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Jackson Memorial Emergency Medicine Residency Personal Statement

Emergency Medicine Residency

Department of Emergency Medicine
56-45 Main St. Flushing, NY 11355

Welcome to Emergency Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens! This page contains information for medical students interested in applying for residency positions in Emergency Medicine. Please explore the subpages using the links on the left-side menu. 

Contact the Coordinator: Lily Hu, (718) 661-7305

About the Program

Meet the Chairman: Dr. Manish Sharma

Meet the Residency Director: Dr. Saumil Parikh


Dr. Saumil Parikh is the Program Director of the Emergency Medicine Residency at NewYork–Presbyterian/Queens. He completed medical school at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine in Richmond, VA. He went on to complete his residency at Maimonides Medical Center during which he served as chief resident in his last year. Since his graduation from residency, he has served in a number of academic roles. He was the Student Clerkship Director at Maimonides Medical Center. He later went on to become the Assistant and then Associate Residency Director at NYP/Q. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician with a long history as a medical educator. His dedication and commitment to academic emergency medicine resulted in numerous teaching awards, including three awards for Teaching Attending of the Year. Since his time here at NYP/Queens, Dr. Parikh has been successful in flipping the classroom while incorporating small group learning into weekly didactics. In addition, he established Morning Report as a daily educational activity and instituted asynchronous learning. His three-pronged strategy to improve resident performance on the In-Training Exam has proven quite successful. He is also an active member of SAEM, CORD, and ACEP.

The Emergency Medicine residency program accommodates 8 residents per year, is 3 years in length, and follows a post-graduate EM 1-3 format. The residency program is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). 


Some highlights of our program include:

  • Over 120,000 patient visits annually
  • Level 1 Trauma Center
  • Cardiac Cath Lab
  • Stroke Center 
  • Incredibly diverse patient population and robust clinical experience
  • Receiving hospital for CitiField (NY Mets), La Guardia Airport, and the USTA National Tennis Center
  • Away trauma experience at Ryder Trauma Center (Jackson Memorial Hospital)
  • Progressive didactic curriculum with web-based learning
  • Extensive simulation and scenario-based learning built into each Wednesday conference
  • Small group learning during Wednesday conference (smaller educator:learner ratio)
  • Structured Asynchronous Learning and In-Training Exam Review
  • Oral board simulation
  • Dedicated research time with core faculty
  • International opportunities during elective months
  • Ultrasound division with fellowship training
  • Robust wellness program led by wellness committee
  • Funding for resident attendance/participation at regional and national conferences
  • Simulation Fellowship
  • Administrative Fellowship
  • Ultrasound Fellowship



Applications for Emergency Medicine residency training at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens are through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Our program is listed  NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens
The ACGME ID is:  1103531173

Applications will not be reviewed until the following are received:
1. Complete ERAS application
2. Personal Statement
3. Medical School Transcript
4. Three Letters of Reference (2-3 EM SLOE’s preferred)
5. USMLE Scores

Applications will be accepted from September through December.

Interviews will be granted by invitation only October through January.

Everyone is standing and waiting.  It feels like an eternity.  Finally the horn sounds and the race begins. Everyone jumps into the water to start swimming. At first, it seems like complete chaos as hundreds of swimmers are in the water starting their journey.  Soon each person will find his own pace, and the group will move from the water onto land, to their bicycles, then on to the final run.


A triathlon is a unique race, since it encompasses three distinct skill sets: swimming, cycling, and running. In order to cross the finish line, you have to be able to do all three. I look at emergency medicine a lot like a triathlon. The emergency physician must be able to handle a variety of problems. In fact, this is what interests me most about being an emergency medicine physician – you are trained to take care of the patient no matter what the injury or condition.


Looking back at my clinical rotations, I realized the part I enjoyed the most was my time in the emergency department. I liked being one of the first responders to the patient, thinking on my feet, and collecting evidence in order to diagnose. The adrenaline rush of not knowing what was coming next was unlike any other experience in my clinical rotations.


I have seen the emergency department in a variety of settings: during my Emergency Medicine rotation and from a research perspective. I conducted research on sound levels in the department and their correlation with patient care.  I was there when it was quiet, and when there were multiple traumas and reports of more en route over the intercom. The Emergency Department can change from calm to chaotic within a matter of minutes, and it is important that the physician be able to react and respond accordingly.


I believe I possess these necessary skills after seeing myself handle my emergency medicine rotation and surgical trauma nights. On these rotations, I learned how important it is to have a vast foundation of knowledge for quick decision-making and to diagnose or rule out possibilities. I know I have much more to learn, but with time I know I am capable of mastering the skills I need to be able to lead a team when the situation arises. I feel working in the Emergency Department is much like being on the second leg of a triathlon. When you are cycling, you are on edge and focused as another cyclist could break away from the group or crash in front of you. You must be able to react within seconds to the changing environment around you.


After residency, I would like to practice emergency medicine in a rural medical center. During my fourth year, I had the opportunity to take a wilderness medicine course, which involved a week in Yosemite National Park. This course gave me exposure to unique medical emergencies not normally seen in regular emergency departments. It also solidified my interest in practicing in an area where I would be able to treat patients with a vast array of injuries. Following that, I hope to work for an academic center. I enjoy teaching, and working for an academic hospital would allow me to pass along knowledge to future generations.


As graduation nears, I can’t help but compare the excitement I am experiencing the pre-race jitters most triathletes encounter. I am eagerly waiting for that “horn” to blare so I can begin the race I hope to call Emergency Medicine.