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Experience That Lasts A Lifetime.

Teaching.  Service.  Excellence.  A Solid Foundation for the Future.

The WellSpan York Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program is a three-year program utilizing a PGY-1, 2, 3 format, leading to eligibility for certification by the American Board of Emergency Medicine (ABEM). Our program is fully accredited by the ACGME-RRC and received an eight-year accreditation approval as part of a select group of programs participating in a pilot program.  This is the maximum possible length for accreditation. 

We strive to continually improve and we are well-positioned to meet the clinical and administrative challenges of residency training in Emergency Medicine both now and into the future.

In addition, our NEW Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Program is up and running.

The residency program and ultrasound fellowship are based at WellSpan York Hospital, a large community teaching hospital with a fully accredited Level 1 Trauma Center and one of the busiest Emergency Departments in Pennsylvania (nearly 77,000 annual ED visits).  The residency program provides additional patient care experiences at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Chambersburg Hospital, and the Pinnacle Health Toxicology Center at Harrisburg Hospital. These diverse centers provide an outstanding breadth of training experiences.


Become the premier academic, community-based Emergency Medicine residency program in the United States


Teaching.  Provide outstanding educational experiences for attending physicians, fellows, residents, medical students, and other healthcare professions students

Service.  Deliver exceptional patient care experiences for all of those we care for in the Emergency Department, prehospital care settings, and throughout the WellSpan Health system

Excellence.  Strive to reach superior performance levels in clinical care, research and educational innovations, leadership training, patient safety, and quality and performance improvement

Our Program

Clinically-Oriented.  Our program stresses individual patient contact and decision-making at all levels of training.  This progressive responsibiilty and exposure to high-volume Emergency Medicine are cornerstones of our program.  We are actively targeting resuscitation skills and science as one of the featured areas of our program and we're incorporating our excellent clinical experiences, simulation sessions, procedural training, ECG interpretations, and focused ultrasound imaging of the critically ill patient in order to achieve our goals in this area.

Fundamentally Sound.  We excel at enhancing the clinical and didactic experiences of our residents.  While we strive to foster success in all academic, teaching, research, and organized medicine activities, our main goal is producing outstanding clinical Emergency Physicians.  Our graduates are ready to succeed wherever they choose to practice.

Fully Committed to Meeting the Accreditation and Clinical Demands of the Future.  Our long-standing success with ACGME and RRC accreditation continues with our embracing of the ACGME Next Accreditation System and our integration of the Emergency Medicine Milestones for evaluation of residents' progress during their training. Our graduates serve in a wide variety of formal leadership roles, including Vice President of Medical Affairs (VPMA), Medical Directors/Assistant Medical Directors of Emergency Medicine groups or departments, Corporate CEO, Vice Chair, Residency Directorship positions, Fellowship Directorship, and other regional and national leadership positions.  Over 20 graduates have assumed leadership roles in various work and professional areas, and we are understandably proud of the primary role our graduates have in shaping the practice of Emergency Medicine for the future.

Please take a look at details of our residency program on this website. We are very proud of our training program and the people who make WellSpan York Hospital an outstanding choice for your future training in emergency medicine.

Strength Through Diversity
Diversity is highly valued by both the WellSpan York Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program and the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Differences which make us unique as individuals serve to make us stronger as a team.  By embracing these differences, we are able to create and maintain a respectful and supportive environment in which to pursue our missions of excellence in teaching and in service to our patients.

What are we looking for?

Our residency seeks out applicants exhibiting a strong academic record AND critically important leadership and teamwork skills.  We believe that the ability to function as a leader and a member of a healthcare team is essential.  We also stress the importance of having and developing excellent communication skills.  Our program graduates residents who can meld these skills to become excellent clinicians - able to lead, and also able to function well within healthcare teams.

If you train at WellSpan York Hospital, you will be challenged to do your best, supported in your quest for excellence, and expected to succeed and perform at a very high level.

Celebrating 21 Years of Emergency Medicine Residency Training. Teaching service excellence, a solid foundation for the future.A History of Excellence in Teaching and Clinical Service

The WellSpan York Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency Program began in 1989 with five residents per year.  Since then, many individuals have fostered the growth and development our programs – resident and student education, research, and clinical care.  Our current class size of eleven residents per year reflects the culmination of these 22 years of progress, leading to our stature as a leader in Emergency Medicine residency education.

Our 181 graduates currently practice in a wide variety of locations, including academic and community positions.  Several residency graduates have gone on to pursue fellowship training, and two of our current senior residents accepted fellowship positions for 2011.  Please explore the rest of our website for more information about our Residency Program, our Graduates, and our Faculty and Staff.  We think you will be as impressed as we are with the talent, diversity, and accomplishments of the people who make up our exceptional Residency Program!

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