Emergency Medicine

Residency Program Facilities


OHSU Hospital and Doernbecher Children's Hospital

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program is based at OHSU Hospital, the major teaching hospital for the School of Medicine, School of Nursing and School of Dentistry at OHSU. Residency programs are available in all major specialties and subspecialties. OHSU Hospital is the quaternary care center for Oregon and one of only two Level I trauma centers in the state. It serves as the only base station for on-line control of prehospital care in the greater Portland area.

All care provided in the ED, which serves both OHSU Hospital and Doernbecher Children's Hospital, is under the direct supervision of attending staffing which is provided 24 hours a day by Department of Emergency Medicine faculty.

Emergency medicine residents (EM II or III) provide the main staffing for the ED. They are also responsible for supervising students, managing patients primarily and responding to all major trauma cases. Residents from anesthesiology, medicine, pediatrics, family practice, and emergency medicine interns also rotate through the OHSU and VA Emergency Departments. 

Providence St. Vincent Medical Center

The rotation at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, a modern, suburban hospital in the Portland area, provides an emergency medicine experience in the private community setting.

The Emergency Department sees approximately 76,000 patients per year with an additional 12,000 patients triaged to the adjoining Fast-Track pod system. Residents get first-hand experience working in a busy ED, with private physicians who are EM board-certified/eligible.

Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Health Center and Randall Children's Hospital

Legacy Emanuel Hospital and Randall Children’s Hospital provide opportunities for residents to practice excellent emergency care in an urban, community setting.  Residents work in concert with emergency physicians trained in pediatrics, pediatricians, and pediatric emergency specialists, all of whom bring a unique perspective to the care of the ill and injured child. The focus of this rotation is the continued development of clinical and procedural skills necessary for the successful management of seriously ill children. In addition, residents have the opportunity to spend one month in the adult ED at Emanuel where nearly 40,000 adults are seen annually.

Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center & Kaiser Westside Medical Center

Kaiser Sunnyside and Kaiser Westside are tertiary care community-based hospitals located in Clackamas, Oregon, and Hillsboro, OR. Emergency department visits total over 53,000 patients per year at each site. Residents in the emergency department at Kaiser Medical Centers are primarily responsible for seeing patients across a full spectrum of disease states. Given the nature of emergency medicine in general and the specific patient populations seen at Kaiser in particular, residents are exposed to a wide variety of patients on this rotation. The patient mix includes the full age spectrum (newborn-geriatric), all genders, patients from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds, a combination of medical, surgical, traumatic, gynecologic, and pediatric complaints, and a varied level of acuity (from ambulatory to those in cardiovascular arrest). The resident is eligible to perform any available procedures in the Sunnyside ED or Westside ED. The patient population of these EDs consists of a large proportion of geriatric patients and thus critically ill patients are common. Residents participate in the evaluation and management of patients entered in the trauma system at a level appropriate for their training.

Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center (PVAMC)

Portland VA Medical Center Aerial photo

The Portland VA provides a high volume, high acuity experience with an enhanced degree of resident responsibility.  Emergency medicine residents’ staff the emergency department between the hours of 7am and 1am, caring for veterans with conditions ranging from acute myocardial infarctions to sepsis.

Columbia Memorial Hospital

photo of a hospital entrance with outdoor ground level helipad

Columbia Memorial Hospital is a critical access hospital in Astoria, OR.  It is the first Oregon Coastal hospital whose emergency department is staffed entirely by board certified emergency physicians.  The 9 bed emergency department sees all sorts of patients from acute strokes to severely injured trauma patients that end up transferring to Portland for further care.  Residents rotate at CMH in their EM II year and learn to care for critically ill patients in a limited resource environment.