Chief Residents' Welcome

Welcome to UT Southwestern Medical Center! As the 2018–2019 Chief Residents, we would like to introduce you to the Emergency Medicine program in the heart of Dallas, Texas; the 9th largest city in the United States. Our mission is one of public service, leadership, and education. We hope to impart that message to you as you browse our website.

Emergency visits in 2018–2019

Main Emergency Room 155,071
Urgent Care Visits 66,582
Ob/Gyn Emergency Room 123,308
Psychiatric Emergency room 5,427
Total Emergency Visits 244,197

Our program has made huge leaps and bounds in the past several years, including:

  • Brand new facility
  • ED volume up 20 percent from last year (to hit 158,176 visits this year); the largest by size and one of the busiest EDs in the country
  • Psych ED volume doubled in the last year (700 visits to now more than 1,400 this year)
  • Births up 20 percent, to hit a recent-years record of 1,200 births in July 2016

What we have to offer

  • 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 at local concerts at the American Airlines Center, and learning alongside the dedicated men and women of the Poison Control Center of Texas.
  • Resident-Led Initiatives – Residents are actively engaged in committees including Critical Quality Review of ED Cases, EMR Management, Simulation, Wellness and Sports, Alumni Involvement, Social Media, and Curriculum Design.
  • Fellowships – We offer fellowship programs in Toxicology, Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medical Services, Global Health and Tactical Medicine, Simulation, Medical Administration, and Emergency Ultrasound.
  • Global Health Rotations – Opportunities are available for residents to rotate through clinical settings in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kenya, South Africa, Chile, Colombia, Thailand, New Zealand, Malawi, and Argentina.
  • Amazing Faculty – The Chair of our Department, Dr. Deborah Diercks, was SAEM President from 2015-2016 and our Vice Chair, Dr. Andra Blomkalns was the SAEM President for 2016-2017. We have two past ACEP presidents on staff, and more than a dozen board-certified toxicologists. The chair of our IRB is one of our own. Many of our faculty are double and triple board certified.
  • Resident participation in statewide and national organized medicine – We have residents serving at the national level, including EMRA critical care and EMRA health policy committees. Our residents serve as representatives to SAEM, Texas College of Emergency Physicians (TCEP), the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and the Texas Medical Association.
  • Community Hospital Rotations  We partner closely with other hospitals so you can experience community EM in Level 2 trauma centers, single coverage EDs, and combined PEM/Adult EM Departments.

We take care of everyone and everything. We are also home to a regional pediatric and adult burn center (and the Parkland burn formula), a Level 1 adult trauma center, and some of the premier internal medicine, surgery, and Ob/Gyn programs in the country.

Parkland Hospital is your quintessential county program – we are the safety-net hospital for indigent care in Dallas County, and proudly so. Our faculty, residents, and staff rise to the occasion when our country is in need. We arduously organized to protect our citizens when our city became the epicenter of the Ebola crisis, and we tirelessly served our community when domestic terrorism attacked our citizens and police officers.

Just across the street is Children’s Healthâ„  Children's Medical Center Dallas – one of two Level 1 pediatric trauma centers in Texas, where we train with world-renowned pediatric EM faculty. The pediatric experience is second to none.

William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and  Zale Lipshy University Hospital are also just a stone's throw away and provide our residents an opportunity to work in not one, but two, University hospitals. Residents rotate through the CCU, CVICU, and Emergency Department at Clements giving us an even more well-rounded experience – from seeing an iron lung outside of the museums to learning from LVAD patients requiring acute stabilization.

So take a look around, familiarize yourself with our home away from home, and feel free to contact any of us if you have any questions. Below, we have included a brief history of our home.


Christopher Taliaferro, M.D.
Cassandra Newburg, M.D.
Daniel Jackson, M.D.
Anne Delisio, M.D.
Garrett Blumberg, M.D.
Chief Residents 2018-2019

Important Dates in Parkland’s History

1872: Three Dallas physicians open the first permanent hospital to care for indigent patients in the midst of a “red light district" at Wood and Houston streets.

1872: The city of Dallas hires a physician to care for prisoners. After he finishes his rounds he treats paupers on the jailhouse steps.

1874: A new hospital is built on the corner of Columbia and South Lamar streets. It comprises a one-room, 25-by-50-foot house with an adjoining kitchen and a bathroom. All the patients — men, women, and children — are bedded, fed, and treated in one 18-bed ward. Surgery is performed at bedside by lamplight.

April 2, 1957: Parkland cares for 175 patients in two hours after a tornado ravages Dallas.

1961: Parkland opens one of the largest civilian burn units in the U.S., designating four, four-bed wards as a burn treatment area.

Nov. 22, 1963: President John F. Kennedy is treated at Parkland hospital after suffering a fatal gunshot wound.

1983: Parkland is certified as the first Level I Trauma Center in Texas.

1985: Parkland plays a leading role, with state lawmakers Jesse Oliver, Ray Farabee, and Farabee’s wife, Helen, in passing legislation to ban “patient dumping.” The document became a model for national legislation signed into law on April 7, 1986, by President Ronald Reagan.

November 2008: Dallas County voters overwhelmingly voted (82 percent in favor) to support the construction of a new hospital partially funded through bond proceeds.

Aug. 20, 2015: The new Parkland Hospital officially opens its doors to patients. The state-of-the-art 862-bed, 17-story structure largely replaces the aging Parkland Memorial Hospital that opened in 1954.