The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) Department of Emergency Medicine evaluates a steadily increasing annual census of over 70,000 patient visits per year (200-250 patients per day), approximately 25% of which are pediatric, making it one of the busiest Emergency Departments in the Navy. The department contains 54 beds: 25 “Main Side” beds, 5 Triage beds, 2 resuscitation bays, 2 Observation Unit beds, one forensic exam room, 4 psychiatric beds, and 15 physician-assistant-staffed “Fast Track” rooms which include 3 Orthopedic Fast Track beds. The department contains its own Pharmacy as well. The hospital was recently awarded recognition as a designated Chest Pain Center and has 24-hour catheterization lab availability. NMCP is also working toward designation as a Stroke Center. The Emergency Medicine Department is an independent department in the Medical Directorate. At the current time, the Emergency Medicine Department is responsible for the operations of the emergency treatment area, and the Fast Track treatment area. Forty nurse corps officers, over 50 corpsmen, and over 15 civilian workers are members of the department.
The Emergency Medicine (EM) Residency Program at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth (NMCP), Virginia, is a four-year (PGY 1-4) program. In 1995, the program became the first Emergency Medicine residency to receive a 5-year accreditation on its first review. Full accreditation has been awarded in every subsequent review. In 2013 the residency accepted its first four categorical EM interns. In 2017, a full complement of ten was accepted.
Residents split their time between Naval Medical Center Portsmouth and various affiliated training sites located within 20-40 minutes from NMCP. The training in these affiliated sites enhances a comprehensive exposure to EM core curriculum and provides for multiple critical patient encounters and life saving procedures in an assortment of practice settings and patient populations.