Residency Program

Department of Emergency Medicine Residents

This exciting Emergency Medicine Residency Program uses UT System components to provide a superior educational experience, permitting its residents exposure to every aspect of emergency medicine and its subspecialties.

The primary objective of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program 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., Walter Green, M.D., Dustin Williams, M.D., Jedidiah Leaf, M.D., and Alex Koyfman, 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 our new state-of-the-art Parkland Hospital with an annual ED volume of more than 250,000 patients and Children’s Healthâ„  Children’s Medical Center Dallas with an annual ED volume of more than 100,000 pediatric patients annually.
  • 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.
  • Pediatric EM: Pediatric EM board-certified faculty at Children's Health, 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 a longitudinal experience in the emergency department at Children's Health with an unusually strong opportunity to perform resuscitations, procedures, procedural sedations, etc.
  • Medical Toxicology: We have 14 board-certified or board-prepared Medical Toxicology faculty who supervise the busy Medical Toxicology Service, including the very popular Medical Toxicology rotation for Emergency Medicine (EM) residents.
  • EMS/Disaster/Global Health: Thirteen EM faculty have special interest in these exciting areas of emergency medicine and provide lectures, training, and experiences, etc. Opportunities in ground and air transport are available. Residents can teach in the nationally accredited EMS education programs. Residents can participate in disaster response efforts. The Division has more than $1 million in grants to provide training in disaster education through the National Disaster Life Support Program. There are also opportunities for international electives.
  • Event Medicine: There are multiple opportunities for residents to participate in event medicine, including providing emergency medicine support alongside EM faculty for the Dallas Mavericks and Stars. Residents also can do event medicince for concert venues and the Texas Motor Speedway. Texas Motor Speedway has events with more than 100,000 in attendance.
  • 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.
  • Emergency Fellowships: There are fellowship opportunities in Medical Toxicology, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Disaster and Global Health, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, and Simulation.
  • Resident Tracks: We offer five optional residency tracks in Academics EMS, Global Health, Toxicology, Ultrasound for those with a specific added interest in these area.
  • Electives: There are multiple opportunities for electives in any area related to emergency medicine, etc. Residents also may choose to do an integrated, two-month, all-expense paid away rotation in international medicine in New Zealand in the EM3 year.
  • Cutting Edge Conference – We offer the standard lecture conference but also have added “Flipped Conferences.” These involve problem based learning (PBL) cases going over topics in a small groups setting with residents being group leaders with faculty oversight. We have also worked to tailor more level specific letures ie: 1st years receive more foundation lectures and 3rd years will have talks on billing, contracts, and fine tuning their practice. This keeps conference fresh and fun with less sitting in the traditional powerpoint lecture setting!
  • Asynchronous Learning – As emergency physicians, we all know that we learn best by doing, not by sitting in a classroom. Therefore, part of our conference time is spent outside of a classroom in various activities including monthly Journal Clubs while dining out with local cuisine, EMS ride outs, Simulation Wars, SonoGames, working with EMS during local concerts/events at the American Airlines Center, and learning alongside the dedicated men and women of the Poison Control Center of Texas.
  • Clinical Experience – 1:1 resident to faculty coverage in one of the busiest county hospitals in the country. Multiple critical care rotations including Neonatal ICU, Burn ICU, Surgical ICU, Medical ICU, Neuro ICU, Cardiovascular ICU. Excellent rotations in Toxicology, Ultrasound, Hand/plastics, and Multiple community hospital rotations to complement the county hospital experience including 1:1 EM resident to Truama attending coverage at one of the busiest trauma centers in the DFW area.