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Program Director's Welcome

Welcome to the University of Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program website! Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our program; we have had a long standing presence in Emergency Medicine, welcoming our first class of residents in 1996, and continue to shape future leaders in Emergency Medicine. I am honored to tell you a little more about our exceptional training program and invite you to explore our website to learn more about us. You can find out more at and be sure to follow us @UPennEM.

First and foremost our goal is to train clinically outstanding physicians while at the same time expose residents to numerous mentoring and leadership opportunities. Our clinical curriculum is deliberately designed to take advantage of our unique training sites, diverse patient populations, and topnotch EM faculty. We offer a progressive training curriculum; as an intern you focus is on building foundational skillsets, as a second year you are integrating efficiency into your practice, as a third year resident you are learning clinical leadership and teaching strategies and finally as a fourth year resident you function as a leader within the department serving in a “pre”-Attending role. Our modular based didactic curriculum is geared to the adult learner and challenges residents to be actively engaged in their learning. We have incorporated case based and procedural simulation sessions as well as FOAMed resources in our didactic curriculum and evaluate the effectiveness of our curriculum regularly.

We are located on the University of Pennsylvania campus in West Philadelphia and care for a tremendously diverse patient population. The combination of the urban, inner city population as well as patients attracted to the tertiary care specialties available at our internationally recognized institution, make our emergency department a fantastic melting pot, and a stimulating clinical experience. There is no public hospital in Philadelphia giving us the opportunity to provide equal care to everyone who walks in the door under the same roof.  Our department and residency has a strong commitment to promoting social justice and fostering and environment of inclusion.

Our four-year curriculum allows residents a greater breadth and depth of clinical experience with unparalleled exposure to pediatrics, ultrasound, and critical care. Ample elective time and schedule flexibility allows the independent and self-motivated to take advantage of all the clinical and intellectual resources both within our department and hospital as well as across our campus in order to customize their training. Complement this with our subspecialized faculty and you have created a tremendous educational experience. The faculty members are true leaders in our field. They are active clinicians and researchers and many have been successful academically as presidents and meeting directors for SAEM, editorial boards, reviewers for major journals, national lecturers, and authors of numerous books, chapters and journal publications each year.

Enjoy exploring our website! Hopefully this will give you a good sense about who we are, and the people who make it a great place to train!


Lauren W. Conlon, MD FACEP
Residency Program Director
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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