• 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.
  • Implementing Pediatric Prehospital Care Guidelines Dramatically Improves Survival in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

    Emergency medicine guidelines to ensure continued flow of blood and oxygen to the brain are emphasized in study that undescores the first 26 minutes of care on the scene of an accident or fall are 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.

Implementing Pediatric Prehospital Care Guidelines Dramatically Improves Survival in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Emergency medicine guidelines to ensure continued flow of blood and oxygen to the brain are emphasized in study that undescores the first 26 minutes of care on the scene of an accident or fall are 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

Trauma Experts Aim to Reduce Deaths by Providing Blood-Clotting Agent

A study found that tranexamic acid, commonly used in cardiac surgery to help stop bleeding, improved the odds of survival for some trauma patients.


UArizona Health Sciences Excels in Latest Blue Ridge Rankings on NIH Funding

Increases in total National Institutes of Health funding have led to higher rankings for several colleges and departments.


Dr. Srikar Adhikari Receives EMF Grant to Study Artificial Intelligence for Prognosis of Ultrasound of the Lung in COVID

Srikar Adhikari, MD, professor of emergency medicine and director of the Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship, received an Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) and FUJIFILM Sonosite’s grant, which included a new Sonosite PX point-of-care ultrasound system, to support his research, "Artificial Intelligence for Prognosis of Ultrasound of the Lung in COVID (AI PULL),” examining the role of point-of-care ultrasound in the clinical care of COVID-19 patients.


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