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Q: How competitive is the program?

A: Emergency medicine is a sought after residency and Texas Tech has a respected program. Although very competitive, there is always a place for qualified candidates.

Q: How many hours are each of your shifts?

A: Every shift in the ER is 12 hours.

Q: How many months do the residents work in the ER? What is the breakdown of shifts the residents work?

A: EM-1s do a total of 5 months in the ED

  • 5 shifts (Orientation month) - 1 month
  • 15 shifts (ER) - 2 months
  • 19 shifts (ER) - 1 month

A: EM-2s do a total of 9 months in the ED

  • 16 shifts (ER) - 7 months
  • 16 shifts (Pediatric ER) - 1 month
  • 18 shifts (ER) - 1 month

A: EM-3s do a total of 11 months in the ED

  • 12 shifts (Administrative Month) - 1 month
  • 15 shifts (ER) - 8 months
  • 15 shifts (Pediatric ER) - 1 month
  • 17 shifts - 1 month

Q: Does previous training make a difference?

A: Many programs do not match residents with prior training because of limitations in Medicare funding. Texas Tech feels that for many individuals prior training is a distinct advantage. We recruit individuals with prior training and are eager to have them apply for residency.

Q: What is your moonlighting policy?

A: At this time Texas Tech has a policy against external moonlighting. Currently the department does offer some additional education opportunities for residents that have proven competency on the ABEM in-service examination and have prior approval from the program director. These shifts are within the department and are limited to the same duty hour regulations.

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