Emergency Medicine Residency background

The training program in Emergency Medicine at the University of North Carolina Hospitals is a PGY-1 through PGY-3 residency and is approved by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. We currently accept ten residents in each class from approved allopathic and osteopathic medical schools. All positions are filled by application through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Applications are submitted through ERAS.

The residency was established in 1995 with the University of North Carolina Hospitals, a 665 bed, tertiary care, level one trauma center serving as the primary site. The Emergency Department moved to new, state-of-the-art, facilities in 1996 and sees over 70,000 patients a year. The Department of Emergency Medicine, with more than 27 faculty members, is dedicated to academics and education in the specialty of emergency medicine.

In addition to the facilities at UNC Hospitals, the Emergency Medicine Residency Program is fully integrated with the Department of Emergency Medicine at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina. Attending physician coverage at this institution is through Wake Emergency Physicians, a 65-member private practice group. WakeMed cares for well over 120,000 patients per year, of which a third are children seen in their dedicated Children's Emergency Department. All faculty at both institutions are board-certified or board-prepared in Emergency Medicine. Thus, our residents benefit from the guidance of academic practitioners as well as Emergency Medicine physicians in private practice. This combination of settings provides the resident an opportunity to experience firsthand the variety of career paths available in Emergency Medicine.

Requirements for application include:

  • Must apply through ERAS (Electronic Residency Application Service)
  • Deadline for receiving Residency applications is October 1 every calendar year
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (it is preferable that TWO are from Emergency Medicine Attendings)
  • Dean's Letter
  • A passing score on USMLE Step 1
  • Must be registered through NRMP
  • We only accept J1 Visas
  • We do not require a transitional year
  • We do accept applicants who have completed prior internships, but they are not required
  • All foreign medical graduates must have a visa and be ECFMG certified