Dr. TThe UNC Emergency Medicine Residency Program was founded in 1994 by Dr. Judith Tintinalli, one of the most influential leaders of EM nationally. It is a 3 year ACGME accredited program with 10 residents per class.

Our program provides a mix of academic and community EM, including diverse faculty and clinical training sites at UNC Medical Center in Chapel Hill, NC and Wake Med Medical Center in Raleigh, NC. Learn more about the clinical training sites here.

Mission and Values

With collaboration and support from an amazing faculty, our program leadership aims to mentor and teach our residents emergency medicine knowledge and skills as well as provide opportunities for personal and professional growth to help them achieve excellence in practicing and advancing emergency medicine as well as reaching their own professional goals. We aim to produce the next generation of leaders in our field who are equipped with the skills necessary for self-assessment and life-long learning. At the same time, we prioritize resident wellness and contribute to our local and global communities.

Program Leadership

binz and shenviOur program is headed by Program Director and alum Dr. Nikki Binz, co-led by Associate Program Director Dr. Graham Snyder and Assistant Program Directors Dr. Craig Frater and Dr. Christina Shenvi, another alumna. Our Residency Coordinators, Jennifer Huston and Wynne Sheen, are the best anywhere and ensure that things always run smoothly! We have a very engaged and inspiring core faculty who participate in didactics and clinical teaching. We even have 7 residency alumni on faculty and 5 fellowship alums!

Unique opportunities

We are leaders and innovators in medical education and simulation, ultrasound, international health, pre-hospital care, EM research, and geriatric and pediatric EM training. Our pediatric exposure is one of the most rigorous in the country and one of our program’s strengths. Pediatric EM shifts are a 3 year, longitudinal experience at a busy, urban children’s ED. We also prioritize critical care exposure, rotating through multiple intensive care units including medicine, pediatric, surgical and neuroscience for 5 total months. Residents work with mentors on scholarly projects, serve as leaders within the institution and national organizations, and volunteer in our community.

We are fortunate to have many national leaders and educators amongst our faculty who mentor residents with similar interests and career aspirations, including:

  • Dr. Judith Tintinalli: Chair Emeritus, founding UNC Residency Program Director, past CORD President
  • Dr. Jane Brice: Chair, past President of National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
  • Dr. Kevin Biese: Vice Chair of Education, past UNC Residency Program Director
  • Dr. Sarah Stahmer: Ultrasound Director, past SAEM President, past Residency Program Director for almost 20 years
  • Dr. Abhi Mehrotra: ACEP Councillor, ABEM item writer and oral examiner, past President of the North Carolina College of Emergency Physicians (NCCEP)

Our training emphasizes experiences in both academic and community settings to optimally prepare each graduate for success and leadership in whichever career they chose to pursue. During their 3 years at UNC, our residents continue to develop their passions within emergency medicine at the same time balancing personal fulfillment and happiness for a long and rewarding career!


Nikki Binz, M.D.
Residency Director
Christina Shenvi, M.D.
Assistant Residency Director
Graham Snyder, M.D.
Associate Residency Director
Craig Frater, M.D.
Assistant Residency Director
Jennifer Huston
Program Coordinator, EM Residency and EMS Fellowship
Wynne Sheen
Program Coordinator, EM Residency and Pediatric EM Fellowship