Welcome to the Emergency Medicine Residency Program
The Department of Emergency Medicine is focused on providing diverse educational experience for our emergency medicine residents leading to board certification. Each resident will have ample opportunity to develop clinical skills through formal education and direct patient care with an emergency medicine team that cares for more than 140,000 patients each year.
We are eager to offer you the opportunity to learn at one of Pennsylvania's largest teaching hospitals. Graduate medical education is a valued tradition that began more than a half-century ago at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).
LVHN offers the unique benefits of residency training in both a community hospital and a regional referral center. The hospital's high patient volume, dedicated teaching attendings and diversity of clinical services create an outstanding environment for graduate medical education.
LVHN has more than 950 beds in operation, and the educational experience is broadened by an aeromedical transport system that conducts flights for our regional Level I trauma center.
Residents work in LVHN's pediatric emergency room and also rotate at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the nation's first pediatric hospital that ranks among the best in multiple specialities according to U.S. News and World Report. The program also includes rotations through inpatient pediatric floors and the pediatric intensive care unit, making you comfortable taking care of the sickest of our pediatric patients.
The residency program also gives residents the unique experience available at the George E. Moerkirk Emergency Medicine Institute, which trains more than 10,000 students annually and uses sophisticated teaching tools that include a human patient simulator.
You will have ample EMS/disaster medicine training. Annual drills are held during Grand Rounds, where we take out the Mobile Surge Tents, put on HAZMAT gear and learn about bioterrorism response, multi-casualty incident command and natural disaster response. You will have the opportunity to become an EMS Resident Medical Director for one of our many local EMS agencies, including MedEvac.
Residents will have the opportunity to provide acute medical care for participants and attendees at events such as NASCAR races at Pocono Raceway, the LVHN VIA Marathon and Bethlehem's widely acclaimed week-long Musikfest.
Our pod system allows for dedicated one-on-one time with the attending. As you grow in your role as a physician you will gain increased responsibility teaching junior residents and medical students. You receive on-shift feedback as well as written feedback through the New Innovations website.
You will attend national-caliber lectures. Several of our faculty are prominent national speakers. We also bring in national speakers from across the country nearly every month. These are the same speakers you will see at SAEM, ACEP, AAEM and ACOEP conferences.
Research is a top priority, as is evidence-based medicine. We have many attendings who are dedicated to providing the most current medical care. Journal club occurs monthly, during which current articles are discussed in a group setting. All residents are required to participate in a research project. Staff members and researchers are available to assist at all times.
Kevin Weaver, DO
Program director, Department of Emergency Medicine Residency
David Burmeister, DO
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine