LOS ANGELES —Treating patients in one of the busiest trauma centers in the nation, the Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Emergency Medicine residency program has been ranked No. 3 in a top 10 ranking of emergency medicine residency programs in the United States.

The rankings were developed by the Doximity online physician network working in partnership with U.S. News & World Report and are part of Doximity’s free Residency Navigator, a tool intended to help medical students make informed decisions when choosing residency programs in 21 specialties.

The USC Department of Emergency Medicine operates in the Keck School-affiliated Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, one of the premier academic teaching hospitals in the nation.

“The USC Department of Emergency Medicine residency program is one of the most highly regarded in the U.S. because of the diversity of training and skill of its faculty,” said Keck School of Medicine Dean Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., M.B.A. “It’s gratifying to see that our peers who participated in this survey agree that our residency program is among the most prestigious training programs.”

The Residency Navigator allows users to choose from filters including specialty, location/region, area of focus and intended fellowship. The tool also indicates the size of each program and the number of alumni who subspecialize. The Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery specialties also include a board pass rate.

“Our residents see every type of injury and condition known to humanity,” said Ed Newton, M.D., interim chair of the USC Department of Emergency Medicine. “When they finish this program, we’re confident that they can handle anything that confronts them in their career. This ranking is evidence that many other medical professionals share that belief.”

According to Doximity, the Residency Navigator resulted from a first-ever comprehensive national study of residency programs. More than 3,600 medical and surgical residency programs were evaluated, combining more than 50,000 peer nominations from board-certified US physicians. The Navigator was developed in response to calls for greater transparency into the performance of residency programs made by the Institute of Medicine and the Association of Health Care Journalists.

The national Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) begins accepting medical student applications on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014. Residents will spend a minimum of 12,000 hours over the next three years training in their programs.

By Leslie Ridgeway