The emergency medicine residency program is geared toward producing physicians of a consultant level, ready to pursue a growing number of career pathways within the specialty.
Our formula for optimizing learning involves the interplay of four unique factors: a philosophy that places residents at the center of patient management, a concentration of patients with high acuity, departmental and resident autonomy and a full spectrum of presenting pathologies.
About the Residency Program
Emergency medicine is different than other specialties. In addition to primary care skills, the emergency physician must be able to provide simultaneous care to multiple ill and injured patients. From the very beginning of their training, residents are provided an opportunity to learn how to prioritize the management of multiple patients within a system that is designed specifically for that purpose. The acuity of patients presenting to LAC+USC Medical Center and our affiliated private facilities (which are all designated trauma centers) is very high. As residents advance through the program, they are given progressively more responsibility for the overall patient flow through the department, until their senior year when they are charged with the responsibility of the entire clinical department. This process takes place under the supervision of an experienced faculty member whose primary function is to supervise and teach, allowing the residents the independence to develop into confident and seasoned practitioners.
The role of LAC+USC as a central referral center ensures a steady stream of patients from throughout the County and beyond that require the services and expertise of a tertiary academic center. Not only do residents have an opportunity to manage the most complex medical and traumatic resuscitations, they have a robust experience in areas not commonly encountered in community hospitals, such as acute presentations of tropical diseases and the full spectrum of law enforcement related and forensic pathology.
We participate in the National Residency Matching Program and abide by all of their rules and regulations. We only accept applications through the NRMP.
We will consider all applicants who meet the minimum requirement for application as outlined by the Office of Graduate Medical Education at USC.
We review applications on a rolling basis throughout the interview season but encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible. After your application has been reviewed, you will either be invited, placed on the wait list, or you will receive a notice that we will not be inviting you for an interview. Our first set of interview invitations will be going out on October 13th 2016 at approximately 4PM PST and will continue on a rolling basis. All interview invitations will be sent out electronically. The timing of your invitation has no bearing on your final rank nor is it a reflection of your competitiveness.
(applicants with one of the following qualifications are eligible):
- Graduates of medical schools in the United States and Canada accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
- Graduates of colleges of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United Sates and Canada who meet the requirements of the Medical Board of California for residency training and meet one of the following qualifications:
- Have received a currently valid certificate from the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
- Have a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. jurisdiction.
- Graduates of medical schools outside the United States who have completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
We do not discriminate with regard to sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, or veteran status. Your application will be reviewed on the basis of the preparedness, ability, aptitude, academic credentials, communication skills, and personal qualities such as motivation and integrity.
We do not have a specific cutoff for minimum Step 1 scores nor do we require you to rotate with us to apply.
Required documents for all applicants:
The following documentation is required for all applicants for each program selected.
- Completed ERAS Application
- Dean’s Letter
- 3 Letters of Recommendation
- A minimum of one Emergency Medicine Standard Letter of Evaluation (SLOE)
- Medical School Transcript
- For M.D. applicants: A copy of your USMLE Step 1 score (and USMLE Step 2 CK/CS, if available)
- For D.O. applicants: A copy of your NBOME/COMLEX level I score (and NBOME/COMLEX level II, if available)
- Personal Statement
- Curriculum Vitae
- isa Status (if applicable)
Additional documents required from international medical school graduate applicants:
- In addition to the above-required materials, International Medical School Graduate applicants are required to also submit the following documentation with their application before it will be considered for review:
- A copy of your diploma with translation
- A copy of your current valid ECFMG Certificate
- A copy of your USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores
- An unconditional “Applicant Evaluation Status Letter” from the Medical Board of California in which they have determined that your undergraduate medical education is acceptable to satisfy licensure requirements as a physician and surgeon. This letter must be dated no earlier than one year prior to the date your training will begin. Otherwise, you must contact the Medical Board of California for an updated approval letter before your application will be reviewed. Or a valid California Medical License.
- International Medical Graduate applicants should contact the ECFMG for application materials and eligibility requirements with regard to registering with NRMP and ERAS.
- Applicants must complete USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CS, and Step 2 CK prior to starting the GY-1 year
Emergency Medicine Residency Coordinator
The residency program spans four years, in which residents rotate through a multitude of services from the cardiac care unit to obstetrics and more. Residents receive more autonomy with the progression of the program.
Emergency residents spend the majority of their training at LAC+USC Medical Center, but also rotate at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach.
One of the advantages of training in a 4-year program is the flexibility in the curriculum that residents are given. This allows our residents to carve out a niche for themselves within the larger specialty of emergency medicine.