Frequently Asked Questions
What type of resident applicants is the EMIM program looking for?
The EMIM program at the University of Maryland is well established and considered one of the premier residencies within the Medical Center and nationally. The primary goal of the EMIM program is to train future academic and community leaders in the fields of emergency medicine and internal medicine. Residency applicants typically have a strong academic record and are within the upper third of their medical school class. Applicants should be committed to the practice of both specialties and be informed about career opportunities for dual board-certified physicians. As evidenced by our sample block schedule, our program provides comprehensive, and intense, exposure to all facets of both emergency medicine and internal medicine. Thus, residents must be committed to, and prepared for, a five year program.
What are the EMIM residents like?
Our EMIM program is comprised of a diverse group of residents. Several are graduates of The University of Maryland Medical School. Additional medical schools recently represented in our EMIM program have include Yale, The University of Texas, The University of Illinois, The Medical College of Pennsylvania – Hahneman, The University of Rochester, Jefferson Medical College, University of Wisconsin, University of North Carolina, the University of Vermont, the State University of New York – Downstate, and many others. Typically around 40-50% of our EMIM residents are female. Additional information is provided in the resident section of our website.
What are the strengths of the EMIM program?
One of the strongest aspects of the EMIM program is our clinical experience. EMIM residents are taught by leaders in the fields of emergency medicine, adult multisystem trauma, critical care medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, internal medicine subspecialties, and outpatient care. In addition to the strength of individual clinical rotations, the didactic curriculum of the EMIM program is outstanding. Our faculty regularly lecture at national and international conferences such as ACEP and SAEM, and we are fortunate to receive unfettered access to renowned speakers and talks that often are standing room only at these conferences. By the completion of the program, EMIM residents typically have several peer-reviewed journal publications, lead interdepartmental conferences, and participated in national and local committees. As a result of mentoring received within the program, many of our EMIM residents have received a variety of teaching and other awards and honors.
What do your graduates do following residency?

Although our primary mission is to train both academic and community leaders, nearly all of our recent graduates hold positions at academic institutions. Assistant Dean, Program Director, Assistant Clinical Director, and Director of Undergraduate Medical Education are some of the prestigious positions currently held by recent graduates. The majority practice both emergency medicine and internal medicine and hold dual academic appointments. In addition to faculty positions, recent graduates are enrolled in critical care fellowship programs.

The following is a sampling of our recent graduates along with their academic titles.

Robert L. Rogers, MD, FAAEM, FACEP, FACP

Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine

Vice Chair for Faculty Development

University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky

Michael McCurdy, MD

Faculty, Department of Medicine

Chief, Department of Medicine and Division of Critical Care

St. Joseph’s Medical Center, Towson, Maryland

Joe Martinez, MD, FACEP, FAAEM

Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine

Associated Dean for Medical Education and Learning Environment

University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Michael Winters, MD, FAAEM

Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine

Vice Chair for Clinical and Administrative Affairs

University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland

Doug Mayo, MD

Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Regional Director, Prince George’s Hospital Center, Cheverly, Maryland

Phillip Magidson

Faculty, Departments of Emergency Medicine, Medicine, and Geriatrics

Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland


Joseph Shiber

Faculty, Department of Emergency Medicine

Co-Medical Director, Intensive Care Unit at UF Health North, Jacksonville, Florida


David Vitberg

Faculty, Critical Care Medicine

Director, Medical and Surgical Critical Care Medicine

Greater Baltimore Medical Center, Baltimore, MD


Jeffrey Zilberstein

Faculty, Critical Care Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine

Chief, Critical Care Medicine, Vice Chairman of Medicine

Hofstra Northwell SOM, Hampstead, NY

Is there a good relationship between the Department of Emergency and the Department of Internal Medicine?
The Departments of Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at the University of Maryland have an excellent relationship. Residents from both Departments work along side on another not only in the Emergency Department, but also on various inpatient wards. EMIM residents are well respected and viewed as leaders by both Departments.
Are there any financial issues that may affect the stability of the EMIM program?
Our EMIM program is well established and considered a strong residency within the hospital. When residents begin the program they are fully funded for all five years. At present, there are no financial issues that would adversely affect the status of our program or the likelihood of graduation.