We are a new residency program with a partnership with Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine, located in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia.

Our purpose is to provide outstanding and compassionate care while fostering critical thinking and curiosity in those who learn with us.

Welcome from the Program Director

No one plans to go to the ER, unless that’s where you thrive. With the inaugural class of emergency residents at LewisGale; that’s exactly the goal, to thrive here.

The Emergency Department, which is eight miles from the Appalachian Trail, treats approximately 80,000 patients per year and is growing. We have the volume and diversity of patients necessary to teach you to care for whatever comes your way.

Our teaching faculty have a wide diversity of skill-sets, back grounds and interests that will expand your comfortably zone. Residents rotate through the Emergency Department twenty one times and through the pediatric emergency department five more before training is over. PICU and Trauma rotations are centered at Chippenham Hospital, one of the busiest emergency departments in Virginia. We believe Emergency Medicine is best learned in the Emergency Department.

You will thrive at LewisGale Medical Center where graduate medical education has only recently begun and is in a state of growth. You will have influence. Didactics are not lecture-based but rather a flipped-classroom model is incorporated into the curriculum along with three simulation labs. In the Roanoke Valley with the Blue Ridge Mountains right outside your door, it is expected that residents will complete their wilderness medicine fellowship concurrently with residency.

The requirements for graduation are:

  • 5000 patient encounters
  • Jointly completed quality improvement project
  • Presentable scholarly activity
  • Department or hospital committee membership
  • Significantly above ACGME procedure minimums
  • 70 percent attendance at didactics
  • Score within one standard deviation on yearly in training exams
  • Fully engage in all educational and clinical activities
  • Become life-long friends with someone here
  • I need to be confident that you will become my peer
  • I need to be comfortable that you can provide care for my family
  • I need to be secure that you are going to rock on the boards

You will work hard. You will become a role-model. You won’t want to leave.

Let’s explore if this is a place you can thrive.

Bruce St. Amour, DO, FACOEP, MMeL, BSN
Emergency Medicine Program Director