Professional Development Tracks

Cultivate Your Specialty

One of the main benefits of our four-year program is our Professional Development Tracks. Residents explore a specialized area of emergency medicine and build substantial expertise within it. This in-depth training allows you to not only acquire additional competencies, but also to jump-start a career built around your passions.

Residents begin exploring professional development track options in the second year of the program and officially start the curriculum in the third year. Depending on the track, you will be invited to meet with or shadow upper residents and faculty to learn more about what you can expect.

All Professional Development Tracks offer residents:

  • Two years of specialized training.
  • Expert mentorship and development with faculty at the forefront of their field.
  • Opportunity to choose an area of interest and make it your own through individualized training.
  • Significant time to develop a niche skill set not typically available in residency.
  • Head start as a content expert in your career of choice.

Our current Professional Development Tracks include:

Health Care Administration

Emergency Medicine residents work on computers

This track prepares residents to assume and succeed in an academic position as a physician leader in a variety of domains, including:

  • Health care economics
  • Operations management
  • Advocacy and outreach
  • Information technology
  • Hospital administration
  • Professional and leadership development
  • Health care law and regulations
  • Human resource management
  • Quality management
  • Nursing

Through the use of small group seminars, expert panel discussions, workshops and assigned projects, participants will develop a substantial knowledge base and skills. In addition, participants will work with a mentor to develop a publishable scholarly work. One of the biggest benefits of this track is that residents learn and network with other trainees from across many medical disciplines.

“A lot of the employers I’ve been talking to have been impressed that I was able to get involved at such an advanced level, even in residency. My track afforded me the time, expertise and mentorship to make that happen, and my resume is a lot more robust because of that.” — Sarah Tehranisa, M.D., Class of 2017, Health Care Administration Track

Medical Education

This track is designed to help residents develop expertise in clinical teaching and education scholarship, and to become future leaders in education. This track particularly caters to those who have interest in educational innovations, doing education research, and preparing to become a future educator. Residents will hone teaching skills, learn about education theory, literature, and methodology, develop their own education research projects, and teach others how to become better teachers. The skills residents gain from this track can be applied to any work setting, however this is typically more suited for those who are interested in pursuing academic emergency medicine.

“This track has set me up with mentorship to learn about and engage in education research and teaching.” — Will Peterson, M.D., Class of 2018, Medical Education Track


Emergency Medicine residents perform chest ultrasound

This track is designed to provide residents with all of the opportunities and development that an Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship would (based on the ACEP EUS Fellowship Guidelines). Track residents gain exposure to advanced ultrasound modalities through hands-on ultrasound faculty mentorship and didactic learning. In addition, participants also develop educational skills through hands-on teaching to junior learners, engage in mentored research opportunities, and gain administrative skills as they relate to ultrasound that will prepare them to be a leader within the emergency ultrasound community.


“My track makes me a more complete emergency medicine doctor. I will be less reliant on overnight radiology reports depending on availability where I work. I will have more confidence in my procedural skills that are ultrasound guided.” — Mary Eddy, M.D., Class of 2017, Ultrasound Track

Critical Care Medicine/EC3

Equipment in the EC3

Residents who have a strong interest in a career focused on providing high-quality care for critically ill patients are best suited for this highly customizable track. Through this track, residents will develop advanced knowledge of resuscitation needs for critically ill patients while gaining an extensive understanding of critical care research, educational and clinical development, and how they interface with the Emergency Department, including our unique EC3 unit. This track provides the flexibility necessary for residents to get the ICU time needed to pursue a critical care fellowship.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

This track is designed for residents with a strong interest in caring for critically ill pediatric patients. You will have two of your ED shifts converted to pediatric ED shifts each month over the course of the year in Children’s Emergency Services, in addition to completing a pediatric scholarly project or case report, participating in pediatric subspecialty opportunities, attending conferences and labs, and giving a lecture on a pediatric core content topic. This track will position you as an ideal candidate for Pediatric EM fellowship training.

"The pediatric track is a wonderful experience in working with pediatric patients, from viral URI/gastroenteritis to the most critically ill pediatric cardiac patients. Whether you are planning to pursue a pediatric EM fellowship or would simply wish to increase your expertise and comfort in caring for pediatric patients, this track is a great experience that I would highly recommend.” — Carrie Dubin, M.D., Class of 2018


Residents on this track conduct research in an area of interest to springboard into a career as an academic research faculty. You will be paired with a faculty mentor with a successful research record, model them, and learn how to balance clinical and research responsibilities. This track will improve your skills in areas such as study design, data management, giving presentations at meetings and conferences, peer review, proposal writing, and how to obtain funding as you advance through your research career. Participants may choose from a wide array of faculty mentors within or outside the department. Residents are allotted a two-shift reduction per month beginning in EM3 year in order to promote your research that continues through EM4 year.

"I've had a wonderful experience complementing my clinical training with research that will hopefully one day impact the lives of the patients I see. The department has been very supportive and stood alongside me with my primary mentor as I launch my early research career." — Chris Chou, M.D., Class of 2018, Research Track

Emergency Medical Services

Emergency Medicine residents wheel gurney down hall

In this track, residents will develop expertise in pre-hospital systems and medicine with the opportunity to pursue specialized interests in disaster medicine, search and rescue, hazardous materials, aeromedicine and tactical medicine. Residents who complete this track will be prepared to enter a service medical director position or begin an EMS fellowship position, and contribute to EMS through research, education and policy development. All residents in this track are paired with a primary community partner affiliated with the Washtenaw/Livingston Medical Control Authority, which includes Huron Valley Ambulance, Livingston County EMS, Canton Fire Department, numerous fire departments with first response capability, and Survival Flight.

“My track aligns perfectly with my career goals. Having previous experience makes me a better candidate for fellowship.” — Nate Hunt, M.D., Class of 2020, Emergency Medical Services Professional Track

Wilderness Medicine

Emergency Medicine residents on a wilderness medicine trip

This track is designed for residents who love the outdoors and have an interest in austere and environmental medicine (aka wilderness medicine) with the goal of becoming a fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM). In this track, you will:

  • Develop a deeper working knowledge of the practice of medicine in austere environments.
  • Complete the Fellowship of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine (FAWM).
  • Develop teaching and leadership skills while educating peers and students.

Many prior residents have done this track in addition to another Professional Track.


“Wilderness medicine is a broad field, and as such the options are limitless. Graduates of this track would be well-suited to train future medical students, residents and pre-hospital providers on various wilderness medicine topics. Additional options include expedition medicine and disaster relief. Prior track residents have also gone on to pursue rural EMS fellowships. The AEM track has allowed me to combine my love for the outdoors with my passion for the practice of medicine.” — Arun Ganti, M.D., Class of 2018, Wilderness Medicine Track

Global Health

This track exposes residents to the complexities of critical care in low-resource settings. You will gain competency in the following areas:

  • Major global causes of morbidity and mortality.
  • How health risks vary by gender and income.
  • Priority setting and health care rationing.
  • Patterns of disease associated with migration and the spread of communicable diseases.
  • Social and economic determinants of health in various regions.
  • Populations, resources and environment.
  • Global trends in health care practice.
  • Identifying barriers to health and health care.
  • Understanding cultural and ethical issues.
  • Ability to adapt clinical skills and practice.
  • Advocating for health equity as a human right.

Clinical Simulation

This track offers a fellowship-trained level of expertise to residents interested in pursuing a career in academic emergency medicine. You’ll gain competencies in: technical skills related to high-fidelity simulator and task trainer use; engaging learners in a simulated environment; scenario design; and learner assessment and debriefing. You will be fully prepared to take the Certification Exam for the Society for Simulation in Healthcare by the time you complete this track.

“As part of the simulation track, I have had the opportunity to design and run simulation cases for both the residency and Medical School. This track has provided me with the skills and hands-on training needed to effectively run a simulation program as well as the opportunity to redesign and implement a simulation curriculum.” — Brendan Munzer, M.D., Class of 2017, Clinical Simulation Track

Looking for Something Else?

If there is not a Professional Development Track that matches your specific career goals, our program leaders are open to connecting you to the resources you need to be successful and will work with you to create an individualized track.

“People who are most satisfied with in their career and seem to have the greatest longevity are those who are actively involved in emergency medicine and something else. Making sure our folks are engaged with the spectrum of emergency medicine, not just the clinical care, but also research, medical education, administrative, ultrasound, critical care, pediatrics, etc., is one real antidote to the challenge of burnout.” — Laura Hopson, M.D., Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program