A Message from Jacob Ufberg, MD
Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Residency Program Director
Welcome to the specialty of Emergency Medicine. As you explore your residency options for this challenging, stimulating and rewarding field, I urge you to take a close look at Temple University Hospital. The most important outcome of Emergency Medicine residency training is the achievement of clinical excellence, the ability to effectively care for the wide range of acute presentations. Temple, by virtue of its service to an under-served population, affords residents the opportunity to care for large numbers of critically ill and injured patients. A Level I trauma center, Temple cares for the highest number of penetrating injuries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Burn Center, active transplant service and internationally-recognized cardiology and pulmonology add to your educational experience.
The clinical exposure is intense but, equally important, the educational environment is supportive and the program actively seeks to keep the resident mentally healthy. It is part of our core philosophy that such a resident will be able to extract more from the educational offerings. Features of our wellness plan include individual faculty mentors, a templated shift schedule, confidential counseling and a monthly resident night out (residents are freed from ED duties to spend time together). The program offers an outstanding ultrasound experience, a strong research program, and a healthy exposure to EMS guided by EMS fellowship trained faculty. The comprehensive didactic program consists of a generous mix of traditional lectures, simulation activities, and interactive discussions, as well as access to a multitude of online learning opportunities.
I invite you to review our faculty as a whole. They are a diverse group, trained in many different residencies with a nice mixture of recent graduates and seasoned attendings. There are seven full professors of emergency medicine within our faculty group, and Temple’s faculty boasts national leaders in the specialty, the medical director of Temple University’s simulation center, one of the deans of the medical school, the CMO of Temple’s faculty practice plan, the chair of the Promotions and Tenure Committee, and the chair of the hospital’s Medical Executive Committee, among many other institutional leaders. It is my belief that you would be hard-pressed to find a more active and accomplished emergency medicine faculty group, or one more dedicated to the education of its residents.
Considering that you have 30 or more years of practice after residency, it is important to get the right advice as you start your career. Our faculty and residency leadership are dedicated to providing our residents with all of the necessary tools to find, evaluate, and secure the job of their choosing. Temple offers a cohesive graduate network, as well as a strong track-record of placing our residents into desirable positions in academia and the community.
Temple has the clinical exposure, educational program, and senior leadership that, in my view, makes it one of the more attractive programs nationally. Our residents have the opportunity to work in a busy urban university hospital, two busy community hospitals, and two nationally-recognized pediatric hospitals. Through this exposure, the residents are able to experience the broad range of patient demographics and presentations, and to become well-prepared for any practice environment. I invite you to review our program more extensively and to consider forwarding an application.
Jacob Ufberg, MD
Professor, Emergency Medicine
Residency Program Director