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Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Growing Leaders in the Classroom and the Clinic

Welcome to The Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Here, you’ll find all the information you need to decide if our program, with its unique experiences and opportunities, is the right match so that you can grow.


Welcome from the Program Director

Dr. Regan
Linda Regan, M.D., Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

Thank you for your interest in our four-year residency program.

The Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency Program is an innovative educational program that pairs exceptional clinical training in some of the most exciting emergency departments (EDs) in the country with individualized niche development within the most dynamic areas of our field. Residents work and learn in urban and community settings while surrounded by some of the brightest medical minds in the country—both in emergency medicine and across specialties.

Johns Hopkins is home to a high acuity and diverse patient population, a busy adult Level 1 trauma center, the only regional Level 1 pediatric trauma center, the regional burn unit and the regional eye referral center for the state of Maryland. Within a health care system spanning urban Level 1 trauma centers and smaller community EDs, these unique clinical experiences allow our program to train superb, well-rounded emergency physicians who are ready to practice in any medical setting.

Residents’ final year of training is dedicated to developing bedside teaching and supervisory skills in the ED while completing an embedded fellowship-level experience as part of our Focused Advanced Specialty Training (FAST) track. Postgraduate year four (PGY-4) FAST residents receive significant protected time, funding based on an individualized budget and dedicated mentorship with the goal of developing expertise, scholarship and critical skills needed to start either an academic or leadership career.

The aims of our program are to:

  1. Recruit top candidates.
  2. Inspire residents to develop passion and expertise within a niche in emergency medicine under experienced mentorship.
  3. Produce well-rounded and versatile clinicians who can care for the entire spectrum of patients with emergencies.
  4. Nurture future leaders in emergency medicine and beyond.
  5. Create an environment that promotes a focus on wellness and resiliency.
  6. Develop critical skills around lifelong learning.

Watch the Residency Program Videos

A Day in the Life in the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency Program

From training to caring for patients to celebrating a special bond with a diverse team, find out what life is like as a resident in the Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine.

A Dynamic Residency Program

Johns Hopkins offers one of the most dynamic emergency medicine residency programs in the U.S. Watch the video to learn why.


Opportunity Abounds: A Unique Four-Year Program and FAST

GABOR KELEN Gabor Kelen, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

The Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency Program is one of the oldest and most dynamic in the country, offering residents the opportunity to work and learn in a large urban hospital setting surrounded by some of the brightest medical minds in the world. Residents have access to a broad range of opportunities at the many campuses of the Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland.

Our unique four-year program provides residents with the opportunity to spend their final year of training focused on an area of interest so they can develop specialized expertise. Fourth-year residents take on the schedule of a typical academic physician while working under the guidance of a dedicated faculty mentor to become skilled in one of many emergency medicine subspecialties. We call this Focused Advanced Specialty Training.

While there’s no question our residents have many exciting challenges, they also form strong friendships with their peers and lasting professional relationships with the Johns Hopkins faculty. There is also ample time to enjoy Baltimore—a cultural gem and one of the most charming cities on the East Coast.

At the end of the day, the goal of the residency program is to challenge, engage and inspire our residents to emerge as world class leaders in emergency medicine and beyond.

The Four-Year Program

The Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency transitioned from a three-year to a four-year program in July 2008. The four-year program allows residents to enjoy significant augmentation of academic and specialized experiences, which have become increasingly necessary as our specialty continues to evolve.

The Johns Hopkins four-year program, called FAST, is unique in the country—in the fourth year the program follows the format of a traditional subspecialty fellowship. Since many fellowships are two years long, one major advantage to the program is that the FAST track chosen may be considered equivalent to the completion of an entire year of a fellowship (similar to advanced placement) at Johns Hopkins. Further subspecialty fellowship training in the area chosen, should it be pursued, is one year less than the standard program.

Johns Hopkins has developed formally approved fellowships, and the FAST tracks align with most of the fellowship areas. They are: administration/leadership, disaster/austere EM, EMS, global emergency services, international EM, medical education, observation medicine, palliative care, pediatric EM, research, science of health care delivery, social EM, tactical medicine, toxicology and ultrasound.

Declaration of the FAST track chosen by a resident can occur as late as the third year, allowing the resident to fully explore the possibilities before committing to an area of focus. Once in the fourth year, each resident works clinically in the ED for a total of 1,080 hours annually in both primary patient care and supervisory roles. Residents spend the remainder or their nonclinical time working toward completion of the goals and objectives of their track(s). We believe this longitudinal yearlong experience enables residents to be productive and offers ample opportunity for participation in research, teaching, course work in our school of public health, international electives and other opportunities.

Residents graduate from our emergency medicine training program not only as excellent emergency physicians who are equipped to practice in any setting, but also as academicians who have begun to develop a niche within our ever growing specialty.

Gabor Kelen, M.D.
Professor and Chair

Linda Regan, M.D.
Program Director and Vice Chair for Education