Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine Residency Overview

At Palmetto Health, we have been developing outstanding young emergency physicians since 1978. As one of the most established programs in the country, we offer outstanding clinical training in a high-acuity environment and help you learn to balance your personal and professional life. We will push you to explore whatever stimulates your professional curiosity in an environment that provides a unique level of freedom.

This program offers a fully accredited, three-year training program with 10 residents accepted into each class. Residents are selected through ERAS and, historically, come from a wide range of locations across the United States. Residents are supervised by 24 ABEM board-certified attending physicians who average 15 years of clinical experience after residency and expertise in a wide range of areas relative to the practice of emergency medicine, including ultrasound, EMS, toxicology, wilderness medicine, simulation medicine, pediatrics, information technology, HBO, hospital administration and global health.

The curriculum for first-year residents includes multiple clinical courses, including ACLS, ATLS, PALS, FCCS, EMS base station instruction, emergency ultrasound and clinical procedures. Rotations during the first year include emergency ultrasound, critical care, EMS, obstetrics, pediatrics, and six months of emergency medicine. During the second program year, residents rotate in the emergency department for eight months and have off-service rotations in the PICU, STICU, MICU and cardiology. Residents in their third program year rotate for nine months in the emergency department and have three elective months. Popular elective rotations include HBO, wilderness medicine, international medicine and a month-long rotation at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. In the last few years, many residents have participated in global health rotations in a number of countries including Samoa, Kenya, Ghana, India, Nepal, Guatemala and Honduras. These experiences are strongly encouraged and supported by the program.

Over the past six years, 11 of 58 graduates (20 percent) have entered fellowships in a variety of training programs including academic emergency medicine, emergency ultrasound, EMS, toxicology, simulation medicine, international medicine and pediatric emergency medicine. Our emergency department also supports three fellowships at Palmetto Health: Emergency Ultrasound, EMS and Simulation Medicine.

Message from the Director

The goal of our program is to empower each graduate with the skills required to practice quality emergency medicine and provide insight on how to balance career and personal goals. Read More

Our program offers training in:

  • Ultrasound
  • Global health
  • EMS Simulation
  • Critical care
  • Pediatrics
  • Hyperbaric Medicine (HBO)
  • Wilderness medicine
In 1000 days, our program will take you on the amazing journey from student to professional.