Characteristics of Emergency Medicine Resident Orientation Programs


*The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine Ambulatory Care Center 4-West Albuquerque, NM 87131–5246


Objective: To determine the prevalence, duration, composition, and goals of emergency medicine resident orientation programs.

Methods: Eleven-item, descriptive mail surveys were sent by the education committee of SAEM to the program directors of all emergency medicine residency programs approved by the RRC as of January 1992.

Results: Sixty-nine of 86 survey instruments (80%) were returned. Orientation programs were offered in 64 residencies, 41 PGY1–3 programs, five PGY1–4 programs, and 18 PGY2–4 programs. Results are tabulated below.