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About the Program

The University of Rochester's School of Medicine bio-psycho-social model is the foundation for our residency education. We believe that the best way to learn medicine is one patient at a time in a focused clinical experience. The individual attention to each resident and the psychological and social experience that they have within the residency is paramount to our program. We create an environment unencumbered by hierarchy, and we promote and expect participation of all learners in an academically rigorous discussion.

Our Mission
our missions

It is our Program's Mission to train Emergency Physicians to an exceptional level of clinical competence in the recognition, resuscitation, stabilization, and evaluation of pediatric and adult patients through diverse and educationally enriched settings.

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The University of Rochester Emergency Medicine Residency Program is committed to training culturally sensitive physicians reflective of the diverse population we serve. We strive for inclusivity regarding gender identity, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and perspective as it fosters a better understanding of the unique human experience in and out of the health care setting. At the University of Rochester, individual differences are welcomed, valued, and supported. Upon graduation, we believe that our graduates will continue to demonstrate the importance of diversity and inclusion by their superb care for all patients, especially those who are marginalized.

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Program Highlights

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  • Over 117,000 patient visits per year
  • TraumaED patient volume - 100%
  • 250 - average number of adult and pediatric medical resuscitations per resident
  • Geographically and socioeconomically diverse population.
  • Intensive critical care training as highlighted by PGY 2 or PGY 3 autonomous management of a 7-bed critical care bay
  • 70 Faculty trained in different programs across the country
  • Pediatric Emergency Department housed within the Department of Emergency Medicine
  • 16 weeks dedicated clinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • 24 hour social work and patient care technicians
  • Multiple ultrasound machines located throughout the Emergency Department
  • Dedicated Emergency Department PharmacistAirway Management
  • 27-bed Observation Unit


  • 100% 6-Year EM Board Pass Rate
  • 4 week orientation month, culminating in a team building Retreat
  • Dynamic experience focused on individualized and group learning
  • Diverse faculty expertise which fosters a broad education
  • Collaborative teaching experience in all areas of trainingDr. Linda Spillane - Difficult Airway Course
  • Multiple and frequent interdepartmental simulation sessions
  • Biannual Individual Learning Plans geared towards your learning style and needs
  • Annual Cadaver Lab for procedural competencies
  • Mock Oral Boards held annually
  • Comprehensive Assessment held annually

Focused specialty conferences such as:

  • Wilderness Conference
  • Career DevelopmentResidents presenting poster at conference
  • EMS/Fire Day
  • Wellness Outings
  • Diversity and Inclusion - 3 year curriculum
  • Western NY’s premier US conference
  • Dedicated didactic time that is protected
  • Tracks: EMS, Pediatric EM, Ultrasound, Wilderness, Research and Education
  • Small group educational sessions with faculty - Foundations (Aliem) and Pediatric EM

ElectivesElective - Global Health

  • Supportive GME community that allows for two-months of international and domestic experiences to further your professional interests
    (International and Away Rotations are subject to federal, state and University of Rochester travel restrictions)


  • The opportunity to participate in clinically relevant research projects with nationally funded or experienced researchers Clinical Translational Science grant from the NIH supports resources, mentorship, and collaborative research
  • Clearly defined research project
  • Research project funding

Ultrasound Training