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Non-Emory Residents Rotating To Emory Program

The GMEC endorses residents’ rotations from other U.S. training programs to Emory training programs to gain additional educational experiences.  It is the policy of the GMEC through the GME office to assure that these non-Emory residents continue to receive stipends, benefits and ACGME-compliant educational experiences when they participate in Emory affiliated rotations.  Emory Program Directors are obligated to notify the GME office when non-Emory residents are considering Emory rotations.


Program Directors should determine if their RRC requires prospective approval of the rotation to temporarily increase the number of residents.


Non-Emory residents must complete an “Application for Elective Rotation as A Resident/Fellow at Emory University School of Medicine” (see Attachment A) 90 days prior to the requested date of the elective rotation.

This process will:

  1. Assure that the resident is currently enrolled in an ACGME accredited program and that both the resident and the sending program are in good academic standing.
  2. Provide the GME office with a copy of a valid ECFMG certificate if the resident is an international graduate.Confirm the source of funding for stipends, benefits and malpractice insurance.
  3. Generally, the non-Emory program should pay the stipend, benefits, and malpractice for the resident.
  4. Assure that the resident’s rotation will not dilute the educational experience of Emory residents. 
  5. The Program Director from the sending program should send you a signed Program Letter Agreement.  You may sign this agreement for your program and return it to the Program Director at the non-Emory site.
  6. The resident’s home institution may require a Master Affiliation Agreement. Refer these agreements to the GME office to be reviewed by Office of Legal Counsel. The review process may take up to two months.
  7. Consider work-related injuries.  If Emory University is paying the stipend, then Emory covers the resident’s workers compensation.  If the non-Emory location is paying the stipend, then Emory will not cover the resident’s workers compensation.  If a non-Emory resident is injured in a work-related incident, then the resident should seek medical attention and initial treatment from the Emory location.  The resident must report the injury to their home institution within 48 hours.
  8. Complete performance evaluations and return them to the sending program.
  9. Assure that the resident is complying with the laws of the state of Georgia regarding licensure.  The GME office will not pay for a Georgia license or permit for the non-Emory resident.
  10. The Program Director must request the GME office to issue the visiting trainee a contract without compensation.  A completed copy of Attachment A and required documentation as stated in the Attachment A must accompany this request.

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