EM Residency FAQs

Basics

How many residents are in your program?

We have three awesome classes of 13 residents each. Our family is 39 total.

How many patients does the Cooper ED see annually?

Approximately 80,000 patients come through our 42 bed ED each year.

What is the patient demographic at Cooper?

Located in the heart of Camden, NJ, our population is diverse. In addition to caring for the underserved residents of Camden, our population also draws from the greater South Jersey region largely due to our affiliation with the leading MD Anderson Cancer Center and our standing as the only level 1 trauma center in southern NJ.

Which hospitals do your residents rotate at?

We spend the vast majority of our time at the Coop. During second and third year we rotate through our community site, Virtua Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, NJ. We also spend one month during second year in the PICU at St. Christopher’s in North Philly.

Which EMR do you use?

Our emergency department as well as the entire inpatient and outpatient system uses EPIC.

What is your ED’s standing in your hospital?

Our department is well-regarded and well-represented within the hospital. We work alongside some incredible attendings who still work clinically despite their administrative duties and as such are always working to improve our department. Walking through our department you might bump into Cooper’s Co-President/CEO Dr. Anthony Mazzarelli (aka our attending, Mazz) or our Department Chair and member on the Board of Trustees, Dr. Michael Chansky (aka our attending, Chan, or “boss,” as he is affectionately known).

What is your department like?

Our department is a family and we’re very proud of that. From the attendings to the residents to the nurses and techs, we are all on a first name (or first nickname) basis.

What fellowships does Cooper offer?

Cooper currently offers fellowships in Critical Care (which currently includes two of our former grads and chiefs, Kim Chavez and Lindsey Glaspey), EMS (currently includes our former grad Alex Kuc), Palliative Care (currently includes former grad Anil Reddy), Ultrasound, Addiction Medicine, and Administration.

Clinical Experience

What’s your ED schedule like?

During each ED block our PGY-1s work 21 shifts, PGY-2s work 20 shifts, and PGY-3s work 19 shifts. Most shifts are 9 hours (7am-4pm, 3pm-12am, and 11pm-8am) with the occasional 12 hour shift on Saturdays for PGY-1s and 2s. Our chiefs are pretty awesome about getting our schedule out about two months in advance which makes it easy to schedule around life events.

Do you follow circadian scheduling?

We do not have a strict circadian schedule as our residents prefer the flexibility and greater ease of trading shifts without it. We do of course keep circadian changes in mind when creating the schedule.

Are interns “allowed” to see sick patients?

Absolutely. From day one we make sure our interns are getting into sick rooms, managing airways, and getting comfortable with unstable patients. But rest assured that you will always have the support of an upper year or attending behind you. While our interns focus on getting comfortable in the department and caring for unstable patients, our second years work toward increasing their volume of patients seen, and our seniors work on teaching the medical students and interns and their ability to run the department as a whole.

Curriculum

Here’s a link to our Curriculum.

How are traumas managed between EM and surgery?

With over 2,200 trauma visits annually, Cooper has the busiest Level 1 Trauma Center in NJ. As a result, we handle trauma a bit differently. Patients who meet trauma triage criteria are seen in our trauma bay which is staffed jointly by trauma surgery and the EM residents rotating on trauma. Trauma airways are managed by one of the second or third year EM residents who come over from the main ED side to respond to all of the trauma alerts. We spend 2.5 blocks total rotating through trauma throughout residency. We also see a large volume of trauma patients in the main ED augmenting our already robust trauma experience.

Let’s talk crit care.

We’re extremely proud of our critical care experience. Our schedule includes 7 months total of ICU time which includes rotations through the medical ICU, cardiac ICU, trauma/surgical ICU, pediatric ICU and critical care consult team. We work alongside some incredible clinicians including EM/critical care doc Haney Mallemat of FOAMed fame and Dr. R. Phillip Dellinger, co-editor of the textbook Critical Care Medicine (Mosby) as well as lead author of the International Surviving Sepsis Guidelines. As a result, our graduates are extremely comfortable with critically ill patients and those who are interested in a critical care fellowship are very competitive.

What’s your pediatrics experience like?

We have a combination of designated blocks in our attached pediatric emergency department as well integrated shifts throughout the year. This affords us the opportunity to have concentrated time learning pediatrics as well as longitudinal exposure in a speciality which is inherently seasonal.

Who We Are

Where do your residents live?

The majority of us live right across the bridge in Philly (~15 minute drive or a 10 minute ride on the PATCO). A handful of our residents live nearby in the NJ and PA suburbs.

Do you guys get together outside of the hospital?

Of course! We love grabbing drinks together after shifts, going to Philadelphia sporting events (go Phillies!), taking trips to the beach, and just hanging out exploring Philly together. Some of our favorite department-sponsored events include our annual residency retreat to the Jersey Shore, journal clubs, Lubkin’s flag football game, Byrne’s game night, and the annual holiday party.

What are you guys into?

We love our pups (and cats!); we’re also into hiking, Peloton-ing, weightlifting, running, trips to the beach, beer gardening, bar trivia, going to concerts at the BB&T, and exploring Philly’s awesome restaurant scene.

Why should I train at Cooper?

If you’re interested in working in a high-energy, fast-paced, high-acuity emergency department caring for a diverse patient population alongside incredible friends and teachers, Cooper might be the place for you. We look forward to meeting you, virtually or otherwise!

How can I find out more about your program?

You can follow us on Instagram @CooperEM_Residency and Twitter @CooperEMed. We also will be having frequent virtual Meet and Greets with the residents and faculty on Zoom throughout the summer and fall. You can find the most up to date schedule on our Instagram and Twitter accounts. Also, don’t hesitate to reach out and email our chiefs with any specific questions! You can find our emails under our welcome message here.