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Introduction to the EM Residency

Residency Program

Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Contact: Kara Welch Residency Program Coordinator
Location: EMSTAT, Suite 103
550 East Genesee Street, Syracuse, NY 13202
Phone: (315) 464-6225
Email: [email protected]

The Upstate Medical University Emergency Medicine program in Syracuse, NY provides its residents with one of the highest quality learning environments in both academic and community settings. The Department of Emergency Medicine exists to promote the specialty of Emergency Medicine and related specialties through excellence in scholarly patient care, education, and research.

Upstate Emergency Department
Total Visits: 108,667
Pediatric: 31,721 (29.2%)
Adult: 76,946 (70.8%)

Just as the field of Emergency Medicine is always changing, the EM program at Upstate is equally dynamic:

  • Annual curriculum enhancements including community medicine, bi-annual retreats and expansion of evidence-based medicine, among others.
  • In 1993 the Emergency Medicine Training Center was established.
  • In 1995, Upstate Emergency Medicine began providing medical coverage for all major events at the Carrier Dome, including Syracuse University athletic events. This provides residents with opportunities to train providing emergency care at mass gathering events.
  • In November 2005 the EM-STAT (Emergency Medicine: Simulation Technology and Training) Center was created.
  • In August 2005 the Alternate site Emergency Department at the New York State Fairgrounds, sponsored in part by SUNY Upstate and the university's Center for Emergency Preparedness, was opened.
  • In July of 2008, Upstate Emergency Medicine and physicians at Community General Hospital in Syracuse joined together to become one practice group, thus expanding our clinical sites to include Community's Emergency Department.
  • In 2009, former Emergency Medicine Chair, Dr. John McCabe, became Senior Vice President for Hospital Affairs/Chief Executive Officer of Upstate University Hospital. He held this position until 2017.
  • In 2016 the new Pediatric Emergency Department opened, providing a dedicated space centered on pediatric care. With bright colors and its own x-ray suite, patients under the age of 19 can get the best care possible.
  • The 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic required a hospital-wide response with the Emergency Department playing a central role. The department was divided into "clean" and "dirty" sides to better serve our patients and protect staff.

Existing as part of the SUNY Upstate Medical University, the Upstate Emergency Medicine Residency Program was established in 1991 as a three year training program. The first graduating class of six residents completed their training in 1995. Alumni have spread throughout the United States and have found jobs in a variety of clinical settings including fellowship positions.

Now graduating eleven residents per year, the Upstate EM program has enjoyed the honor of maintaining accreditation by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) since its inception.