The Emergency Medicine Residency curriculum emphasizes broad-based training during the first year that progresses into specialized concentration in emergency medicine and critical care. All residents will become certified in ACLS, ATLS, and PALS during their residency orientation period. Each year is broken down into 13 four-week blocks.

All EM blocks include adult and pediatric shifts, and there is a dedicated pediatric EM block in the 3rd year.


Intro to EM – 1 block
EM – 4 blocks
Trauma ICU – 1 block
MICU – 1 block
Anesthesiology – 1 block
Pediatric Surgery – 1 block
Medicine – 3 weeks
Ultrasound – 2 weeks
EMS – 2 weeks
Cardiology Consults – 3 weeks


EM – 8 blocks
Toxicology – 1 block
Orthopedics – 1 block
SICU – 1 block
Culpeper Hospital Community/Rural EM – 1 block
OB – 2 weeks
Research – 2 weeks


EM – 8 blocks
Pediatric EM-1 block
Trauma ICU – 1 block
PICU – 1 block
Electives – 2 blocks

Other curriculum features:

Interns attend the annual meeting for the Society for Academic Emergency and Medicine (SAEM) in May at the end of their internship. The department provides transportation, lodging and expenses for this trip. All residents are also guaranteed to attend the national ACEP conference once during residency, again fully funded by the department.

The third year of residency features two months of electives from a variety of choices.