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What Does Training Look Like?

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


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

There is no typical work day or work week. EM physicians work days, nights, between 8-12 hour shifts, and as much or as little as they like. There is no clinic time.

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)
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!

2019 Officers

Jason Maloney, President

Alex Heinz, Vice President

Scott Ninokawa, Vice President

Peter Haskins, Treasurer

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

Number of Applicants & Positions (from "Results and Data 2018 Main Residency Match")

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2018")

Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

A video interview was introduced for the 2017-18 year. 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.