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Unity Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program

Residents in the Unity Health Emergency Medicine Residency Program get the hands-on training they need for whatever comes next in their careers. Our three-year ACGME-accredited program exposes you to all aspects of emergency medicine in a variety of small clinic and large hospital settings, including a level III trauma center with 29 beds, 6 resuscitation rooms and an annual census of more than 40,000 patients.

We invite you to learn more about the excellent faculty, instruction and benefits you'll receive during your time with us.

Program director's welcome letter

Thank you for your interest in the Unity Health Emergency Medicine (EM) residency program. As the EM program director, it is my pleasure to tell you more about what makes our curriculum and resources so exceptional.

We're extremely proud to be the second-ever EM program in the state of Arkansas. Our EM resident program offers residents the opportunity to train in a high-volume, high-acuity environment. Whether they move on to a tertiary academic center or rural emergency department, our residents are prepared for whatever comes next in their careers.

EM residents hit the ground running their very first day of training. From their very first shift, interns will have opportunities to manage and treat a variety of critically ill and injured patients and participate in procedures that are often unavailable during the early stages of training. These opportunities exist because we provide ample faculty coverage and supervision, along with high patient acuity in a small EM program.

In addition to the traditional EM rotations, residents will have the opportunity to participate in scene flights alongside the flight nurses and paramedics of the hospital-based air ambulance service. They learn prehospital trauma life support and participate in the management and care of patients in the field.

I cannot fully express how excited I am to be part of the development of such an incredible opportunity here at the Unity Health Emergency residency program. You too can be part of the legacy we're creating here—training emergency medicine physicians with the knowledge, competency and skills to excel in any environment.

Delaney Kinchen, D.O., FACEP
Emergency Medicine Program Director

Curriculum

During your three years in the Emergency Medicine residency program, we'll expose you to a variety of care settings, patients, labs and lecture series. Our didactic curriculum includes Rosh Review, EMsono, and AMA and IHI modules.

In addition to the block schedule listed below, residents will also have access to:

  • A toxicology lecture series provided by Arkansas' only board-certified toxicologist
  • An annual cadaver lab to enhance procedural skills
  • A full simulation lab, with ACLS scenarios and high-fidelity mannequins
  • Trauma and SICU rotations at Arkansas' only adult level I trauma center
  • Pediatric ER and PICU rotations at Arkansas Children's Hospital
PGY 1
Block Site Rotation Name % Inpatient % Outpatient % Research
1 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
2 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
3 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
4 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
5 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
6 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
7 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
8 Site 1 MICU 100 0 0
9 Site 1 Anesthesia 100 0 0
10 Site 1 Obstetrics 100 0 0
11 Site 2 Trauma Surgery 100 0 0
12 Site 4 EMS 0 100 0
PGY 2
Block Site Rotation Name % Inpatient % Outpatient % Research
1 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
2 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
3 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
4 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
5 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
6 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
7 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
8 Site 1 Cardiology 100 0 0
9 Site 1 Radiology 100 0 0
10 Site 1 Orthopaedic Surgery 100 0 0
11 Site 1 MICU 100 0 0
12 Site 3 *Emergency Pediatrics/Night Admit 100 0 0
PGY 3
Block Site Rotation Name % Inpatient % Outpatient % Research
1 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
2 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
3 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
4 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
5 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
6 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
7 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 5
8 Site 1 Emergency Medicine 0 95 0
9 Site 1 MICU 100 0 0
10 Site 1 *Administrative/Research 0 50 50
11 Site 2 SICU 100 0 0
12 Site 3 PICU 100 0 0

Site 1: Unity Health - White County Medical Center; Site 2: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS); Site 3: Arkansas Children's Hospital; Site 4: NorthStar EMS.

Additional requirements

The Unity Health Graduate Medical Education department engages residents in a robust scholarly activity curriculum. Under the guidance of your program director and the director of research, you'll receive the necessary funding to prepare research to submit to journals, present at conferences and sit on committees. It's all part of how we grow your talents as a physician.

Learn more about our scholarly activity requirements.

Faculty

Our faculty consists of emergency medicine-trained and board-certified physicians. Faculty members are actively involved in didactic conferences, research, ultrasound and simulation training.

Delaney Kinchen, D.O., FACEP
Program Director
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Josh Post, M.D.
Associate Program Director
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Christopher Melton, M.D.
Chairman
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

R. Darren Lendermon, M.D.
Student Clerkship Director
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Sydney Neel, M.D.
Core Faculty Member
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Jeffery Steele, M.D.
Core Faculty Member
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Andrea Gee, BS
Emergency Medicine Program Coordinator

Current residents

First year

Joseph Askew, M.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Brandi Henson, M.D.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport

R. Payton McDonald, M.D.
Ross University School of Medicine

Dax McKay, M.D.
Mercer University School of Medicine

Kristen O'Connell, M.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

James Simmons, M.D.
Texas A&M University System Health Science Center College of Medicine

Second year

Samantha Jolly, M.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Martin McManus, M.D.
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in Shreveport

A.J. Noto, M.D.
Ross University School of Medicine

Grant Pahls, M.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Martin Tremwel, M.D.
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Ryan Zmora, D.O.
Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Third year

Cody Conard, D.O.
Chief Resident
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

Razik Oumeddour, D.O.
Chief Resident
Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine

Kayla Schmidt, D.O.
Chief Resident
Kansas City University of Medicine & Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine

How to apply

Applications for the Emergency Medicine residency program are only accepted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our code number for the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) is 2104110C0. Our ACGME program ID is 1100400072.

We accept six residents annually. Want to know more about what we look for in a resident? Our preferred applicant qualifications include:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • USMLE scores of Step 1 – 205 and Step 2 – 210 or greater, or COMLEX scores of 550 or greater
  • Dean's letter or Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE)
  • Three letters of recommendation from board-certified emergency medicine physicians, SLOE's preferred
  • ECGMG certification, if applicable, by June 2020

Interested in applying for an audition rotation? Learn more.

Unity Health will consider applicants who are U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents and other individuals with work authorizations that do not require visa sponsorship by Unity Health.

Unity Health does not sponsor any visas or allow observerships.