Emergency Medicine
 

Overview of the Specialty

Emergency medicine is the specialty that focuses on the recognition, evaluation, and care of patients who are acutely ill or injured. It is a high-pressure, fast-paced and diverse specialty that requires a broad base of medical knowledge and a variety of well-honed clinical and technical skills. The emphasis is on pre-hospital care and the acute care aspects of the other specialties. Emergency physicians treat all age groups in a myriad of conditions with varying degrees of severity. Emergency medicine training also encompasses clinical areas such as disaster medicine and mass gatherings.

Training Requirements
Training consists of a minimum of three years of postgraduate education in one of 3 formats (PGY 1-3, PGY 2-4 with separate internship, PGY 1-4).  There are 153 ACGME accredited Emergency Medicine training programs for the 2012/2013 recruitment cycle, offering more than 1600 categorical/advanced positions available to U.S. seniors.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

Emergency medicine residency training programs participate in the NRMP. Match results through the NRMP and competitiveness information for emergency medicine residency training programs are summarized in the U.S. Match Statistics table below.

US Match Statistics

2013

2012

2011

2010

Competitiveness*

Interm

Interm

Interm

Interm

# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors

1744

1668

1626

1575

% U.S. Seniors matched*

93

95

93

94

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

3

0

2

16

# Unmatched U.S. seniors

90

65

94

68

Source: NRMP    *Competitiveness is based on the percentage of U.S. seniors who match in each specialty.

WUSM Match Statistics

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Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of an emergency medicine residency training program is available in sports medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, EMS-prehospital, disaster medicine, medical toxicology, emergency ultrasound/imaging, palliative care, and critical care (coming in 2012 and conjoint with ABIM). Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED. The American Medical Association and the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access page offer further information.
AMA
FREIDA

Career Information

Washington University Graduate Medical Education: GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University.

Washington University Department Web Site:
Emergency Medicine Division

Faculty Contacts:  Emergency Medicine

Douglas Char, MD

362-4346

Christopher Brooks, MD

362-7953

Jason Wagner, MD

747-5988

Rebecca Bavolek, MD

362-2457

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National Organizations

American College of Emergency Physicians
Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Residents' Association

 

At A Glance
Training
3-4 years of residency
Categorical and advanced
positions available
 
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Disaster Medicine 1 year
Emergency Ultrasound/Imaging 1 year
EMS-Prehospital 1 year
Medical Toxicology 2 years
Pediatric Emergency Medicine 2 years
Sports Medicine 1 year
Critical Care 2 years
Lifestyle
Median, Academic Salary $258,000
Median, Clinical Salary $220,000
Source:AAMC