Career Services

Emergency Medicine

CNUCOM Career Advising for Medical Specialties: Emergency Medicine

Specialty Advisor:

Darilyn Campbell Falck, MD FACEP

Preferred Contact Information:

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Student Interest Group webpage:


Advisor: Leonard Ranasinghe, MD




National Organizations:

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Length of Residency Training:

3-4 years of residency

Categorical: PGY 1-4, PGY 1-3

Competitiveness: Medium

Median Salary:  $311,859





Specialty Overview:  Emergency medicine focuses on the immediate decision making and action necessary to prevent death or any further disability both in the pre-hospital setting by directing emergency medical technicians and in the emergency department. The emergency physician provides immediate recognition, evaluation, care, stabilization, and disposition of a generally diversified population of adult and pediatric patients in response to acute illness and injury. A high-pressure, fast-paced, and diverse specialty, emergency medicine requires a broad base of medical knowledge and a variety of well-honed clinical and technical skills. The practice is primarily hospital emergency department-based, but with extensive pre-hospital responsibilities for emergency medical systems. The care provided by the emergency physician is episodic in nature and involves a full spectrum of physical and behavioral conditions. (Source: AAMC)



Critical Care

Disaster Medicine

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Ultrasound/Imaging

International Emergency Medicine

Medical Toxicology

Palliative Care

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Sports Medicine

Undersea & Hyperbaric Medicine


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How many programs should a student apply to in order to be successful in matching: 30-60

Which clerkships are required: Emergency Medicine in addition to all other core clerkships

Other recommended electives: anesthesiology, orthopedics, trauma, ICU/critical care, radiology, dermatology

Additional recommendations: rotation in EM late in 3rd year or early 4th year. Additional away rotation in EM in July/August






Results and Data of 2016 Main Residency Match

Mean USMLE Step 1 Score: 230

Mean USMLE Step 2 CK Score: 242

Mean # of Programs Applied to in this specialty: 39.5

Number of Programs: 191

Number of Positions Available: 1,895

Total Number of Applicants: 1,693

Total Number of Matched: 95%




Additional Resources :



American Academy of Emergency Medicine:

American Academy of Emergency Medicine Resident & Student Association:

American Board of Emergency Medicine:

American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP):

Emergency Medicine Residents Association:

National Association of EMS Physicians:

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM):

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine- Medical Student Home Page:



Journal of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine Journal

EM Today

Annals of Emergency Medicine




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