Why a Fourth Year

Less than a quarter of emergency residency programs have a fourth year built into the curriculum. While some people may see an additional year of training as taking time away from starting a career, our residents value the many benefits that come from a wholly integrated, 48-month program.

“I think we utilize the fourth year here really well. Your level of comfort with sick patients and making decisions is only going to be strengthened. It also allows time to develop and really distinguish yourself as fellowship or job applicant at the end of the program.” — Nate Haas, M.D., Class of 2018

8 Great Reasons to Choose Four Years

More time to:

  1. Learn.
  2. Develop your clinical skills.
  3. Round out your résumé.
  4. Hone your soft skills.
  5. Lead in a supervisory role.
  6. Develop your specialty.
  7. Teach.
  8. Refine your career goals.

With a fourth year, our residents have time to complete comprehensive, broad-based training in a variety of diverse clinical training environments. A fourth year allows us to provide a deep rich experience in areas like critical care and pediatric emergency medicine.

By the time you reach your fourth year, you are clinically independent yet still have a support system in a structured setting to back you up. You gain invaluable experience staffing interns and working on the flow of the department. The longitudinal career development opportunities a fourth year affords will set you up for the most competitive fellowships and job openings.

“I think emergency medicine residency programs prepare you very well to do emergency medicine, but there is a question of where you learn to be a leader, to develop the skills you need to manage the business of emergency medicine, to be an administrator, to gain specialized skills that will make you marketable, increase your job opportunities that will give you career satisfaction and help fight burnout. That’s what a four-year program can give you.” — Robert Huang, M.D., Assistant Residency Program Director