The Kennestone Emergency Medicine Residency Program offers new doctors outstanding training in the busiest emergency department in the state. As a Level 2 trauma center, an American College of Cardiology Accredited Chest Pain Center with Primary Percutaneous Coronary Intervention and an American Heart Association Joint Commission Certified Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center, Kennestone has the patient acuity and volume to prepare you for any situation. Our faculty are extraordinary clinician educators who excel in all facets of emergency medical care, and are committed to both the health of our patients and the development of the next generation of emergency physicians. At Kennestone you will acquire the clinical and academic skillset to be not just an exceptional physician, but a leader.
Being an emergency physician is about more than just developing clinical skills. It is about managing the medical and emotional needs of patients and their families in times of crisis. At Kennestone, we understand that our patients are likely having the worst day of their lives, and we provide cutting edge, efficient clinical care in an environment that prioritizes the patient above all else.
We also recognize that residency training is difficult, and we will equip you with the knowledge and abilities to maintain a long and successful career. Our faculty are committed to your wellness as well as your education, and when you graduate from Kennestone you will be ready for whatever emergency medicine throws your way.
Acceptance to the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center Residency Program in Emergency Medicine is based on medical school performance, board exam results, letters of recommendation and in-person interviews. We especially encourage applicants who are committed to improving the health of Georgia residents. WellStar Health System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
The Emergency Medicine curriculum is structured utilizing progressive responsibility, with a focus on care of the critically ill and injured patient. Our residents gain sufficient knowledge and experience throughout their training so that during the final year they function in a leadership role in the ED as well as on outside rotations. We believe that critical care is an integral part of emergency medicine and provide longitudinal experiences with intensive care patients including medical, neurologic, and trauma. We also know that there is more to being a skilled emergency physician than clinical skills. We have developed a continual administrative and professionalism curriculum that addresses topics including billing and documentation, patient satisfaction, medical-legal issues, and physician wellness. When you graduate from Kennestone, you will be a fully developed physician prepared for a long and successful career in emergency medicine.
Emergency medicine is a specialty that cannot be learned in the classroom. The core of our educational training occurs in the Kennestone Regional Medical Center emergency department, a highly efficient patient-centered center serving a catchment that includes part or all of six counties with a population over 2 million residents. Working one-on-one with board certified emergency medicine faculty, you will manage a high volume of ED patients of all acuity. Our structure allows for individual graduated development, with residents gaining additional clinical responsibilities commensurate with their experience and abilities. By the time you are a senior resident you will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to independently manage an emergency department clinical pod with faculty oversight.
We believe that a strong foundation in the breadth of medicine is integral to being an emergency physician. As an intern, you will spend vital time on outside services building your knowledge including internal medicine, MICU, anesthesia, and OB/GYN. You will also get to spend over half of your time in the emergency department, with four months in the adult ED, 2 in the pediatric ED and one on an ED based Orthopedic and Procedures rotation. In recognition of the ever increasing importance of bedside ultrasound in the emergency department, you will spend a month working shifts in the ED focused on performing educational ultrasounds under the guidance of faculty. This rotation will also include weekly didactic review session with our ultrasound faculty, and will allow you to become fully competent in the performance of ED ultrasound.
As a second year, our focus turns to critical care and resuscitation. You will complete rotations in the Pediatric Intensive Care unit at the Medical College of Georgia and in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit at Kennestone. During this rotation you will also be the primary response physician for all Code Strokes in the hospital, and together with the Critical Care Neurologist will make determinations on the administration of thrombolytics and the activation of the catheterization lab for all ischemic strokes. EM2 residents will complete 7 months of emergency medicine, six in the adult ED and one in the pediatric ED. During your shifts, you will be directing the initial resuscitation of multiple critically ill and injured patients, including primary assessment and airway management.
During the third year, residents at Kennestone will continue to hone their patient care as well as developing leadership in emergency medicine. During your 8 months in the emergency department, you will function as the lead physician in your care zone, assessing and managing all patients in your area. You will also have the opportunity to precept medical students and junior residents, developing your bedside teaching and supervisory skills. Pediatric emergency medicine shifts will be integrated throughout these months where you will be able to take a leadership role in the care of children in the ED. This leadership will also be important when you work as a senior resident in the Medical Intensive Care unit, overseeing the management of multiple critically ill patients and precepting junior residents.
Additional Key Rotations:
As you progress through your residency at Kennestone, we want you to experience aspects of emergency medicine outside of the ED. During your second year, you will complete an EMS rotation during which you will work closely with pre-hospital providers on the provision of care outside of the hospital. You will have the option of participating in helicopter transports from accident scenes and transferring hospitals, but this is not a required portion of the rotation. Second year residents will spend a month on the Toxicology service, taking call to aid in the management of poisoned patients, and participating in teaching programs at the Georgia Poison Center, one of the busiest in the country.
As a part of our focus on leadership during the third year, we have designed an Administrative rotation that will provide you with exposure to hospital governance. You will participate in high level meetings with the Department of Emergency Medicine as well as Kennestone Hospital, and will spend one-on-one time with directors throughout the system. Completion of this rotation will help prepare you for leadership roles upon graduation, including medical directorships and hospital administration.
As a comprehensive Health Care System, Wellstar offers a myriad of clinical opportunities to expand your medical knowledge. During both your second and third years you will have the opportunity to select from one of a number of clinical and educational rotations. Options will include burn care, cardiology, health policy/advocacy, education, research, palliative care as well as many others. We will also provide support for residents looking to practice emergency medicine in alternative or resource poor environments through an international rotation.
While we strongly believe that the practice of emergency medicine is best learned through hands on clinical care, we also recognize the importance of a high quality didactic curriculum to supplement clinical learning. We utilize an innovative block curriculum that includes spaced repetition to help solidify knowledge acquisition. Utilizing simulation and procedure labs, small group seminars, and flipped classroom sessions, we provide a robust and dynamic educational program that enhances your clinical knowledge. Our Grand Rounds series invites distinguished and nationally renowned experts in emergency medicine to participate in conferences and intimate lunchtime Q&As. During monthly Journal Clubs, held at faculty homes, we teach research methodology and literature review in a casual setting, complete with food and beverage. Additional sessions include Morbidity and Mortality, a longitudinal EKG and Radiology series, a board review program, and a Wellness and Longevity curriculum.
At Kennestone, we believe that emergency physicians are masters of resuscitation, and we start each academic year with a critical care and airway management series. This includes simulation sessions, procedure labs, and interactive didactics to help prepare you manage the most complex of medical and trauma patients. We provide certification in ATLS, ACLS, and PALS in addition to a comprehensive emergency medicine curriculum.
Learn the practice of emergency medicine in a fast-paced,
high volume ED staffed by experienced expert clinicians.
All of our faculty are seasoned board-certified physicians
who have been selected for their clinical and teaching excellence. Our physicians “do it all” in the ED, from resuscitations to laceration repairs, and from intubations
to chest tubes to sedations and reductions, and as a
resident at Kenenstone you will be an integral part of the healthcare team leading these procedures. Our orthopedics rotation is run by ED faculty, and our trauma experience is a unique collaboration between the ED and
Our unparalleled hands-on training prepares you to manage any patient in any ED anywhere.
Our didactic program has been specifically designed to
provide a diverse and innovative learning experience. We
utilize simulation, flipped classroom sessions, and the
Foundations Curriculum to provide an interactive,
learner-focused and enjoyable education.
Each July we hold a comprehensive critical care and
airway training series that emphasizes the role of the
emergency physician as resuscitationist. We also include
number of vital longitudinal curricula, including wellness
and professionalism, EKGs, and radiology.
Our didactics prepare you to be a life-long learner in emergency medicine.
Our faculty know there is more to being an outstanding
emergency physician than a complete skillset and
knowledge base. With curricula covering professionalism
and wellness, administrative medicine, research and
evidenced-based medicine, we provide you with the
broad foundation for success in any role in emergency
Our faculty are experts in all aspects of emergency Medicine. Let our expertise prepare you for success.
Our salary and benefits program reflects our concern for the resident who has a life, not just a medical degree. Residents enjoy the same top-tier benefits offered to other WellStar Health System employees, and your health and wellness is a top priority. We’ve got people and programs to help you stay healthy, stay focused and not get overwhelmed.
Singular Concierge Services
Vacation and Incidental Sick Time
Group Long Term Disability (LTD)
Supplemental Individual Disability Insurance
Short Term Disability (STD)
Qualified Pension Plan (defined benefit plan)
Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan (403(b) defined contribution plan)
Eligible Deferred Compensation Plan (457b)
Medical Plan (High Deductible Health Plan Options)
Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Vision, Accident, Critical Illness and Permanent Life Insurance
Thank you for your interest in the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center’s Residency Program. It is our mission to create an exceptional and personalized training environment for people interested in serving patients as internists – whether as generalists or subspecialists – in order to provide the highest quality of care for our community.
Our interview season will run from mid-October through mid-January. Applications will only be accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and any interested individual must be registered to participate in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP); no program positions will be offered outside of the NRMP.
Our application deadline is December 1st, of the interview year; applications not submitted (and complete) by this date will not be considered for review by the residency selection committee. The program’s residency selection committee will review the ERAS applications and interview offers will be extended based on the applicant’s overall portfolio. Interview invitations will be issued only through the ERAS post office to the applicant’s e-mail address, as indicated on the ERAS application. Available interviews will be scheduled on a first-come first-served basis.
Please note that the required information, including letters of recommendation be in English; non-translated documents will not be accepted. Only applicants who satisfy the above requirements will be considered for an interview. Interviewees will be evaluated based on medical school performance, letters of recommendation, board examination scores, personal statement, and their overall interview performance.
WellStar Health System, including the WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate with regards to a person’s ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.
We invite qualified candidates to apply for the WellStar Kennestone Residency Program through the national resident matching program. Use this link to the program’s Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS®).