Applying to the Program

Why Choose a Four Year Program?

Why would you choose a 4 year program?  There are both 3 and 4 year training  formats for training in emergency medicine.  The truth  is there is no solid consensus on which is the best format  to provide the best training for a career in  emergency medicine.  A good 3 year program is probably  sufficient to minimally prepare a physician to practice  emergency medicine.  It comes as no surprise that residents  are tired of being in school.  They want to get out, be  done, and make money.   Many probably see the extra 4th year as a loss of income. Objectively, however, emergency medicine has changed incredibly over the  years.  Our practice has morphed from a clinical  scenario that was once filled by GP’s and  dermatologists who were assigned by their medical staff to “ do their fair share” and  work in the “ER” twice a month  into a complex specialty practice.  We now do things that weren’t even considered a few years  ago.  

The body of knowledge  and skills necessary  to practice emergency medicine (ultrasound, procedural sedation, critical  care, etc.) continues to grow every year.  That  doesn’t even include the incredible array of practice  opportunities available  and the fellowships that  accompany them.  Add to all of this the demands for high quality and  the importance of safety,  and you have a recipe for mediocrity if training is limited to only 3 years. To end up with a  satisfying career, residents need the extra time to consider all their options, to discover the possible avenues like teaching, research, administration or involvement in advocacy and policymaking at state or national levels.  Almost all positions now require  physicians to contribute something other than just their  clinical work. 

We believe that our four year program  will allow the resident to not only maximally prepare for their practice in emergency medicine, but also will provide  them with the foundation and experience to create  a satisfying life long career that will give them the best experience for the rest of their  life.  Is an  extra year that provides you with an optimal education, and prepares you for all aspects of your professional and personal life allowing you to have maximum flexibility in the future worth  it?  That is a question a physician entering this specialty has to answer for themselves.  Hopefully this perspective will help you make the best decision for yourself as you consider residency programs.

About the Interview Process

Our interviews are half-day sessions. Upon arrival, interviewees are greeted by the program coordinator, Jennifer Dowd, and a group of current residents.  Interviewees will then be provided with an introduction to the program and a basic overview.  Interviewees follow a schedule that consists of several one-on-one sessions with various members of the Core Faculty as well as a session with our Chief Residents.  These sessions are designed to allow interviewees to shine as an individual as well as ask any questions you may have.  Between these sessions interviewees will be able to talk with current residents.  We encourage you to ask anything that might be on your mind!  We have all been through this process and know that it can be daunting. We want to get to know each interviewee as an individual, the process is also designed for you to get to know us as well!  The day concludes with a tour of the department and a lunch.  We hope you take the opportunity to experience what four years in our program looks like and to explore any and all questions and concerns you may have.  To learn more about our program and requirements, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Advice On Residency Ranking

Check out the Kevin MD blog below for some red flags to look out for while interviewing and auditioning. Creating your rank list can be very difficult for some applicants; hopefully this will help you start to narrow down your top 3.

www.kevinmd.com/blog/2015/02/ranking-residency-match-red-flags-watch.html

If you have any specific questions about our program in particular, check out our FAQ/Facts section or feel free to ask any of the Residents or Attendings during your rotation or interview. You can also contact us here.