About the Program

In an ever-changing landscape of modern healthcare, our combined residency program addresses the growing need for dual-trained physicians.

The combined EM/IM residency program at VCU is an expansion of the existing and well-established EM and IM residencies that began training in July 2011. Our program grew out of the realization that there is going to be an ever increasing need for dual-trained physicians in the changing landscape of modern healthcare. We accept two residents per year.

Our program's clinical training, like the respective parent programs, is at both VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Both sites benefit from excellent full-time teaching faculty and offer unique patient care settings and patient populations. The Department of Emergency Medicine has several EM/IM and EM/Critical Care faculty who will provide outstanding mentorship to the program residents.

Graduates of EM/IM programs have traditionally accepted academic positions and a growing number are now able to utilize both aspects of their training. The EM/IM faculty at VCU work shifts in the ED, the observation unit, as well as attend on the wards. Our program prepares our trainees for any of the limitless career options available to them at graduation. One unique niche for the EM/IM practitioner is the management of ED Observation Units that can mitigate long wait times and ED overcrowding. Other common paths taken by EM/IM graduates include research, academic and administrative positions, research, and subspecialty training in Internal Medicine and/or Emergency Medicine.

Late in the second year of training, residents will pick a specific direction they would like their training to take based on the future career goals. The EM/IM schedule has been designed to allow the unique residents drawn to the program the ability to tailor their training appropriate to the many varied paths they may take. There are pre existing tracks in both the Emergency Medicine program and the Internal Medicine program that residents can choose. Alternatively, residents can tailor their training with a large selection of EM/IM-specific rotations that correspond with the unique career paths the combined residents take.

Curriculum

Each year, residents rotate between the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, switching every 4 months. Internal Medicine employs tandem scheduling with rotations alternating between inpatient and outpatient settings. Didactic requirements include monthly journal club sessions and regularly scheduled conferences. EM/IM residents take part in both the Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine retreats annually. 

Salary and Benefits

VCU is proud to offer competitive salaries compared to housestaff across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Cost of living adjustments occur each year.

How to Apply

Join our talented and dedicated team

The VCU Department of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), and prospective residents can apply using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Program Director

Pawan Suri, MD

Pawan Suri, MD

Associate Professor

Pawan Suri, MD

Pawan Suri, MD

Associate Professor

Division of Observation Medicine

EM-IM Residency Program Director
Division of Observation Medicine Chair

Email: pawan.suri@vcuhealth.org

Joel Moll, MD, FACEP

Joel Moll, MD, FACEP

Associate Professor

Joel Moll, MD, FACEP

Joel Moll, MD, FACEP

Associate Professor

EM Residency Program Director
Medical Education Fellowship Director

Email: joel.moll@vcuhealth.org

Rebecca Miller, MD

Rebecca Miller, MD

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Miller, MD

Rebecca Miller, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency Program Director

Email: rebecca.miller@vcuhealth.org

Taruna Aurora, MD

Taruna Aurora, MD

Assistant Professor

Taruna Aurora, MD

Taruna Aurora, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Observation Medicine

Clinical Decision Unit Co-Director

Email: taruna.aurora@vcuhealth.org

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Associate Professor

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Associate Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency Associate Program Director

Email: frank.fulco@vcuhealth.org

Joel René Morrissey, MD

Joel René Morrissey, MD

Assistant Professor

Joel René Morrissey, MD

Joel René Morrissey, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Observation Medicine

Email: joel.morrissey@vcuhealth.org

Joseph D. Romano, MD

Joseph D. Romano, MD

Assistant Professor

Joseph D. Romano, MD

Joseph D. Romano, MD

Assistant Professor

Email: joseph.d.romano@vcuhealth.org

Frank L. Zwemer, MD, MBA

Frank L. Zwemer, MD, MBA

Associate Professor

Frank L. Zwemer, MD, MBA

Frank L. Zwemer, MD, MBA

Associate Professor

Email: frank.zwemer@va.gov

        PGY-5 (Chief Residents)

        PGY-4

        PGY-3

        PGY-2

        PGY-1