Learn about the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.

What changes are happening with the residency?

In August of 2021, our faculty and staff began staffing the Emergency Department at Capital Region Medical Center in Jefferson City, MO. This has been a great experience for everyone and adds an aspect of rural-community medicine to our academic program. Currently we only have a resident there during the daytime on weekdays, but given the positive feedback, we plan to increase resident staffing more in the future. 

Additionally, MU Health Care has begun construction on a brand new, state of the art, Children's Hospital. During this time of transition from Women's and Children's Hospital to the new center, the Emergency Department at University Hospital has been redesigned with a pediatric-only area within the ED.

What is the resident salary?

PGY-1 $58,026. PGY-2 $60,230. PGY-3 $62,307. Residents and fellows are provided various plans from which to choose for medical, dental, vision, prescription, and life insurances, with optional coverages including disability, accidental death and dismemberment, and family coverage. Detailed benefit information can be found at Salaries and Benefits.

What are work hours like?

Residents work a combination of 8, 9, and 12-hour shifts. Per a 28-day block, our residents typically work 175 hours as PGY-1, 170 hours as PGY-2, and 165 hours as PGY-3.

How many vacation days will I have?

Residents receive four 1-week vacation periods per year. Vacation always occurs during an ED block except for one week of vacation during an elective month in the PGY-3 year.

What departmental benefits do I receive?

All residents receive free access to ROSH question bank and a number of the latest textbooks through Clinical Key, an EM: RAP subscription, and covered travel expenses to SAEM and ACEP national conferences. In addition to the above, PGY-1s receive free access to HIPPO EM videos.

What is the Curriculum like?

We take pride in providing an innovative non-clinical curriculum in addition to our robust clinical rotations. Each week we have 5 hours of dedicated conference time with topics spanning the entire breadth of EM. The curriculum spans 18 months and is weighted based on clinical relevance, so residents are well prepared for any practice setting. Behind this, we have a team of dedicated faculty to ensure each resident has the resources they need to become a successful, happy, and well-rounded emergency medicine physician. For additional information, please see our Curriculum section.

What other clinical sites are there?

Residents rotate at University Hospital, which includes our new Children's Emergency Department, as well as Women's Hospital, which provides emergency care for pregnant women.

Tell me about UMC

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Additional information can be found here Facts/Figures.

What do you do for Resident Wellness?

Wellness is integrated into the program from July of PGY-1 year to graduation. Regularly scheduled events such as the yearly float trip and the post-training exam dinner are perennial favorites. We establish faculty mentors in the PGY-1 year who then provide continued support and feedback. Residents have a voice through the recurring 'Residency Round Table,' where ideas can be shared and concerns addressed. Our internal website provides access to wellness and mental health resources, our maternity/paternity leave policy, as well as financial planning resources.

How is your program focusing on Diversity and Inclusion?

Our program is aligned with the University of Missouri School of Medicine Office of Diversity and Inclusion in pursuing a diverse and qualified community. We have recently registered for the LMSA (Latino Medical Student Association) National Mentor Registry. We are working with our school’s SNMA chapter (Student National Medical Association). We are participating in the SAEM/RAMS and AAEM/RSA “Diversity Regional Meet-N-Greet” webinar, and our Program Director and Associate Program Director are registered for ACEP/EMRA Diversity Mentoring Initiative. D&I is a new focal point for our program and we are committed to fostering its growth.

What is life like in Columbia?

Columbia has something to offer for everyone. Columbia Parks and Recreation maintains over 3,000 acres of parkland spanning 80 different parks and recreation facilities in addition to over 50 miles of trails. The city welcomes a multitude of festivals each year, including Art in the Park, Boone County Fair, Roots N Blues, the Show-Me State Games, and the world-renowned True/False Film Fest. There are also year-round sports programs to provide recreational opportunities in addition to Columbia being home of the Mizzou Tigers. Visit the Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau website for more detailed information.

What is Interview Day like?

Like everywhere else, our interview days will be different this year due to the pandemic. All interviews will be video format. We will still provide you with enough contact with our faculty and residents in order to get a feel for our program. Interviews will take place from November through January.

Is Moonlighting allowed?

Moonlighting is allowed during second and third year for residents who meet certain criteria.

How is Pediatrics done?

Pediatrics begins with a dedicated block of Pediatric EM in the PGY-1 year, which then transitions to a longitudinal integration of shifts for the remaining PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. The vast majority of our pediatric education occurs at Children’s Hospital with our board-certified Peds EM faculty.

Who manages the airway?

Emergency medicine faculty handle all airways at all times in all patients. EM faculty control and manage the airway until the patients leave the Emergency Department.

How do traumas run?

Trauma alerts are divided into levels I, II, and III. PGY-2 and PGY-3 EM residents manage Level I and II cases in the resuscitation bay in conjunction with the trauma team. The EM resident performs intubations, all necessary right-sided procedures, and the FAST exam. Level III alerts are managed anywhere in the emergency department by EM residents.