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Career Development - Emergency Medicine

 
What Does Training Look Like?

Emergency Medicine residencies are three or four years. There are several post-residency fellowships available.

 
Subspecialties

  • Ultrasound
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Toxicology
  • International Emergency Medicine
  • EMS/Disaster
  • Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Critical Care
  • Wilderness Medicine
  • Administration
  • Simulation/Education
  • Sports Medicine
  • Palliative Care
  • Research
  • Health Policy
  • Simulation Education
  • Medical Education
 
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

Full-time clinical EM physicians work about 28-36 hours per week. Shifts range from 8-12 hours and are usually a combination of days, nights, weekends & holidays. Traditionally, scheduling is flexible. Although this may seem like a "light" schedule, the hours spent working clinically are often very challenging both mentally and physically.

 
Important Qualities and Traits

In Emergency Medicine, ability to multitask, prioritize potential life-threatening illness, recognize red flags, and make sound but quick decisions is needed. Compassion and a good bedside manner/ability to connect with patients from all walks of life is a must.
 
Shadowing Opportunities

Volunteer experiences are available through Tulane Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) Unfortunately, these are currently not available due to COVID.
 
Research Opportunities

There are several different research opportunities, including basic science, clinical and social science research. Contact our Research Director, Dr. Lisa Moreno-Walton, for more information.

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

 
Specialty Interest Group

TEMIG, the Tulane University School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Interest Group, is one of the largest student groups on campus. Organized in 1995 in order to facilitate interest in emergency medicine among Tulane students, TEMIG has become instrumental in offering early clinical opportunities to medical students at a school with no emergency medicine residency program.

TEMIG works closely with the Louisiana State University Department of Emergency Medicine, the only emergency medicine residency program in New Orleans. With Dr. Jennifer Avegno (Director of Student Rotations at LSUHSC-New Orleans Emergency Medicine) as the advisor, TEMIG provides a direct link to one of the most prestigious programs in the country.

By providing an open observation program in the Emergency Department, students can obtain clinical exposure in their pre-clinical years.

In addition, TEMIG offers:

  • Educational SIM Center Clinics in suturing, ultrasound, and intubation
  • Lunch lectures featuring prominent leaders, medical topics of interest, and general information about the specialty
  • Yearly Match Panel in which newly matched EM residents share their application experience and advice

TEMIG is a great organization for anyone looking to gain early clinical experience at Tulane or desiring more information about emergency medicine. TEMIG is not only for those students wishing to specialize in emergency medicine!

Contact:

Divya Dharmaraj

Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Students should try to do a four-week EM rotation early in their fourth year. There is no need to also do the two-week required rotation if you plan to do the four-week rotation.

 
Specialty Statistics

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2020")

EMER 

Matched

Unmatched

 

n = 1598

n = 141

1. Mean number of contiguous ranks

12.8

6.1

2. Mean number of distinct specialties ranked

1.1

1.4

3. Mean USMLE Step 1 score

233

223

4. Mean USMLE Step 2 score

247

235

5. Mean number of research experiences

2.8

2.6

6. Mean number of abstracts, presentations, publications

4.3

3.7

7. Mean number of work experiences

3.8

3.3

8. Mean number of volunteer experiences

7.8

6.9

9. Percentage who are AOA members

11.8

2.1

10. Percentage who graduated from one of the 40 US medical schools with the highest NIH funding

27.7

19.1

11. Percentage who have Ph.D. degree

1.5

0.0

12. Percentage who have another graduate degree

17.2

22.2

 

 

 

 
Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

EM also has specialty-specific letters of recommendations called SLOEs.

 
Important Advice

An away rotation is a MUST.

This is a very competitive specialty, so the overall application should be well-rounded and strong.

Standard Letters of Evaluation (SLOEs) are very important to your application, as are EM rotation grades.

 
 
Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched (Past Five Years)





Advocate Health Care-IL OAK LAWN IL 2019
Albany Medical Center-NY ALBANY NY 2017
Allegheny Gen Hosp-PA PITTSBURGH PA 2017
Baylor Coll Med-Houston-TX HOUSTON TX 2019
Denver Health Med Ctr-CO Denver CO 2021
Detroit Med Ctr/WSU-MI DETROIT MI 2020
Emory Univ SOM-GA Atlanta GA 2021
Florida Hosp-Orlando-FL ORLANDO FL 2017
Florida State University COM SARASOTA FL 2020
George Washington Univ-DC WASHINGTON DC 2017
Hackensack U Med Ctr-NJ HACKENSACK NJ 2017
Henry Ford HSC-MI DETROIT MI 2017
Hofstra Northwell SOM-NY MANHASSET NY 2017
Hofstra Northwell SOM-Staten Island Univ-NY STATEN ISLAND NY 2017
Hosp of the Univ of PA Philadelphia PA 2021
Icahn SOM St Lukes-Roosevelt-NY NEW YORK NY 2017
Icahn SOM St Lukes-Roosevelt-NY NEW YORK NY 2017
Icahn SOM St Lukes-Roosevelt-NY NEW YORK NY 2018
Icahn SOM St Lukes-Roosevelt-NY NEW YORK NY 2018
Icahn SOM St Lukes-Roosevelt-NY NEW YORK NY 2019
ISMMS Mount Sinai Hospital-NY New York NY 2021
John Peter Smith Hosp-TX FORT WORTH TX 2019
Johns Hopkins Hosp-MD Baltimore MD 2021
Johns Hopkins Hosp-MD Baltimore MD 2021
Loyola Univ Med Ctr-IL MAYWOOD IL 2019
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2020
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA New Orleans LA 2021
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA New Orleans LA 2021
Madigan Army Medical Center TACOMA WA 2020
Maimonides Med Ctr-NY BROOKLYN NY 2019
Maimonides Med Ctr-NY BROOKLYN NY 2020
Montefiore Med Ctr/Einstein-NY Bronx NY 2021
Naval Medical Center SAN DIEGO CA 2018
Naval Medical Center SAN DIEGO CA 2019
Naval Medical Center PORTSMOUTH VA 2020
Naval Medical Center-San Diego SAN DIEGO CA 2017
NYP Brooklyn Methodist Hosp-NY BROOKLYN NY 2019
NYU Grossman School Of Medicine-NY NEW YORK NY 2020
Palmetto Health Richland-SC COLUMBIA SC 2018
Rush University Med Ctr-IL CHICAGO IL 2017
Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School NEWARK NJ 2020
St Agnes Med Ctr-CA Fresno CA 2021
St Johns Riverside Hospital-NY YONKERS NY 2017
St Johns Riverside Hospital-NY YONKERS NY 2017
St Johns Riverside Hospital-NY YONKERS NY 2018
Stanford Univ Progs-CA STANFORD CA 2020
SUNY HSC Brooklyn-NY BROOKLYN NY 2018
Temple Univ Hosp-PA PHILADELPHIA PA 2018
U Cincinnati Med Ctr-OH CINCINNATI OH 2018
U Cincinnati Med Ctr-OH CINCINNATI OH 2018
U Florida COM-Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE FL 2017
U Florida COM-Jacksonville JACKSONVILLE FL 2020
U Kansas SOM-Kansas City Kansas City KS 2021
U Maryland Med Ctr BALTIMORE MD 2017
U Maryland Med Ctr BALTIMORE MD 2017
U Nevada Las Vegas SOM Las Vegas NV 2021
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2020
U Southern California Los Angeles CA 2021
U Southern California Los Angeles CA 2021
U Texas HSC-San Antonio SAN ANTONIO TX 2017
U Texas Med Sch-Houston HOUSTON TX 2019
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas DALLAS TX 2019
UC Davis Med Ctr-CA SACRAMENTO CA 2017
UC Davis Med Ctr-CA SACRAMENTO CA 2018
UC San Diego Med Ctr-CA SAN DIEGO CA 2019
UC San Francisco-CA SAN FRANCISCO CA 2019
UC San Francisco-Fresno-CA FRESNO CA 2019
UCLA Med Ctr-CA Los Angeles CA 2021
UCLA Med Ctr-CA Los Angeles CA 2021
UCLA Medical Center-CA LOS ANGELES CA 2018
UHS So California Med Ed Consortium Temecula CA 2021
Univ of Vermont Medical Center BURLINGTON VT 2020
Virginia Commonwealth U Hlth Sys RICHMOND VA 2019
Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT NEW HAVEN CT 2017