Patrick Flaherty, D.O.
Emergency Medicine Program Director

Emergency Medicine Department

McLaren Macomb is a 288-bed teaching hospital with a thriving Emergency Center that cares for more than 60,000 patients each year.

The Emergency Center is the only verified trauma center in Macomb County and treats more than 200 major trauma cases per year.  Approximately one third of the cases seen in the Emergency Center are pediatric patients.  Fifteen board certified Emergency Medicine Physicians staff the Center.

The Emergency Center was recently renovated, and now has been expanded to a total of more than 22,000 square feet. Features include: separate entrances for ambulance and walk-in patients, 24 private exam rooms, 7 open treatment areas, 3 resuscitation rooms, 3 centralized nursing stations, new triage and patient registration areas.

Residency Program

The Emergency Department supports a very busy and demanding four-year residency program.  We currently have 16-AOA approved Emergency Medicine residency positions. Our residents earn a significant responsibility early in their residency, and by their last year have earned a lot of autonomy.

Our program provides residents with a strong education helping to produce extremely capable and confident residency trained emergency physicians.  This is exemplified by a nearly 100% ER board pass rate and excellent post-residency job placement.

There are four ER-residency positions available at McLaren Macomb per year. The first-year residents will spend five-months in the ER and the remaining months will include General Surgery, Pediatric ER, Orthopedics, MICU, OB/GYN, and Internal Medicine. 

emergency residency program
Each year of residency through PGY II-IV has a total of eight months of Emergency Medicine training. In addition, other McLaren Macomb rotations include: neurology, anesthesia, radiology, ICU, Ultrasound, administrative and EMS.  The out of hospital rotations include: Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Children's Hospital, Trauma ICU at Sinai-Grace Hospital Detroit, Pediatric ICU at William Beaumont Hospital, Toxicology at the Detroit Medical Center, and Ophthalmology at the Kresge Eye Institute.   

The ER Residents work 18 ten-hour shifts per month.  Every Thursday morning is packed with a four- hour block of didactics. This includes Rosen’s chapter review, board review series, M & M, journal club, ECG and procedure reviews as well as guest lectures.  Guest Speaker programs are held once a month at a local restaurant.  Residents also attend excellent monthly off-site lecture programs sponsored by the Michigan State-Wide Campus System or the DMC Toxicology Department.  These include a number of interesting and interactive labs, including cadaver trauma procedure lab, slit lamp course, ultrasound labs, a ballistics lab and more