Residency Program

 Did you know?

 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 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.


Diversity of clinical care.

Vanderbilt serves many roles for the Nashville community and surrounding areas. VUMC serves as the second largest charity hospital in the state, caring for a great number of underserved patients. VUMC is also a tertiary referral center with sub-specialties that draw patients with complicated medical histories from a broad catchment area. We also serve as a community hospital for many residents in Nashville. Lastly, our trauma catchment area is large and cares for a variety of trauma from penetrating and blunt urban to rural trauma as well.


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 resuscitation 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.


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. 


Excellence in pediatric EM training. 

A longitudinal curriculum in pediatric EM training is provided in our free standing pediatric hospital here on campus. There are joint education ventures including didactics, noon conference, and journal club held collaboratively between the adult and pediatric ED providers.


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



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.



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. ultrasonography is taught by multiple fellowship trained faculty in the Division of US.


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.


A commitment to international medicine.

As a resident, you have the opportunity to participate in residency, nursing, and EMS education and program development in Guyana, where we are heavily involved in health provider education.


Exposure to a variety of fellowships

Vanderbilt EM has multiple specialties for you to explore within the department. Fellowships include Administrative, US, EMS, International, Simulation, Sports Medicine, Pediatric EM and multiple opportunities in research and quality improvement.


A focus on mentorship.

At Vanderbilt EM, we want you to be able to explore your potential. Not only do we have a formal professional mentorship program, but we allow you to explore your interests and provide specific mentoring in a specialty area of your choosing. With over 60 faculty members with a variety of niches, coming to train at Vanderbilt guarantees you open doors to the next step in your career.


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.




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Rotation DetailsApplication Process Curriculum Interview Guide Conference Schedule ED Shifts Prehospital Care FAQ

Research Benefits Bedside Ultrasound Pediatric FAQ Airway Lab Resident Evaluations Diversity


Current Residents 

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  • 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. Michele Walsh (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