Program director: Jestin N. Carlson, M.D., MS, MHA, CPE, FACEP
Program length: 3 years
Residents per year: 6
Our emergency medicine residency program here in Erie, PA is a truly
unique training opportunity. I have been fortunate enough to be part of the
Saint Vincent Emergency Medicine faculty for over 10 years and believe our
graduates to be exceptional clinicians.
Our program offers training at our outstanding community hospital
with the largest ED volume in the network- AHN Saint Vincent. We also provide
additional unique educational opportunities at Children’s Hospital of
Pittsburgh and UPMC Presbyterian for trauma. Emergency Medicine and Family
Medicine are the only residencies based at AHN Saint Vincent. As a result, our
residents have exceptional access to all teaching and procedural opportunities
across the spectrum of healthcare without competing with other learners.
We offer multiple additional opportunities including special event
coverage (e.g., sporting events, concerts, etc.), EMS helicopter transports,
and various teaching opportunities. Our program encourages and supports
resident growth while inspiring our resident’s constant daily improvement. Given
our small size (6 residents/year), we are a strongly connected family of
emergency clinicians. AHN Saint Vincent attendings are the most experienced in
the region and are committed to helping you succeed. In addition, our size
allows our residents to play pivotal roles in the advancement of the residency.
For example, our residents have helped to redesign our ultrasound curriculum,
plan our wellness events, and worked with our faculty to create new didactic learning
Erie is located on the peaceful shores of Lake Erie in the
northwest corner of Pennsylvania. While we do get snow, we also have beautiful
summers and experience breathtaking season changes. The cost of living is lower than many metropolitan areas and there are a number of cities within a short drive (Buffalo ~90 minutes; Cleveland ~90 minutes; Pittsburgh ~2 hours). In
addition, the surrounding area provides a number of outdoor activities
including hiking, biking, boating, and skiing.
I encourage you to check out our program and I look forward to
meeting each of you at your interview.
Sincerely, Jestin N. Carlson, MD, MS, MHA, CPE Program Director
The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital provides its residents with an exceptional community hospital experience, providing residents with the knowledge, guidance, and skills to become a complete and well-rounded emergency physician. Saint Vincent unveiled a brand-new emergency department in 2019 with an integrative layout including rooms for critical care and procedures with mobile monitoring capability and in-room radiography. All residents are trained to use EPIC EMR and voice dictation for charting. The department also has its own video-assisted intubation devices, including a GlideScope and disposable fiber optic scopes, as well as two mobile bedside ultrasound machines.
The Saint Vincent Emergency Department is the busiest in the Allegheny Health Network, serving approximately 60,000 patients per year. The Emergency Department is a Telestroke Center partnered with Allegheny General Hospital and a Cardiac Facility with a Cath Lab available 24/7. Saint Vincent serves as a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) facility , with a private crisis treatment room and trained forensic nurses. We are also the region’s main psychiatric center and an official DMAT (Disaster Medical Assistance Team) site for the Department of Homeland Security, to be deployed nationally in times of disaster.
The Emergency Department is covered by 21 full-time residency-trained
attending physicians who are AOBEM or ABEM certified or eligible. Our emergency medicine residents also train and rotate in Saint Vincent’s Intensive Care Units, which are comprised of 40 beds, working side by side with the critical care intensivists. Out-of-hospital rotations include Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Adult Trauma at UPMC Presbyterian.
The Emergency Medicine Residency Program - Erie is part of the Graduate Medical Education (GME) opportunities offered by the AHN Medical Education Consortium. Learn more about Graduate Medical Education.