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Since 1976, our Carolinas Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency program has trained leaders in the field of Emergency Medicine. Our residents receive world-class exposure to a full spectrum of medical and surgical pathology at one training site. During their 3-year training program in emergency medicine, residents will:

  • Work side by side with renowned faculty and physician experts from around the globe
  • Receive unparalleled mentorship and academic opportunities
  • Create meaningful, long-lasting connections with their peers and teachers
  • Share our commitment to social emergency medicine, inclusion and equity in education and healthcare
  • Access incredible fellowship opportunities under the supervision of full-time, board-certified academic and clinical faculty in the following sub-specialties:
    EMS, Operational and Disaster Medicine, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Research, Global Emergency Medicine, Toxicology and Ultrasound

An Inside Look at the Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Training You on Day One: A Perspective from Our Faculty

From Community Care to Tertiary Care: A Resident’s View

Where You Will Train


Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center

Carolinas Medical Center, Atrium Health’s flagship hospital, is consistently rated among the nation’s top. Named a Best Hospital by U.S. News and World Report, Carolinas Medical Center is renowned for seeing a complex variety and volume of cases.

  • An 874-bed community-based teaching hospital
  • The region’s only Level 1 trauma center
  • An urban emergency department managing more than 115,000 patients annually, including approximately 30,000 in our state-of-the-art children's emergency department
  • A cardiac referral site resulting in the transfer of approximately 1,000 cardiac patients annually

Meet the Faculty


"If you have the courage to care, this Emergency Medicine program has everything you need to become a talented clinician whether your path points toward academic or community medicine. We are fortunate to see an incredible breadth and depth of pathology in our safety net hospital (also tertiary care hospital, referral hospital, large pediatrics hospital and only regional level one trauma center...all in the same building). The pathology though is not what drives us; it is the honor of caring for the diverse people who come through our doors in their moment of need."

Sean M. Fox, MD
Program Director
Professor of Emergency Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics
Carolinas Medical Center

With a nationally and internationally renowned team of emergency medicine physicians who serve as faculty, our residents have access to a breadth of experience and knowledge in the Emergency Medicine program. View their bios here.

Program Curriculum

Residents of the Emergency Medicine program have word class exposure to a broad spectrum of medical and surgical pathology at one training site. Our mission of inclusion and equity in education and healthcare drives all that we do for our patients and communities. Our emergency medicine residency program is fully accredited (with zero citations) and conforms to the curriculum requirements of the American Council of Graduate Medical Education as set forth by the Residency Review Committee.

The residency adheres to a postgraduate year (PGY) 1 - 2 - 3 format with 14 residents per year in addition to fellowship positions in research, toxicology, emergency medical services, pediatric emergency medicine, ultrasound, and operational and disaster medicine. Residents learn the practice and art of emergency medicine in a busy urban medical center with a good blend of private and underserved patients. They are supervised 24 hours a day by experienced academic and clinical faculty who are actively involved in bedside teaching. Residents spend an average of 50 hours per week managing patients during emergency department months. Coordinated scheduling of medical students and residents at each postgraduate level allows for graded responsibility and teaching.

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In addition to the many educational and career benefits of the Emergency Medicine program, residents will receive financial benefits as well. Residents will receive a competitive salary, vacation, continuing medical education funds, benefits, lab coats and moonlighting information.

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The residency adheres to a PGY 1 - 2 - 3 format. Emergency medicine residents spend much of their first year of training with other specialties, acquiring skills and knowledge that are fundamental and essential to the practice of emergency medicine. Because most services take care of their own patients in the intensive care units, the PGY-1 resident will have an opportunity to be involved with the management of critically ill and injured patients. Additionally, the first-year residents have early critical care exposure for a month in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU).

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Honors and Awards

Our world-class faculty members in the Emergency Medicine program have won numerous awards for their incredible work in the field. View their honors and awards here.

Application Criteria

If you would like to apply for our residency program, we only accept standard electronic applications through ERAS. Please submit your ERAS application to us. Please contact your school for specific information on the ERAS program. We have no Step score requirements, though we do require passing either the USMLE Step 1 or COMLEX Level 1 reported in your application. We have a 2 year maximum from medical school completion.

Many times we receive inquiries from international medical grads as to whether we can accept IMGs. The answer is yes (and we will sponsor their visa). We sponsor J-1, F-1, H-1B, TN, EAC and Green Cards. All fees will need to be paid by the prospective employee – the only fee that Atrium Health pays is the $1,000 fee required by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) for processing an H-1B visa. The person offered the position must have a current work authorization before they can start.

For the 2024 ERAS® cycle, our program will be collecting and reviewing data from applicants’ supplemental ERAS applications. Completion of the standard MyERAS application is a requirement; completion of the supplemental ERAS application is optional.

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