The Department of Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School is proud to serve as a center of excellence in Emergency Medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Department provides a comprehensive approach to the discipline of Emergency Medicine, providing leadership in clinical, academic and prehospital services.
We sponsor a fully accredited PGY-I thru PGY-III Emergency Medicine residency program with nine residents in each class.
The program has maintained Continued Full Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since its inception in 1981. On June 30, 2010, we graduated our 200th EM attending physician. We received independent academic departmental status in 1992, becoming only the 26th academic department of Emergency Medicine in the United States at that time.
Our graduates are fully prepared to go on to fellowship training, academic or community practice Emergency Medicine.
All of the faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine are ABEM board-certified or board- prepared in Emergency Medicine; a number of our faculty have board certification in two disciplines. Our faculty are nationally recognized for their teaching skills; of the core faculty, we boast three ACEP National Faculty Teaching Award recipients (Dr. Knapp, Dr. Bono, and Dr. Graffeo), a Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award recipient (Dr. Knapp); the 2003 EMRA Residency Director of the Year recipient (Dr. Counselman) and the 2005 ACGME Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award (Dr. Counselman).
The faculty provide 24 hours per day onsite clinical supervision at all of our training sites. Residents are provided increasing levels of responsibility and autonomy as they progress through the program, all under faculty supervision.
Residents rotate through four unique and distinct hospital emergency departments. The primary training site is Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH), a Level 1 Trauma, tertiary care referral center with an annual ED census of approximately 60,000. This hospital provides a great university hospital experience, with all of the EVMS residencies (except Pediatrics) based at SNGH. Residents rotate at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital (SVBGH), a busy community hospital and Level III Trauma Center just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean. At SVBGH, our Emergency Medicine residents are the only residents. They gain a valuable experience in community practice Emergency Medicine, and run all trauma alerts. Our residents also rotate at Sentara Obici Hospital in Suffolk, Virginia; while only 25 minutes driving distance, it seems a world away in a rural portion of southeastern Virginia. Residents receive hands-on experience in the practice of rural EM. Finally, the residents rotate through the Emergency Department of the Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD), the only dedicated pediatric hospital in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Residents also complete rotations in Pediatric Intensive Care and Pediatric Anesthesia at CHKD. This hospital is located adjacent to, and connected to, SNGH.
Located in the heart of the Tidewater region of Virginia, the area provides residents with a learning atmosphere rich in history, culture and opportunities for extracurricular activities. We are just 20 minutes away from the beautiful beaches of Virginia Beach and the Chesapeake Bay, and an hour away from Colonial Williamsburg. Our campus is located in the affluent, trendy Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk, where students and faculty can enjoy affordable fine dining, art house movies and events at Scope, the Norva and Chrysler Museum in their downtime. For sports fans, we have the Tidewater Tides (triple A for the Baltimore Orioles) baseball team and the Norfolk Admirals Hockey (farm team for the Tampa Bay Lightning); both play in downtown Norfolk. We also have Old Dominion University (ODU) to enjoy college basketball and football, in addition to concerts, lectures and other cultural events.