Frequently Asked Questions
(not inclusive of benefits)
2016 - 2017
How is trauma run here?
Trauma resuscitations are performed through coordination and cooperation with the surgical trauma team. There is a senior EM resident in the trauma bay 24 hours a day every day except during Thursday conferences. This resident is responsible for airway management on all trauma patients with back-up from the EM attending. Resuscitations are run by the EM or trauma attending or senior resident present. Many patients with traumatic injuries are not "activated". These patients are seen and evaluated by the Emergency Department with trauma "consults" as needed.
Is there an ultrasound experience in the ED?
All residents receive 16 hours of didactic training, two ultrasound labs, and a written examination during orientation of their EM1 year. We offer a dedicated 2 week ultrasound rotation later in the year during which residents receive direct supervision from the rotation director with a goal of achieving an adequate number of ultrasounds to be certified. This rotation also includes assignment in the Strong Fertility Clinic to gain a dedicated endovaginal ultrasonography experience.
Is there a research requirement?
All residents are expected to complete a "presentable" research project prior to graduation. Each resident chooses a faculty member to guide them through the process. Residents are encouraged to submit their research for publication and/or national meetings.
Is there protected conference time?
Yes, conferences are held on Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. In addition to journal club, morbidity and mortality conference, radiology conference, and special sessions on toxicology and research, specialty modules covering topics such as orthopedics, pediatrics, advanced airway management and EKG/cardiac problems.
What type of Prehospital Medicine experience is offered?
All residents participate in a 2 week Prehospital Medicine rotation that includes ambulance ride-along, participation in the education of prehospital personnel, overview of prehospital administration and the process of prehospital protocol development.
How much pediatric exposure do residents get?
All residents rotate through the Pediatric Emergency Department for 6 weeks in the EM1 and EM2 years. They participate in an average of 8 weeks of Pediatric Emergency Medicine during their EM3 year as shifts are mixed in with Adult Emergency Department shifts throughout each block vs. PEM rotations. Pediatric patients are also seen in Urgent Care and Trauma Bay.
What Visa's, if any will be acceptable to the University of Rochester?
Per GME regulation, the only Visa that is acceptable for an incoming inter/resident is a J1 Visa. We are unable to accept any other Visa's. If you have questions regarding this, please click the Applicant Eligibility Requirements link on this page.