EM Residency2018-12-14T18:48:39+00:00

Nationally Recognized, Locally Strong

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School is proud to serve as a center of excellence in Emergency Medicine in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Department provides a comprehensive approach to the discipline of Emergency Medicine, providing leadership in clinical, academic and prehospital services.

The Program

We sponsor a fully accredited PGY-I thru PGY-III Emergency Medicine residency program with nine residents in each class. The program has maintained Continued Full Accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) since its inception in 1981. On June 30, 2010, we graduated our 200th EM attending physician. We received independent academic departmental status in 1992, becoming only the 26th academic department of Emergency Medicine in the United States at that time.
Our graduates are fully prepared to go on to fellowship training, academic or community practice Emergency Medicine.

EPT Educates

EPT prvovides the faculty for the Department of Emergency Medicine at EVMS.  The faculty provide onsite clinical supervision at all of the residency’s training sites (Norfolk General, Virginia Beach General and Obici). Residents are provided increasing levels of responsibility and autonomy as they progress through the program, all under faculty supervision.


Our Department has a long and successful track record with clinical research.  Our faculty are involved in an excellent mix of investigator initiated studies, collaboration with other academic medical centers in multicenter studies, and pharma/industry sponsored research.

Residents are taught the basics of research methodology during their training.  Every resident is expected to complete a research study and submit it for publication (although publication is not a requirement).  Residents present their research at our Annual Resident Research Day; in June 2010, we celebrated our 18th Annual Resident Research Day.  Residents may work together or alone on a study; all projects however, have a faculty mentor to assist the resident and guide them successfully through the various processes (ie, Institutional Review Board approval; statistical analysis, etc.) involved in research.

Residents are encouraged to submit their research for presentation at the SAEM Annual Meeting and/or the ACEP Research Forum.  For the last ten years, residents and faculty have presented their research at these national forums.  For residents, all of the costs associated with presenting (ie, air travel, lodging, meals, etc.) are paid for by the department.  Residents have also been successful in seeing their research through to publication, with nearly half being published in the peer-reviewed literature.

Areas of faculty research interest and expertise include:  ultrasound; respiratory emergencies; educational and translational research; airway management; EBM; emergency medical services; use of biomarkers; and wound management.  Our residents and faculty have been recognized for their outstanding research on multiple occasions by the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians (VACEP).  Each year, VACEP presents the “John P. McDade Award for Outstanding Research in Emergency Medical Care” – one for residents and one for faculty.  Emergency Medicine residency programs from the University of Virginia, the Virginia Commonwealth University and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth compete for this prestigious award.  Our residents have received this award more than any other EM residency program in Virginia.