Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician Extender Development Program (Advanced Practice Provider Fellowship)

Our mission is to provide up-to-date, problem-based learning in the field of pediatric emergency medicine in a state of the art facility, and to exceed the expected role of an pediatric advanced practice provider (pediatric emergency medicine physician extender.)

Program Overview

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician Extender Development Program, or PEMPED, is a 12-month post graduate training program involving Brown Emergency Medicine (BrownEM) faculty and pediatric APPs to support a comprehensive pediatric emergency medicine training program. 

The program utilizes Hasbro Children’s Hospital as the site for orientation, training, and clinical rotations for newly graduated or non-emergency medicine trained APPs. Hasbro Children’s Hospital is affiliated with The Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Lifespan, and is a teaching facility.

Katie Smith, FNP is the PEMPED program coordinator.  Dr. Frank Overly is the PEMPED lead physician and Dr. Laura Chapman is the Medical Director of the Pediatric APP Program.

Program Content

During the development year, PEMPEDs receive the following training:

  • Five to Ten hours of didactic conferences each week with Pediatric Emergency Medicine fellows and Emergency Medicine Residents. 
  • Hands-on training in various departments, working with appointed faculty. 
  • Procedure workshops and lectures provided by senior physicians and appointed faculty. 


  • PALS
  • Radiology and Ultrasound training
  • Child Abuse
  • Pediatric Primary Care
  • Psychiatry
  • Critical Care and Trauma Exposure
  • Medical Simulation Center
  • Pediatric Clinical Decision Unit
  • Radiology and Ultrasound training


  • EKG Interpretation
  • Pediatric Sedation
  • Silt Lamp
  • Suturing and I&D
  • GYN and ENT procedures
  • Lumbar punctures

Program Requirements

Acceptance into PEMPED requires:

  • Certificate from an accredited physician assistant or nurse practitioner 
  • Personal interview 
  • Current NCCPA certification or AANP certification
  • Rhode Island State licensure/eligible
  • A GPA of 3.1 or greater 

PEMPED Application





For more information about the PEMPED program, please contact Katie Smith at [email protected].