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Program Director's Welcome

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Thank you for your interest in the Yale New Haven Emergency Medicine Residency Program. As Program Director, I am privileged to be the leader of such an outstanding group of residents with a tremendous supporting cast of faculty and staff. The mission of the residency program is to advance the science and the practice of Emergency Medicine (EM). The four-year program gained accreditation in 1995 and enrolled its first class of residents in June 1996. In 2019, we received approval to accept up to 19 residents per year, making our training program one of the largest in the country. In 2014, under the direction of Dr. Steven L. Bernstein, we established the Yale Emergency Scholars (YES) program. This unique five-year program is the first of its kind in the field of EM. YES residents fulfill all the requirements of the residency and use their elective time focused on research education, including courses in qualitative and quantitative methods, biostatistics, and grant writing. They graduate with their fellow classmates and continue directly into a one-year Research Fellowship at Yale. In addition to expanding their skills and knowledge in research, they will also earn a Master of Health Science degree from Yale.

The focus of our residency program is to provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art training to prepare clinically superior leaders in emergency medicine. Small group and simulation education are major contributors to resident education, attributing to 75% of weekly conferences. When the Yale Center for Medical Simulation opened, we integrated a two-week simulation rotation into each residency class schedule annually, for a total of eight weeks of simulation. The program includes trauma, medical and pediatric, procedural and toxicology cases. We also offer Areas of Concentration, allowing each resident to select one or two of eight areas they would like to pursue in depth, including Administration, Critical Care, Education / Simulation, EMS, Global Health / Public Health, Toxicology, Ultrasound, and Wilderness Medicine.

With the goal of training tomorrow's leaders in emergency medicine, the Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) faculty is carefully selected to include scholars with academic expertise and an unwavering commitment to the promotion and advancement of EM. The faculty have trained at many of the leading residency programs in the United States and a large number have completed fellowships in EM subspecialties. The Yale DEM faculty are comprised of nationally recognized experts in disaster medicine, education, EMS, wilderness medicine, toxicology, critical care medicine, substance use disorders, and ultrasound. Current areas of research include injury prevention, alcohol screening/intervention and substance use disorder programs, ultrasound, prehospital medicine, and toxicology. Our faculty are also active at a national level, holding leadership roles in organizations such as the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), the National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), and the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Thank you for your interest in the Yale New Haven Emergency Medicine Residency Program.


David Della-Giustina, MD, FACEP, FAWM

Program Director