The Kiwanis Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship is an innovative program that provides for the training of a doctor, in Pediatric Emergency Medicine over a two year period. The Kiwanis Doctor then in turn offers instruction in pediatric emergency medicine to remote areas throughout the three-state region of our Kiwanis District.
The goal of the Kiwanis Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship is simple: Save and improve the lives of children by training doctors in the latest in pediatric treatment. Each Kiwanis Doctor treats more than 3,500 children each year, and, to-date, we have trained more than 1,000 first responders throughout our District.
Why the Kiwanis Doctor Program?
The Kiwanis Doctor program is unique because it addresses the need to train medical personnel throughout our District on current techniques and advances in pediatric emergency medicine. Babies and children have physical, emotional and physiological needs that are vastly different from an adult's. Unfortunately, most medical personnel are trained to treat an adult and receive very little medical training on how to treat a child. They mostly see and treat adult patients and have very little opportunities to treat a child in an emergency. Our Kiwanis Doctor provides the missing link by traveling throughout our District teaching medical personnel how to treat a pediatric patient.
Our Kiwanis Doctors have collaborated with Kiwanis to share their knowledge gained during their training in pediatric emergency medicine with paramedics, nurses, and other doctors who care for critically ill and injured children within the rural areas of the Cal-Nev-Ha District. These Kiwanis sponsored training seminars have been conducted as far north as Eureka, California, and as far south as El Centro, California, with many areas in between.
As we prepare to welcome our next Kiwanis Doctor (see below), Dr. Thorp continues to lead the program and host advanced trainings in the most remote areas of our District, closing the gap on the number of children who die each year from serious injury or illness.
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