• Application/Interview FAQ
    • How do I submit an application?
      • Applications are accepted through ERAS, administered by the AAMC. We do not accept paper applications.
    • Do you need Step 2 CK and CS scores before applying?
      • We understand that not all applicants will be able to schedule and take Step 2 CK and CS in time for the scores to be available at the time of application. Applications will be judged upon the information available at the time of review. However, more information available to the application review team will lead to a more accurate assessment of each candidate’s qualifications.
    • Do you accept COMLEX scores for DO candidates?
      • We encourage you to submit USMLE scores in addition to COMLEX scores, but we do accept applications with COMLEX scores only.
    • Is training in the US essential? What types of visas do you offer?
      • Due to the competitiveness of our program and volume of applications, we do require US training in your background, such as prior internships or rotations.
    • What is the most common reason for delay in processing of my application?
      • Failure to submit the required number of letters of recommendation. When possible, we also prefer that at least two of the letters are written by emergency physicians.
    • How do you schedule interviews?
      • We use interview broker. This allows for you to easily schedule, reschedule or cancel your interview at your own discretion.
    • Does interviewing early or later in the interview session affect your chances of matching?
      • No, interviews are all about making a schedule that works for you. This has no bearing on whether or not you match at Temple.
    • Is there a social event before the interview?
    • How is the interview day structured?
    • Do you need to be from the East Coast/will it impact whether you match at Temple?
      • We encourage all applications regardless of where you are completing your medical education. Our residents and graduates come from all across the nation, and settle in many different regions after completing training.
    • How many residents do you accept each year?
      • 12
  • Schedule FAQ
    • What are our work hours?
      • While in the main ED, interns work 10-hour shifts; 2nd and 3rd year residents work 8-hour shifts.
      • We work on a progressive shift schedule to maximize circadian rhythm and wellness. For example, interns work 2 days of 7am-5pm, then 2 days of 1-11p, and then you finish it off with 2 days of 9pm-7am. You then get the rest of that day and the next day off and the cycle starts again.
    • What is the best part about the intern schedule posted above?
      • Intern overlap! At the end of your shift your fellow intern walks in with a big smile on their face, ready to pick up new patients, which lets you take a breath and get ready to get out on time.
    • How far in advance are shifts posted?
      • You get your annual schedule for ED months in July.
    • Is it difficult to get time off for personal events?
      • Schedule requests are honored and month long blocks can be easily traded to enhance flexibility. In addition, the early posting of the year-long schedule allows you address shift swaps early, in order to maximize family time, availability for important life events and international travel.
  • Clinical Experiences FAQ
    • What is the patient demographic at Temple?
      • We are located in a very urban setting and serve a vulnerable population that is often un/under-insured. A majority of our population is African American, followed by a sizeable Latino community. Episcopal hospital, one of our satellite sites, treats a patient mix that is majority Hispanic, and Jeanes hospital has a large Caucasian, Russian and Asian communities. Temple is a large hospital with well-regarded specialty care, drawing many patients from the Philadelphia suburbs that are diverse in their ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
    • Do we get a lot of trauma? What kind of trauma?
      • We are a level I trauma center as well as the only burn center in Philadelphia. Statistically we see a fairly equitable mix of blunt and penetrating trauma. From an educational perspective, this allows our residents to become very facile with trauma care and procedures.
    • How are traumas managed between trauma surgery and EM?
      • Trauma patients are treated jointly by the EM team working in the department and the trauma surgery team. The trauma surgery team consists of a mix of EM and general surgery residents. Due to the considerable amount of trauma seen in our department, all residents from both specialties have more than ample opportunity to become experts in the management and procedural aspects of trauma care.
    • Does anesthesia get involved with emergency department airways?
      • The EM senior residents manage trauma airways, and the EM junior residents manage medical airways. The EM attending serves as the “back-up” for both trauma and medical airways if needed by the residents. In-house anesthesia is available and may be called at the discretion of the ED team.
    • What social resources are available for managing patients?
      • We have social work, case management, and outpatient follow-up scheduling in the ED from early morning to late night to assist in acquiring equipment, medications, disposition and follow up to best meet our patient population’s needs and improve their health outcomes. Our transport team is also charged with telephone follow-up to check on patients improvement, medication acquisition, and follow up appointments.
    • What EMR do we use?
      • We are currently using MedHost- a colorful and user friendly EMR that was adapted with great success from the restaurant industry. We will be transitioning to EPIC over the next year and a half. EPIC is already used by Temple’s outpatient clinics. Inpatient records will also be transitioned to EPIC within the next year and a half.
    • What is our pediatric exposure?
      • There are four dedicated pediatric months, with a Pediatric ICU experience at St.Christopher’s Hospital for Children as an intern, and one Pediatric EM block each year at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition, we provide a longitudinal pediatric EM experience throughout the residency program with intermittent shifts at St. Christopher’s throughout the three years of training. We do this to provide complete exposure to the seasonal variations in pediatric presentations and to avoid the degradation of pediatric knowledge and skills during adult EM months. Additionally, our residents care for a mixed adult/pediatric population during EM months at Jeanes and Episcopal, and care for both adult and pediatric patients in our main ED during the night-time hours after our pediatric ED closes.
    • What other clinical sites are incorporated into your program?
      • Refer to our Facilities page for extended info on all our residency sites.
    • How many ICU months are integrated into our residency?
      • There are a total of 5 ICU months. 1st year: Pediatric ICU and Medical ICU; 2nd year: Burn ICU and Surgical/Trauma ICU; 3rd year: Medical ICU. As a bonus, in the Medical ICU, the third year EM resident and the EM intern make up their own team.
  • Curriculum FAQ
    • What are our conference times/hours? Journal clubs?
      • Every Thursday, we have protected conference time from 7:30AM-12:00PM. Journal club is once a month and it is also protected time (held outside of the hospital).
    • How is the clinical curriculum structured?
      • Refer to our curriculum page for all the detailed information on clinical blocks.
    • How are residents evaluated?
      • Residents receive verbal feedback during every shift. In addition, there is a written daily evaluation that residents can access online. Finally residents also receive a semi-annual global evaluation to help track progress and provide suggestions for improvement. Meetings are scheduled twice annually with the program leadership to review evaluations with the resident and provide suggestions for growth and career enhancement.
    • How do residents evaluate and improve the faculty and the program?
      • Faculty and program evaluations completed by the residents are anonymous. Residents meet with the chiefs quarterly, have breakfast with the chair semi-annually, and a do an in-depth program overview with our vice-chair semi-annually to discuss areas for improvement. The program leaders have an open-door policy, and are available night and day to discuss any issues or suggestions for improvement. Multiple changes to the resident experience have been made over the years based on these meetings, and we are proud that our program is better for it.
    • What mentorship opportunities does Temple provide?
      • Every intern is paired with an attending mentor in July. As residents progress through the program, they often “graduate” to a new mentor whose interests & expertise match the budding career interests of the resident. We are also a close knit community of residents, and senior residents play a large role in the education and mentoring of junior residents.
      • Our residency program also offers a Women’s Mentoring Group for all of the female residents and attendings at Temple.  Once every few months, the group gets together, over a fabulous dinner at one of the attendings homes, to discuss issues unique to women in medicine.    The group not only serves as a forum for great discussion, but also provides an opportunity to get to know your faculty very well outside of a clinical setting.
    • How does Temple facilitate work-life balance within the curriculum schedule?
      • Our program takes resident wellness seriously. Our schedule on ED months is designed to improve sleep patterns, and assure that when residents have time off they are well-rested enough to enjoy it. In addition, the block scheduling allows for easy shift switches to accommodate a resident’s personal schedule. Our journal clubs and conferences are protected time so that all residents may attend, and shifts on these educational days are shortened. Finally, once a month we schedule a Residents Night Out (RNO) after our journal club, to enjoy/explore Philadelphia as a large group. During this time the ED is covered solely by attendings so that the residents in the ED may have the evening off.