Sean Donovan, MBChB
Justin MacKinnon, MD
Ashley Telisky, DO
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Albany Medical Center! We are pleased you are considering our program and want to provide some firsthand information about what makes AMC a great place to train.
Albany Medical Center is the region’s only academic tertiary care hospital, as well as the only level one trauma center, encompassing a very large catchment area that covers the majority of northeastern New York. This unique geographic setup ensures that our residents are exposed to a wide variety of pathology.
A main strength of the AMC EM Residency Program is the faculty and their collective educational experience. We have an extensive core of attending physicians with both academic and community backgrounds. Many of the faculty are also fellowship trained or have a special interest in subspecialty aspects of EM, including toxicology, EMS, sports medicine, education, simulation, research, and pediatric EM. Utilizing evidence based medicine and patient centered care practices, faculty succeed in creating an energetic, supportive learning environment that cultivates a team dynamic among AMC residents.
First year residents learn how to independently manage patients and develop procedural skills while directly practicing emergency medicine for a total of eight months, with one month of dedicated Pediatric Emergency Medicine exposure. Outside of the ED, time is spent rotating through several intensive care units, including MICU, SICU, and NICU. First year residents attend two week rotations in both Anesthesia and Obstetrics, as well as spend a dedicated two week time period learning basic ultrasound scanning techniques.
During second year, a majority of clinical training occurs in the dedicated trauma resuscitation section of the Emergency Department. As New York State's busiest trauma center, AMC residents are exposed to a wide variety of traumatic injuries including high speed motor vehicle accidents, penetrating trauma, agricultural related injuries, and a variety of sports related trauma. Due to our excellent relationship with the Trauma Surgery Service, EM residents have complete ownership of airway management and almost never compete for other resuscitative procedures. Outside of the ED, residents complete their ICU exposure with rotations in the PICU and CCU. During this year, residents also develop skills in pre-hospital medical control and provide clinical direction for regional EMS services during scene responses. The overall goal of this year is to master resuscitation skills and learn how to manage a particular zone within the Emergency Department.
In third year, residents continue to build upon core aspects of Emergency Medicine and take a larger role in the management of the ED. Residents have the opportunity to improve patient throughput, as well as take on more supervisory roles for both medical students and interns. Residents are assigned supervisory shifts which provide experience in the team leader role for both medical and trauma resuscitations, as well as oversee clinical procedures performed by lower level residents. During this year, all residents spend four weeks in a community based ED, gaining insight into the practice of EM outside of a large academic center. Residents also have the dedicated four week elective period which allow for development of special interests within the field of Emergency Medicine.
Albany, the capital city of New York, is located on the Hudson River and offers many amenities for its residents. In addition to museums, art galleries and historical tours, residents can enjoy various outdoor activities during every season including skiing, biking, hiking, and numerous water sports. Locals also enjoy farmer's markets, shopping malls and outlets, as well as annual events such as Alive at Five, the Tulip Festival, and the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival. New York City and Boston, MA are located within 170 miles of Albany making them easily accessible by car or public transportation.
Thank you again for considering our program. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions and we wish you the best of luck with your residency search.
1. NYS Department of Health. The New York State Trauma System: 2007-2009.