NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Launches One of First Joint Emergency Medicine Residency Programs in U.S.

Unique Collaborative Program Offers Hands-On Medical Training

Sep 2, 2003


NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has inaugurated an innovative Emergency Medicine Residency Program, one of the first emergency medicine residency programs between two academic medical centers in the U.S. Residents will practice medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, including Weill Cornell Medical Center and Columbia University Medical Center.

"NewYork-Presbyterian residents in Emergency Medicine will benefit from the combined talent and resources of two of the best Emergency Medicine programs in the United States, and their affiliated academic departments at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Weill Cornell Medical College," said Dr. Herbert Pardes, President and CEO of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital. "The residency will strengthen our ability to recruit specialists in emergency medicine for whom there is a great demand and allow us to expand the range and depth of our emergency medicine programs."

"The diversity, breadth and depth offered through our unique training program will be extremely helpful to our residents," said Dr. Neal Flomenbaum, Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, and Emergency Physician-in-Chief and Attending Physician at NewYork Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Emergency medicine residents will learn and practice medicine at two Manhattan locations—Weill Cornell Medical Center on the Upper East Side and Columbia Presbyterian in Washington Heights.

"Each year, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital Emergency Medicine treats more than 150,000 patients, each of whom seek the best care for a wide range of medical conditions," said Dr. James F. Giglio, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, and Director of the Division of Emergency Medicine and Assistant Attending Physician at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

Both Weill Cornell and Columbia University Medical Center have separate Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments. The Weill Cornell Emergency Department is a certified Level I trauma center (Adult and Pediatrics) and includes the largest civilian Burn Center in the country, treating more than 100,000 patients yearly. Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is designated as a Level I Pediatric Trauma Center and treats over 40,000 children each year. Both campuses are the home to active research by internationally recognized scholars who work closely with NewYork-Presbyterian Emergency Medicine faculty members in areas such as the biomedical sciences, robotic cardiothoracic surgery, transplant medicine, burn medicine, stroke research, interventional radiology, and medical error reduction.

"Residents will learn and practice state-of-the-art emergency medicine, including the use of Web-based scheduling and procedure logging, an ultrasound curriculum, and use of handheld computers for patient management," said Dr. Wallace A. Carter, Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency. "Additionally, the faculty is developing procedure-teaching tools that employ virtual reality technology."

The new residency program participated in this year's National Residency Matching Program and filled all 10 available first-year positions with highly qualified candidates.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital is a 2,369-bed academic medical center created from the merger between The New York Hospital and The Presbyterian Hospital. It provides state-of-the-art inpatient, ambulatory, and preventive care in all areas of medicine at five major centers: New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, Columbia University Medical Center, Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian, The Allen Pavilion, and the Westchester Division. One of the largest and most comprehensive health-care institutions in the world, the Hospital is committed to excellence in patient care, research, education, and community service. The NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System—which includes acute-care and community hospitals, long-term care facilities, ambulatory sites, and specialty institutions—ensures high-quality, cost-effective, and conveniently accessible care to communities throughout the tri-state metropolitan region. The System serves one in four patients in the New York Metropolitan area. The Hospital has academic affiliations with two of the country's leading medical colleges: Joan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University and Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons.

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