Program For Matched Emergency Medicine Physicians

Future Emergency Medicine physicians find that doing preliminary year in General Surgery at the University of Washington prepares them well for their EM residency. The opportunity to rotate in the surgical ED at the world-renowned Level I Trauma Center: Harborview provides an excellent education for initial triage and management of surgical patients. Harborview is also known for its evidence-based and highly protocol-driven care of all kinds of acute care surgical patients. This program will give you the opportunity, as a surgical resident, to see the surgical patient from the other side of the ED – to include the pre and post-operative management. This experience will help to foster an understanding for the view of the surgical patient that will help you to build better professional relationships with surgical colleagues later. We focus our efforts on giving our ED residents a broad-based foundation in the many surgical sub-specialties and an experience in critical care. A surgery internship is also the best place to refine your procedural skills and gain ample experience prior to entering your EM residency. With this in mind, the University of Washington Department of Surgery developed a Preliminary Program designed specifically for future EM residents.


Rotations for this program are chosen with a focus on meeting the Emergency Medicine RRC requirements required for your R1 year. After this, our focus is to provide a broad based experience in some of the general surgery specialties (GI/Colorectal, Vascular, ICU, CT, Breast, Surgical Oncology, EM Acute Care Surgery) and some of the sub-specialties of Orthopedics and Neurosurgery in both the elective and trauma settings. This track includes at least one ICU rotation. The Program Director is open to accept limited special rotation requests within the pool of options. Most of the time we are able to accommodate them.