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Emergency Medicine

Chief Residents

Sean Donovan, MBChB

Justin MacKinnon, MD

Ashley Telisky, DO


The Department of Emergency Medicine at Albany Medical Center is an extraordinary place to work and train. The department is a very busy level one trauma and tertiary care center with a good mix of blunt and penetrating trauma, as well as acute surgical, medical, and pediatric cases.

The faculty have always been and continue to be the best feature of the program. The attendings are dedicated to teaching. They are attentive to patient care and education with a focus toward evidence based medicine; providing guidance while allowing residents to develop their own individual practice styles.

The first year of training is focused on the evaluation and management of undifferentiated and critically ill adult and pediatric patients in the Emergency Department. Off service months in the SICU and MICU allow for further development of these skills. Obstetrics and Anesthesia rotations are focused directly toward training in intubation and delivery skills. While residents see pediatric cases on a daily basis, one month is spent dedicated to the pediatric area of the Emergency Department and allows for a concentrated pediatric learning experience.  

The second year residents spend the majority of their time in the Emergency Department. It is here that further trauma experience is gained and procedural skills are perfected. Residents increase in level of responsibility by taking on a teaching role in the clinical and didactic settings. The pediatric experience is further built upon with one month spent in the PICU. Second year residents also get their first exposure to the pre-hospital world with 2 weeks of EMS and also provide online medical control for the entire region during the entirety of their second year.

The third year of residency is a time to learn to manage a department as a whole, and efficiency is fine-tuned. There is one month set aside for elective time allowing for further learning in a variety of areas such as toxicology, research, orthopedics, ophthalmology, and international medicine.

Living in Albany offers a mix of leisure activities. Local outdoor activities abound, including hiking, biking, fishing, skiing, and climbing. The City of Albany has excellent restaurants, shows, and other entertainment. For a more metropolitan experience, we are ideally located with New York City, Boston, and Montreal just a short train or car ride away.

All of this makes Albany a great place to live and train. We look forward to meeting you, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or would like more information as you make this important decision.

Sean Geary, MD, Andrew Musits, MD, and Amanda Zucker, DO
Chief Residents 2013-2014

Department of Emergency Medicine
Albany Medical Center