The IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine residency focuses on innovation and resident ownership. Department faculty consider residents to be primary stakeholders in their education and development of the curriculum. Residents are expected to leave their mark on the program and on the specialty of emergency medicine — during residency and well into their career.
One of the oldest emergency medicine residencies in the nation, the IU School of Medicine program started more than 40 years ago and has graduated more than 500 alumni who are practicing in 38 states across the United States. The residency surveys employers who hire residency graduates to ensure the educational programming remains relevant, and every year 100 percent of employers would hire IU School of Medicine graduates again!
Everyone in the Department of Emergency Medicine is part of a family and a team. The faculty, staff and residents all look out for and care for each other. When asked why they chose to come to this residency, residents explain that 1) the training is exceptional, 2) the faculty is heavily invested in their success, 3) residents take ownership of their education and residency, and 4) their skillset upon graduation guarantees success in the future in whatever career path they choose.
The Department of Emergency Medicine has a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. The residency is dedicated to recruiting a diverse group of residents and to providing an environment that is welcoming and conducive to learning, regardless of a resident’s gender, race, nationality or sexual identity. The IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine motto: “Become the best Emergency Medicine physician that you can be.”
The IU School of Medicine Emergency Medicine residency is designed with an understanding that successful careers in medicine start with world-class clinical training. An Emergency Medicine physician who is an excellent clinician is able to have any career he or she wants. Residents in the IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine program treat more than a quarter of a million patients each year, and this patient population has diverse presentations across three Level 1 emergency departments and trauma centers, including the state’s only Level 1 children’s emergency department. Graduates are confident in their ability to practice in any clinical environment and care for the most critically ill and injured patients because of the outstanding critical care experience and the two years as an upper level in the emergency department treating the sickest patients.
Beyond clinical training, the Emergency Medicine Residency program provides voluntary curricular tracks in academics, advocacy, administration, global health and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Tracks are not mandatory, but residents can use the tracks to tailor their education toward their career focus and gain experience prior to graduation.
Central to the educational experience in this program is providing residents with leadership opportunities, especially in the committee governance structure, which graduates have used consistently to leverage leadership positions at local, regional and national levels.
All three Emergency Medicine Residency clinical partners (IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health) are located on the IU School of Medicine—Indianapolis campus, in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Ranked nationally by Forbes for best places in the United States for business and careers, Indianapolis provides students with a unique place to live and work.