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Curriculum/Schedule

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center was both the first program in emergency medicine, and the first program to recognize the advantages unique to a four-year training program.

In July 1982 the residency expanded from a three-year format to the current four-year format, which we believe offers superior training and clinical excellence. Our curriculum is designed to develop clinical competence through hands-on training in a broad range of specialties pertinent to Emergency Medicine. Responsibility in the Emergency Department is graduated to allow continuous development as a clinician and teacher throughout the four years.

Despite being the first residency in Emergency Medicine, the University of Cincinnati takes pride in changing with the times to reflect the current atmosphere in Emergency Medicine. Ultrasound and EMS have been added to the curriculum to strengthen training in these areas. In addition, residents have unmatched elective time to explore research or subspecialty interests including operations, administration, toxicology, stroke, cardiovascular, wilderness and international medicine.

Our curriculum supports a strong core of training in the Emergency Department with ICU training as well as subspecialty training in areas important to Emergency Medicine such as orthopedics, obstetrics & gynecology and plastic surgery. There are no “scut rotations”. All our rotations are carefully chosen and regularly reviewed to assure that they are appropriate to training strong Emergency Medicine clinicians. The residents play a critical role in the continuing evolution of our curriculum.

Emergency Medicine Rotations by Year

First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year

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*After first 6 months of the first year, pediatric EM shifts are integrated in adult EM months. EMS ground shifts and Air Care aeromedical shifts are also integrated into months in the Emergency Department. After first year, Community EM shifts are integrated into every EM month, such that the total shifts for Community EM are at least one-month equivalent per year which is how they are shown above.

** As of the 2019-2020 academic year, Second Year Residents' Cardiac Critical Care Rotation is composed of 2 weeks on the CVICU team and 2 weeks on the Critical Care Anesthesia team, focusing on critical cardiovascular and cardiac surgery patients as well as those with mechanical adjuncts such as LVADs and on ECMO.

Additional Education Opportunities

Grand Rounds
Morning Report
Leadership Curriculum
Procedures and Resuscitations
Teaching Opportunities
Leadership Opportunities
Research Opportunities
Resident Research Grant
Academic / Specialty Tracks

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Erin E. McDonough, MD
Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Email: erin.mcdonough@uc.edu
Jim Griffis
Residency Coordinator
Phone: 513-558-8114
Email: griffijc@ucmail.uc.edu
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Department of
Emergency Medicine

Medical Sciences Building Room 1654
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670769
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0769

Mail Location: 0769
Phone: 513-558-5281
Email: Emergency Medicine