About Emergency Medicine

The department strives to become the benchmark by which others measure excellence by providing excellent medical care, innovative and effective learning programs as well as world-class original research.

We advance health and the specialty of emergency medicine by always being our patients’ advocates and demonstrating respectful, compassionate, and attentive care. We listen to our patients and visitors and keep them informed as we provide the most efficient and thorough emergency care.

Academic Emergency Medicine at The University of Arizona commenced in September of 1980. At that time, there were approximately four full-time faculty and University Medical Center's Emergency Department had less than 20,000 patient visits per year.

Paramedics were new to Tucson and there were no trauma centers in all of southern Arizona. The subsequent three decades have seen immense growth in academic Emergency Medicine at the College of Medicine.

Emergency Medicine received academic departmental status on July 1, 2001. Banner - University Medical Center Tucson (formerly UMC) is the only Level 1 trauma center in all of southern Arizona. A new ED at BUMCT was opened in July 2010 with 60 beds, seven major trauma suites, and a Pediatric Emergency Department. Expected patient visits this year are approximately 90,000.

Banner - University Medical Center South (formerly Kino Hospital) has a new ED that includes its own separate three-year EM residency program, Level 3 trauma center, a fast track, and an adjacent new acute behavioral health/psychiatric hospital. Expected patient visits this year are approximately 50,000.

Several graduate medical education programs exist within the department. The categorical Emergency Medicine Residency Program, which started with six residents per year twenty-five years ago, presently takes 16 residents per year and is nationally ranked among the top programs.

Since inception, the Emergency Medicine Residency Program match rate has been 100 percent and the program has produced some of the most outstanding specialists in Emergency Medicine in the country.

Other graduate medical education programs include:

Undergraduate education through the new ArizonaMed curriculum has seen Emergency Medicine become a very popular medical student elective.

Since the inception of the program, the Emergency Medicine faculty and residents have authored over 500 publications in peer-reviewed journals and major textbooks in Emergency Medicine.

The Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center (AEMRC), founded in October, 1990 as one of eight Centers of Excellence on the The University of Arizona Arizona Health Sciences campus, is the research arm of the Department of Emergency Medicine. It houses the internationally acclaimed Advanced HAZMAT Life Support program, and has been the recipient of several million dollars in research grants and contracts.

The past has seen tremendous growth and the establishment of excellent clinical, academic and research programs.

The future will top the past.