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FAQ

  1. What is the hospital size and patient demographics?
  2. What is the history of the program?
  3. What is the it like to live in Tampa?
  4. What is the conference schedule?
  5. Is there a book allowance?
  6. What about conferences?
  7. How can I set up a rotation?
  8. How do I apply for residency?
  9. Does your program have a "minimum" USMLE/COMLEX score requirement?
  10. Does your program have a limit on number of USMLE attempts?
  11. Does your program accept "foreign medical graduates" or "international medical graduates"?
  12. Does your program accept the J-1 or H-1 Visa?
  13. Is Unites States clinical experience required?
  14. How many Letters of Reference do you require?
  15. How many positions will you have available?
  16. How many total residents do you have?
  17. For the PGY-1 positions, how many applicants do you usually interview?
  18. Does your program have a cut off date of graduation?
  19. Do you participate in ERAS?
  20. When is your application deadline?
  21. If I would like to come and visit your hospital, how can I arrange this?
  22. If I have questions of your current residents, who can I contact?

What is the hospital size and patient demographics?
Artist Rendering of Tampa General Hospital AddditionFloorplan of new EM Wing
Tampa General Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center located next to downtown Tampa on Davis Island. TGH has over 800 beds, and our ED sees > 82,000 patients each year. Our admission rate is roughly 25%. Visit www.tgh.org for more details on the hospital itself.
What is the history of the program?
The CEO of Tampa General Hospital approached our group of experienced clinicians in August, 2001 to request that we create a residency program in Emergency Medicine. This proposal was warmly welcomed by our attending physicians, our parent group (TeamHealth), and the University of South Florida. Drawing upon his prior experience as a residency director, Dr. O'Keefe was able to rapidly create an excellent program, complete the PIF, and submit the application to the Residency Review Committee by November of 2001. The program received approval on the first submission, September 16, 2002. Our first residents started in July, 2003 and we graduated the first class in June of 2006. 

Our program receives more than 100 applicants per available training position each year with 10 incoming interns annually. We opened a new, state-of-the-art Emergency Department in November of 2007 and see over 82,000 patients annually. Our program is designed to foster both clinical and academic excellence, and takes full advantage of all that the patient population at Tampa General Hospital has to offer. 

Further strengths of our program include superior medical simulation opportunities, a rigorous exposure to training in emergency ultrasound, development of leadership skills, and a focus on the development of administrative skills with full attention to the business aspects of emergency medicine. The University of South Florida Emergency Medicine Residency has been designed to give each resident physician all of the skills that they will need to successfully practice our specialty in any setting that they choose.
What is the it like to live in Tampa?
Please check our About Tampa web page for information about living in Tampa.
What is the conference schedule?
We have our Grand Rounds Wednesday mornings 7 AM to noon every week. Generally our lectures are "protected," however, on one or two rotations it is not always possible to attend all of Grand Rounds, due to patient care issues (MICU). We have guest lecturers, EM attendings, specialists, and current residents give our lectures, as well as interactive "mock oral boards" and other fun ways to learn Emergency Medicine.
Is there a book allowance?
We are given a new Tintinalli's upon entering the program.
What about conferences?
ACEP as third year, if you publish at any conference you are sponsored to go as well. Keep in mind that since we are in Florida, there are many smaller conferences that are scheduled here due to our great weather and beaches. Rotation schedule permitting, you may attend these "local" conferences as well.
How can I set up a rotation?
Please check our Application Process for more details about rotations.
How do I apply for residency?
Applications are accepted beginning in August for the following year's class. The deadline for completed applications is December 1st. Our program is accepting only electronic applications through ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service. The required documents for an application include the completed ERAS application, Dean's letter, atleast three Letters of Recommendation, transcript, and USMLE/COMLEX scores.
Does your program have a "minimum" USMLE/COMLEX score requirement?
No, we do not have a "minimum" USMLE/COMLEX score requirement.
Does your program have a limit on number of USMLE attempts?
We ask that no more than 2 attempts be made.
Does your program accept "foreign medical graduates" or "international medical graduates"?
Yes, we do accept FMG and IMG's and currently have both in our program.
Does your program accept the J-1 or H-1 Visa?
The University of South Florida will accept the J-1 Visa.
Is Unites States clinical experience required?
No, US clinical experience is not required but it is preferred.
How many Letters of Reference do you require?
We require (3) Letters of Reference, and ask that at least one be from an Emergency Medicine rotation.
How many positions will you have available?
We have 10 PGY-1 positions available.
How many total residents do you have?
Currently we have 30 residents total. (10) PGY-3, (9) PGY-2 and (11) PGY-1
For the PGY-1 positions, how many applicants do you usually interview?
We typically invite 150 applicants to interview for the PGY-1 positions.
Does your program have a cut off date of graduation?
No, we do not have a cut off date of graduation.
Do you participate in ERAS?
Yes, we do participate in ERAS and therefore will only accept applications via ERAS.
When is your application deadline?
Our deadline for applications is December 1st.
If I would like to come and visit your hospital, how can I arrange this?
We are currently not set up to have residents do a "rotation" with us; however, applicants invited to an interview can come by to "shadow" one of our current residents. Spend a few hours or the whole day. This will allow you to see the hospital, meet some of our attendings and residents. Please email our residency coordinator to set this up in advance. Contact information is listed below.
If I have questions of your current residents, who can I contact?
Please see names/email addresses below. Feel free to contact them directly.

Chief Resident: Dr. Phillip Coker: philliprcoker@gmail.com
Residency Coordinator: Jeanie Dunn: Jean_Dunn@teamhealth.com