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News First Four Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellows Announced

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AUSTIN, Texas - (Dec. 11, 2012) - Central Texas' first four pediatric emergency medicine fellows include a local physician already doing his medical residency at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas, a member of the Seton Healthcare Family, and a California doctor who is a Bowie High School graduate.

Drs. Logan Rencher, already treating patients in Austin, and Robin Gurasich, who is excited to return home, will be joined by Drs. Tim Ruttan and Patrick Ryan as the first participants in the new, three-year Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship program in Austin offered through the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). The program will begin on July 1, 2013, Seton announced today.

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The number of fellows will grow to eight in 2014 and to a total of 12 in 2015. Pediatric-trained residents will follow a three-year fellowship track, and Emergency Medicine-trained residents will follow a two-year fellowship track.

Most of the training will be provided at Dell Children's. Other training will occur at University Medical Center Brackenridge.

"Seton is excited to add this educational and research-based fellowship program to strengthen our clinical and academic missions," said Dr. Jim Lindsey, Seton Healthcare Family senior vice president and chief medical officer, who oversees Seton's partnership with UTSW.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education officially notified Seton and UTSW that this program was accredited on Nov. 13. Many outstanding candidates from top medical residency programs across the country came to Austin to be interviewed for inclusion in the new program, said Dr. Coburn Allen, fellowship program director.

"Seton has been very supportive and allowed Dr. Sujit Iyer (associate program director) and me to create exactly what we think will prepare our fellows to be experts in managing acutely ill and injured children and to be leaders in research, scholarship, advocacy and administration," said Allen.

Dell Children's is one of only 17 Level I pediatric trauma centers in the U.S and serves a 46-county area in Central Texas. It offers fellows the opportunity to work with highly acute patients under the guidance and mentorship of 18 full-time, fellowship-trained faculty dedicated to teaching and clinical care.

The medical center's 45-bed emergency department sees about 75,000 patients annually, noted Dr. Pat Crocker, medical director of Dell Children's Department of Emergency Medicine.

"We emphasize family-centered care models, the highest level of patient and family satisfaction and true physician-nurse teamwork modeling," Crocker said. "Since Dell Children's opened just five years ago, we have made tremendous strides in expanding high-level, multispecialty care for the children of Central Texas and are focused on becoming a world class leader in pediatric care.

"This program has been a long-term goal of mine since starting the children's emergency department in 1986. I am very gratified to see it come to fruition," Crocker said.

During the program, fellows will devote some of their time to serving patients in Dell Children's emergency room and in neonatal and pediatric intensive care units. They also will treat pediatric orthopedic patients and victims of child abuse.

They will see patients in UMC Brackenridge's emergency room and trauma centers and devote more than 20 months to Pediatric Emergency Medicine research, ultimately producing a published research project at the end of the fellowship.

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