention Center (IPC) staff, I learned more than I could have imagined about injury and its prevention in the past, present and for the future. One of the first tasks we had was to define what we thought an injury was and all of us uttered the word accident in our explanation. Even our base view of injury was misled. Garry Lapidus, PA-C, MPH quickly explained why injuries are predictable and preventable events; not at all accidents. From that moment on, the lessons I learned and conversations I had never ceased to amaze me and help open my eyes to a whole new world of public health I had never known about.
The best part of this fellowship, and what truly sets it apart from other internships, was how multidisciplinary it is. As a fellow, I had the opportunity to learn from medical anthropologists, statisticians, doctors, research associates and more. Each view helped bring another piece of injury prevention into focus and allowed me to form the most comprehensive understanding I could. Another unique aspect of this fellowship was how welcome in the IPC work I felt as a Fellow. We were included in research meetings, Pediatric Grand Rounds sessions, conference calls and more to learn about current research and activities. Not only did we get to see what’s being done right now in the field of injury prevention, but we were encouraged to speak up with ideas, thoughts and concerns; I truly felt like part of the team.
In particular, the lessons I learned about domestic violence stood out to me. Like many of the topics we covered, the stories were sobering but it was a great experience to have heart to heart conversations after watching documentaries and learning about different programs happening right here in Connecticut to help end domestic violence. With this topic especially, I was able to learn from not just the staff but from all the other unique fellows as well.
I can hardly do the experience I had this summer justice. I will never forget this fellowship and will always be grateful for the IPC staff, especially Garry for his mentorship, support and always making sure we were getting the most out of our time at the IPC. I am also grateful beyond words to Connecticut Children’s Emergency Department and the Petit Family Foundation for making this program possible and helping to empower college women like me every year. The lessons I learned will never be forgotten and I can’t wait to bring them with me into a healthcare career in the future.