Residency Program

Thank you for your interest in the Emory School of Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

Due to the pioneering efforts of Dr. John Stone, our program accepted the first group of residents in 1974. Our residency program has since grown to its current size of 61 residents.   Our residents come from diverse backgrounds and regions of the country, but share a uniformly high caliber of achievement and a strong commitment to our specialty. Some have postgraduate experience in other fields; however, most enter the program directly from medical school.  Our residents complete a 36-month curriculum beginning on July 1st.  

Emergency Medicine became an autonomous academic department within the School of Medicine in 1998. The first Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine was Arthur Kellermann, MD, MPH. Dr. Katherine Heilpern was named Ada Lee and Peter Correll Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine in August 2007. Effective November 1, 2016, Philip Shayne, MD stepped down as the Residency Program Director for a position as Associate DIO of Graduate Medical Education. After a national search, Melissa White, MD, MPH, a graduate of the residency program, was appointed Program Director. She is supported by four Assistant/Associate Program Directors and two Program Coordinators.

Our Residency Program aims to prepare each resident for any chosen career path in Emergency Medicine. Our training mission embraces the core competencies of patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice.  Graduates of our training program are equipped with the essential knowledge base in all aspects of Emergency Medicine, including clinical practice, teaching, research, and administration of our specialty.

Our program offers a superb clinical experience. The diversity of pathology and the high acuity of the patient population at our clinical sites provide excellent training ground. Our residents train at Grady Memorial Hospital, the public hospital for the Atlanta metro area, and the main Level-One Trauma Center for our region. The high volume of patients and patient procedures significantly enhances the education of the Emergency Medicine residents. 

The large and diverse faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine enhances an already enriched learning environment for residents. We have recognized experts in injury prevention and control, evidence-based medicine, and pain management. Our faculty controls pre-hospital medical direction on the ground and in the air for the majority of the Atlanta metro area. Three faculty members are board-certified Medical Toxicologists, provide medical direction for the Georgia Poison Center, and have developed a joint Toxicology fellowship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Numerous faculty members have joint appointments in the Rollins School of Public Health, and several have joint appointments with the CDC. Each faculty member has a full appointment in the Department of Emergency Medicine and has significant clinical responsibilities supervising resident and medical student education in the Emergency Departments of our three main academic hospitals. This diverse expertise significantly stimulates and enhances resident learning.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is recognized as a role model for diversity in academic medicine and is committed to the recruitment and retention of highly qualified, under-represented minorities in the faculty and residency program. Residents are recruited nationally and represent a broad range of interests and backgrounds. Each resident is paired with a faculty member who serves as a mentor, monitors the resident’s academic progress, compliance with program requirements, and ensures the resident’s well-being. Physician wellness is emphasized by the school and program leadership. Protected time for residents includes an annual educational weekend retreat to promote unity, wellness, and to identify areas for improvement and change.

Our residents have full access to the intellectual community of Emory University.  The Emory University School of Medicine is one of the best in the country, and the faculty and teaching in all Departments are uniformly excellent. The other residency programs at Emory School of Medicine are also highly competitive. As a result, our residents enjoy a superior experience on off-service rotations. The unique opportunities afforded by an elite institute of higher learning, coupled with an inner-city public hospital, a large and organized faculty, with the addition of resources such as the CDC, Rollins School of Public Health, and monopoly of the EMS system makes the Emory program in Emergency Medicine an excellent training ground for young physicians.

Philip Shayne, MD, FACEP
Vice Chair for Education

Melissa H. White, MD, MPH, FACEP
Residency Diretor