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Emergency Medicine

Program Type:  Military Medical Center

Location:  San Diego, California

Accredited:  Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Program Length: 4 years 

Required Pre-Requisite Training:  Graduation from Medical School

Categorical Year in Specialty Required: Yes

Total Approved Complement:  40

Approved per Year (if applicable):  10

Dedicated research year offered:  No

Medical Student Rotation availability:  Yes: MS3s, MS4s

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH):  No

Program Phone Number:  619-532-6481

Program Email:

Program Hours of Operation:   Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Program Description

Welcome to Naval Medical Center San Diego's Emergency Medicine Residency Program. The NMCSD EM Residency was established in 1984 as the Navy’s first EM residency program. Our program has a legacy of incredible leaders, innovation, and world class care anywhere in the world, but our past does not define us. We continue to innovate in medical education to provide you with the best possible opportunities to become an amazing military emergency physician, not just a physician working in the military. Our 4-year curriculum allows intentional exposure to military specific research, operational platforms, and leadership that leads to a well-rounded and comprehensive training program. We would be honored for you to come spend some time rotating with us as part of a sub-internship or elective to see if joining our family is right for you.

The NMCSD Emergency Medicine Residency Program is a 4-year program in “America’s Finest City,” San Diego, California. We train approximately 40 Navy residents annually. Our curriculum is comprised of thirteen 4-week blocks per year, with rotations spread across high acuity emergency medicine departments within San Diego County and include three Level 1 Trauma Centers. Our clinical site, NMCSD’s Emergency Department sees >75K patients annually and compromises approximately 35% of clinical rotations. The remaining rotations occur with our outside partner civilian institutions in San Diego, Orange, and San Bernadino counties.  

NMCSD's EM Residency also supports a robust military unique curriculum that is partnered with 1st Marine Division, Naval Special Warfare, Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the Naval Expeditionary Medical Training Institute. In addition, the ACGME research requirements for EM residency graduations are made through our Combat Trauma Research Group focusing efforts at projects that preserve, enhance or restore the health of our warfighters.  Residents have innovative weekly academic didactics, known as "Grand Rounds," monthly comprehensive emergency procedure labs, and a deliberate focus on wellness and maximizing work-life balance. Our residents are trained by a diverse civilian and active-duty military faculty with representation from all EM subspecialty fellowships.

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Curriculum and Schedules

Scholarly and Professional Development Opportunities

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Applicant Information, Rotation and Interview Opportunities

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Contact Us

Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Location: Emergency Room, Building 1, 1st Floor (far end of the building by patient parking and the back entrance to the hospital)

Hours of Operation:

7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Phone: 619-532-8547

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