Department of Emergency Medicine
1020 Sansom Street
Thompson Building, Suite 1651
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-9837
(215) 923-6225 fax

A Message from the Program Director

Our program is affiliated with Jefferson Medical College, one of the oldest and largest medical schools in the country and an institution rich with medical history. Established in 1983, we are fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and are one of the older emergency medicine programs in the United States. We have close to 300 graduates of the program practicing across the country.

Our primary goal is to develop independent practitioners of emergency medicine. We are committed to academic excellence and combine superior patient care, strong teaching and quality research to achieve this. We provide you with an environment that will encourage intellectual curiosity and stimulate your professional and personal development.

On September 29, 2008, our program received accreditation through 2018 from the Residency Review Committee in Emergency Medicine.

Why should you consider training at Jefferson?  Let me list the main reasons:

  1. Leading the transformation health care: In 2014, the department added nine new faculty members to lead the Jefferson initiative to transform the way physicians provide health care to populations of patients.  In the future, health care will occur outside of the walls of the hospital through telemedicine and mobile health. During your residency training in emergency medicine, in addition to the traditional patient care, you will have the opportunity to learn how to provide care to populations of patients in locations far removed from the emergency department through the use of telehealth technology. Telehealth is the future - in the Jefferson EM residency program, you will experience the shaping of that future first hand.
  2. Leading the transformation of EM education: Our department has always prided itself on being innovative in the education of our students and residents.  As an example, in 2008, our program was the first to adopt the use of asynchronous education to teach emergency medicine to our residents.  In line with our telehealth initiative, your education will be greatly enhanced with the use of current technology.  You will regularly participate in a variety of online and virtual experiences designed to optimize your acquisition of emergency medicine knowledge.  Through MedStudio, you will learn to approach patient care through a concept called design thinking - a new interpretation and perception of the world through the use of technology.
  3. History: Our first class of residents graduated in 1984. We have the benefit of 28 years of experience in EM education.
  4. Variety in the clinical experience: Over your three years of training, you will rotate through 7 hospitals (including 2 pediatric, 1 ophthalmologic). A resident receives a wide variety of clinical experiences in a wide variety of unique environments and covers all patient population types. Given that the specialty of emergency medicine involves constant variety, we feel that this specific exposure during your residency prepares you well.
  5. Simulation: We are one of a handful of EM programs in the country (and the only one in the city of Philadelphia) with access to a state-of-the art simulation center. Our resources include high and low fidelity simulators (adult, pediatric, obstetric) as well as procedure simulators (such as central venous access, lumbar puncture, and endotracheal intubation).  A formal weekly simulation curriculum gives a resident exposure to a variety of emergent conditions, allows for direct assessment of a resident's performance, and allows for direct faculty teaching. Our EM faculty collaborate with the simulation faculty of Sidney Kimmel Medical College to assure that we provide the best simulation teaching.
  6. Variety in the formal educational program: Our formal educational program consists of 4 hours of weekly didactic sessions (split between lectures and interactive, case-based sessions); a 4 hour monthly topic module consisting of online assignments; suggested monthly reading assignments; monthly multiple choice testing; weekly simulation sessions; and cadaver labs. This variety of audio, visual, and hands-on education allows learners of all types to acquire the knowledge that they need to practice emergency medicine.
  7. Formal teaching: Second and third year residents participate in a formal rotation in which their primary responsibility is teaching. The EM resident gives lectures and teaches procedural skills to fourth year medical students in Jefferson’s required course in Emergency Medicine. The resident also prepares a number of lectures for the weekly EM didactic sessions.
  8. Emergency Medical Services: We provide medical services to the Philadelphia Phillies, the Philadelphia Eagles, and other events throughout the city of Philadelphia. As part of the EMS experience, residents provide medical coverage at Phillies and Eagles games, concerts, and other mass gatherings. We are the only EM residency in the area that provides this comprehensive experience.
  9. Location: We are located in center city Philadelphia and in the heart of the downtown area. It is a safe area in which to live, work, and play. For the sports fan, we have a number of major professional sports teams (the Eagles, Phillies, Sixers, and Flyers, to name a few).  Philadelphia is home to the Wachovia Center which hosts a number of concerts and other entertainment events. Our city is also home the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the Academy of Music where one can see live theatrical performances.  Lastly, we are within two hours of New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, and the New Jersey shore communities. Visit the site www.gophila.com to explore what Philadelphia has to offer to you.

As for me, I received my medical degree from the Rutgers University – New Jersey Medical School in 2000 and did my EM residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital from 2000 to 2003. I practiced clinical emergency medicine at Methodist Hospital our community affiliate after completing residency.  While at Methodist, I worked closely with residents and developed a passion for teaching emergency medicine. This passion led me to become greatly involved in simulation and graduate medical education.  This afforded me the opportunity to serve as assistant program director 2006 to 2007, associate program director 2009 to 2010, and currently as program director. Over the years, I witnessed our program remain both transformational and innovative. My role as the program director is to continue to encourage academic achievement in emergency medicine, instruct our residents in state of the art emergency care, foster intellectual growth, and provide an exciting and interactive learning environment.

I invite you to explore our web site to learn about who we are.

Ronald V. Hall, MD
Residency Program Director
Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine