Residency Program

This exciting residency in Emergency Medicine uses the components of the UT system to provide a superior educational experience, permitting its residents exposure to every aspect of emergency medicine and its subspecialties.

The primary objective of the residency is to provide an excellent and comprehensive experience in emergency medicine. This is accomplished by reinforcing the principles of sound patient care, procedural expertise, strong clinical and conference teaching, innovative research and academic writing, and humanism and ethical considerations.   

Under the direction of Larissa Velez M.D., Lynn Roppolo M.D., John Pease, M.D., and Walter Green, M.D., this premier, fully accredited residency training program has been structured to prepare its graduates for careers in every aspect of emergency medicine from clinical practice to academics and fellowship training.

Highlights of Training

  • The Basics: The broad base of training includes the Parkland Memorial Hospital and Children’s Medical Center Dallas emergency departments that, as an integrated system, triage more than 240,000 adults and children annually. The two EDs are physically connected.
  • Acuity: About one of every four patients treated in the Parkland ED is admitted. Similarly, the acuity of patient care in the Children’s ED is very high. EM residents perform resuscitations every shift.
  • Pediatric EM: Ten Pediatric EM board-certified faculty as well as many of the adult EM faculty supervise all EM resident patient care in one of the busiest children’s EDs in the country. Residents have an unusually strong opportunity to perform resuscitations, procedures, procedural sedations, etc.
  • Medical Toxicology: Ten board-certified or board-prepared Medical Toxicology faculty supervise the busy Medical Toxicology service, including the very popular Medical Toxicology rotation for EM residents.
  • EMS/Disaster Medicine: Nine EM faculty have special interest in this exciting area of emergency medicine and provide lectures, training, etc. Opportunities in ground and air transport are available. Residents can teach in the nationally accredited EMS education programs. Residents also participate in disaster response efforts locally. During Hurricane Katrina, residents helped treat the more than 8,000 patients seen in the Emergency Medicine supervised medical unit at the Dallas Convention Center. The Division has more than $1 million in grants to provide training in disaster education through the National Disaster Life Support Program.
  • Grants/Research: Emergency Medicine faculty are principal investigators on nearly $17 million in grants, including two NIH centers. One focuses on resuscitation research and the other on burn research.
  • Fellowships: There are fellowship opportunities in Medical Toxicology,  Emergency Medical Services, Government Emergency Medical Services and Security, Practice Management and Health Care Policy, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
  • Event Medicine: There are multiple opportunities for residents to participate in event medicine, including providing emergency medicine support alongside EM faculty for the Dallas Cowboys, Mavericks, and Stars. Residents also can do event medicine for concert venues and the Texas Motor Speedway. The speedway has events with more than 100,000 in attendance.
  • Electives: There are multiple opportunities for electives, including ENT where residents perform many scopes, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, where they practice regional blocks, etc. Residents also may choose to do an all expense-paid away rotation in international medicine in New Zealand in the EM3 year.