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Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine Residency

About the Program

In an ever-changing landscape of modern healthcare, our combined residency program addresses the growing need for dual-trained physicians.

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The combined EM/IM residency program at VCU is an expansion of the existing and well-established EM and IM residencies that began training in July 2011. Our program grew out of the realization that there is going to be an ever increasing need for dual-trained physicians in the changing landscape of modern healthcare. We accept two residents per year.

Our program's clinical training, like the respective parent programs, is at both VCU Medical Center and Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center. Both sites benefit from excellent full-time teaching faculty and offer unique patient care settings and patient populations. The Department of Emergency Medicine has several EM/IM and EM/Critical Care faculty who will provide outstanding mentorship to the program residents.

Graduates of EM/IM programs have traditionally accepted academic positions and a growing number are now able to utilize both aspects of their training. The EM/IM faculty at VCU work shifts in the ED, the observation unit, as well as attend on the wards. Our program prepares our trainees for any of the limitless career options available to them at graduation. One unique niche for the EM/IM practitioner is the management of ED Observation Units that can mitigate long wait times and ED overcrowding. Other common paths taken by EM/IM graduates include research, academic and administrative positions, research, and subspecialty training in Internal Medicine and/or Emergency Medicine.

Late in the second year of training, residents will pick a specific direction they would like their training to take based on the future career goals. The EM/IM schedule has been designed to allow the unique residents drawn to the program the ability to tailor their training appropriate to the many varied paths they may take. There are pre existing tracks in both the Emergency Medicine program and the Internal Medicine program that residents can choose. Alternatively, residents can tailor their training with a large selection of EM/IM-specific rotations that correspond with the unique career paths the combined residents take.

Why VCU?

At VCU, residents get a unique, well-rounded experience in both Emergency and Internal Medicine through:

  • Comprehensive training at a high-acuity academic medical center with a significant dedication to underserved populations
  • State-of-the-art clinical and educational methods and technology to deliver hands-on education along with individualized personal and professional development for each of our residents
  • Nationally renowned faculty members who are dedicated to teaching and training future leaders
  • A diverse, inclusive work environment with a focus on equity in emergency medicine
  • A family-like atmosphere that promotes wellness, resilience and community

See what residents have to say about their experience at VCU.

Curriculum

Each year, residents rotate between the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine, switching every 4 months. Internal Medicine employs tandem scheduling with rotations alternating between inpatient and outpatient settings. Didactic requirements include monthly journal club sessions and regularly scheduled conferences. EM/IM residents take part in both the Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine retreats annually. 

Salary and Benefits

VCU is proud to offer competitive salaries compared to housestaff across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Cost of living adjustments occur each year.

Resident Life

Finding family amongst co-residents

Residency is an exciting time of growth and development as residents step into their new roles as physicians, which also comes with its own challenges. While our program requires hard work, we make resident wellness a priority and are constantly working to improve resident resilience and well-being. 

In addition to relationships built within the separate EM and IM residencies, our residents find friendship and support in their EM/IM co-residents. The residents make an effort to arrange social events outside of work, including holiday gatherings, river floats, and game nights. Faculty also host several events throughout the year, such as our annual graduation/new resident welcome party and white elephant gift exchange. 

Richmond as a city offers plenty of opportunity to foster a healthy work-life balance, with diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, museums, music venues, restaurants, breweries, and parks. In addition to the city's own thriving outdoor scene, its location in Central Virginia makes it ideal for day trips to both the beach and mountains.Learn more about the Richmond

Discover RVA

Take a ride through Richmond with us! Created for VCU EM/IM applicants by current residents during the 2020 application season in lieu of the Trolley Tour through Richmond that typically is scheduled during interview days. We hope this provides a glimpse of the city! 

How to Apply

Join our talented and dedicated team

The VCU Department of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), and prospective residents can apply using the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) offered by the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Program Director

Pawan Suri, MD [View Image]

Pawan Suri, MD

Associate Professor

Pawan Suri, MD [View Image]

Pawan Suri, MD

Associate Professor

Division of Observation Medicine

EM-IM Residency Program Director
Division of Observation Medicine Chair

Email: pawan.suri@vcuhealth.org

Joel Moll, MD, FACEP [View Image]

Joel Moll, MD, FACEP

Associate Professor

Joel Moll, MD, FACEP [View Image]

Joel Moll, MD, FACEP

Associate Professor

EM Residency Program Director
Medical Education Fellowship Director

Email: joel.moll@vcuhealth.org

Rebecca Miller, MD [View Image]

Rebecca Miller, MD

Assistant Professor

Rebecca Miller, MD [View Image]

Rebecca Miller, MD

Assistant Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency Program Director

Email: rebecca.miller@vcuhealth.org

Taruna Aurora, MD [View Image]

Taruna Aurora, MD

Assistant Professor

Taruna Aurora, MD [View Image]

Taruna Aurora, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Observation Medicine

Clinical Decision Unit Co-Director

Email: taruna.aurora@vcuhealth.org

Megan P. Donohue, MD, MPH [View Image]

Megan P. Donohue, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Megan P. Donohue, MD, MPH [View Image]

Megan P. Donohue, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor

Department of Emergency Medicine

Email: megan.donohue@vcuhealth.org

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Frank Fulco, MD, RPh [View Image]

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Associate Professor

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh [View Image]

Frank Fulco, MD, RPh

Associate Professor

Department of Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine Residency Associate Program Director

Email: frank.fulco@vcuhealth.org

Joel René Morrissey, MD [View Image]

Joel René Morrissey, MD

Assistant Professor

Joel René Morrissey, MD [View Image]

Joel René Morrissey, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Observation Medicine

Email: joel.morrissey@vcuhealth.org

Joseph D. Romano, MD [View Image]

Joseph D. Romano, MD

Assistant Professor

Joseph D. Romano, MD [View Image]

Joseph D. Romano, MD

Assistant Professor

Email: joseph.d.romano@vcuhealth.org

Christina Vitto, MD [View Image]

Christina Vitto, MD

Assistant Professor

Christina Vitto, MD [View Image]

Christina Vitto, MD

Assistant Professor

Division of Observation Medicine

Email: christina.vitto@vcuhealth.org

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Frank L. Zwemer, MD, MBA [View Image]

Frank L. Zwemer, MD, MBA

Associate Professor

Frank L. Zwemer, MD, MBA [View Image]

Frank L. Zwemer, MD, MBA

Associate Professor

Email: frank.zwemer@va.gov

 

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