Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Program Director: Spencer Solomon, D.O.
Associate Program Director: Satheesh Gunaga, D.O.
Program Coordinator: Jill Kulaszewski
Chief Residents 2017-2018: Adam Vieder, D.O., Lindsey McDonald, D.O., and Alyssa Pabalan, D.O.

Program Description

Current Residents: 28
Projected Residents Per Year: 9
Years of Training: 3
Emergency Physicians on Staff: 25
Annual ED Volume: 62,000

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital (HFWH) has been home to our thriving Emergency Medicine Residency Program since its initiation in 2004. The Emergency Medicine residency at Henry Ford Wyandotte is a three-year training program consisting of a meticulously designed curriculum in accordance with current American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEP) requirements for Graduate Medical Education in Emergency Medicine. Effective 2017, our program is now fully accredited through ACGME. Our training emphasizes methodical advancement of resident responsibilities over the three year program, and it is designed to facilitate learning in a graduated, goal-oriented fashion. Through direct supervision and regular evaluation, we monitor the progress of our residents provide both direct and indirect feedback to help guide your progress. It is our goal that our residents will be able to diagnose, stabilize, and manage any patient presenting to the emergency room with confidence and competence. We have been in collaboration with Henry Ford Hospital, the Children's Hospital of Michigan, the Detroit Medical Center, Baltimore Shock Trauma Center, Hurley Hospital, and the Wyandotte Fire Department to provide a thorough, multi-disciplinary experience. Upon completion of their training, residents should be qualified and eligible for certification by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Graduated residents will be eligible to sit for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) EM Boards.

Our department values incorporation of state of the art innovation and technology in order to facilitate the best possible education for our residents. The department encompasses 39 patient rooms, including 3 fully functional trauma resuscitation bays. We also have a newly renovated triage area, which now allows for 4 nursing triage bays and 3 EMS-specific triage rooms. Our newly renovated Express Care department has a brand new nursing and mid level computer station and 9 individual fast track patient rooms. The Department has an X-ray suite within the department, as well as two CT scanners and an ultrasound suite on the same floor. Radiology technicians and radiologists are available 24 hours a day. In addition, 2 mobile ultrasound machines are present in the department exclusively for emergency physician use in bedside imaging, including our state of the art Sonosite Export. Our ED pharmacist station provides for rapid access and distribution of medications as well as physician consultation. A clinical pharmacist is typically present for resuscitations and procedural sedations. Our outstanding EM physician assistants complement our delivery of health care throughout the Department, caring for low acuity patients to allow residents to focus on our higher acuity patients. In 2005, Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital opened a second full-service Emergency Department at the Henry Ford Health Center - Brownstown facility, which is located 9 miles from the Wyandotte campus in Brownstown, MI. This facility has improved the delivery of care to communities in our southern service area and provides additional training opportunities for our emergency program residents in a unique setting.

Our faculty members are committed to ensuring a supportive and engaging work environment in which to facilitate the highest level of learning. To aid in the transition into your intern year, we distribute a detailed curriculum manual that defines the goals and objectives of each individual rotation. This includes instructions and contact information as well as “helpful tips” from senior residents who have completed the rotation previously. Each intern is assigned both a resident and faculty mentor to help guide you throughout your journey in residency and beyond.

The program is designed to prepare the resident to achieve clinical expertise in emergency medicine while at the same time gaining a solid academic foundation. Our protected weekly didactic and educational sessions focus on high-yield board review, reading requirements in reputable textbooks, review of ACEP policy papers, as well as hand selected, peer-reviewed journal articles. As a supplement to our hands on learning, residents are scheduled for courses in the state of the art simulation centers: The Center for Simulation, Education and Research at Henry Ford Hospital, and the Institute for Medical Simulation at Mott Community College.

Emergency Medicine Staff at Wyandotte Group Shot

Upon completion of training, the resident will be experienced and proficient in executing all necessary life saving procedures. In addition, our residents are exposed to the administrative aspect of Emergency Medicine so they may begin developing the leadership skills necessary to effectively manage an emergency department. Plans for a newly renovated medical library, including, are in full-swing with tentative completion date set for the early 2018-2019 calendar year. Renovations will include multiple new computer workspaces with internet access to several nationally recognized medical journals and databases. Large break-out rooms with state of the art presentation capabilities, lockers, and call rooms will be available to residents 24/7. The Emergency Department utilizes a fully integrated Electronic Health Record system (Epic). The Department provides clinical training opportunities for our Emergency Medicine residents, residents from other training programs, EMS students, and medical students from M.D. and D.O. schools. We are currently accepting American citizens who have graduated from Caribbean medical schools.

Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital is a 379-bed Level III Trauma Center with an annual ED census of approximately 62,000. It maintains a full complement of board certified specialty physicians who emphasize high level communication and collaboration between specialties in order to provide patients with the upmost care and experience possible. Additional residency programs on site include traditional year internship, general surgery, podiatry, and obstetrics/gynecology.

The Henry Ford Health System has been at the forefront of the development of Early Goal-Directed Therapy and the Surviving Sepsis Campaign. Our faculty and residents continue to perform high-level research in sepsis, quality improvement, neurologic emergencies, etc. that help to set national standards for patient care.