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Emergency Medicine

Pathway Directors

Karima Sajadi, M.D. Office #
krp25@drexel.edu (215) 762-2368


Maria Fuentes  

Drexel Fourth Year Discipline Based Pathway System

Pathway Director's Advice On Commonly Asked Questions

Click on each question below to see the response:

How important is it for a student to have completed some type of research to match in this specialty? When should the research be done? Does it have to be specialty specific?

Research is not required, however it is of some benefit to the candidate
to have had experience as long as it does not detract from the other
components of their application (board scores, performance in class, on
rotations, etc.) Because of the breadth of emergency medicine, it is not
necessary to have done research within the specialty, although it is

Are research opportunities available in your department?

Yes. Interested students may contact Dr. Pasirstein or Dr. Sajadi. Depending on their specific
interest, they will be matched with the appropriate faculty members.

Are shadowing opportunities available?

Yes. Interested students may contact me.

Are away rotations essential to a successful match in your specialty?

"Away" rotations are not required but they are strongly recommended to both confirm the student's interest in the specialty and to give the
student a "leg up" in the interview process at a preferred institution. At a minimum, students need 2 Standard Letter of Evaluation (SLOE) to be a competitive applicant. Drexel offers a few clinical "home" sites that can each produce a SLOE (Hahnemann, York, Crozer, Allegheny). Please keep in mind that both home and away rotations must be done at a hospital/clinical site that has an EM residency training program so that you can get a SLOE written. More than 2 away rotations are discouraged to ensure that students have a wide variety of experience their 4th year.

What are career opportunities after training?

There are a variety of both ACGME approved sub-specialties (Toxicology, Pediatric EM, Hyperbaric and undersea medicine, EMS, Critical Care, Palliative Care, Sports Medicine) and non ACGME fellowships including Ultrasound, Administrative, Education, Simulation, Global Health/Travel medicine, and Public Health.

How would you describe the career-life balance for this specialty?

While shift-work can be challenging, the work-life balance is one fo the reasons that people choose EM.

What can students do in the 1st and 2nd years to explore and/or prepare for this career?

Do well in school, as just about every subject is applicable to EM. We seek well-rounded students who have outside interests beyond EM, but yeat are academically successful.

Go to the Drexel Careers Development Center for information on residency planning, match results, FREIDA (lists of residency training programs across the country) and more.

Drexel and Clinical Site Residency Programs

Drexel Medical Student Interest Group

Emergency Medicine Interest Group: emig.drexelmed@gmail.com

Specialty Description

A physician who specializes in Emergency Medicine focuses on the immediate decision making and action necessary to prevent death or any further disability both in the pre-hospital setting by directing emergency medical technicians and in the emergency department. The emergency physician provides immediate recognition, evaluation, care, stabilization and disposition of a generally diversified population of adult and pediatric patients in response to acute illness and injury. (Source: http://www.aamc.org/students/cim/pub_emergencymed.htm)

Time Requirement

The format of residency training emergency medicine varies. There are three year programs (PGY1-3) and four year programs (PGY1-4). There are also several five year combined training programs (EM/IM, EM/FP, EM/Peds). Additional training from 1-2 years is required to be certified in the subspecialty areas.


National Organizations

The national specialty organizations can provide medical students with excellent resources as well as updates on current activities within the field, conferences, and on-going research opportunities and research funding.

Residency Application and Match Info*

  National Statistic DUCoM
Average Application Count by Specialty (2017)** 62.3 50.8
Mean Number of programs ranked in matched specialty (2014-2016)*** 11.9 14.6
Application Services ERAS  
Matching Program

Drexel Match Data -- 2014 - 2015 - 2016 - 2017 - 2018

*The number of applications and programs ranked will vary based on many factors. Students should seek advice from their Pathway Advisor and/or their Student Affairs Career Advisor in conjunction with the data above.
**Data drawn from ERAS data
*** Data drawn from NRMP Characterstics of Matched Seniors

AAMC - Careers in Medicine

General Information:Careers in Medicine
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Specialty Specific Opportunities

For external research, volunteering, educational, and other opportunities check the Career Advisiing Website pages on Research and Community, Educational, and Externship Opportunities. Most of these opportunities are summer programs however some are available throughout the year.