Program Director Statement

Heather Cronovish, D.O.
Program Director

Welcome! Thank you for choosing Henry Ford Macomb Hospital (HFMH) for your Emergency Medicine Residency training! I appreciate the commitment you have made to our program and vow to provide you with the multifaceted training necessary to become competent, compassionate and respected EM physicians.

The Henry Ford Macomb Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency is dedicated to providing an excellent educational environment which prepares our graduates to enter the EM career pathway of their choice as well as pass the ABOEM Certification Examinations on the first attempt.

The HFMH Emergency Medicine Residency graduated its first resident in 2004 under the leadership of program creator, Carla Dukes, D.O. The success and tremendous growth of this program is a direct result of her efforts as well as those of her successors, Dr. Jennifer Stevenson and Dr. Anthony Afatatto. Our practice setting is non-confrontational and members of the medical staff treat emergency physicians with respect and collegiality. We have 16 board certified Emergency Physicians on staff including eight dedicated core faculty members.

We are fortunate to be located in the greater Detroit area, allowing us access to the cooperative educational opportunities available in a region with one of the largest concentration of EM residencies in the country. HFMH is a 435-bed ACS certified Level 2 Trauma Center for both adult and pediatric patients and features an accredited Chest Pain Center and Primary Stroke Center. In addition, our residents receive training at the Detroit Medical Center Harper Hospital Toxicology/Poison Control Center, Children’s Hospital of Michigan for Pediatric Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Surgery, Henry Ford Hospital Main Campus for Cardiac Intensive Care, and William Beaumont Hospital or Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for Pediatric Critical Care. They are also fortunate to undergo additional trauma training in Baltimore at The University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the nation’s first and only integrated trauma center. Additionally, we utilize the 12,000-square-foot Center for Simulation, Education and Research at Henry Ford Main Hospital, the most advanced facility of its kind in Michigan and one of the largest in the United States, to assess the competencies of our residents to better prepare them for real-life encounters.

We are also affiliated with Michigan State University Statewide Campus System, an osteopathic medicine consortium of 47 hospitals, 3 COMs, and 1600+ trainees. Our participation allows our residents access to national speakers, networking with a community of greater than 150 EM residents, and participation in expensive training courses and labs covering topics such as ultrasound, ballistics, advanced airway, procedures, anatomy, and simulated patient encounters.

This program strongly emphasizes resident involvement in its governance and evolution. We expect every resident to take an active role in decision making in all aspects of our residency, including such things as Chief Resident selection, development of our match list, and implementation of our educational curriculum. We constantly ask ourselves: "How can we do this better?" and "What further opportunities exist?" Collegiality is emphasized not only amongst the residents but with the faculty as well. In addition to preparing excellent practitioners of emergency medicine, our curriculum emphasizes involvement in and understanding of the societal, political, and economic forces that affect our patients and our specialty.

We believe that the "gold standard" for training is to assure that any of our graduates could practice with equal success in a busy solo-coverage community ED or within an academic setting.

The ideal HFMH EM resident is one regularly who asks him or herself “how can I do this better?,” “what have I learned today?,” “how can I help my peers succeed,” and “what further opportunities exist?.” We strive to push residents out of their comfort zones in order for them to truly understand how good of an EM physician they can be. In joining the HFMH residency, you are joining our family and we pride ourselves on promoting an environment where we look out for each other. Finally, our program rewards those who are active participants. Our structure allows every resident meaningful involvement and leadership opportunities with the goal of making a lasting positive contribution to their residency.

We encourage students who are interested in becoming part of our HFMH team to rotate in the Emergency Department with us and, while they are there, to see if they picture themselves as part of our EM family. We look forward to meeting you!

-Dr. Heather Cronovich