Letter from our Chiefs

Congratulations on taking the first step toward your new beginning as an emergency medicine physician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill! UNC is an outstanding place to train, and we have certainly enjoyed our last few years here.  We look forward to meeting many of you on your interview day.  Here is a little more information about what makes our program great: 

UNC EM residency was founded in 1995 by Dr. Tintinalli and offers the perfect blend of tertiary care academic training at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, as well as a state-of-the-art private community setting at WakeMed Health and Hospitals in Raleigh. Both facilities are Level One Trauma Centers, thus providing an exceptional environment for exposure to the best in critical care and trauma the state has to offer. One of the unique aspects of our program is the diverse educational experience we receive. UNC offers a traditional academic model in clinical education, while the attending-to-resident ratio at WakeMed is always one to one. Few other training programs can guarantee this type of individualized learning experience, let alone a combination of the two models.

We have a fantastic ultrasound rotation during the first year with all of our residents eligible for ultrasound credentialing by the end of residency.  Monthly simulations are hosted in the WakeMed Center for Innovative Learning where residents at all levels get to polish their evaluation and management of complex and critical cases.  Our pediatric training is one of the most comprehensive of EM programs across the country.  We are truly lucky to get to work with highly trained faculty and staff in the WakeMed Children’s ED.   It offers a unique balance of large volumes, high acuity, and personalized teaching that is rarely found in pediatric emergency departments.

Our shift demands decrease each year.  As an intern you typically work 19 shifts each month (a mixture of 8, 9, and 11 hour shifts), with juniors and seniors working 8 hour shifts during the week and 12 hour shifts on the weekends (18 shifts for juniors and 17 shifts for seniors). Our schedule is always published months in advance, allowing residents to conveniently plan events and swap shifts with fellow residents.  Residency “Morale Days,” give all residents from a particular class the day off together to do something fun of their choosing. Additionally, every year in the spring our department rents a beach house so residents from all classes-including incoming interns-can spend a few days relaxing away from the hospital.  We work hard, but have each others’ backs and find time to enjoy ourselves.

Finally, this is a wonderful place to live. The cost of living in the area allows many of us to own our own homes. There are endless things to do, whether you like sports, outdoor activities, art, great restaurants, or music. The proximity to three large universities creates opportunities for interaction with people from all over the country. Many of our residents like the area so much that they choose to remain here for work after graduation.

We are very excited to have you here and look forward to meeting you in person. We believe this is a truly outstanding program and one of the best places you could spend the next three years. Please let us show you why we are glad that we chose to train at the University of North Carolina. Welcome to Chapel Hill!

Please do not hesitate to contact us at any time if we can be of assistance during the residency interview process. We understand that this is an important time in your career and would be happy to help you with any questions or concerns that you may have.