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.
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.
First emergency medicine training program in the United States, established
- 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
- Affiliation with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center main campus,
seeing approximately 66,500 ED visits per year as well as our community
- 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
- Active medical student education program, supervised by the department's
directors of medical student education.