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.

Student Auditions

Fourth Year Student Audition 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.

The 2018-2019 rotation schedule is as follows:

  • 7/1-7/26
  • 7/29-8/23
  • 8/26-9/20
  • 9/23-10/18
  • 10/21-11/15
  • 11/18-12/13
  • 12/16-1/16 (one week longer due to winter holidays, can be arranged to end 1/9)

Additional dates after January 16 may be considered on an individual basis.

Email our rotation coordinator for more information, or to begin the application process for a rotation.

Students interested in auditions should contact Ricardo Forest, Emergency Medicine Coordinator, at (770) 793-6190 or via email at ricardo.forest@wellstar.org.


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:

  1. Performing a primary and secondary assessment of medical and trauma patients
  2. Developing appropriate management plans and initiating immediate interventions and resuscitation of critically ill and injured patients.
  3. Make recommendations for and interpretations of laboratory, diagnostic, and radiologic studies.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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.

Clinical Experience:

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.

Core Rotations:

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.

Selective Rotations:

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.

Didactic Curriculum:

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.

Unique Features

Clinically Focused Training

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
trauma services.

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.

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.

Comprehensive EM 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

Our faculty are experts in all aspects of emergency Medicine. Let our expertise prepare you for success.

Leadership & House Staff
Ted Stettner
Program Director, Emergency Medicine
Dr. Ted Stettner joined WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in 2017 as the inaugural Emergency Medicine Residency Program Director. Prior, he worked 13 years as faculty for Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, serving as Associate Residency Director. Dr. Stettner is an experienced educator, and is developing an innovative and diverse program dedicated to the development of outstanding clinical and academically minded residency graduates.
Hanif Muwakkil
Program Coordinator, Emergency Medicine
Ricardo Forest
Program Coordinator
Juron Foreman
Assistant Program Director, Emergency Medicine
Dr. Foreman was born and raised in Philadelphia where he graduated from Temple University with a degree in psychology. He then attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine where he graduated in 2011. Upon completion of residency at Emory University School of Medicine, he joined the WellStar team in 2014. His academic interests include healthcare disparities and intimate partner violence in the ED. He currently lives in Marietta, GA with his wife and two boys.
Tariq Noohani
Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine
Dr. Noohani joined the Emergency Medicine staff at Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center in 2011. Prior to this he served as Clinical Faculty and Assistant Professor at University of South Florida Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Dr. Noohani received his Bachelor’s degree from Florida International University in Miami and obtained his medical degree at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Noohani completed his Emergency Medicine Residency training at Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His clinical interests include Trauma, Critical Care and advanced airway management.
Dilani Weerasuriya
Assistant Program Director, Emergency Medicine
Dr. Weersauriya is a Georgia native who has spent her career providing emergency care to Atlanta residents. She attended medical school and completed her Emergency Medicine Residency at Emory University School of Medicine, graduating in 2014 and joining the WellStar family. Dr. Weersauriya is a passionate resident advocate and teacher with an interest in innovative educational processes.
Steven Benatar, MD
Emory University School of Medicine
Nikkia Blake, MD
Morehouse School of Medicine
Ricky Doshi, MD
Morehouse School of Medicine
Mayur Patel, MD
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University
Maurice Edwards, MD
Morehouse School of Medicine
Andrew Lin, DO
Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine
Nicole Nemore, MD
Indiana University School of Medicine
Nixon Nguyen, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Chris Orf, MD
Louisiana State University
Jahan Rad, MD
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Keri Seamon, DO
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
Adam Sendor, MD
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
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.

Singular Concierge Services

  • 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.

Vacation and Incidental Sick Time

  • 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.


  • 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.

Malpractice Coverage

  • WellStar provided coverage at no cost to Resident.


  • 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.

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 LTD 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 (STD)

  • 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.

Life Insurance

  • 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.

Qualified Pension Plan (defined benefit plan)

  • 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.

Supplemental Retirement Savings Plan (403(b) defined contribution 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 4 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 percent vested in WellStar contributions after three years of service.

Eligible Deferred Compensation Plan (457b)

  • 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.

Medical Plan (High Deductible Health Plan Options)

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.

Dental, Flexible Spending Accounts, Vision, Accident, Critical Illness and Permanent Life Insurance

  • Eligible on the first day of the month following 30 days of continuous employment. Enrollment required. Premiums deducted each pay period.
Application Requirements & How to Apply

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.

Application Requirements:

  1. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have a valid U.S. Permanent Resident Card or EAD, or possess a J-1 visa.  (Our institution does not sponsor any visas.)  In addition, candidates must provide documentation to support this requirement to the GME office if a letter of Agreement is extended.
  2. Applicants must also either be a:
    1. Graduate/pending graduate of a U.S. or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).
    2. Graduate/pending graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).
    3. Graduate of a medical school outside the United States or Canada who also meets one of the following additional criteria:
      • Holds a currently valid Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) certificate; or,
      • Holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a U.S. licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME specialty/subspecialty; or,
      • Completion of a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.
  3. Applicants must be within two years of graduation from medical school or direct patient care activity.
  4. Applicants must qualify for a full or unrestricted educational limited license in the State of Georgia.
  5. Applicants must have the following materials entered into the ERAS program:
    • Dean’s Letter (or MSPE)
    • Three letters of recommendation (a Chairman’s letter is not required, but the program does take special note of letters of recommendation from the attending physician during medicine sub-internship/acting internship/externship rotations performed during the senior year)
    • Official medical school transcript (no photocopies accepted), including grades for all required clerkships
    • Personal Statement
    • Current curriculum vitae
    • An official transcript with score on the USMLE/COMLEX Step 1.   Preference will be given to first-time takers of the USMLE/COMLEX; applicants who did not pass a USMLE/COMLEX on the first attempt may still be considered for an interview, but it is imperative that those who retake the exam have a competitive score.
    • Applicants must have an official transcript with scores on USMLE/COMLEX Step 2 CK and CS; this is due before the due date for NRMP Rank Order List.
    • Although not required, applicants are encouraged to provide an optional photograph.

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®).

Our interview schedule begins in early November and continues through January. Please note that interviews are by invitation and will be scheduled on Fridays only during the time period listed. We welcome your interest in the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at WellStar Kennestone Regional Medical Center.

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Hanif Muwakkil.