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Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Link to What Our Residents Say videosThe Akron General Medical Center Emergency Medicine residency program will be celebrating its 40 year anniversary in 2013. We were the first community teaching hospital EM residency in the country. We are fully accredited for 11 residents at each year level by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

We provide an excellent education including these important aspects:

  • Designated as a Level I Trauma Center by the American College of Surgeons
  • Akron’s first accredited Stroke Center
  • Akron’s only accredited Chest Pain Center
  • Base hospital and air ambulance helicopter transport service
  • Medical Control for multiple EMS squads, including the cities of Akron, Cuyahoga Falls, Stow, and Green, the busiest EMS squads in Summit County
  • A diverse attending staff, with residency and medical school training from across the country

    The residency program consists of rotations at Akron General Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Akron, and at one of three Akron General freestanding Emergency Departments. The main Emergency Department consists of 33 beds, and treats 60,000 patients per year. Our ED length of stay is one of the lowest for academic Emergency Departments in the United States. Additionally, we provide to each resident as part of their comprehensive six month evaluation copies of their individual Press-Ganey patient satisfaction reports, the only residency in the country to do this.

    The Emergency Medicine residency program is known for its innovations in education. The Chair of the Department is Dr. Nick Jouriles, a recent past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). He is also Chair of the medical school Department of Emergency Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). At one time Dr. Jouriles was a residency director, pioneering several important aspects of EM residency training including the concept of direct observation of resident encounters with patients in the ED. This has led to the well-accepted practice of the use of the Standardized Direct Observation Tool (SDOT) throughout the country. He has chaired the Ohio ACEP, ACEP and International Federation of Emergency Medicine education committees. Dr. Michael S. Beeson is the residency director, with nearly 20 years of experience as a residency director and a recent previous President of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD). Dr. Beeson has pioneered multiple aspects of Emergency Medicine resident education, including the development of an online resident testing service, used by the majority of EM residencies in the country ( Dr. Beeson also manages the SAEM medical student online testing service, He has received the EMRA residency director of the year award and served on the Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine (RRC-EM)

    With Drs. Jouriles and Beeson directing the department and residency, several exciting innovations in resident education are underway.

    • These include:

  • EM1 protected time, equivalent to three clinical shifts monthly, for reading, completion of residency requirements, online testing, online lecture viewing, ultrasound practice, Simulation Center practice, and resident wellness activities
  • In the EM1 year a decrease in monthly clinical ED shifts to compensate for the three monthly academic shifts (18 clinical shifts monthly in a 30 day month)
  • Provision of an iPad for electronic readings, online lecture viewing, and ED patient documentation
  • Provision of EM readings electronically
  • All EM1 residents are sent to the Ohio ACEP Review Course in the first half of internship. This course is widely accepted as one of the best in the country
  • Experience in a busy freestanding community ED working one on one with an attending. Freestanding EDs are an increasingly important aspect of EM nationally
  • Monthly oral exam practice
  • Integration of Simulation Learning Center activities on a monthly basis

    Emergency Medicine residents receive a significant amount of pediatric training. The Emergency Department at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron treats 55,000 patients yearly. EM residents have the following experiences at Children’s Hospital:

  • One dedicated month of pediatric EM as a EM1
  • One dedicated month of pediatric EM as a EM2
  • During the EM2 andEM3 EM rotations, 2-4 pediatric EM shifts
  • A one month Pediatric ICU (PICU) rotation as a EM3
  • A two week experience with the Pediatric Conscious Sedation service as a EM2
  • At least two dedicated days in the Children’s Hospital OR intubating pediatric patients under anesthesia supervision
  • Freestanding ED shifts in which typical community pediatric patients are seen
  • A monthly pediatric EM education series of lectures provided by the Akron Children’s Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine

    Emergency Medicine Residents pose with MedFlightWe have incorporated scenario simulation and task training into the EM residency experience. Dr. Beeson is the medical director of the Simulation Learning Center, and this ensures that a simulation experience is a significant focus of attention. Dr. Beeson is active nationally with Simulation education, with numerous related national presentations and articles.

    The Simulation Learning Center provides:

  • An intense procedural learning experience during the EM1 Orientation month
  • Task training in:    
    • Intubation (including use of Glidescope)
    • Central lines (internal jugular, subclavian, femoral, and external jugular)
    • Ultrasound-guided central lines
    • Chest tube insertion
    • Cricothyrotomy
    • Peripheral IV placement
    • Arthrocentesis
    • Lumbar puncture
    • Casting and splinting
    • Wound closure
  • Scenario training with a dedicated Simulation Technician
  • Multiple research opportunities related to simulation

    Scholarly activity and teaching are important aspects of the educational program at Akron General Medical Center. It is the strong belief of the program director that as a resident becomes a better teacher, they also become a better physician, able to better teach patients about their disease, care, and expected outcome. During the residency residents will have multiple opportunities for scholarly and teaching activity including:

  • Lectures to rotating medical students from our programmed monthly set of lectures
  • Participation in teaching medical students within the Simulation Learning Center
  • Working directly with medical students and junior residents in the ED, overseeing and supervising their patient care
  • Scheduled teaching shifts” within the ED
  • Drug Box articles within Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine, the main educational publication of the American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Main articles within Critical Decisions in Emergency Medicine
  • Research opportunities within the Simulation Learning Center
  • Many other research opportunities including case reports, freestanding ED studies, educational initiatives, etc.

    The EM residency has a longstanding tradition of EMS education experience with faculty who are recognized experts on a national level in EMS, Disaster Management, and Tactical Medicine. EM residents will be assigned to an EMS squad where they will assist in the provision of monthly continuing education to their EMS squad. There are ample opportunities to teach within our Paramedic School. We are proud of our heritage in training EM residents, and take this commitment seriously. We continue to introduce new educational initiatives. We believe that we offer a tremendous educational program and invite you to investigate further. Please feel free to contact the Program director, Dr. Michael S. Beeson ( with any questions or comments you may have.

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  • Date Updated: 24-FEB-2015

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