Medical Education

I cannot tell you how lucky I feel to have completed my residency at St. John Medical Center, Westlake. All the physicians, nurses, and paramedics prepared me to be the doctor I am today! I feel confident in my knowledge base and my skills because of your program. This is an amazing residency program." - Dr. Melanie Aaberg - 2012 Graduate "I just wanted to let you know that the NEOCOM EM Consortium is top notch! The training we get, the skills labs and actually working at St. John’s is invaluable. I think the attendings at St. John’s are top notch as well. If I could do it over again, I would definitely do it at St. John’s. So thanks for everything and keep doing what you do!" - Dr. Paul “Joe” Porres - 2012 Graduate

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Filiatraut

Dr. Romanello,

Program Director
Gennaro Romanello, D.O.

Assistant Program Director:
Patrick Fairley, MD, FACEP

Program Coordinator:
For questions regarding the Emergency Residency Program, please contact
Robyn Luce

Emergency Medicine Co-Chiefs 2017-18:
Dr. Devin Hale

Dr. Autumn Schwed

AOA 4-year accredited program
100% AOBEM Part 1 board pass rate
ACOEP 18 approved positions - 100% filled
Six (6) OGME-1 positions starting July 1, 2018

  • Level III Trauma Status
  • Trauma & Life Flight rotations at MetroHealth
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Part of the Northeast Emergency Medicine Consortium sharing weekly didactics
  • ED Ultrasound training
  • Oral Board Review, Journal Club, Skills Lab
  • ACLS & PALS every 2 years
  • Educational Stipend
  • Community EMS experience
  • Resident Research Project
  • Attend Ohio ACEP & Chicago ACOEP Review Course

Emergency Medicine Clinical Curriculum

New Building

Current Emergency Medicine Research Topics:

  • CPAP use in ARF in the outpatient setting
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and airway procedures
  • Pharmacotherapy to reduce arterial pressure in hypertensive emergency
  • Patient presenting in the ED with abdominal pain
  • Segregating left bundle branch block into those with chest pain and those without
  • Has ultrasound guided peripheral IV placement lowered the number of central lines in a community hospital?
  • Arterial v/s arm BP cuff differential
  • In patients having undergone a cardiac catherization, does the presence of a new LBBB increase the likelihood of significant coronary disease as seen on cardiac catherization?
  • Is resident-performed compression ultrasound reliable in the detection of lower extremity deep venous thrombosis?
  • Intubation: Does the stylet really matter?
  • Post cardiac arrest success with LUCAS at a community hospital

Dr. Hale

Hale, Devin DO

Dr. autumn

Schwed, Autumn DO

Case Mix/Patient Population (only patients evaluated and treated in the ED):

  • 20% of ED Pediatric Patients
  • 79% of ED Adult Patients
  • Percent of ED Adult Patients — 30,402 (79.3%)
  • ~450 Trauma Patients
  • ~350 Surgical (non-trauma)
  • ~33,000 Medical Patients
  • ~1,400 OBG Patients
  • ~600 Psychiatric Patients
  • % Patients hospitalized following treatment (excluding ED) — 8,914 (23.3%)
  • % Patients admitted to Critical Care Units following treatment (excluding observation & number & % of deaths in ED) — 2174 (5.67%)

Program Recognitions: 

  • FOEM Research Flame Award 2015 – Presented to the ACOEP Residency Program that has achieved the highest average score for Senior Research Papers
  • 2015 Winning Program of the EMRA (Ohio) Quiz Bowl
  • Consortium Applebaum Award for Highest In-Service Scores - 13 out of 19 years
Anthony Hillier, D.O. (EM4) ranked #2 (99 percentile) in the nation on the ACOEP In-service exam!
"You will get the right blend of autonomy and responsibility.” - Dr.

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