Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Program Director’s Welcome
Welcome to the Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency Program at Memorial Healthcare System. We’re thrilled you are considering our program for your residency training. While we may be a new program, we are not new to the training and education of EM residents.
We're a unique program with an unrivaled patient population that cannot be duplicated and is in no way simulated. The opportunity to learn from such a socioeconomically and pathophysiologically diverse patient population is the major differentiating feature of our training program and what is indisputably the most important and impactful aspect of any training program. As a resident in our training program, you'll be exposed to the full breadth of Emergency Medicine, only made possible through the ongoing, longitudinal exposure to our patient population, be it the prototypical community-based patient population of Memorial Hospital West, the underserved patient population of Memorial Regional Hospital or the highly specialized pediatric patient population of Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital.
It is this balance in clinical exposure and experience, among other things, that enables our provision of outstanding clinical training in support of our mission: to educate and train the next generation of EM physicians, capable of caring for any patient regardless of situation or circumstance.
By fostering an environment of curiosity and discovery, you will become a capable, competent, technically proficient, self-actualized and self-confident clinician who puts the care, safety, values and needs of your patients first. You will master the skills required to provide safe, high-quality, cost-effective, culturally conscious, patient- and family-centered care, with the goal of improving the health of the community you serve.
If our mission aligns with yours, we look forward to meeting you to learn all about you and that which you have to contribute to our team.
Guided by our mission, our program has several aims to:
- Recruit, train, and retain a highly qualified, capable, and diverse group of trainees.
- Provide our trainees with a learning environment that supports their physical, emotional, and intellectual transformation so they learn to provide safe, equitable, affordable, compassionate, high-quality care.
- Train physicians with skills in critical thinking and self-directed learning in order to facilitate thoughtful appraisal of scientific literature, and its application to the patient population they serve.
- Produce physicians who are resilient, can adapt to difficult situations, and thoughtfully reconcile adverse outcomes while maintaining a sense of wellness, integrity and purpose.
- Create a supportive, nurturing, and inclusive environment where future physicians and physician educators are prepared for the ever-evolving human experience.
About Our Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Datasource: Emergency Medicine Residency Program
- We are a community-based, university affiliated program sponsored by Memorial Healthcare System—which has a long history of medical education and research through our affiliations with Florida Atlantic University, Florida International University, and Nova Southeastern University.
- We have an Office of Human Research with its own IRB, allowing residents to participate and lead research efforts.
- 3-year training program with 10 residents per post-graduate year.
- 4-week clinical block schedule that maximizes clinical time while providing opportunity for additional experiential learning.
- Three unique sites for clinical training, each of which has its own distinctive patient population, assuring residents a diversity in patient experience, both socioeconomically as well as pathophysiologically.
- Large Emergency Department volumes with high admission rates indicative of patient populations of particularly high acuity.
- Access to an $18 million, 66,000 sq. ft., three story Simulation Center at Broward College.
About Memorial Healthcare System
Since its inception in 1953, Memorial Healthcare System has been a leader in providing high-quality healthcare services to South Florida residents. Today, it is one of the largest public healthcare systems in the nation and highly regarded for its exceptional patient- and family-centered care. Memorial's patient, physician and employee satisfaction rates are some of the most admired in the country, and the system is recognized as a national leader in quality healthcare. Memorial Hospital West was one of only two (the other being Memorial Hospital Miramar) hospitals in all of Broward and Miami-Dade County to have received the Leapfrog Group's Top General Hospital Award for 2018, recognizing the highest performing hospitals on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and in the Spring of 2019, Memorial’s acute care hospitals scored across-the-board A grades in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. The healthcare system was also honored by the American Hospital Association with the "Living the Vision" award and the "Foster G. McGaw" award for which Memorial was selected from more than 5,000 hospitals as the national model for improving the health of the community.
Memorial has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare magazine’s “Best Places to Work in Healthcare,” Florida Trend’s “Florida’s Best Companies to Work For,” and Becker’s Hospital Review’s “150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare.” These outstanding achievements are but a few over the course of the past several decades, creating an atmosphere of pride and accomplishment within which residents will learn the very best practices promoting the highest quality of patient care.
About Memorial Hospital West
Magnet-designated Memorial Hospital West distinguishes itself as a superb environment where residents will gain the training and education required to become well-rounded EM physicians. With an annual Emergency Department (ED) patient volume of approximately 95,000 and an admission rate (excluding patients placed in Observation) of approximately 37%, you will not only be exposed to a high volume, but perhaps even more importantly, a high level of acuity—both of which are required to achieve clinical competency and technical proficiency.
Housing a Comprehensive Stroke Center and Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute (with emergent percutaneous coronary intervention capability), the hospital's ED provides the opportunity to care for some of the most emergent time-sensitive conditions. With a level II NICU in a patient- and family-centered children's ED, the educational experience will assure you continued exposure throughout the entire academic year to patients of all ages.
Population data from the United States Census Bureau assures you will be exposed to a multi-cultural patient population comprised primarily of White, not Hispanic or Latino (approximately 36%), Black or African American (approximately 30%), Hispanic or Latino (approximately 30%) and Asian (approximately 4%) people, 40% of whom speak a language other than English in their homes.
The opportunity to learn from a diverse patient population, with a background different from one's own, can enable a greater understanding and appreciation for the most common clinical conditions that can vary in their presentation due to interpretation and expression impacted by one's beliefs, views, values and experiences. Similarly, the approach to patient care can change based on the same elements, requiring a great degree of sensitivity in order to build a healthy and productive physician-patient relationship. This element of educational experience will produce a degree of cultural competence not easily obtained in an environment with a more homogeneous patient population.
Some of Our Statistics
Datasource: MHW Admissions
Datasource: Emergency Department Visits
About Memorial Regional Hospital
Memorial Regional Hospital (MRH) is the flagship facility of MHS and one of the largest hospitals in Florida. Our 797-bed facility offers extensive and diverse health care services and is one of only seven American College of Surgeons designated Level 1 Trauma Centers in the entire state of Florida.
Among its renowned programs are:
- Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute
- Memorial Cancer Institute
- Memorial Neuroscience Institute
- Memorial Rehabilitation Institute
- Bariatric Surgery Center recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP)
With an annual adult Emergency Department volume of approximately 94,000 patients and an admission rate of approximately 42%, including more than 3,000 who've sustained injuries significant enough to warrant admission, you will have an opportunity to care for a patient population suffering from a wide array of not only emergent illnesses but also traumatic injuries that are of the highest acuity. MRH's ED is the busiest in highly-urbanized Broward County, nationally recognized as a "Best Practice" site, and is an integral and not easily replicated part of your residency training.
Some of Our Statistics
Datasource: MRH Admissions
Datasource: ER Visits
About Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital
Established in 1992, Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital (JDCH) is one of the region's leading pediatric hospitals, offering a comprehensive scope of healthcare services and programs well beyond those offered by other facilities and is the only Pediatric Trauma Center in South Broward County.
As a quaternary care LEvel 1 Trauma Center with over 2,400 transfers in, nearly 9,000 admissions (excluding patients placed in observation), and approximately 77,000 visits to its emergency room annually, JDCH offers not only a high volume, but perhaps even more significantly and impactful, a pediatric patient population as high in its acuity as it is varied in its condition. JDCH, the first children’s hospital in the world to be designated as a Person-Centered Organization by Planetree, Inc., and like MRH, is an integral and not easily replicated part of your residency training.
- 226-bed pediatric regional referral center
- 650 physicians on medical staff providing care in more than 30 pediatric medical and surgical specialties
- Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a "Best Children's Hospital" in multiple specialties
Number of Beds
- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): 84 beds
- Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU): 30 beds
- Pediatric Intermediate Care Unit: 12 beds
- Pediatric Medical/Surgical Beds: 60 beds
- Pediatric Rehabilitation Unit: 6 beds
- Pediatric Behavioral Health Unit: 12 beds
Some of Our Statistics
Datasource: Joe D Admissions
Datasource: Joe D ER Visits
See more quality and safety data for our hospital.
About Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center
The Broward College Health Sciences Simulation Center (HSSC) is a three story, 66,000 sq. ft. learning facility designed to mirror an acute care hospital. HSSC provides realistic experiences, using the latest medical simulation technology, to enable critically important experiential learning for resident physicians in a safe and sophisticated environment, fostering transferrable skill acquisition to the real world of patient care.