Welcome from the Chief Residents
As the 2023-2024 Chief Residents, we extend a warm welcome on behalf of the UT Southwestern Emergency Medicine family. We are excited to share with you the impeccable training we receive from our outstanding faculty and the special role our hospitals play within our community.
You may be familiar with the saying, "Everything is bigger in Texas." We believe our program sure lives up to this. Our EM family encompases 69 residents and more than 100 faculty. Last year, we helped care for more than 205,000 patients at Parkland Memorial Hospital, our primary training site, making us the highest-volume emergency department in the country once again. In addition to our Parkland roots, we care for patients at several other major health centers.
Our Training Sites
Serving the community since 1872, Parkland Memorial Hospital (PMH) is Dallas County's only public hospital. A Level 1 Trauma Center, regional adult and pediatric burn center, and certified stroke center, PMH enables us to care for patients with a breadth of pathology that keeps us learning and growing on every shift. Additionally, PMH's county-funded health plan for uninsured/underinsured patients allows us to provide exceptional follow-up care.
William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital (CUH) is UT Southwestern's referral academic hospital and a quaternary care facility. It is repeatedly ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. At CUH, our residents learn to care for patients with complex, rare pathology who are commonly undergoing novel and cutting-edge therapies to fight diseases.
Childrens Medical Center of Dallas (CMC) is our main pediatric emergency center. The only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center in North Texas and a PECARN research site, CMC enables us to train alongside some of the foremost researchers and experts in pediatric emergency medicine. During our PICU rotation, we learn from world-renowned faculty at one of the largest pediatric intensive care units in the nation. Our program offers a longitudinal pediatric emergency medicine experience allowing us to serve the region's children throughout our residency.
Additionally, we have several community training sites that provide ample exposure to community medicine. These sites include: Dallas VA Medical Center, Harris Methodist Hospital in Forth Worth, and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. We also get exposure to rural medicine at Hunt Regional Hospital.
Along with working in county, academic, community and rural ED settings, we have strong ICU rotations that include MICU, neuro critial care, surgical ICU, burn ICU, neonatal ICU, pediatric ICU, and CVICU.
Our dedicated rotations include: ultrasound, labor and delivery, adult and pediatric anesthesia, toxicology at the North Texas Poison Center (located at PMH), and hand surgery.
Additionally, we have the opportunity to spend two months on a global health elective working in the community in New Zealand during our third year of residency.
Conference and SIM
We pride ouselves on our high-quality didactics. Our weekly resident conference consists of lectures from our faculty and guest speakers, interactive cases, small group discussions, and procedure reviews. There are simulation sessions once a month at UT Southwestern's state-of-the-art Simulation Center led by simulation fellowship-trained faculty. We cover a 1.5 year curriculum, which is repeated twice during each resident's tenure. Our program also sends all of our interns to SAEM every year and third year residents to ACEP.
Although we're a large program, we have implemented several ways to increase support for residents and social interaction with faculty. In addition to monthly wellness events, hosted by our resident-run Wellness Committee, all residents are assigned to a "resident family" comprised of faculty and residents from all three classes. We also have several committees within the program led by faculty mentors where residents can explore their interests, like: Diversity and Inclusion, Social Media and Recruitment, the Curriculum Committee and the Podcast Club, to name a few. Residents also are assigned faculty mentors to help provide professional and personal support throughout residency.
We are fortunate to learn from experts in many Emergency Medicine subspecialties. We have fellows in EMS, Global Health, Ultrasound, Toxicology, Medical Education, Simulation, Research, and Business Administration. Our residents also pursue careers in critical care through through our partnership with the Anesthesia Critical Care fellowship.
We have a large residency program full of mentorship, support, and opportunities to hone your clinical acumen... with a goal of not only training residents in clinical excellence, but creating compassionate leaders in the field of Emergency Medicine. We are honored to serve the members of the Dallas community and feel equally honored to serve this program as chief residents.
Thank you for the opportunity to share our family with you!
Kathryn Krause, M.D.
Shane O'Donnell, D.O.
Carolyn Shanks, M.D.
Sarah Wells, M.D.
Peter Yun, M.D.