Combined Residency Programs in Emergency Medicine

J Emerg Med. 2019 Dec;57(6):e199-e204. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2019.06.001. Epub 2019 Aug 31.


There are currently 5 combined residencies in emergency medicine (EM), namely EM/pediatrics, EM/internal medicine, EM/internal medicine/critical care, EM/family medicine and EM/anesthesiology. These combined programs vary from 5-6 years in length. Like categorical programs, the decision to enter a 5- or 6-year program should be an informed and comprehensive decision. We describe the history and current status of the combined EM programs, discuss the process of applying to a combined EM program, describe the life of combined EM residents, and explore common career opportunities available to combined EM program graduates.

Keywords: applicant; career opportunities; combined programs; combined residency; emergency medicine; medical student; residency; resident life.

MeSH terms

  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Humans
  • Internship and Residency / methods*
  • Internship and Residency / trends
  • United States