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Graduate Medical Education

Letter from the Chiefs


Dear Applicant,

Hello and welcome to the St. Luke’s University Hospital EM residency website. Thank you for your interest in our program! We know choosing a residency is an important and difficult decision. Here are a few reasons why we feel our program develops exceptional emergency physicians by combining the rare qualities of strong training within a thriving environment.

  1. The people: We are a group of residents that work hard, have fun and respect one another. Some of our best memories and friendships have happened right here in our program. Every week, we find time outside of the hospital to get together; whether at a local bar for a happy hour outing, paddle boarding, rock climbing or local concerts, we find the difficult balance between work and play. Even more outstanding is our relationship with our attendings. Our attendings are diverse, experienced and invested in our education and development as people.
  2. The training: We graduate residents that are well rounded, competent and ready to manage everything that comes to us. Our program has a strong emphasis on:
    • Critical care: most of our off service rotations are either MICU or SICU
    • Ultrasound: we have six ultrasound machines in our ED including 3 handheld units. All ultrasounds are reviewed and catalogued for credentialing after graduation
    • Airway management: in addition to all ED airways, we manage the airway in all traumas, and floor codes
    • Trauma: we are an accredited adult level 1 trauma center with a high percentage of blunt trauma
    • Complicated medical patients: approximately 20-25% of the patients we see each year are critically ill
  3. The area: Lehigh Valley is a fantastic place to live during your residency. We have great restaurants, bars and venues for concerts, plays and comedy shows. We take advantage of running, biking and hiking trails and ski resorts like the Poconos which is a short ride away. Cost of living is super low without sacrificing great places to live; you can find a good sized 2 bedroom townhouse close to downtown for around $1200 or a single bedroom apartment around $600-700. Philadelphia and NYC are about an hour to an hour-a-half away. Most importantly, Lehigh Valley is a great place to raise a family with loads of parks, activities and good schools. There is plenty to do nearby for all ages including Dorney Park, the Crayola Factory, Lehigh Valley Zoo, Hershey Park, Sesame Place, Please Touch Museum and the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs minor league baseball team.

These are really just a few of the many reasons why we feel St. Luke’s is a fantastic place to call home and learn emergency medicine. We invite you to contact us with any questions and hope to meet you in the future. Regardless of where this journey takes you, we wish you the best in this amazing profession. Come join our family!


Christopher Legare
Administrative Chief

Kathryn Wellman
Scheduling Chief

Kelly O’Brien
Education Chief