Osteopathic Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Director: Scott Plasner, DO
Associate Program Director: Annahieta Kalantari, DO
Program Number: 127482
Program Length:

4 years





The Aria Health's Emergency Medicine Residency Program offers a unique experience for education in Emergency Medicine. Academic excellence is combined with the hospital's mission to provide comprehensive and accessible health care to the communities of Philadelphia and Bucks County. The diversity within the Frankford Hospitals system creates an atmosphere of enhanced educational and clinical opportunities, while affording the development of individual interests.

The Emergency Medicine Residency Program maintains close ties with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, allowing access to university classes, faculty and facilities. Situated among the academic centers of Philadelphia, Emergency Medicine Residents have the opportunity to work with renowned faculty at Centers of Excellence such as the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Temple University Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, Cooper Hospital University Medical Center.

Through Aria Healths unique three campus system and affiliates, residents have the opportunity to experience all aspects of the medical community. This diversity of clinical experiece prepares the residents for careers in all areas of Emergency Medicine. Clinical, administrative, teaching and research skills are developed and cultivated, creating the next generation of leaders and mentors in their field.

Because of Aria's diverse three-campus system with an annual emergency department volume of over 110,000, the residents gain exposure to both urban and community medicine. The philosophy of emergency medicine residency program is based on the triad of patient care, education and research. While patient care remains a departmental priority, all three elements are integral components to a comprehensive education experience.
Residents will rotate through the Emergency Departments of a high volume 30+ bed Level II Trauma Center, a newly expanded busy urban Emergency Department, and a growing suburban Emergency Department. Each resident will spend 18 months in our Emergency Departments with the remainder of their rotations devoted to experiences in pediatric emergency medicine, obstetrics & gynecology, anesthesia, radiology, pulmonary medicine, urology, orthopedic surgery, adult & pediatric critical care, burn care, and trauma. A variety of elective rotations and a research experience are available to allow residents to meet their individual needs. Weekly academic conferences with faculty and guest lectures, resident presentations, and board review sessions are an integral part of our educational curriculum. The Aria Health Emergency Departments average 110,000 patient visits yearly.

Both didactic and clinical curriculum has been designed to foster an environment of academic inquiry, and challenges the residents to develop clinical, teaching, administrative and research skills. The residency works within a framework of evidence based medicine and graduated clinical responsibility. As the residents progress through the program, clinical responsibilities reflect their broadening knowledge and experience. In the first year the basic core of Emergency Medicine is presented, emphasizing focused history taking, development of the differential diagnosis and establishment of treatment plans. In addition first and second year residents develop competency in procedural and resuscitative skills. Year three builds on this core content through managing critically ill and injured adult and pediatric patients. During the third and fourth year of the program, the resident develops and refines teaching, supervisory and administrative skills. Having established a high level of expectations for our residents, our graduates leave with the skills and confidence necessary to become leaders in the field of Emergency Medicine.

Aria Health is committed to providing our residents with the best educational experience in a friendly community environment. We welcome you to find out more about our program by contacting our Program Directors or Chief Residents and/or scheduling a visit to our program. 

Sample Curriculum 

12 weeks Internal Medicine + ICU
12 weeks General Emergency Medicine
4 weeks Surgery
4 weeks Trauma
4 weeks Ob/Gyn
4 weeks Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
4 weeks Anesthesia
4 weeks Cardiology
4 weeks Night Float

6 blocks General Emergency Medicine (17 shifts/Gen. EM rotation)
1 block Medical Intensive Care Unit
1 block Pediatric Emergency Medicine at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
1 block office Orthopedic Surgery
1 block Urology /Ultrasound Research
1 block Aria Trauma Service
1 block Elective

6 blocks General Emergency Medicine (16 shifts/Gen. EM rotation)
1 block Burn Intensive Care Unit at Temple University Hospital
1 block Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
1 block Level 1 Trauma at Cooper University
1 block Academic Med./Research
1 block ENT/Ophthalmology
1 block Elective

6 block General Emergency Medicine (15 shifts.month)
1 block Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
1 block Emergency Medical Services
1 block Plastic Surgery/Neurology
1 block Toxicology
1 block EM Administration
1 block Elective