Common Applicant Questions

HOW IS YOUR PGOGRAM USING “PREFERENCE SIGNALING?

The HFH EM residency program is participating in the Preference Signaling (PS) pilot this year.  We will consider this additional information along with our traditional holistic review in determining invitations for interviews.  For medical students that rotated at Henry Ford prior to Nov 1, 2022, we will make interview invitation decisions independent of PS information and you do not need to use a PS token.

HOW OFTEN DO I RECEIVE FEEDBACK/EVALUATIONS? 

Residents receive feedback at the end of every shift using our WIRE (web-based individualized resident evaluation) system. Faculty are encouraged to provide verbal, face-to-face feedback at the end of every shift with a focus around what went well and what could be done better. All evaluation data, procedure logs, etc. are available to residents immediately via the electronic DEM Dashboard. You will meet with the program director at least twice a year to discuss all your evaluations, your performance along the EM milestones and to make plans for the future. 

HOW DOES THE PROGRAM AND/OR INSTITUTION PRIORITIZE AND SUPPORT WELLNESS? 

The emergency department has an active wellness committee to help foster and grow an environment of wellness in a variety of different ways. The wellness committee also works with the Curriculum Decision Committee (CDC) to manage a longitudinal wellness curriculum in grand rounds. There is also a large “Wellness Day” in June each year that dedicates an afternoon to multiple wellness topics in a relaxed, off-site setting. Each month, there is at least 1 wellness related departmental activity outside of the hospital. The department also hosts a series of athletic events with the residents competing against the faculty for the Boulevard Cup.

The hospital has a system wide wellness program led by a physician wellness officer, with monthly wellness rounds, online and in person resources available, and a Physician Athletic League where each department can compete against each other in the sports of soccer, volleyball, basketball, and softball.  There is also a House Staff Council that holds various resident events throughout the year. Additionally, GME places $1500 on resident badges each year for food at the hospital. 

IS THERE A RESEARCH REQUIREMENT FOR RESIDENTS?

Our Department has a long history of producing quality research. Scholarly activity is strongly encouraged throughout the residency, although a research project is not required for categorical EM residents. The EM/IM residents are required to complete at least one research project.

HOW ARE RESIDENT RESEARCH PROJECTS SUPPORTED?

The EM faculty are more than welcome to  help mentor a resident in an original project or involve a resident in one of their projects. Each Henry Ford Hospital resident has access to $5,000 during residency for research through the HFH small grants research fund. There is also free biostatistical support and medical paper writing support for residents

ARE THERE ANY EXPECTED CURRICULAR CHANGES?

There are not any major changes currently planned, but the leadership team is always engaged in discussions about the curriculum and the educational quality of rotationsAdditionally, we review monthly off service rotation evaluations and semi-annual program evaluations. Information from these evaluations is discussed in depth at Program Evaluation Committee (PEC) meetings that occur 4 times a year. Residents are active and integral participants in PEC meetings. 

Curricular changes in the past few years: 

  • Orientation month in July
  • Increased EM rotations during 1st year
  • Added dedicated US experience in 1st year and 2nd year
  • New elective options for seniors such as Advanced Airway Management and ENT based on resident requests
  • Integrated PEDS EM shifts at Children’s Hospital of Michigan during 3rd year.

WHAT ARE THE ROLES OF EM RESIDENTS DURING TRAUMA CODES?

The EM senior resident is the resuscitation leader for all adult and pediatric resuscitations – medical and trauma. Procedures are performed by ED residents or as assigned by the team leader. ED residents are responsible for the primary survey in trauma victims, lifesaving procedures and participate in the secondary survey. The EM Senior Resident and EM Faculty collaborates with the Trauma Senior Resident and Trauma Faculty to develop a ultimate care plan and disposition. 

HOW MANY OF YOUR RESIDENTS PURSUE FELLOWSHIPS?

Over the past 5 years, 40% of our graduates completed fellowships.  Our residents have completed fellowships in toxicology, pediatrics, critical care, research, informatics, education, EMS/disaster medicine, ultrasound, sports medicine, palliative and global health. 

WHAT FELLOWSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE AT HENRY FORD HOSPITAL?

The Henry Ford Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine offers fellowships in Ultrasound, Toxicology, Global Health and EMS. Our institution also offers fellowships available to EM graduates in Critical Care, Sports Medicine, Research and Palliative Care.  

WHAT ARE THE PARENTAL LEAVE POLICIES?

All HFH programs follow the institutional Leave of Abcense policies.

Medical Leave of Absence

Henry Ford Health will pay House Officers One Hundred (100%) percent of their salary for an eligible approved medical leave of absence through the Henry Ford Health third party leave of absence administrator for up to 6 months with salary continuation.

  • No requirement to utilize any paid time off (PTO) Medical Leave of Absence.
  • The House Officer requesting a medical leave of absence related to pregnancy are provided six weeks after date of delivery for a vaginal delivery and up to eight weeks after date of cesarean delivery with full salary continuation and benefits. These individuals may then use their available paid GME Parental Leave (six weeks paid leave) 

Parental and Caregiver Leave of Absence

  • Henry Ford Health will pay House Officers One Hundred (100%) percent of their salary for up to six (6) weeks of parental, or caregiver leave of absence taken in a GME program of at least one (1) to four (4) years in length; and, as applicable, for an additional six (6) weeks after completion of year four (4) in programs of five (5) years or more in length.  Leave requests must be in increments of no less than one (1) day.  
  • PTO must be used down to one (1) week (5 days M-F) when a House Officer goes on any approved parental or caregiver leave

DO YOU SPONSOR H-1 OR J-1 VISAS?

At this time, we are only sponsoring a J-1 visa for those who require a visa.

HOW CAN I APPLY TO THE EM/IM/CRITICAL CARE PROGRAM?

Applicants interested in this program should apply for the EM/IM Residency. The first four years of both combined programs are identical – residents must decide if they want to pursue the EM/IM/CC program before the end of their third year.