swaamedic said:Just to clarify some points, I interviewed at both programs.
St. Lukes will consider a DO for the allopathic match...(this is what I interviewed for), but u run the risk of not being able to moonlight in PA due to the silly AOA rule about internships, but NJ is not far away. Dr. Heller encourages moonlighting in the last years if u r in good standing. They do take 2 DO's for a DO internship which is linked to the ED program.
The LeHigh program has its internship 100% at Mulhenburg which is not a trama center (from the top story of the building u can see St. Luke's) and the residency splits it's time about 50/50 between the ED at Mulhunburg...good community experience and Cedar Crest Level 1 trauma training. Only 1 mo is done at the Chew facility which is designed to give an "inner city" experience.
Both seemed like good programs....the St.Luke's is more established but the LeHigh is extrememly well funded....it'll be a tough pick either way for anyone considering these programs.
Shodddy18 said:So does Lehigh have a linked AOA internship and EM residency?
So what is the deal with St. Lukes. They have both AOA and ACGME EM residencies. Do they operate out of the same facility or different facilities?
Is the Linked internship/EM residency at st lukes just for those two spots in the Allo program or do they have these for the osteopathic residency as well?
swaamedic said:Yes, LeHigh and St. Lukes have a linked AOA internship (St. Lukes takes 2 and Lehigh takes 10 or 12 DO's) which directly placed u into their EM residency after internship essentially making the programs 1-4yr in length.
St. Lukes is dual accredited....the DO's do their internship at a smaller hospital ~140 beds then go to St. Lukes w/ the MD's for their (the DO's) 2-4 years which are 1-3 yrs for MD's. U R basically 1 year in education ahead of your MD counterpart but have to do the same 1-3 yrs. of EM education.
The 2 spots at St.Lukes are "reserved" for the 2 DO's doing the linked AOA accredited EM internship.
Aloha Kid said:I'm an intern here at LVH. Internship is based out of Muhlenberg hospital. The ER is basically a community ER. Residency is based out of our three hospital sites in Lehigh valley. During years 2-4 time is split between these three sites. Cedar crest is the biggest hospital, is a level 1 trauma center, and is the busiest trauma center in the state of PA. It receives the most blunt trauma in the state. ER residents from Einstein in Philadelphia do trauma at our trauma center. THe EM program is terrific. One of the hidden gems in the country. Extremely competitive for a DO program and comparible if not better than 50% of all Allopathic programs. This is in part due to funding, excellent facilities, and very good faculty.
For example, we draw faculty from Harvard, John Hopkins, Virginia, etc both MD and DOs. Faculty is extremely dedicated to teaching. Research is a big component of the residency. Lehigh valley hospital is ranked by US news in a number of areas. Nursing is top notch winning national prestige awards such as the National Magnet award. In addition this past year, LVH was ranked #1 in technology/computer systems/Wi-fi in PA. We are no doubt top 10 in the U.S. All interns/physicians carry mini laptops that have access to records, pt. census, internet, etc. in addition orders can be put in anywhere in the hospital. The hospital is extremely pt oriented and focused. There was a $75 million surplus this past fiscal year of 2005. Benefits are one of the best of all programs in the nation. $43,000 1st year and goes to $50000 4th year. Benefits are comprehensive. Parking, coats, and meals. Grand rounds at our facilities have national speakers including past ACEP presidents, Levitan, Secchetti, etc. St. Lukes residents usually joins us for these lectures as our guests.
The EM program has placed people in fellowships at John Hopkins (disaster med), Good Sam (Phoenix AZ toxicology) x 2, OHSU (toxicology). One of the graduating residents just got a job making $400,000 per year contract. The program has no problems placing its residents. You can literally go anywhere you want to for the most part.
This is a seriously top notch quality residency. You will be pleasantly surprised. Check it out.
Shodddy18 said:Thanks a lot... lots of great stuff. I did hear that it was a great hospital but I didnt know it was that competitive...
I am hoping to do an osteopathic residency and will def apply to do some electives there next year.
St Lukes Hospita EM program has 12 residents per year. Out of those 12, 4 are DO residents. Two are liked by internship and i think they do it in St. lukes allentown our smaller branch. Two other DOs are selected during the interview process. In addition to that I think Dr.Heller considers DO candidates for MD spots also. Now about the program: We are level I trauma center and very busy in that aspect. We get mostly blunt trauma, but on occasions we see some penetrating too. Our trauma is run by a trauma team which consists of a trauma surgent, and a resident on service. Usually its ED senior or a surgical resident. Surgery program is very small. In addition ED resident gets the airway on every trauma. No anesthesia residents here. We also respond to every code blue on the floors for intubation. We get traumas from all over PA by ground crew and by air ambulance. Now our EM department sees a good deal of pathology almost similar to inner city except maybe HIV/Homeless/Sickle. Our accuity is high. ICU is always busy and circulation is amazing. Off service rotations are all dicent. You learn a lot in ICU and do a lot of proceedures. Interaction between residents and attendings is very friendly. Grand rounds are alway fun. Since Dr.Heller is the PD here we get alot of US experience. I guess thats it for now if any specific questions arise then ask away.Shodddy18 said:Does anyone know anything about these programs. Specifically about the linked internship/EM residency?