Resident and attending physicians in the Department of Emergency Medicine

Why VCU?

The VCU Department of Emergency Medicine boasts a number of qualities that set it apart from others around the country. You will not get better clinical training anywhere. Here’s why you should choose VCU:

  • Each year, our emergency department provides care to approximately 95,000 patients spanning all ages and socioeconomic groups. Our physicians see a wide range of pathology and are prepared to take care of any complaint presenting to the emergency department.
  • VCU is the only Level 1 trauma center in Central Virginia and one of only five in the commonwealth. Our emergency department admits 4,000 trauma victims each year. We have 2,500 trauma team alerts each year.
  • VCU is a major referral center for burns, trauma, critical care, stroke and toxicology for patients of all ages.
  • Many patients are brought to the VCU Medical Center via the Richmond Ambulance Authority, a nationally recognized all-ALS EMS system, or LifeEvac, the hospital’s air transport service. Both are under the medical direction of members of our faculty.
  • Our residents work with cutting-edge technology External Link, using a life-size human patient simulator to learn and practice various patient presentations and managements. We are privileged to have access to the facilities at VCU’s School of Medicine, including the brand-new James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Medical Education Center External Link, which was completed in March 2013. Two floors of this building are devoted to simulation.
  • While training in our emergency department, our residents work with more than 30 faculty members who represent the many varied interests within emergency medicine. Almost half of our faculty is double-boarded or eligible.
  • U.S.News & World Report ranked the VCU Medical Center the top hospital in Virginia the past four years including 2015 External Link.