Emergency Medicine Residency Curriculum
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 (Thursdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m.). Visiting speakers from all over the country enhance this with a two-hour lecture monthly. EM journal club meets once per month.
Resident-run morning report occurs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at Cedar Crest emergency department. Morning simulation cases occur every Tuesday at both Cedar Crest and Muhlenberg sites.
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 during third and fourth year 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.