Commencing from AY 2018-2019, we are proud to offer a new Pediatric Urgent Care Fellowship Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Given the increasing number of pediatric urgent care centers nationally, most pediatric residents graduate without adequate exposure to the urgent care experience and the career opportunities that it offers. This is the perfect opportunity for someone interested in acute care pediatrics including procedures but not the high acuity and complicated patients of a pediatric emergency room. 

We offer a one year program designed to train graduating residents (pediatrics and family practice) and general pediatricians to practice in this high-acuity, fast-paced environment. Our goal is to create experts in the emerging field of Pediatric Urgent Care Medicine who will become leaders in the field. Phoenix Children’s has urgent care centers at four corners of the city providing service care to over 50,000 patients per year combined. The Urgent Care Centers function with the backup of a readily accessible Emergency Department with over 85,000 annual visits, as well as a tertiary main campus for inpatient and subspecialty care. The fellows will be trained and supervised by general pediatricians and Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty/ fellows who all cover the urgent care sites. Physicians, from the entire spectrum of subspecialists, are on call for both urgent care as well as the emergency department.

The Fellowship is anticipated to produce well-trained urgent care physicians for whom the demand is expected to increase both internally and externally. We hope to hire as many as possible with a competitive compensation package that recognizes the formal urgent care training and experience upon completion of fellowship. 


Lara Hale, GME
Program Administrator
lhale [at] (lhale[at]phoenixchildrens[dot]com)

Chris Ramsook, MD
Program Director
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Dr. Ramsook has been an Attending in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Emergency Department since the new campus opened in 2002.  He attended medical school at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, did his pediatric residency at the University of Florida, Jacksonville and his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston. He was the PEM fellowship director until 2007 and currently serves as the director of the four satellite Urgent Care Centers but his primary role remains an attending physician in the ED. Dr. Ramsook has a few interests outside of work all centered around family activities and despite the summers, is happy living in Phoenix.