Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine

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Choosing the right residency is one of the most important decisions you will make. There are a large number of residency programs to choose from, and each has its strengths and weaknesses. Our training program will allow graduates to pursue careers in academics, research, administration or clinical Emergency Medicine. We provide exemplary clinical care in an academically productive fashion. Many of our faculty have developed, participated in, or directed other emergency medicine residency programs.


A strong and respected faculty including nationally renowned teachers.
Our faculty is committed to a learning environment that is challenging, collegial, and fun. A University Medical Center that serves as both a local hospital and regional referral center with separate Adult and Children’s Hospitals on the same campus. Vanderbilt is the region’s neonatal center, pediatric center, poison center, trauma center, pediatric trauma center, tertiary care referral center, burn center, and transplant center.
Both the Adult and Pediatric Emergency Departments are busy parts of Vanderbilt’s Level I Trauma Centers.
Residents are involved in all phases of trauma care including a nearly two-month rotation as an admitting resident on the Trauma Service. Our Adult Trauma Center is one of the busiest in the country with more than 4,000 Level I resuscitations per year. Our Children’s Hospital, like the Adult Hospital, is the only Trauma Center within 150 miles. Our department directs the vast majority of EMS care in the area, including the city’s paramedics and the region’s busy helicopter transport system. Residents will learn from, and subsequently teach, all levels and types of pre-hospital care providers. Faculty members in Emergency Medicine assist in the medical direction for the region's EMS and helicopter transportation service. Residents will have extensive exposure to emergency medicine in the streets and in the air, as well as to EMS administration, research, and education.
A commitment to toxicology care and research.
We have two board-certified toxicologists who supervise a very active toxicology consult service and the state’s poison control center.
Excellent training in critical care.
Residents spend time in medical, cardiac, pediatric, and trauma ICUs during their three years in the program. On these rotations, they will have the opportunity to manage a large number of hemodynamically unstable medical and surgical patients. 
The opportunity to participate in clinically relevant research projects. 
Emergency Medicine researchers with extensive experience in both clinical and basic science research mentor interested residents in meeting their research goals. Our faculty’s research excellence has resulted in a dramatic increase in grant submissions and federal support
Expertise in reading radiologic studies is essential.
Our residents are trained by emergency radiologists who work with us in an adjacent ED reading room 24 hours per day. These highly motivated academic radiologists excel at the art of teaching radiologic interpretations. Similarly, ultrasonography is taught by a fellowship trained emergency medicine faculty member whose career focus is to have each resident graduate as an expert in emergency bedside ultrasonography.
A unique approach to becoming expert in Cardiac Emergencies
The evaluation of chest pain, the art of ECG reading and an in-depth understanding of cardiovascular pathophysiology is essential to emergency physicians. Our program excels in cardiovascular emergencies. Not only is it the major interest of both the Chair and Residency Director, but a board certified emergency cardiologist has joined our faculty. His leadership of our Chest Pain Center guarantees you will learn the latest techniques and protocols involving coronary CT evaluation and myocardial PET scanning to evaluate possible acute coronary symptoms.
Training at Vanderbilt in Nashville
Vanderbilt is consistently rated as a top 10-20 U.S. Medical Center. It is located in Nashville, which is rated as one of the best U.S. cities for quality of life and rate of growth. Our residents work hard in a friendly atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Our department’s teaching philosophy is that learning is facilitated by teamwork.

Corey Slovis  Corey Slovis, MD 

  Chairman and Professor, Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine

  Medical Director, Metro Nashville Fire Dept

  Medical Director, Nashville International Airport 

Related Information: Curriculum

Our curriculum utilizes the vast resources of Vanderbilt to provide optimal, state-of-the-art training in Emergency Medicine. Successful completion of this curriculum means you will pass your ABEM certification examinations, and you will have the knowledge base and procedural skill set to enter any practice setting you choose. You will receive ultrasound training, advanced airway training, and significant critical care, resuscitation, trauma, and prehospital experiences.

This curriculum was developed with the explicit input of our residents, past and present. We will continue to modify our curriculum according to the needs of our residents and the profession. 

Below is a schedule of the rotations in our current curriculum:

1 Block = 28days. There are 13 "blocks" in the academic calendar year. 


7 blocks (including July didactic month)
1 block
Intensive Care
2 blocks (1 VA MICU/CCU, 1 VU MICU)
1 block
1 block (Ortho consults)
1 block (1:1 US instruction)


8 blocks
2 weeks (Community experience)
6 weeks
1 block
1 block
1 block


9.5 blocks
2 weeks (Community experience)
1 block
1 block
1 block

emergency medicine residency Off-Serice Rotations: Faculty Liaisons

  • Anesthesia: Kevin High
  • EMS: Dr. Jeremy Brywczynski
  • Face: Dr. Kendra Parekh
  • International Medicine: Dr. Nicolas Forget
  • LifeFlight: Dr. Jeremy Brywczynski
  • MICU: Dr. Wes Self
  • OB/GYN: Dr. Kristen Dettorre
  • Ortho/Plastics: Dr. Kendra Parekh, Dr. Chris Champion
  • Pediatric ED: Dr. Christina Estrada (Upper Levels), Dr. Sheila McMorrow (First Year Residents)
  • PICU: Dr. Christina Estrada
  • Sumner: Dr. Bill Lummus
  • Toxicology: Dr. Saralyn Williams
  • Trauma: Dr. Tyler Barrett
  • Ultrasound: Dr. Rob Ferre
  • VA ICU: Dr. Andrew Neck
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