Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How competitive is the program?
Emergency medicine is a sought after residency and Texas Tech has a respected program. Although very competitive, there is always a place for qualified candidates.
How many hours are each of your shifts?
Every shift in the ER is 12 hours.
How many months do the residents work in the ER? What is the breakdown of shifts the residents work?
EM−1s do a total of 5 months in the ED
- 5 shifts (Orientation month)−1 month
- 15 shifts (ER)−2 months
- 19 shifts (ER)−1 month
EM−2s do a total of 9 months in the ED
- 16 shifts (ER)−7 months
- 16 shifts (Pediatric ER)− 1 month
- 18 shifts (ER)−1 month
EM−3s do a total of 11 months in the ED
- 12 shifts (Administrative Month)− 1 month
- 15 shifts (ER)−8 months
- 15 shifts (Pediatric ER)−1 month
- 17 shifts−1 mnth
Does previous training make a difference?
Many programs do not match residents with prior training because of limitations in Medicare funding. Texas Tech feels that for many individuals prior training is a distinct advantage. We recruit individuals with prior training and are eager to have them apply for residency.
What is your moonlighting policy?
At this time Texas Tech has a policy against external moonlighting. Currently the department does offer some additional education opportunities for residents that have proven competency on the ABEM in−service examination and have prior approval from the program director. These shifts are within the department and are limited to the same duty hour regulations.