Emergency Medicine

Albany Medical Center's Emergency Department
Supports the region's busiest trauma center.
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Message from Chair, Christopher King, MD, FACEP

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the web pages for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical Center (AMC). I hope you take this opportunity to learn more about the many outstanding opportunities available for students, residents and faculty. Emergency medicine was given full departmental status in the College of Medicine in 1985, and we have we have a proud and longstanding tradition of educational and scholarly achievement.

AMC is the only major academic medical center in northeastern New York. The 714-bed hospital serves as the primary referral center for a large catchment area and receives over 10,000 transfers each year from outside facilities. AMC Hospital is also the busiest level 1 trauma center in the state of New York. From the standpoint of emergency medicine, AMC is a unique institution where the Dean of the College of Medicine, the Medical Director of the hospital and the Director of Graduate Medical Education are all emergency physicians. We have a busy, high-acuity emergency department with an annual census of over 70,000 visits.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Emergency Medicine have a strong commitment to the three missions of clinical care, scholarship and education. Our faculty has diverse interests with members having received fellowship training in toxicology, clinical research, critical care medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, emergency medical services, ultrasound, and sports medicine. We have an active clinical research program, and in our Emergency Medicine Research Laboratory, our faculty perform cutting-edge preclinical research in traumatic brain injury and shock. Several of our faculty members have also been leaders in integrating simulation into residency training, having developed and implemented a customized simulation curriculum for all levels of emergency medicine trainees.

Finally, Albany is a wonderful place to live and work. After moving here from another state, my family and I have found that Albany very much feels like home. The people are friendly and welcoming, the schools are excellent, the commutes are reasonable and the professional opportunities are excellent. There is also easy access to numerous outdoor activities (skiing, hiking, climbing, camping, etc.) in the Adirondacks. I enjoy being able to visit New York, Boston, and Montreal because of their close proximity, but I must say it always feels good to come home to Albany.

Please view our patients and families resources and our residency program resources for more information. You can also call (518) 262-3131 if there is any other information you may need. I hope you find your visit to these pages to be useful and informative.

Christopher King, MD
Vincent P. Verdile, MD Chair of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Albany Medical College