Lehigh Valley Health Network offers comprehensive resources to train emergency medicine residents. Because a four-year program should prepare you for a strong career, we have specialized academic tracks in administration, EMS/disaster medicine, ultrasonography, academic medicine/medical education, research, simulation and toxicology.

The residents spend approximately half of their time at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Cedar Crest and half at LVH-Muhlenberg. In addition to the 26 blocks of rotations in these two emergency departments, 26 blocks of specialty rotations are provided. These include medicine, cardiology, obstetrics, orthopedics, radiology, anesthesia, EMS/aeromedical, trauma, pediatric emergency medicine, toxicology and research/administration.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many shifts will I work each month?

PGY-1: 19-20 shifts per block (9-hour shifts)

PGY-2: 18-19 shifts per block (9-hour shifts)

PGY-3: 17-18 shifts per block (9-hour shifts)

PGY-4: 16-17 shifts per block (9-hour shifts)

How are didactics provided?

Emergency medicine grand rounds occur once per week. EM residents meet weekly for a five-hour didactic session. Visiting speakers from all over the country enhance this with a two-hour lecture monthly. EM journal club meets once per month. 

Morning report occurs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday in both Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg emergency departments.

What is the call frequency?

Call in the ED is on an as-needed basis. Call coverage is provided to the ED from certain off-service rotations to help ease the load from the residents scheduled on the emergency medicine rotation. The call person is only used in the event an emergency medicine resident calls out ill.

What are the rotations?

There are 26 months of emergency medicine and an additional month of pediatric emergency medicine. Additional rotations include neurology, trauma, toxicology, ICU, anesthesia, EMS, cardiology, obstetrics, pediatrics, PICU, medicine, orthopedics, electives and ultrasound/radiology.