Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Dr. Philip Pazderka
Philip Pazderka, MD
Program Director

Welcome from the Program Director

Welcome to the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. We are an ACGME accredited, three-year program preparing physicians for board certification by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Our residency:

  • Combines the educational and clinical excellence of two leading tertiary care medical centers with the academics of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.
  • Provides an outstanding learning experience in emergency medicine
  • Offers a multitude of educational opportunities from our two trauma centers, West Michigan AirCare, and our multiple intensive care units
  • Includes a large, well-qualified emergency medicine faculty dedicated to education and research
  • Has active pre-hospital care and air medical transport systems
  • Features a curriculum that places particular emphasis on critical care and emergency medical services, including a Resident Response Vehicle
  • Offers an outstanding clinical experience, with over 160,000 patient visits

FAQs

  • How do I apply to your residency program?
    We participate in ERAS.
  • What if I’m an osteopathic applicant?
    We are pleased to receive applications from osteopathic applicants.
  • How are your ED shifts scheduled?
    Most ED shifts are eight hours in length. Depending on the level of training, residents are scheduled from 18-22 shifts per month. Residents are usually scheduled to have one weekend off per month and are usually scheduled for a maximum of five days in a row.
  • What is your research requirement?
    Residents are required to complete an academic research project during their training. Funds are available for travel to selected meetings for presentation of abstracts.
  • How are Emergency Medicine conferences scheduled?
    Participation in the didactic curriculum of the residency is an important part of emergency medicine education. We take a lot of pride in our conference series and feel strongly that our residents be allowed to participate. For this reason, attendance at conferences is considered mandatory and, other than scheduled vacations, away electives, conferences, and the like, attendance by is virtually 100 percent. We accomplish this by scheduling all emergency medicine conferences as a block on Wednesdays and covering the emergency departments with faculty.
  • Is there money for residents to attend conferences?

    Yes. We provide funding for our second- and third-year residents to attend an approved conference. Popular choices are the annual meetings of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians.

    First-year residents are provided $500 for professional development funds. PGY1 and PGY2 residents are given $1,500 for each year for professional development.