A Message from Jacob Ufberg, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine
Residency Program Director
Welcome to the specialty of Emergency Medicine. As you explore your residency options for this challenging, stimulating and rewarding field, I urge you to take a close look at Temple University Hospital. The most important outcome of Emergency Medicine residency training is the achievement of clinical competence, the ability to effectively care for the wide range of acute presentations. Temple, by virtue of its service to an under-served population, affords the opportunity to care for large numbers of critically ill and injured patients. A Level I trauma center for adults and children, Temple cares for the highest number of penetrating injuries in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Burn Center, active transplant service and internationally-recognized cardiology and pulmonology add to your educational experience.
The clinical exposure is intense but, equally important, the educational environment is supportive and the program actively seeks to keep the resident mentally healthy. It is part of our core philosophy that such a resident will be able to extract more from the educational offerings. Personally, there is a degree of self-interest in this as I have little desire to work clinically with those who are not enjoying their time in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Features of our wellness plan include individual faculty mentors, templated shifts, confidential counseling and planned resident activities (rock climbing, paint ball, etc.)
I invite you to review our faculty as a whole. They are a diverse group, trained in several different residencies with a nice mixture of recent graduates and seasoned attendings. The program offers a full ultrasound experience, a strong research base with department-based research assistants, and a healthy exposure to EMS guided by EMS fellowship trained faculty. Considering that you have 30 or more years of practice after residency, it is important to get the right advice as you start your career. Hopefully, this is something I will be able to provide to you.
Temple has the clinical exposure, educational program, and senior leadership that, in my view, makes it one of the more attractive programs on the east coast. Our steep ascent as a quality program was recognized by the University with the awarding of full academic department status in 2001. I invite you to review our program more extensively and to consider forwarding an application. Regardless, best wishes as you enter this important specialty.