​Emergency Medicine
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.
Exceptional emergency care, focused on the patient
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.
Clinically Focused Training
Our physicians “do it all”, from resuscitations to laceration repairs, and from intubations to chest tubes to sedations and reductions, and as a resident at you will be an integral part of the healthcare team leading these procedures. Our unparalleled hands-on training prepares you to manage any patient in any ED anywhere.
Innovative Didactics
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.
Comprehensive Training
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 medicine.
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.
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.
Fourth-Year Student Audtion Elective
WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center’s emergency department is the 7th the busiest emergency department in United States, and houses is a level II Trauma Center, an Accredited Chest Pain Center with primary PCI, and a Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center. providing a breadth of pathology and acuity level. It contains multiple critical care rooms, a dedicated fast-track area, and an adjacent pediatric ED staffed by pediatric and pediatric emergency medicine trained faculty.

During this 4-week rotation, students will function in the role of sub-interns, working one on one with our ABEM certified faculty to manage all aspects of care for both ambulatory and acutely ill or injured patients. The rotation is clinically focused, with the majority of learning occurring in the emergency department, supplemented by didactic and procedural training. Our volume, acuity, and expert faculty affords rotating students the opportunity to participate in recognition, acute stabilization, management, and disposition of some of the most time sensitive pathophysiology that presents to emergency rooms anywhere.

Students will complete 14-16 10-hour shifts, working one-on-one with our academic and clinical faculty. They will have the opportunity to work in both high-acuity and fast-track areas in order to manage a variety of patient complaints and pathology.

Students will attend to the weekly Tuesday morning resident lecture series as well as monthly journal clubs, and will also have focused student lectures.

Students will receive feedback and written formal evaluation from faculty for each clinical shift they work. Students will receive a final rotation grade based on their clinical performance, and SLOEs will be offered as requested.
Goals and Objectives
Students will learn to balance the facets of all subspecialties, while focusing on acute care management, critical care, and appropriate disposition of patients.

Responsibilities include:
  • Performing a primary and secondary assessment of medical and trauma patients.
  • Developing appropriate management plans and initiating immediate interventions and resuscitation of critically ill and injured patients.
  • Make recommendations for and interpretations of laboratory, diagnostic, and radiologic studies.
  • Caring for patients presenting to the ED with common complaints, including but not limited to: chest pain, dyspnea, abdominal pain, headache, fever, altered mental status and traumatic injury.
  • Gain exposure and perform common and critical procedures including, but not limited to: laceration repairs, joint reductions, arthrocentesis, fracture reductions, intubations, lumbar punctures, thoracotomies, and central venous catheter placement.
Students interested in auditions should contact Ricardo Forest, Emergency Medicine Coordinator, at ricardo.forest@wellstar.org or call (770) 793-6190.
Leadership & House Staff
Salary & Benefits
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.
457b Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Eligible to enroll on first day of employment, however deductions will not start until the month following the election.
  • Maximum annual Resident contribution $18,000. Limits subject to change according to IRS Regulations.
  • No WellStar matching contributions.
  • May contribute a percentage of bi-weekly salary or flat dollar amount each pay period.
  • Pre-tax contributions taken from all eligible taxable income throughout the payroll calendar year.
  • Investment options identical to 403(b) investments.
  • Let our professional concierge team take your car for an oil change, restock your groceries or simply pick up a birthday gift for your loved ones while you stay focused on providing great care.
  • From simple errand running to event and travel planning, if you can dream it, our team can do it!
  • Residents can place concierge requests via phone, fax, email or in-person. Once a request has been made, a concierge team member will process and fulfill the request, then follow up with the resident to ensure everything is perfect.
Group Long-Term Disability (LTD)
  • Eligible after 30 days of continuous employment. No enrollment required.
  • Provided at no cost to Resident.
  • Payable on the 91st day of disability if approved by Insurance Carrier.
  • Benefits equal 60 percent of monthly base pay (maximum $16,000 per month).
Supplemental Individual Disability Insurance
  • Eligible after one month of employment. Premiums paid by Resident.
  • Requires approval from Supplemental LTD company after completion of enrollment form.
  • Pays in addition to Group LTD plan providing a benefit up to 75% of total compensation.
Short-Term Disability
  • Eligible on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous employment.
  • Enrollment Required.
  • Premiums paid by Resident.
  • Benefit coverage equal to 60 percent of your base pay up to a maximum weekly benefit of $1,500.
  • Eligible on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous employment as Resident.
  • Basic Life and AD&D provided at no cost to Resident. Coverage amount equals 1.5 times annual base pay (not to exceed $500,000). No enrollment necessary. Will need to complete beneficiary information on web enrollment portal.
  • Optional Life provided at group rates. Can purchase up to four times annual base pay (not to exceed $500,000). Spouse and child coverage available at group rates. Imputed income recognized.
WellStar provided coverage at no cost to Resident.
Eligible for 120 hours of paid time off after six months of employment if full-time; 60 hours if part-time. Paid time off will be applied before Illness pay or Vacation pay.
Eligible on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous employment. Enrollment required. Premiums deducted each pay period.

Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • Eligible on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous employment.
  • Three plan options — WellShare Premium, WellShare Select and Minimum Basic. Two WellShare plan options with access to Health Savings Account (HSA) or Health Reimbursement Account (HRA), if not qualified for HSA.
  • HSA includes pro-rated WellStar lump sum contribution with optional Resident per pay period contribution up to annual IRS limit.
  • HRA includes pro-rated WellStar lump sum contribution. No Resident contribution allowed.
  • Resident and WellStar share in cost of medical plan option selected. Resident premiums deducted each pay period on pre-tax basis.
  • Generally, automatically enrolled in plan on first of month following age 21 and 12 consecutive months of WellStar employment with 1,000 hours from date of employment.
  • Will earn a year of credited service for each pension payroll plan year you are credited with at least 1,000 hours.
  • In most cases, you become fully vested after five years of service (i.e., paid at least 1,000 hours for five plan years). Vested benefit is payable once you reach normal retirement age. Several payment options available.
  • May retire as early as age 55 (with a reduced benefit) as long as you have at least ten years of vesting service. Alternatively, you may elect to receive your benefit while working through the In-Service Distribution Option as early as age 62, provided you have completed at least ten years of vesting service.
  • Up to $1,000 PGY-1, $1,400 PGY-2, $1,500 PGY-3, and $1,600 PGY-4-8 per contract year for professional dues, journal and subscription fees.
  • Board Certification/Recertification, DEA, Georgia medical license and city/county business license.
403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Eligible on first day of employment.
  • Resident directed investments.
  • Maximum contribution — $18,000 (age 50 and older $24,000). Limits subject to change according to IRS Regulations.
  • Resident contributions matched each pay period with a “true up” option at year end. For every $1 contributed, up to four percent of eligible earnings, WellStar will contribute 50¢.
  • May contribute a percentage of bi-weekly salary or flat dollar amount each pay period.
  • Contributions taken from all taxable income throughout the payroll calendar year.
  • Roth and pre-tax options available. 100% vested in WellStar contributions after three years of service.
20 paid work days per contract year. To be granted at the discretion of the Program Director. Time not taken will not carry over to next contract year.

Five paid days per contract year. Unused days will not carry over to next contract year.
How to Apply
We invite you to submit your application through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). 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; 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.

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Hanif Muwakkil.