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Emergency Medicine Residency

Saint Louis University’s emergency medicine residency teaches fundamental skills, knowledge and humanistic qualities that constitute the foundation of emergency medicine practice.

Division of Emergency Medicine Residents

Division of Emergency Medicine Residents

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Saint Louis University Emergency Medicine Residency is to provide excellence in emergency medicine education and to deliver superior healthcare to the community of the Saint Louis Region.

Our residency seeks distinction in the fulfillment of its mission of teaching, research, health care, and service to the community. We are dedicated to provide leadership in the continuing quest for improving educational, healthcare, and community outcomes.

In support of our mission, our residency:
  • Encourages and supports innovative scholarship and effective teaching as well as adapting to new innovations in educational theories and activities.
  • Promotes the development of our residents by providing innovative teaching, formative feedback, and healthcare guidance and supervision of our unique critically ill patients at our urban tertiary care hospitals.
  • Fosters university, departmental, and local programs in collaborative efforts to alleviate social injustice and disparities; extend compassionate care to the critically ill and needy; and maintain and improve the quality of life for all persons.
  • Welcomes students, residents, faculty, and staff from all racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and beliefs to create a sense of community that facilitates their development as men and women.
  • Supports the wellness and resilience of its faculty, residents, students, and staff.
  • Wisely allocates its resources to maintain efficiency and effectiveness in attaining its mission and goals.
  • Creates an academic environment that values and promotes free, active, and original intellectual inquiry among its faculty, residents, and students.

Letter from the Program Director

Our three-year training program challenges residents to achieve their best in an excellent scholarly environment and supplies highly trained emergency physicians both regionally and nationally.  

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital, an urban hospital with a high acuity emergency department, provides residents with an extensive, heterogeneous patient population from which to learn. Our large trauma volume provides an extraordinary clinical experience. A well- developed city prehospital system, the Missouri Poison Center located at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, and aero-medical services provide excellent resources and learning opportunities for our residents.

The division's energetic faculty supervises the residents' clinical experience and teaches at the bedside to provide immediate feedback, along with weekly didactic sessions.

Through progressive responsibility, residents acquire the skills to manage the flow of an emergency department, learn administrative skills and apply team care treatment and management processes to their future careers.

They also develop additional skills as future teachers through mentoring of medical students in clinical and research settings. For example, in our one-of-a-kind Air Force C-STAR program, residents educate physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in preparation for combat deployment. We also provide unique educational exercises in the simulation laboratory and cadaver laboratory.  

Saint Louis University's tradition of excellence in basic and clinical medical research are exemplified through a curriculum designed to allow residents to acquire the skills necessary to carefully assess the medical literature, understand research methodologies and develop and complete a research project. Residents may also participate in an undergraduate course, Introduction to Medical Research, which is taught by emergency medicine faculty and prepares interested individuals for a career in emergency medicine research.

- Craig Krausz, M.D.
Program Director