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Department of

Emergency Medicine


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.

Residency Rotations by Year

 First Year    Third Year
 Orientation  1 month    Emergency Medicine*  7 months
 Emergency Medicine  4 months    Community ED*  1 month
 CommunityEM  1 month    SICU  1 month
 Pediatric EM  2 weeks    Plastic Surgery  2 weeks
 1 month    Elective  1.5 months
 MICU  1 month    Vacation  1 month
 Ultrasound  2 weeks      
 Pediatric Anesthesia  1 week      
 EMS  1 week      
 Plastic Surgery  2 weeks      
 Orthopedic Surgery  1 month      
 Vacation  1 month      
 Second Year    Fourth Year
 Emergency Medicine*  5 months    Emergency Medicine*  6 months
 Community ED*  1 month    Community ED*  1 month
 CCU  1 month    Elective  4 months
 Neurocritical Care (NSICU)  1 month    Vacation  1 month
 Trauma  1 month      
 OB-GYN  1 month      
 Elective  1 month      
 Vacation  1 month      

*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.

Additional Education Opportunities:

EM Residency Curriculum

  • Grand Rounds
  • Morning Report
  • Leadership Curriculum
  • Procedures and Resuscitations
  • Teaching Opportunities
  • Leadership Opportunities
  • Research Opportunities
  • Resident Research Track