About the Program

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency is a three-year program (PGY 1, 2, 3) designed to provide education and experience in the clinical, educational, administrative, and research aspects of emergency medicine and its allied fields. The clinical program is the cooperative endeavor of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State East Hospital and Nationwide Children's Hospital (NCH). The program is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Residents completing the program are eligible for board certification in Emergency Medicine. We currently offer 16 categorical emergency medicine positions.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the Department of Emergency Medicine are located on the largest unified university campus in the United States with outstanding academic and cultural environments. The Department of Emergency Medicine has full departmental status within The Ohio State University College of Medicine and many of our faculty serve in administrative roles within the medical center and the College of Medicine.
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Why choose Ohio State for your residency?

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of the largest academic medical centers in the country. It serves as a tertiary referral center for the state of Ohio as well as neighboring states, and delivers primary care to a large segment of central Ohio. The size and resources of our emergency department at the main campus are rapidly expanding. Our new emergency department features observation, oncology, hyperbarics, trauma resuscitation and imaging core pods. The new emergency department provides an exceptional setting for delivering outstanding patient care and for promoting leading-edge education for residents and students alike.
More than 200,000 patients are collectively treated at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children's Hospital emergency departments. Each of the sites provides care to a vast number of critically ill medical and surgical patients.

  • New state-of-the-art 110 bed emergency department
  • High-acuity patients: 10-15% of our patients are admitted to the ICU
  • Comprehensive longitudinal ultrasound program
  • Novel educational offerings such as small group sessions, professor rounds and coaching program
  • Generous stipend for attendance of national emergency medicine conferences and other educational resources
  • Spend one month working at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii – travel, car and housing are provided
  • Close working relationship with The Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • 220,000 patients treated per year at our three major clinical sites
  • Three NIH funded researchers in our department
  • Over 1,200 inpatient beds in The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • The only burn center in central Ohio
  • The only emergency department in central Ohio with 24/7 hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) treatment available
  • Columbus is the 15th largest city in the U.S.

Curriculum and Rotations

Emergency Medicine Residency curriculum

Emergency Medicine Residency curriculum

Residents spend the majority of time at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. We also spend a total of five 1/2 blocks at Nationwide Children's Hospital, in addition to spending time at the Central Ohio Poison Center located there. We spend two blocks at Ohio State University Hospital East, which is the university’s affiliated community hospital. We do two blocks at Riverside Methodist Hospital. Our trauma surgical critical care block is at Grant Medical Center. One block is spent at another busy local community hospital, Mt. Carmel Medical Center. To round out the residency experience, we offer the option of spending a month working at Kaiser Permanente in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Curriculum and rotations

PGY-1 Curriculum (13 blocks)

The orientation curriculum in the first block is designed to orient new residents to the emergency departments at both Ohio State and Nationwide Children's, offer an intensive didactic experience highlighting management of emergent patient conditions, evaluation of ACGME level one milestones, and provide experience and certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS).

During the first year of the program, the resident will gain experience in a variety of disciplines relevant to Emergency Medicine. The experience in the management of pediatric emergencies is particularly strong, as are the core experiences in cardiology, anesthesia, orthopedics, obstetrics and medical and neurosurgical critical care. Residents will complete an immersive ultrasound experience. They also will choose from several selective subspecialty opportunities to personalize their residency experience. Sports Medicine faculty members will provide orthopedic instruction longitudinally.

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PGY-2 Curriculum (13 blocks)

During the second year, emphasis is placed on Emergency Medicine, with rotations at three sites to expose the resident to diverse clinical environments. This time focuses on development of progressive autonomy in patient management. In addition, the resident obtains experience in a variety of subspecialties including toxicology, trauma, and medical intensive care (or surgical critical care). Residents also develop their teaching and presentation skills during their 2-week medical education block.

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PGY-3 Curriculum (13 blocks)

The third year of the program provides the senior resident with the opportunity to accept responsibility for managing many patients simultaneously, while supervising and teaching junior level residents and students in the emergency departments of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Ohio State University Hospital East and Nationwide Children's Hospital. This graded responsibility helps senior residents gain independence and expertise in managing the department. The senior resident will receive experience in emergency department administration and management of emergency medical service systems.

Residents have an active role in the facilitation of small group-based didactic conferences, presiding over morbidity and mortality conferences and conducting follow-up conferences on particularly educational patient presentations.

Numerous electives are available as part of the third-year curriculum. Although unlimited possibilities exist, popular electives include: Community Medicine in Hawaii, Sports Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine, Aeromedical Transport, Ophthalmology, Critical Care, Anesthesia, Oral Surgery, Disaster Medicine or EMS. The third-year resident can also participate in an immersive research or administration experience during this time.

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EMS Curriculum

The interaction between prehospital providers and emergency physicians is a vital component in the evaluation and care for the patients treated in the emergency department. A thorough knowledge of the capabilities of and restraints placed on prehospital providers is essential to better understand the care provided prior to arriving in our emergency department.
Curriculum goals
Provide the resident with a working knowledge of EMS systems and prehospital care to assure competency in providing online and offline medical direction.

The majority of the curriculum will be completed during the two-week rotation, which is outlined below. In addition, during their first year residents will complete the MedFlight protocol and test, which will allow them to act as Medical Control Physicians for MedFlight of Ohio calls. Residents are also expected to attend at least one prehospital disaster drill and one Central Ohio Trauma System meeting during their residency.

Week 1
Week 2


Orientation, lectures: EMS basics, EMS dispatch, online medical direction, EMS procedure lab


Monday: ALS shift, FEMA 230 D course 


Tuesday: ALS shift, FEMA 230 D course

Tuesday: Truro lecture, EBM protocol review
Wednesday: Resident conference, fire alarm office observation 

Wednesday: Resident conference, helicopter utilization review

Thursday: CSCC lecture, medical director observation/chart review

Thursday: EMS podcast recording, ALS shift

Friday: ALS shift, FEMA 230 D course



Friday: MedFlight Shift (air or ground)



Ultrasound Curriculum

The Department of Emergency Medicine's commitment to excellence in emergency medicine training includes educating residents in the performance of core and advanced ultrasound exams in the care for our patients. There are many opportunities for the resident to get involved within our curriculum and we believe that all future emergency medicine physicians can master this technology with guidance, mentorship and the opportunities to deliberately practice this psychomotor skill.
Ultrasound is an integral tool for emergency physicians and a strong focus of the Emergency Medicine Residency at The Ohio State University. Residents have a longitudinal ultrasound experience, with both a dedicated longitudinal curriculum and integration into clinical shifts. Our program is at the leading edge, with up-to-date ultrasound machines, wireless connectivity and a state-of-the-art skills training area. Leading faculty have championed training and use of ultrasound in emergency medicine and critical care at this facility and worldwide. Upon graduation, our residents become credentialed in emergency indications for ultrasound and many have taken positions as ultrasound directors at their new facilities.
Ultrasound training includes:
  • Cardiac
  • Aorta
  • FAST
  • Ultrasound guided procedures
  • Renal
  • Transabdominal for pregnancy
  • Pelvic/transvaginal
  • Hepatobiliary
  • Vascular
  • Ocular

Hawaii Elective Rotation (PGY-3)

This rotation is a one-block exposure to community emergency medicine at the Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center in Honolulu. Third-year residents choosing this elective will manage patients in the emergency department presenting with a wide variety of acute complaints under the supervision of attending physicians. The population has a unique culture and a higher percentage of elderly patients. This elective also provides an opportunity for residents to practice in a health maintenance organization (HMO) care setting. Additionally, the residents will have eight hours of didactic training in hyperbaric medicine at the Kuakini Medical Center.


Didactics and Conferences

Didactics and Conferences

The Department of Emergency Medicine at OSU has a strong academic history. Although it is impossible to replace hands-on experience, a variety of non-clinical formats are employed to complement this learning.


Emergency medicine conferences take place weekly every Wednesday morning and include four to five hours of small group discussions, morbidity and mortality sessions focusing on cognitive errors, simulation and procedure sessions, guest lectures and case conferences. The format of this educational setting is specifically designed to be innovative and interactive.
Emergency medicine conferences are attended by education faculty and are considered protected times for residents working in the emergency department and nearly all off-service rotations. Conferences promote self-directed learning using a "flipped classroom" model. In preparation for the weekly small group discussions, residents review various educational resources pertaining to the topics being covered. Small group sessions, which are evidence-based, are led by both emergency medicine education faculty and senior residents. Teaching faculty attempt to maximize the use of technology in both the clinical and didactic settings. Asynchronous learning opportunities exist with FOAMed educational activities, online modules and a question bank available to each resident.
As part of the curriculum, visiting professors of national prominence are invited to share their expertise in specific areas of emergency medicine.
During the first year of residency, additional didactic sessions are scheduled during the month of July to provide an overview of emergency medicine and an orientation to the curriculum. At Ohio State, emphasis is placed on active learning and engaging, thought-provoking educational formats. Longitudinal tracks were implemented in 2016-2017 to further foster residents’ interests in emergency medicine specialty areas and provide career development opportunities.


Pre-hospital care is emphasized throughout the residency program. The curriculum is both longitudinal and concentrated in a dedicated two-week block in the PGY-2 year under the direction of EMS faculty and fellows. In addition to accompanying paramedic teams on emergency calls, residents will be directly involved in the planning and operation of the EMS systems.
Since 2004, the Center for EMS at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been dedicated to improving outcomes for cardiac arrest, trauma and other patients in our community. A cooperative effort between the Department of Emergency Medicine, Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center and the Center for EMS (CEMS) seeks to provide an educational and research resource to the central Ohio EMS community. By uniting the efforts of the pre-hospital provider with the hospital-based team, the CEMS is dedicated to providing everyone in the community the best opportunity for survival and improved quality of life.
MedFlight of Ohio is the critical care transport service serving central Ohio and operated by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, Grant Medical Center and Akron General Hospital. Howard Werman, MD, serves as Medflight’s medical director and also is a active member of our OSU emergency medicine faculty. Online medical control for the helicopter and mobile ICU is provided by the emergency department at Ohio State. Residents may also elect to participate in patient transports with the crew of MedFlight and will participate in physician medical direction of the program.

Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center

The changing nature of medical practice and the national demand for accountability in medical education highlight the need for a leading edge clinical skills center. National accrediting bodies are challenging medical education institutions to demonstrate that medical students and residents possess the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes essential to the practice of medicine.
The Clinical Skills Education and Assessment Center at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a state-of-the-art training center simulating actual patient care experiences. The facility features patient room encounters, patient models, standardized patients, high-tech patient simulators and electronic monitoring stations. It offers simulated intensive care unit, emergency department and operating rooms, as well as dedicated space for ultrasound training and hands-on procedural training. The center provides exciting opportunities for comprehensive interdisciplinary education. We anticipate continued acquisition of high-fidelity simulators to meet a broad range of educational needs.
Emergency medicine residents participate in weekly simulation and procedural sessions to practice skills pertinent to emergency medicine processes and procedures.

National Conferences

The residency provides funds and time off annually for the PGY-1 and PGY-3 classes to attend a conference. This conference time has been proven to be both educational and fun. Many residents value the bonding experience with co-residents and faculty, the dedicated educational experience and the opportunity to become involved in emergency medicine at a regional and national level. Currently, the PGY-1 class attends the SAEM Annual Meeting, and the PGY-3 class attends the ACEP Scientific Assembly. The department will also support residents who have original research accepted for presentation and those serving on national committees.

Research and Scholarly Activity

Residents are required to participate in at least one scholarly activity during the course of their training. This may be a basic science project, a clinical or epidemiological study, a case report or a collective clinical review of publishable quality. The purpose of the requirement is to introduce the resident to the critical evaluation of the biomedical literature and research methodology. Emergency medicine faculty are active in all facets of research and scholarly activity and serve to guide residents through this requirement.
For basic science research projects, the faculty are actively involved in interdisciplinary research within the university. In addition, ongoing pre-hospital and emergency department clinical research projects provide an opportunity for residents to participate in robust nationally recognized clinical studies. Residents are encouraged to publish and present at regional or national meetings during their training. Emergency medicine residents gain an understanding of evidence-based medicine principles and learn to critically review literature under the guidance of our research faculty.

Application Process

Prospective Emergency Medicine residents

Prospective Emergency Medicine residents

Interview dates for the 2018-2019 season have not yet been finalized.  We expect to post this information in August so please check back!  If you have any additional questions regarding our program, be sure to access the Contact page from the Helpful Links menu at the bottom of the page for our contact information.

Interview Details

We typically begin to extend invitations to interview about seven to 10 days after the MSPE is released. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, and we continue to send offers to interview throughout the fall/winter. The timing of an invitation is not indicative of your strength as an applicant, but simply a reflection of the time intensive process it takes to thoroughly review your materials as we consider the entirety of your application in the decision-making process. We begin to send rejections towards the end of October and continue throughout the entire season as we fill our schedule.
We never offer more invitations than we have open spots to interview, so rest assured you will have a spot when you receive an invitation. We use Interview Broker to schedule interview dates.
There are so many amazing students who apply to our program, and although we would love to meet as many as possible, due to the sheer volume of interest, we do limit our invitations to a select group of applicants. We look forward to reviewing your materials, and we wish each of you the best of luck in the Match! 

Important Facts about OSUWMC's Initial and "For Cause" Drug Screening Policy

All residents and fellows at OSUWMC are considered "Limited Medical Staff." As such, they are bound by medical staff policies and procedures. All residents and fellows must complete initial drug screening before credentialing can occur (spring). If the credentialing screening drug test is positive for any of the tested substances without a physician's prescription for that substance, and notification of such prior to testing, the resident's/fellow's contract and any commitment to accept the trainee will immediately be void until he/she successfully completes a substance use assessment and/or treatment at an Ohio State Medical Board approved treatment site.
Substances tested:
  • Marijuana/cannabinoids*
  • Cocaine and metabolites
  • Amphetamine/methamphetamine
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Opiates
  • Barbiturates
  • Methadone
  • Oxycodone
  • Phencyclidine (PCP)
  • Propoxyphene
*Additional notation about marijuana:

Several states have legalized medical and/or other marijuana use. OSUWMC will continue to consider a positive test for marijuana/cannabinoids without a physician's written direction as a positive drug test. Dilute urines specimens may also be considered positive tests and repeated. Marijuana with occasional use/exposure can cause a positive drug screen for four to six weeks (even longer with more frequent use/exposure or with certain body characteristics).
Rotations outside OSUWMC:
Many hospitals, including affiliates with the residency/fellowship programs, may require repeated drug screening before residents/fellows can start rotations or have other random or for cause drug testing policies at those sites. This means that residents/fellows are likely to have additional routine drug screening throughout their training before going to other hospitals in or outside of central Ohio. A positive test at any training site will result in suspension of training and other potential action.
For cause screening:
Any medical staff member, including limited medical staff, may be required to submit to alcohol or drug testing for cause. Failure to complete screening within two hours will be considered a positive test and result in suspension and other potential action.

EM Residency Leadership

Our leaders

Sorabh Khandelwal, MD

Sorabh Khandelwal, MD

EM Residency Director

Choosing the right emergency medicine training program is one of the most important decisions you will make. Our program offers a comprehensive education within a nurturing environment. Through our resident selection process, we look for highly motivated candidates who will become leaders in emergency medicine.

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Andrew King

Andrew King, MD

EM Assistant Residency Director

Assistant Professor

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Geremiha Emerson, MD

EM Assistant Residency Director

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Simiao Li-Sauerwine, MD

EM Assistant Residency Director

Assistant Professor

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Mark Angelos

Mark Angelos, MD

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our Department of Emergency Medicine's Residency Program. Having been part of this program for the past 24 years, I have had the opportunity to see this program grow from its infancy to one of the strongest programs in the country.

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Daniel Martin

Daniel Martin, MD, MBA

Vice Chair for Education

Having held the position of Emergency Medicine Residency Director and now as the Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine Residency Director and Vice Chair of Education, I have the privilege of overseeing our department's education mission. 

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