Letter from the Program Director

Claudia Barthold, MD

On July 1, 2004, six newly graduated medical students became the inaugural class of the UNMC Emergency Medicine Residency Program. After three years of challenging shifts, hundreds of pages of reading, dozens of hours in cadaver and simulation labs, and thousands of patient encounters those six residents graduated, becoming solo practicing emergency physicians. That cycle has repeated itself each year since then.

This past June, we said goodbye to another set of amazing graduates and watched them scatter to their new jobs across the region. In July, we welcomed nine new physicians, the Class of 2018, to our program. In the last decade, we have graduated 61 remarkable individuals who practice in rural, urban, and suburban hospitals in over 20 states across the US.

Our mission from the start has been to produce competent, compassionate physicians who excel in clinical practice, academic pursuits, and service to their community and region. During their three-year training at UNMC, our residents work in our 50,000+ visit per year Emergency Department treating transplant, cancer, pediatric, critically ill, and critically injured patients from across our region. We supplement their training with rotations at rural hospitals, so they gain experience working without the net of a tertiary care hospital.

Additionally, they train in the pediatric ED, adult and pediatric ICUs, trauma service, anesthesia, and poison center. Beyond this, the cadaver lab, simulation lab, and our ever evolving lecture series provides them the solid structure needed to achieve medical and procedural competence. Upon graduation, our residents have become ultrasound fellows, disaster medicine fellows, EMS fellows, Wilderness Medicine fellows, Medical Education fellows, medical directors, partners in community practices, educators, and academicians – all while caring for patients with the skills they honed at UNMC.

And so it is that each June we beam with pride as we send off another class of graduates and each July we are excited to welcome another group into our family.


Claudia Barthold, MD
Program Director
Emergency Medicine Residency Program
University of Nebraska Medical Center