10 Reasons to Choose EVMS
Selecting the best Emergency Medicine residency program for
you is one of the most important decisions you will make, and you want it to be
an informed one.
We feel EVMS has an
outstanding training program and the track record to prove it.
We are one of the oldest Emergency Medicine
residency programs and one of the oldest academic departments of Emergency Medicine
in the U.S.
We have been training outstanding EM
physicians for a long time. I would like to share some of the strengths of our
program, and consider EVMS for your Emergency Medicine residency training:
Outstanding Training: Our program offers outstanding clinical
experiences, a well thought out and organized didactic curriculum, and multiple
Vivarium and Simulation Lab experiences, all in a friendly and supportive learning
environment. You will leave EVMS
extremely well trained, and able to run any Emergency Department in the country
– be it urban, suburban or rural.
Award Winning Faculty: We take the responsibility of teaching
seriously. We have four ACEP National
Faculty Teaching Award recipients (Drs’. Knapp, Bono, Graffeo, and Munter), a
Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award
winner (Dr. Knapp), the 2003 EMRA Residency Director of the Year recipient (Dr.
Counselman), and the ACGME Parker Palmer Courafage to Teach Award winner (Dr.
Counselman). In addition, our faculty
have received numerous Medical
School and state teaching
awards. You will be taught by some of
the very best teachers in Emergency Medicine.
See “The Faculty”.
Variety of Facilities: You will spend the majority of your
training at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH), a Level 1 Trauma, tertiary
care referral center. This is a university
hospital experience, with all of the EVMS residencies based at SNGH. In addition, you will gain valuable
experience in a busy community hospital ED at Sentara Virginia Beach General
Hospital (SVBGH), just a few minutes from the oceanfront. A Level III Trauma center, you and the
Emergency Medicine attending physician will run all trauma alerts. You will also rotate at Sentara
in Suffolk, Virginia. Although only 25 minutes driving
distance from our primary training site, this ED is in a rural area of southwest
provides you a great experience and appreciation for rural Emergency Medicine. Finally, you will spend 4.5 months of your
training at the Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD), the only
dedicated pediatric hospital in the Commonwealth
of Virginia, and attached
to the primary training site (SNGH). You
will graduate our program with firsthand experience in all types of EM
practice: university; community; and rural emergency medicine. See
Publications: For the last five years, every resident
has graduated the program with at least one peer-reviewed publication; many
graduates leave with several publications to their credit. Each year, the faculty and residents author
approximately 30 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in the leading texts of our
specialty. If you are interested in an
academic career, we will get you started early. See “Publications”.
Systems: Most of your training will
be in three Sentara hospitals. The
Sentara Health System is recognized nationally, and has been on the list of the
100 most integrated health systems in the country, as ranked by Modern Healthcare
magazine, for the last 13 years. In
2010, Sentara was rated the #1 System on that list. In addition, Sentara has regularly appeared on
the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals list for a number of its
clinical programs. For the last 11
years, the Sentara Heart program has been in the top 50 in the U.S. All Sentara hospitals use electronic medical
records (EMR) with computerized physician order entry and clinical support
of Emergency Medicine: There are
huge benefits to receiving your Emergency Medicine residency training within an
academic department of Emergency Medicine, as opposed to being a division or
section of another specialty. We were the
first academic department of Emergency Medicine in Virginia and only the 26th in the
Pediatric Experience: Our program is unique in its complete integration
of pediatric training during your three years with us. All of our hospital EDs are undifferentiated
and see a large number of pediatric patients.
For this reason, during your 19 months of Emergency Medicine rotations,
you will see and treat kids. In
addition, you will rotate for one month each year in the ED of the Childrens Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD), under
the supervision of Pediatric Emergency Medicine faculty . During your EM-2 year, you will spend one
month in their Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and gain valuable experience in
managing critically ill infants and children.
Finally, during the EM-2 year, you will also spend two weeks on
Pediatric Anesthesia, gaining hands-on experience in the management of
pediatric airways. All in all, during 24
of your 36 months of residency training, you will be evaluating and managing
pediatric patients. You will feel very
comfortable taking care of children.
Opportunities: Our Department offers
a one year ED Ultrasound Fellowship, which follows the SAEM guidelines for ED
US fellowship training, and meets the ACEP criteria for credentialing. Three of our faculty are Registered Diagnostic
Medical Sonographers (RDMS) certified. For
more information, see “Fellowships”. In
addition, the EVMS Department of Pediatrics offers a Pediatric Emergency
Medicine Fellowship for graduates of Pediatric residency programs (three year
fellowship) or Emergency Medicine residency programs (two year fellowship).
Research: Our faculty are very involved in clinical
research, specializing in the areas of EMS,
Ultrasound, airway, pulmonary emergencies, and disaster response. Residents, with the help and support of
faculty, are expected to complete a research project during their
training. Each year, we have several
residents and faculty present their research at the Society for Academic
Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Annual Meeting and the American College of Emergency Physicians
(ACEP) Research Forum; the program pays all of your associated costs. Our
faculty and the residents have been recognized with the Virginia College of
Emergency Physicians “John P. McDade Award for Research in Emergency Medical
Care” numerous times for the quality of their research.
Location: Norfolk – Virginia Beach is a great
place to live, work and have fun. There
are 35 miles of beach along the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake
Bay. If you like the water,
there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, or
just relaxing on a beautiful stretch of beach.
has several blocks of great restaurants, bars, and music venues. Old Dominion University
provides a great opportunity for watching college football, basketball or attending
concerts. Our beautiful weather allows
for nearly nine months of the year outside comfortably. The mountains are only a few hours away for
hiking, skiing, or camping, and Washington,
DC is just a three hour drive. See “The Fun”.