Training Sites

Harborview Medical Center (HMC)

HMC, located in downtown Seattle, is the only level 1 adult and pediatric trauma and burn center in the WAMI region serving Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. HMC also serves as the regional stroke center and the Disaster Medical Control Center (DMCC) for Seattle and King County. HMC has over 400 beds; the emergency department has 68 beds and sees approximately 65,000 patients annually. The admission rate is 23 percent, underscoring a relatively high level of patient acuity at HMC. 


University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC)

UWMC is consistently ranked the #1 hospital in the Pacific Northwest and is in the top one percent of hospitals nationally according to US News & World Report. It is a major tertiary center that is well known for its surgical subspecialties, cardiology, oncology, organ transplantation and neonatal intensive care. The 26-bed UWMC ED sees approximately 26,000 patients annually with an average admission rate of 22 percent. Some of the most medically complex patients are seen in the UWMC ED, many of whom are on novel chemotherapies or on second or even third transplants.

In addition to working in the ED, residents also rotate in the UWMC MICU in both the PGY-1 and PGY-3 years, where they learn to manage highly complex critically ill patients.


Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH)

US News & World Report has consistently ranked Seattle Children’s Hospital as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals. As a 320-bed hospital, 45 of which are ICU beds, SCH is the major pediatric referral center for the WWAMI region. In 2013 the SCH ED expanded and now has a brand-new facility with over 45 patient rooms. The SCH ED cares for approximately 33,000 patients per year.  

The EM residency training program offers a one month rotation in the intern year and an integrated pediatric EM experience during the PGY2-4 years. During the HMC and UW ED months, 20 percent of all shifts will be spent at SCH, facilitating a continuity of pediatric education and enabling exposure through all seasons. At SCH, residents will manage half of the ED with supervision from a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship-trained attending.  PGY3 EM residents also rotate in the pediatric ICU at SCH, a state-of-the-art facility with a large volume of complex patients.


Valley Medical Center (VMC)

Located in Renton, Washington, fifteen miles south of Seattle, Valley Medical Center provides residency training in the community setting. VMC is a Level 3 Trauma Center with an annual volume of over 75,000 patients. Its ED was remodeled in 2009 and houses 55 private patient rooms and two, four-bed resuscitation bays. VMC had the first 256 slice scanner in Washington State. VMC was ranked in the nation’s top 10 “Best Places to Work in Healthcare” in 2009 and 2010.

EM residents rotate in the VMC ED for one month in each of the PGY 2, 3, and 4 years. EM Residents also rotate at VMC for their obstetrics training. The VMC labor and delivery annual volume is 3,000 infants.