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Residency Program

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Our three-year residency program prepares graduates for careers in all aspects of emergency medicine

The UT Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Founded in 1996, our program provides an excellent, comprehensive experience and exposure to high-quality emergency medicine and its many subspecialties. We accomplish this by reinforcing the principles of:

  • Sound patient care
  • Procedural expertise
  • Strong clinical and conference teaching
  • Innovative research and academic writing
  • Humanistic and ethical considerations
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Community engagement
  • Dedication to lifelong learning

As our goal, we mold well-balanced emergency physicians that excel in academics, community settings, and various fellowships across the country.

What Our Residency Program Offers

  • Diversity in Clinical Training

    One of the busiest emergency departments in the country
    Our home base, Parkland Memorial Hospital, houses:

    • A 149-bed Emergency Department (ED) that’s the busiest single site ED in the U.S. based on volume
    • Numerous other top education programs which provide the opportunity to learn from and work with premier physicians from other specialties.

    Reaching the underserved population
    Parkland offers a vast array of front-line experience as:

    • A level 1 adult trauma center
    • A regional pediatric and adult burn center
    • The only county hospital in Dallas County, which grants us the privilege to care for a very large underserved population.

    A front row seat to expertise
    At walking distance from Parkland are: 

    UT Southwestern’s William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, which offers:

    • A destination care facility for cancer, transplant, and cardiac patients
    • Resident rotations through the ED and CVICU, giving residents the opportunity to not only care for typical emergencies, but also manage LVADs, pulmonary hypertension, and ECMO.

    Children’s Medical Center Dallas, which is:

    • One of three level 1 pediatric trauma centers in Texas
    • One of the 10 largest pediatric hospitals in the U.S.
    • A PECARN research site
    • Home to a world-renowned pediatric faculty.

    Community rotations
    Our program integrates numerous community rotations to sharpen our clinical acumen and polish our personal practice while gaining exposure to different styles of ED workflow and patient populations.

    These unique training experiences build physicians that are exceptionally well-rounded, clinically excellent, and capable of practicing emergency medicine in any environment.

  • World-Class Faculty

    More than 100 strong
    Our department faculty of more than 100 have a diversity of expertise and are leaders in their fields.

    Prestigious leadership

    • The Chair of our department, Deborah Diercks, M.D., was Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) president from 2015-2016.
    • The Executive Vice Chair, Mark Courtney, M.D., was SAEM president from 2017-2018.
    • Ray Fowler, M.D. was National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP) president from 1992-1993.
    • Angela Gardner, M.D. is a past president of both American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP).
    • Ava Pierce, M.D. was Academy for Diversity & Inclusion in Emergency Medicine (ADIEM) president for 2018-2019.
    • We have two past American College of Emergency Medicine (ACEM) presidents, Angela Gardner, M.D. and Robert Suter, M.D., on staff and more than a dozen board-certified toxicologists.
    • The Chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Ahamed Idris, M.D., is one of our faculty.
    • Many of our faculty members are double or triple board-certified.
  • Resident Involvement

    Our residents hone their leadership skills through participating in a variety of activities. From improving patient care to education to wellness, our residents lead and serve on both local and national levels.

  • Weekly Education Conferences

    Residents are excused from clinical duties in all EDs to attend Conference every Thursday from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Weekly conferences incorporate multiple modalities and use modern principles of education to maximize learner benefit, including:

    • Small group, case-based, and longitudinal lectures that cover every field of Emergency Medicine tested on EM boards
    • Specific content tailored to residency class (i.e. first-years receive more foundation lectures while third-years will focus more on billing, contracts, and fine tuning their practice)
    • Yearly, full-body cadaver lab to practice rare procedures and yearly cadaveric hand lab

    Foundations curriculum

    Our Foundations curriculum utilizes a “flipped classroom” approach with suggested reading, podcasts, and video series to independently review core content. This information is then reinforced through oral board cases in small group settings.

    Simulation Center

    We perform monthly, hands-on procedural labs and simulation-based conferences in our state-of-the-art Simulation Center, one of the largest in the United States.

  • Wellness

    The resident-run Wellness Committee organizes monthly social events that help maintain balance during residency. Our Wellness activities include:

    • Monthly outings
    • A new intern welcome dinner
    • Volleyball team
    • Soccer team
    • Running group
    • Wellness Week
    • Annual class day off
    • Karaoke night
    • Secret Santa
    • Snacks for the resident lounge
  • Fellowships

    Whether you are set on a fellowship or still undecided, we have many options available. The Department of Emergency Medicine offers fellowship programs in:

    • Clinical Ultrasound
    • Critical Care Medicine
    • Emergency Disaster and Global Health
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Hyperbaric and Undersea Medicine
    • Medical Education in Emergency Medicine
    • Medical Toxicology
    • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    • Simulation-Based Medical Education
  • Global Health Rotations

    Residents have opportunities to rotate through clinical settings in:

    • Chile
    • Colombia
    • Ethiopia
    • Guatemala
    • Kenya
    • Malawi
    • South Africa
    • Thailand
    • New Zealand

    Our New Zealand rotation is by far the most popular and involves working two months in a community emergency medicine environment with compensation. This list is not exhaustive, and our program supports residents rotating in regions of personal interest.

Our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The UT Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. This environment fosters excellence in health care education, innovation, and discovery.


Residents of Color


Resident Male/Female Ratio


Veterans Among Residents

Culture of Support and Inclusiveness

Dr. Walt Green with residents on global health rotation in Guatemala

Residents play paintball for wellness

Dr. Lauren Kraut with Parkland Emergency Department nurses ringing in the new year

Residents enjoying Dallas night life

Medical students celebrate at the Annual Department of Emergency Medicine Holiday Party

Residents celebrate at the Annual Department of Emergency Medicine Holiday Party

Residents practicing their hands-on procedural skills at our state-of-the-art Simulation Center

Getting spooky at a resident Halloween party. Boo!


Our residents support each other through social activities including:

  • Monthly journal club meeting
  • Monthly podcast club meetings
  • Frequent gatherings and activities hosted by trainees and faculty, including flag football, pool volleyball, and bowling

Meet Some of Our Residents

Headshot of Iqra Khan

Our program excels in supporting residency wellness. We have a large budget allotted each year to the Resident Wellness Committee. It is used for lounge snacks, residency swag, and monthly events. We even have an event in the works to go paintballing with our faculty. We also facilitate our Residency Families – a handful of faculty members are grouped with a small number of residents amongst all three classes to meet up for social events and mentorship support throughout the year.

Iqra Khan, M.D.


Headshot of Amanda Gonzalez

We train primarily at a busy county hospital, which provides both volume and the opportunity to care for the underserved population of Dallas. We get procedural experience with critically ill patients in the MICU, SICU, BICU, NICU, and PICU. We work closely with lots of specialty services, giving us the opportunity to learn from their expertise.

Amanda Gonzalez, M.D.


Headshot of Dalbir Bahga, M.D.

The culture of our program is very warm, family-like. From the interview day to a third-year resident, there is a sense of community and looking out for each other. Even though we are a large program, we are very close to our resident classes. The faculty also play a role in the residency community as great mentors and fun to work with on shift!

Dalbir Bahga, M.D.




Dustin Williams, M.D.

Associate Professor

Program Director, Emergency Medicine Residency

Walter Green, M.D.


Associate Program Director

Jedidiah Leaf, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Associate Program Director

Samuel Parnell, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Assistant Program Director

Melissa Smith, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Assistant Program Director