• Banner – University Medicine ED Accredited as Tucson’s only Geriatric Emergency Department

    Banner – University Medical Center Tucson has earned Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation.

  • 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.

Banner – University Medicine ED Accredited as Tucson’s only Geriatric Emergency Department

Banner – University Medical Center Tucson has earned Geriatric Emergency Department Accreditation.

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.

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

Health Sciences Exceeds $200M in Research Funding for First Time, Boosted by COVID-19 Collaborations

University of Arizona Health Sciences passes $200 million milestone in research funding in fiscal year 2020, addressing some of the world’s most challenging health conditions, including COVID-19.


Future Primary Care Physicians Grateful for Full-Tuition Scholarship, Excited to Serve their Communities

Sixteen first-year students are among 32 new PCP Scholarship recipients this academic year at the UArizona Colleges of Medicine in Tucson and Phoenix – both schools still have scholarships available.


University to Continue Holding Only ‘Essential Courses’ in Person Through Oct. 2

While the campus has seen a spike in cases over the last few weeks, Friday’s positivity rate was down from last week, and no new students were admitted to isolation housing over the weekend.


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