Program Director's Welcome
Thank you for your interest in the Emergency Medicine Residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City.
The EM residency at SLR is a program where the faculty and residents care deeply about their patients as well as their education. Here you will find the full spectrum of disease and acuity as well as trauma resulting in a wide range of clinical learning opportunities. We have one of the most diverse patient populations in the world. The weekly educational conference is interactive, exciting, evidence-based and rigorous. Our graduates are prepared to surpass the demands of any practice environment and equipped to excel both clinically and academically. Our philosophy centers on a balanced and healthy approach to training which emphasizes resident well-being. Our residents and faculty are unusually happy, energetic and engaged. Training at SLR provides all this as well as the opportunity to live in one of the most exciting cities in the world. St. Luke's/Roosevelt is an academic affiliate and teaching hospital of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. The EM residency at SLR is an ACGME fully accredited PGY 1-2-3 program with 42 EM residents and 40 full time faculty, located on two campuses on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. We serve patients from Greenwich Village and Midtown, the Theater District, Morningside Heights and Harlem. The two campuses are 3 miles apart and our residents spend their time equally at both sites.
St. Luke's and Roosevelt Hospitals have been steadily caring for patients, serving the community, fostering medical research and innovation, and training new doctors in nearly every specialty since they first opened their doors in 1858 and 1871 respectively. Excellent, patient-centered medical care provided with compassion and respect, regardless of ability to pay, have always been central to the mission and remain so today.
St. Luke's is a level 1 Trauma Center and NYC Stroke Center, located on 113th St. and Amsterdam Ave, adjacent to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Columbia University. Roosevelt is 2.5 miles south of St. Luke's situated between Columbus Circle and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. The emergency departments at SLR are busy with a combined census of 200,000 patient visits/year including 29,000 pediatric patient visits to St. Luke's and 8,000 pediatric visits to Roosevelt. This makes us the 9th busiest ED in the country with our combined total.
Roosevelt recently finished a major renovation resulting in a state of the art ED. The well thought-out spacious design facilitates our care of patients and includes a 3 bed fully equipped resuscitation room, separate gyn suite, radiology suite with CT scanner, fast track area, multiple viewing stations for review of imaging studies, fully computerized patient tracking and order system (EMSTAT), pneumatic tube system for labs, negative pressure rooms, Language-line and American Sign Language interpreter service in every patient room, and plenty of well lit physician work areas.
The ED is virtually paperless with fully computerized ordering and charting and systems to retrieve the previous medical records and studies in seconds. We work with outstanding, professional and well-trained nursing staff. We have a dedicated and energetic support staff including our techs, social workers, sexual assault forensic examiners, and security. The ED has its own pre-hospital care division and our paramedics and EMT's are part of our team. Both sites have separate psychiatric emergency departments and the St. Luke's site has a separate Pediatric ED.
SLR is home to over 30 fully accredited post-graduate training programs with more than 300 residents and fellows and there is a collegial environment with other services. We have 24 hour/day 365 days/year coverage by our Stroke and AMI teams and we work closely with our medical and cardiac critical care services to implement induced hypothermia for survivors of out of hospital cardiac arrest.
Our 40 board certified EM Faculty are diverse, energetic, and approachable. They provide continuous direct supervision while fostering increasing levels of responsibility for our residents. Most hold faculty appointments at Columbia University and all are committed to excellence and innovation in teaching in a lively and interactive environment. Many of our faculty attendings hold advanced degrees or fellowship training in addition to their EM residency training including Ultrasound, Pediatric EM, Global Health and Toxicology and Research.