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 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 were 167 emergency medicine residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 1,821 categorical/advanced positions.
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.
Source: NRMP Match results for U.S. seniors applying in a single specialty. *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice.
WUSM Match Statistics
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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.
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
Jason Wagner, MD
Rebecca Bavolek, MD
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American College of Emergency Physicians
Society of Academic Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medicine Residents' Association