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Curriculum - Emergency Medicine at MedStar Washington

In addition to the core principles of emergency care, our curriculum is designed to include focused training in pediatrics, critical care and trauma management. Structured to allow a progressively independent experience, our curriculum prepares residents to be exceptionally competent, confident, compassionate and efficient caregivers.

Critical care rotations

Residents spend five months training in various critical care venues, including:

  • A one-month rotation during PGY1 in MedStar Washington's Coronary Care Unit.
  • Rotations through the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital, the Medical Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
  • A one-month rotation during PGY2 at the R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. This includes time spent in the Trauma Surgical Intensive Care Unit.

Trauma rotations

MedStar Washington's trauma unit is the busiest Level 1 trauma center in Washington, D.C., with 24-hour in-house coverage by attending trauma surgeons. As the region's burn center, the center also sees a high volume of burn victims. The trauma unit provides residents with extensive and progressively independent experience in treating trauma patients.

  • First-year residents rotate for one month as a member of the MedSTAR trauma team.
  • Second-year residents rotate for one month at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
  • Third-year residents are assigned shifts in the MedSTAR trauma bay, where they alternate roles as trauma team leader and trauma procedure leader. Residents also respond to trauma codes during normal shifts at MedStar Washington to provide traumatic airway management.

Pediatrics rotations

Pediatrics is an essential component of emergency medicine training. Our clinical schedule incorporates pediatric training in a variety of settings to create a diverse and comprehensive experience which ensures continuous access to seasonal variations in illness. Current pediatric experience includes:

  • A one-month rotation during the PGY1 and PGY3 years in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Shady Grove Adventist Hospital, a community hospital in Montgomery County, Maryland which is staffed by physicians with subspecialty training and certification in pediatric emergency medicine.
  • Clinical shifts during the PGY1 and PGY2 years in the Children's National Medical Center Emergency Department. Children's National Medical Center shares a campus with MedStar Washington Hospital Center.
  • A one-month rotation during PGY2 in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
  • A one-month rotation during PGY3 in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Inova Fairfax Hospital.
  • Rotations during all three years in the Emergency Department at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.


For more information, please contact:

Nancy L. Kenny
Residency Coordinator
Department of Emergency Medicine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Suite NA1177
110 Irving Street, NW
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-877-8080
nancy.l.kenny@medstar.net