Department Overview

The UT Southwestern Department of Emergency Medicine is made of physicians, trainees, and staff committed to furthering both education and research in the specialty of emergency medicine and providing unparalleled patient care in a number of Dallas facilities.

While the emergency department is where we often treat and care for patients, it is not our sole focus of attention. Emergencies begin outside the hospital – whether in the confines of our homes or on a rain-slicked roadside – therefore, it is our responsibility to ensure and strengthen each link in our communities' chains of survival and recovery. Our divisions of Emergency & Disaster Global Health, Emergency Medical Services, General Emergency Medicine, and Medical Toxicology advocate as public educators for violence and injury prevention within each of their specialties.

Education & Training

Our Department offers many educational opportunities: a renowned Emergency Medicine residency; both Texas Medical Board-approved and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited fellowship programs; a variety of electives and clerkship programs; and many continuing education and life support courses for emergency medicine physicians and other members of our community.

Our EDGH Division ensures we and all of our community’s public safety officials are properly trained, equipped, and prepared for the horrors of weapons of mass effect, terroristic opportunism, and other public safety issues. EMS not only demands the best performance, judgment, and skills from the thousands of local paramedics and EMTs they train, but also educates many citizens in immediate bystander CPR and first aid. GEM’s efforts center around emergent illnesses or injuries that require immediate medical attention with concentration on clinical ultrasound, simulation, medical informatics, and Advanced Practice Provider training. Medical Toxicology works to diagnose, manage, and prevent poisoning and other adverse effects due to medications, occupational and environmental toxicants, and biological agents while educating and overseeing the medical professionals that staff the North Texas Poison Center.

Research

UT Southwestern serves a diverse patient population and research is part of our core mission. The breadth and volume of patients we have the privilege to care for allows us to excel in research across a spectrum of topics. Our talented faculty and residents perform research supported by several government funding agencies, industry-sponsored clinical trials, and non-profit organizations. Research areas of expertise of our faculty include acute cardiovascular care, medical simulation, clinical operations, informatics, resuscitation, trauma, and ultrasound. Our faculty members have fostered collaborations with basic science departments and numerous clinical departments at UT Southwestern.

Patient Care

Our Department cares for our community in a number of locations including the Parkland Health & Hospital System, William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, Children's Medical Center Dallas, and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Each of these facilities serves our citizens in a different way and therefore requires a different approach for our care.

Parkland is the Dallas County hospital, making it the safety-net hospital for indigent care in our communities and proudly so as it is also an American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 trauma center and one of two American Burn Association-certified burn centers in our region. Our two UT Southwestern University Hospitals, Clements University Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital, are state-of-the-art hospitals with cutting-edge technology that enables physicians and nurses to provide the highest level of care. Children's Medical Center Dallas has one of the busiest pediatric EDs in the nation and is home to the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in North Texas while also being one of two ACS-Level 1 pediatric trauma centers in the state. Finally, the Dallas VA Medical Center is the VA North Texas Health Care System's second largest facility, serving over 113,000 veterans and delivering 1 million episodes of outpatient care each year.