Internal Medicine/Emergency Medicine Residency
The combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine program offers an integrated five-year curriculum approved for board certification in both specialties (via the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Emergency Medicine). The program has been in existence since 1990, although many residents completed training in both specialties at Henry Ford Hospital since 1980.
The primary goal of dual certification is to prepare residents for successful academic careers in emergency medicine, though other applications are possible. Our graduates have pursued successful careers as researchers, critical care physicians, academic or community emergency physicians, internal medicine subspecialists, directors of chest pain and short stay units, residency directors and department chairmen. Many of our graduates hold dual appointments in the departments of Internal Medicine or Critical Care alongside their Emergency Medicine position.
The program offers a broad exposure to acute and chronic illness, requiring outpatient, inpatient and critical care skills. Residents spend six months per year under the direction of each department with the months staggered to ensure residents are not away from one department for a significant period of time. There is progressive responsibility for patient management, and the final year is often tailored to suit the career plans of the resident. Fifth-year residents also function in supervisory (junior staff) roles both in the Emergency Department and on Internal Medicine wards.
The EM/IM Residency forms the basis for the EM/IM/Critical Care Training Program. Residents are given the option to transfer to the latter at the end of their second year.
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