Clinical Rotations .

Clinical experiences lie at the core of emergency medical training. Our program gives residents a comprehensive clinical experience with an emphasis on pediatrics, critical care and trauma.

Clinical Training .

The cultural, economic, and geographic diversity of the DC region provides our program with a vast patient population and a variety of clinical settings. It is truly an exciting, challenging, and well-rounded training experience.

Close to half of the resident’s training occurs at Washington Hospital Center (WHC). Of all DC area hospitals, WHC has the busiest emergency department, most active trauma center, and the largest cardiac service. In addition, it is the designated regional burn center and a NIH regional stroke center. In the information contained below and in the links in the margin, you will find details on each year’s curriculum, schedules, specific rotations, and our hospitals.

Program Director's Message .

Residency training is an exciting time in any physician’s life. Ideally, it’s an opportunity to explore those aspects of Emergency Medicine that could play a role in your future. It is our mission to create an environment that supports the growth of our residents as top flight clinicians while developing unique career paths, based on each individual’s interests and strengths.

Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in the Georgetown University Hospital / Washington Hospital Center emergency medicine residency training program!

Our vision is simple: to train exceptional emergency clinicians with a drive and passion to have a meaningful, career-long impact in the clinical arena and beyond.

Our training philosophy is focused on providing you with the experiences, tools, resources and opportunities to flourish in both academic and community emergency medicine.

At its core, our program is all about the people. We have an incredibly talented group of faculty who are dedicated to you and your education. Our faculty come from over 20 different training programs spanning the U.S., providing you with a great wealth and depth of experience, as well as a ready-made and far-reaching professional network.

We are especially proud of our exceptional group of residents who have come to us from near and far, and program alumni who have secured highly sought-after opportunities throughout the country.

Georgetown University School of Medicine and MedStar Georgetown University Hospital comprise our academic home, with the full resources of a world-class University at your fingertips. MedStar Washington Hospital Center, our primary clinical site, is the largest hospital in the District of Columbia by a factor of three. It is Washington DC’s busiest ED, highest volume trauma center, largest cardiac service, busiest L&D service, and is the regional burn center as well as the National Institute of Health’s designated regional stroke center.

Our multiple training sites provide for a diverse and broad-based clinical exposure to every aspect of emergency care. Our faculty and residents have a strong national (and in many cases international) presence in all facets of education, research, leadership and service.

We look forward to having the opportunity to show you first-hand all of the great things happening at our program, and to sharing with you our passion for emergency medicine.

Best regards,
Rahul Bhat, MD, FACEP
Program Director, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine

Elective Options .

Emergency Departments

Our primary ED training sites allow exposure to the full spectrum of healthcare, including broad cultural and socioeconomic diversity, as well as tremendous diversity in pathology.

Pediatric EM

Residents work a proportion of shifts in the peds ED at CNMC during all MWHC ED months during the PGY-1 and PGY-2 training years, allowing for seasonal variation and continuity of pediatric exposure throughout training.

Critical Care

Comprehensive experience in critical care medicine is both a primary focus and strength of our curriculum. We have several EM-critical care faculty members, and MWHC hosts an IM-based critical care fellowship open to EM graduates.


Experience in managing significant traumatic injuries occurs throughout the curriculum. New interns are certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) during the intern orientation program (July of intern year). Progressive responsibilities in directing major resuscitations and invasive procedures occurs throughout the course of training.

Focus Areas .

During their clinical rotation, residents will be able to focus on particular care fields. Each focus area allows residents to prepare for real world situations through exposure.