Emergency Medicine


What is Emergency Medicine residency?

It is a training program where physicians are trained by certified physicians to take care of acutely ill patients including resuscitation, evaluation, diagnosing, treating and proper consultation and disposition.

What procedures am expected to learn as an emergency medicine resident?

Procedures might vary from program to another but in general you will master the following: adult medical resuscitation, adult trauma resuscitation, ED bedside ultrasound, cardiac pacing, central venous access, chest tubes, procedural sedation, cricothyrotomy, dislocation reduction, intubations, lumbar puncture, pediatric medical resuscitation, pediatric trauma resuscitation, pericardiocentesis, and vaginal delivery.


How many years are the Emergency medicine residency?

Most EM residency are 3 years however 4 years residencies do exist.

What are the average score for AMGs and IMGs who match in Emergency Medicine?

The average scores for AMGs who matched in Emergency Medicine in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 223 and 234 respectively.
For IMGs who matched in Emergency Medicine the average scores in USMLE step 1 and 2 CK are 218 and 223 respectively.


What are the match statistics for Emergency Medicine?

About 75% of EM residency positions offered in the match go to AMGs and about 25% of positions go to IMGs. About 90% of AMGs who apply do match and about 55% of IMGs who apply do successfully match , which is considered a very good percentage in this competitive specialty.

What are the interview questions for emergency medicine?

The emergency medicine interview questions you will be asked are divided into 2 groups:

1- The Questions specific for emergency medicine interviews, your answers to these questions will determine your position in the match rank, this is the link:

Emergency Medicine Residency Interview Questions and Answers

2- The general questions (common to all specialties) which you will be asked by the program director, faculty and chief residents. These questions are common in whatever specialty your are interviewing and are posted for free on this link: Interview Tips and Tricks: The Successful Match

What should AMGs do to increase their chances to match in emergency medicine?

1- During your medical school rotations try to schedule your electives mainly in the EM department to get touch-base with the attendings so you will get LORs from them later on.
2- Your shelf books are important in giving the interviewers an idea about your level and interest in the field. Although most AMGs who matched have had the Manual and Case files as their main rotations books, however we noticed that who had the Tintinalli's on their shelf were more lucky in matching to higher tier programs, though this book is mainly for residents.

What should IMGs do to increase their chances in matching in emergency medicine?

1- Doing observerships and getting US LORs is an important part of your ERAS application where program directors will be looking for such information.

2- Emergency room PDs will ask you about your interest and preparations to become a resident. The book you have in your shelf definitely reflect most of your knowledge and so it is very important to have the book that will ring a bell in their brain, which with no doubt is the Tintinalli's EM book.

3- Also, IMGs should apply to the same programs where we helped their peers to match in the previous years, these programs are found in many states as described in the below mentioned list. This is the full list of the IMG friendly emergency medicine residency programs in pdf form which you can easily download it to your computer or any other device from amazon: EMERGENCY MEDICINE IMG Friendly Residency Programs List

I matched already, what should I do to survive emergency medicine residency?

To survive emergency medicine residency you will need to get some books which are needed to build up your knowledge in general and other books to help you pass the board exam. These books are traditionally recommended by program directors and widely used by residents, you can find them here: Emergency Medicine Recommended Books