I am writing to you today to ask for your assistance and with the hope that you may be inspired to support our department and the EM residency program. Click here to make your gift today.
As you know, the BMC Emergency Department is very busy. Our volume continues to grow, and we now see in excess of 140,000 patients each year. In recent years we have consolidated our services onto one campus, we have changed the footprint of the HAC ED, and we are embarking on another series of significant renovations. Our department hosts competitive fellowship programs in EMS and ultrasound, our residency encompasses 48 residents over 4 years, and our faculty has grown to more than 30 members. Our commitment to our community and the patient population that we serve persists with Project Assert, our Violence Intervention and Advocacy Program, programs that are focused on helping the homeless, and with the recent creation of a multidisciplinary Injury Prevention Center.
It’s a well-known fact that the more than 225 residents who have gone through our program are among the best physicians in our field. Many are now department chairs, ED directors, research directors, fellowship directors, and residency directors at prestigious hospitals across the country and even the globe. We have assumed leadership positions in national organizations, and the “BCH/BMC residency” line on our CV’s continues to be associated with outstanding clinical training, leadership skills, and a commitment to underserved patient populations.
The clinical experience continues to be outstanding, and our department is recognized as a leader in ultrasound training and research, EMS research, public health services and research, and ED operations. This year we have once again surpassed previous records with more than 1,100 applications for our 12 residency positions.
Training the next generation of Emergency Medicine physicians is expensive, particularly at a safety net hospital. The cost to send residents to national meetings to present their research, confer with peers and leaders from across the country or sending them overseas participate in medical missions is increasing at a rapid rate. In recent years, our residents have participated in electives in numerous foreign lands, including Haiti, Vietnam, Ghana, Zambia, South Africa, India, and Ethiopia, have won city-wide “Jeopardy” tournaments, and came in first in a national competition of resident ultrasound skills.
If you are in a position to support our Residency Program with a tax-deductible gift by clicking here, I can assure you that your gift will be put to good use, sustaining the high-quality of our program and training the next generation of physician leaders in emergency medicine.
We hope to hear from you.
Kerry McCabe, Residency Director