• Initiative Gives Rural EMS Responders 24-hour Access to Emergency Medicine Physicians

    The Arizona Rural EMS Advanced Telemedicine Demonstration Initiative will improve patient outcomes by expanding EMS access to potentially lifesaving care.

  • Rapid Care Guidelines for Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Improve Survival

    An evaluation of emergency medicine guidelines showed proper care on the scene of a brain injury is critical to survival and ongoing brain health.

  • Lung Ultrasound Training to Help Rural Emergency Medicine Providers Diagnose COVID-19 Patients

    The tele-ultrasound training program for lung point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) will enable rural emergency departments to more effectively identify and treat suspected COVID-19 patients.

Initiative Gives Rural EMS Responders 24-hour Access to Emergency Medicine Physicians

The Arizona Rural EMS Advanced Telemedicine Demonstration Initiative will improve patient outcomes by expanding EMS access to potentially lifesaving care.

Rapid Care Guidelines for Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury Patients Improve Survival

An evaluation of emergency medicine guidelines showed proper care on the scene of a brain injury is critical to survival and ongoing brain health.

Lung Ultrasound Training to Help Rural Emergency Medicine Providers Diagnose COVID-19 Patients

The tele-ultrasound training program for lung point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) will enable rural emergency departments to more effectively identify and treat suspected COVID-19 patients.

Welcome to the UA Department of Emergency Medicine

Message from the Department Chair

Thank you for dropping by! The department is fully engaged in the new reality of Covid Pandemic Southwestern style. After a relatively modest start-up, the Arizona explosion finally occurred, starting in June. Our faculty, residents, APPs, nurses, medics, and staff have responded with superb skill, compassion, and creativity. Several faculty have published timely milestone papers (https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32427182/), submitted grants, and have actively joined Covid-19 active trials. Several of our recent graduates who joined community practices have signed up for Per Diem status in case we need to activate them for the surging volumes. Our 25 new EM residents have all joined the fight, suited up, and ready to go! Overall, I think that we are definitely prepared and for that, a huge shout-out to our medical directors, Drs. Melissa Zukowski and Matthew Berkman, who have STEPPED UP big time. I will never think of M&Ms the same.

It has also been a time to double our thoughts, plans, and actions regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. All our leaders are actively adding action plans to their annual goals. See our department Action Plan on the new area of our site. This work is led by Dr. Alice Min Simpkins, our department DEI Champion. I am committed to using 2020 as an opportunity to create a better environment for everyone here, including our patients.

Let me know how you are doing and stay safe,


Samuel M. Keim, MD, MSc
Professor and Chair
Department of Emergency Medicine
Director, Arizona Emergency Medicine Research Center

EM In The News

College of Medicine – Tucson Hosts Virtual Research Day

Data blitzes, spotlight talks and special session on diversity, equity and inclusion highlight the second annual event that is free and open to the public.


Drs. Lisa Chan and Kevin Reilly Receive Emeritus Appointments

Newly retired Lisa Chan, MD, and Kevin Reilly, MD, have received University of Arizona emeritus appointments. Both will continue to work with Banner - University Medical Center Tucson on electronic records and billing.


Meet Our Faculty: A Q&A with Dr. Priti Rawani-Patel

​Priti Rawani-Patel, MD, MA, is a clinical assistant professor in the UArizona Department of Emergency Medicine.


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