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The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center was both the first program in Emergency Medicine, and the first program to recognize the advantages unique to a four-year training program.

In July 1982 the residency expanded from a three-year format to the current four-year format, which we believe offers superior training and clinical excellence. Our curriculum is designed to develop clinical competence through hands-on training in a broad range of specialties pertinent to Emergency Medicine. Responsibility in the Emergency Department is graduated to allow continuous development as a clinician and teacher throughout the four years.  Our graduated responsibility model is routinely lauded by our alumni as the pinnacle of our training program and critical to its continued success.

Despite being the first residency in Emergency Medicine, the University of Cincinnati takes pride in changing with the times to reflect the current atmosphere in Emergency Medicine. We continue to reevaluate our curriculum to make sure that we are providing our residents with a cutting-edge education, most recently adding rotation time with Critical Care Anesthesia to increase exposure to technology such as ECMO.  In addition, as previously mentioned, residents have unmatched elective time to explore bedside teaching, basic and clinical research, critical care, EMS, global health, informatics, operations and administration, simulation, social emergency medicine and advocacy, sports medicine, ultrasound, wilderness medicine and many other resident-developed electives.

Our curriculum supports a strong core of training in the Emergency Department with ICU training as well as subspecialty training in areas important to Emergency Medicine such as orthopedics, obstetrics & gynecology and plastic surgery. There are no “scut rotations”. All our rotations are carefully chosen and regularly reviewed to assure that they are appropriate to training strong Emergency Medicine clinicians. The residents play a critical role in the continuing evolution of our curriculum.

Emergency Medicine Rotations by Year

First Year
Second Year
Third Year
Fourth Year

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* After first 6 months of the first year, pediatric EM shifts are integrated in adult EM blocks. EMS ground shifts and Air Care aeromedical shifts are also integrated into blocks in the ED. After first year, Community EM shifts are integrated into every EM block, such that the total shifts for Community ED are at least 4 week equivalents per year.

** The CVICU rotation involves two weeks with Cardiology and two weeks with Critical Care Anesthesia, learning to care for critically ill cardiovascular and cardiac surgery patients, including those with LVADs and on ECMO.

EM Additional Education Opportunities

Grand Rounds
Morning Report
Leadership Curriculum
Procedures and Resuscitations
Teaching Opportunities
Leadership Opportunities
Resident Research Grant
Academic / Specialty Tracks

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Erin E. McDonough, MD
Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine

Melissa Meece
Program Manager
Phone: 513-558-8084

Kim Regan
Program Coordinator

Paula Klepper
Program Coordinator
Phone: 513-558-5552

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Department of
Emergency Medicine

Medical Sciences Building Room 1654
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670769
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0769

Mail Location: 0769
Phone: 513-558-5281