• Grant Funds Rape Forensic Exam Program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

    The nearly $500,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice also helped create a Sexual Assault Response Team with experts from the university, hospital and community to guide the program and ensure it meets survivor needs.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

Grant Funds Rape Forensic Exam Program at Banner – University Medical Center Tucson

The nearly $500,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice also helped create a Sexual Assault Response Team with experts from the university, hospital and community to guide the program and ensure it meets survivor needs.

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. 

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 are 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

UAHS Healthy Dose Blog: The Arizona Monsoon, Lightning and Your Health

Monsoon in Arizona comprises the wettest and most lightning-prone months of the year. Learn how to avoid being struck and what to do if you are. By Dan Schlager, MD, clinical professor of emergency medicine. Also, UArizona Engineering Students’ project tests Dr. Schlager’s Lightning Protection Technology. 


Dr. Alice Min Simpkins Receives UArizona Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching

Alice Min Simpkins, MD, professor of emergency medicine, and assistant dean, Career Development, UA College of Medicine – Tucson Office of Faculty Affairs, has been selected as the recipient of the University of Arizona Provost Award for Innovation in Teaching. 


COVID-19 Vaccine Reduces Infection Severity, Length, Viral Load

Real-world data from the AZ HEROES study show COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective in preventing SARS-CoV-2 infections, and when breakthrough infections do occur, the level of infection and impact of the disease are significantly reduced.


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