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Department of

Emergency Medicine

Residency Program Overview

Postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine began in 1970 with the establishment of the nation's first residency at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. The residency started with one resident in 1970.  As of July 2012, we have 14 residency positions per year, and we currently have 56 residents. The residency has full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Many leaders throughout the world in both academic and clinical Emergency Medicine received their training at the University of Cincinnati.

In July 1982 the Department of Emergency medicine expanded its residency program from a three-year format to a four-year format. The residents and the training program as a whole have enjoyed substantial benefits in many ways as a result of this expansion.

We believe that four years of Emergency Medicine training allows the resident to graduate with more clinical and professional maturity. While three years of clinical training is certainly adequate to become an emergency physician, a four year model allows residents to develop more effectively into clinical and academic leaders. As mentioned, our residents are often ready to transition into leadership roles immediately upon graduation, whereas many graduates of three-year programs seek fellowships to try to accomplish the same goal. However, as there is very little EM clinical time during fellowships, a year of fellowship training is not equivalent to the fourth-year of our program.

The fourth year is structured as a junior faculty role in which the R4 oversees both EM R1s, off-service residents and medical students caring for patients in an 18 bed unit. This model allows the R4 to develop crucial skills both in ED management, supervision and education, while at the same time significantly increasing his or her own number of patient encounters. These are skills that serve our graduates well whether they seek out academic or community EM careers after residency training.

Another benefit of the fourth year is the increased elective time available to allow for the development of a particular area of interest, the completion of research projects, or the strengthening of a perceived area of weakness. Not only do these additional experiences make our residents better clinicians, they help to prepare them for a career in academic medicine, should they choose to pursue such a pathway.

Our educational mission is not only to train Emergency Physicians with the clinical skills to succeed in any environment, but also to train Emergency Physicians with the leadership skills to become leaders in Emergency Medicine. Our goal is to provide residents with the skills that they need to get the “dream job” on graduation – and if you talk to our graduates across the country, you will find that we are successful in achieving this goal.

Program Overview

  • First emergency medicine training program in the United States, established 1970.
  • Fifty-nine clinical faculty members residency-trained in emergency medicine.
  • Fifty-six emergency medicine residents over four years of training.
  • Active clinical and basic science research with substantial NIH and corporate funding of investigators.
  • Modern Center for Emergency Care, provides a state-of-the-art treatment facility for emergency patients.
  • Busy University Hospital Emergency Department with over 75,000 adult visits yearly; Level I Trauma Center.
  • Two community hospital emergency department experiences at two busy community hospitals.
  • Affiliation with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center main campus, seeing approximately 66,500 ED visits per year as well as our community pediatric center.
  • Pre-hospital Care base station and paramedic training coordinated by the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Cincinnati. ACGME-accredited Fellowship training also available in Pre-hospital Care.
  • Air Care Helicopter Program which makes over 1400 flights per year with 24 hour resident flight physician coverage.
  • Significant elective time to pursue individual interests in the field of emergency medicine.
  • Active medical student education program, supervised by the department's directors of medical student education.