Introduction: Acute pharyngitis is a common emergency department (ED) presentation. The Centor (Modified/McIsaac) score uses five criteria (age, tonsillar exudates, swollen tender anterior cervical nodes, absence of a cough, and history of fever) to predict Group A Streptococcus (GAS) infection. The recommendation is patients with a Centor score of 0-1 should not undergo testing and should not be given antibiotics, patients with a score of 2-3 may warrant throat cultures, and for patients with a score ≥ 4, empiric antibiotics may be appropriate. Associated pain is often first managed with acetaminophen or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, however recent evidence suggests a short course of low-to-moderate dose corticosteroids as adjunctive therapy may reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. The objective of this study was to describe the ED management of acute pharyngitis for adult patients presenting to an academic ED over a two-year study period. Methods: This was a retrospective chart review of all adult (> 17 years) patients presenting to Mount Sinai Hospital ED with a discharge diagnosis of acute pharyngitis (ICD-10 code J02.9) from January 1st 2016 to December 31st 2018. Trained research personnel reviewed medical records and extracted data using a computerized, data abstraction form. Results: Of the 638 patients included in the study, 286 (44.8%) had a Centor score of 0-1, 328 (51.4%) had a score of 2-3, and 24 (3.8%) had a score of ≥ 4. Of those with a Centor score of 0-1, 83 (29.0%) had a throat culture, 88 (30.8%) were prescribed antibiotics, 15 (5.2%) were positive for GAS and 74 (25.9%) were given corticosteroids in the ED or at discharge. Of those with a Centor score of 2-3, 156 (47.6%) had a throat culture, 220 (67.1%) were prescribed antibiotics, 44 (13.4%) were positive for GAS, and 145 (44.2%) were given corticosteroids. Of those with a Centor score ≥ 4, 14 (58.3%) had a throat culture, 18 (75.0%) were prescribed antibiotics, 7 (29.2%) were positive for GAS and 12 (50.0%) were given corticosteroids. Conclusion: As predicted, a higher Centor score was associated with higher risk of GAS infection, increased antibiotic prescribing and use of corticosteroids. Many patients with low Centor scores were prescribed antibiotics and also had throat cultures. Further work is required to understand clinical decision making for the management of acute pharyngitis.