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Emergency Medicine Residency Program - Erie

About the program

Program director: Matthew T. McCarthy, DO, FACOEP
Accreditation: ACGME
Program length: 3 years
Residents per year: 6

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The Emergency Medicine Residency Program at Saint Vincent Hospital provides its residents with the necessary experience, 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 CMAC and disposable fiber optic  scopes, as well as two mobile bedside ultrasound machines.

The Saint Vincent Emergency Department is the busiest in the area, serving approximately 69,000 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 facility (Sexual Assault Nurse Extender), 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 Trauma at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Adult Trauma at UPMC Presbyterian.


Application information

Applications are accepted through Electronic Residency Application Service® (ERAS®) only. The deadline for applying is November first of the year before desired start of the program. Saint Vincent Emergency Medicine participates in the NRMP (National Resident Matching Program) to fill all PGY-1 positions.

The completed application should include:

  • USMLE Step I board scores, or COMLEX Part I board scores, Step II or Part II should be available at the time of interview
  • Minimum two letters of recommendation with at least one in Emergency Medicine
  • Official medical school transcript
  • Dean’s letter
  • Personal Statement

Foreign Medical Graduates

In addition to above, please also include:

  • Copy of your ECFMG certificate
  • Copies of all ECFMG/FMGEMS/FLEX scores


Interviews for application to the Emergency Medicine Residency are by invitation only and occur from November through February.


Benefits and salaries

Salaries (as of 2020-2021):

Residents are paid a yearly salary per the list below, divided into bi-weekly paychecks. Direct deposit is required.

  • PGY1: $58,390
  • PGY2: $60,004
  • PGY3: $61,640

Educational Stipends

  • Chief Resident: $4,000 (if co-chiefs, the stipend is shared)
  • PGY1: $2000
  • PGY2-3: $1800


  • Medical/Dental/Prescription Plan with family plan option (residents and associates pay a portion of the premium)
  • Reimbursement of out-of-town moving expenses up to $2,000 with detailed receipts (subject to prevailing tax rate)
  • Meal stipend provided for use while on duty at Saint Vincent Hospital
  • 24-hour parking available in parking garage (parking fee is deducted from your pay)
  • Free scrubs and personalized lab coats
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Educational stipend
  • Three weeks of paid vacation per year
  • Child Care Center available
  • Housing - Resident housing will be provided for residents for outside rotations


About Graduate Medical Education

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.

Contact us

Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Diane Whitney, Administrative Coordinator

Mailing address:
Medical Education Office
AHN Saint Vincent Hospital
311 West 24th Street, 4th Floor
Erie, PA 16502

Phone: 1-800-730-3003 or (814) 452-5100