Education & Training
UT Southwestern is both a teaching institution and a learning institution. Our vision is to push the cutting-edge of Emergency Medicine and its subspecialties. We focus on resident and faculty development as well as innovative educational techniques. To achieve this vision, the Department of Emergency Medicine offers an exceptional list of education programs both within the UT Southwestern system and in partnership with local resources. Additionally, we continue to garner resources and nationally recognized innovators.
Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital is a major tertiary referral center and 9-1-1 receiving facility. Parkland is one of the busiest emergency departments in the nation, with an annual volume of over 160,000 patients per year in the main emergency department alone. It is a comprehensive adult teaching hospital for faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students. Additionally, Parkland is an American College of Surgeons-verified Level 1 trauma center and one of two American Burn Association-certified burn centers in the region. In 2017, Parkland received Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check Certification for Comprehensive Stroke Centers.
The Parkland Health & Hospital System has been providing care to the citizens of Dallas County since 1884 and has created many partnerships to serve the county, including the North Texas Poison Center and the UT Southwestern/Parkland BioTel EMS System, both of which are located within Parkland.
Our trainees help staff the ED at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital. Clements University Hospital offers a Comprehensive Cancer Center, active transplant, and advanced heart failure program including LVADs. The hospital exposes UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, and residents to a unique subset of patients which contributes to a diverse learning environment. The Clements University Hospital Emergency Department has a patient volume of about 50,000 patients with an admission rate that nears 35%.
The Department of Emergency Medicine continues its strong partnership with Children’s Medical Center Dallas, the main teaching Pediatrics facility for UT Southwestern. The pediatric ED at Children’s Medical Center Dallas is one of the busiest pediatric EDs in the nation and serves as the only designated Level 1 pediatric trauma center in North Texas. Children's Medical Center Dallas sees about 130,000 patients in the ED per year with an admission rate upward of 15%. Interns experience designated blocks at Children's Medical Center Dallas to establish a foundational knowledge, while residents have a longitudinal pediatrics experience integrated into their time training in the emergency department. Additionally, our residents spend time improving their airway skills with the Division of Pediatric Anesthesiology and rotate through the 44-bed pediatric intensive care unit where they gain experience managing complex patients with advanced modes of mechanical ventilation, CRRT, solid organ transplants, ECMO, neurocritical care, and trauma.
Our program has an affiliation with the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center within the VA North Texas Health Care System, the second largest VA healthcare system in the country. Residents work closely with their Internal Medicine colleagues to provide high-quality care to veterans in the 20-bed MIICU and CCU. This procedural-heavy rotation is valuable for interns as they experience increased autonomy with critically ill patients.
As our residents progress through their training, they also gain valuable experience rotating in various community sites throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. For example, residents spend a month sharpening their procedural skills on a trauma rotation at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth and later apply those skills working alongside UT Southwestern alumni and other community physicians at Methodist Dallas during one of our community medicine rotations. This exposure to a variety of practice environments both expands the breadth of emergency care skills and provides trainees with introductions to potential future employers.