Doug Franzen
Associate Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Associate Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency Program
Sites of Practice: 
Harborview Medical Center
University of Washington Medical Center

Faculty Information


Dr. Franzen is an emergency physician and our Associate Program Director. He treats patients in the Emergency Department at both Harborview Medical Center and the University of Washington Montlake. Among his many duties as an Associate Program Director, Dr. Franzen oversees the Rural rotations, the procedure labs, and our assessment and evaluation programs.

Dr. Franzen’s focus of research is in educational assessment and the transition from medical student to resident. He is interested in helping to smooth the transition from medical student to resident. Dr. Franzen was a member of the group the developed the National Clinical Assessment Tool in Emergency Medicine (NCAT-EM). He writes questions for the NBME. He receives funding from the American Medical Association and the Emergency Medicine Foundation.

Education & Training: 
University of Michigan
Internship and Residency, Emergency Medicine
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
Emergency Medicine Foundation Teaching Fellowship
American College of Emergency Physicians
Masters of Education
Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
Bruce Gilliland Award for Excellence in Teaching
Mailing Address: 

Harborview Medical Center
Box 359702
325 Ninth Avenue
Seattle WA 98104-2499

Research & Clinical Interests
Research Interests: 

Assessment & Evaluation

Undergraduate Medical Education

Graduate Medical Education

Active Grants:

  1. Title: Assessor Development by Peer Referencing using the National Clinical Assessment Tool in Emergency Medicine (NCAT-EM) Research Consortium.
  2. Title: AMA Accelerating Change in Medical Education
    • Innovation Grant

Recent Publications:

  1. Hiller KM, Franzen D, Lawson L, Manthey D, Fisher J, Haughey M, Tews M, Dubosh N, House J, Trainor A, Wald D, Jung J. Clinical Assessment of Medical Students in the Emergency Department, a National Consensus Conference. West J Emerg Med. 2017 Jan;18(1):82-83.
  2. Lawson L, Jung J, Franzen D, Hiller K. Clinical Assessment of Medical Students in Emergency Medicine Clerkships: A Survey of Current Practice. J Emerg Med. 2016 Dec;51(6):705-711.
  3. Franzen D, Kost A, Knight C. Mind the Gap: The Bumpy Transition From Medical School to Residency. J Grad Med Educ. 2015 Dec;7(4):678-80.
  4. Kessler CS, Tadisina KK, Saks M, Franzen D, Woods R, Banh KV, Bounds R, Smith M, Deiorio N, Schwartz A. The 5Cs of Consultation: Training Medical Students to Communicate Effectively in the Emergency Department. J Emerg Med. 2015 Nov;49(5):713-21.
  5. Hiller K, Franzen D, Heitz C, Emery M, Poznanski S. Correlation of the National Board of Medical Examiners Emergency Medicine Advanced Clinical Examination Given in July to Intern American Board of Emergency Medicine in-training Examination Scores: A Predictor of Performance? West J Emerg Med. 2015 Nov;16(6):957-60.

See Dr. Franzen's ORCID profile.

See Dr. Franzen's Google Scholar Profile.