• All COM-T Medical Students to Train in Emergency Medicine Critical Care

    Starting February 2020, every medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will have experience in treating critically ill patients in an emergency setting.

  • New EMS Bachelor’s Degree Program Starts This Fall at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

    One of a few programs in the nation administered through a clinical department, the UA Bachelor of Science major and minor in EMS is designed to enhance emergency medical professionals’ leadership and clinical skills, preparing them for a future in prehospital medicine.

  • UA-Led Initiative Doubles Survival Rates After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    The implementation of a massive, statewide public health initiative led by University of Arizona researchers and involving 21,000 prehospital care patients has doubled the survival rate of severe traumatic brain injury victims and tripled the survival rate among those who were intubated.

All COM-T Medical Students to Train in Emergency Medicine Critical Care

Starting February 2020, every medical student at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson will have experience in treating critically ill patients in an emergency setting.

New EMS Bachelor’s Degree Program Starts This Fall at UA College of Medicine – Tucson

One of a few programs in the nation administered through a clinical department, the UA Bachelor of Science major and minor in EMS is designed to enhance emergency medical professionals’ leadership and clinical skills, preparing them for a future in prehospital medicine.

UA-Led Initiative Doubles Survival Rates After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

The implementation of a massive, statewide public health initiative led by University of Arizona researchers and involving 21,000 prehospital care patients has doubled the survival rate of severe traumatic brain injury victims and tripled the survival rate among those who were intubated.

Welcome to the UA Department of Emergency Medicine

Message from the Department Chair

Thank you for visiting our site! The department is very excited about our new residents, new fellows, new faculty and a new nearly 500-bed hospital tower. The new construction and moves brought us new department faculty offices (which are truly amazing). New resident and attending physician lounges will be completed in the upcoming weeks. Next door is the now completed thirteen-story Health Sciences Innovation Building (HSIB) with a phenomenal auditorium, superb classrooms and an expansive Simulation Center. The residency and medical student programs will be transformed by this building! This combination of now completed construction projects is not only the largest in our medical center history (over $1B in total), it's the largest construction project ever in Tucson. I don’t remember a more exciting time to be working in Emergency Medicine or to be here at Banner - University Medical Center. A lot of progressive changes in leadership as well - our new Dean, Dr. Michael Abecassis, starts soon and we have a new Banner Health Physician Executive, Dr. Joshua Lee. These leaders are committed to furthering a strong emergency medicine department and to promoting academic medicine. I hope you will spend some time on the website and learn more about us!

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

EM In The News

Dr. Elaine Situ-LaCasse Receives 2019 Clinical Excellence Award

Elaine Situ-LaCasse, MD, assistant professor, emergency medicine, received the 2019 Clinical Excellence Award by University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson.


Program to Ensure Rural Access to Health Care Receives Federal Funding Boost

Longstanding University of Arizona Health Sciences program provides technical assistance, training and expertise to Arizona’s 15 critical access hospitals and 31 rural health clinics and EMS providers.


EM Residents Volunteer to Build a Better Community

UA Department of Emergency Medicine faculty and residents volunteered to help build affordable housing with Habitat for Humanity Tucson.


Current Newsletter

DEM E-News Spring 2019