• 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 visiting our site! A few thoughts -–

Like you, I’m really hoping this pandemic is losing some steam. In the meantime, we will continue to do what we do extremely well: Resuscitate and compassionately care for whoever with whatever presents to our two EDs. Our faculty and residents are extraordinary and have proven incredible resilience. As we enter (what I think) is the best time of year in the Sonoran Desert, we need to remember that we have an amazing place to live and work. We have an amazing team that supports each other. We have amazing nurses who have worked with us despite shortages. We work with amazing EMS personnel who provide incredible care in challenging situations. Emergency Medicine people are CAN DO folks and we ARE doing it. The department has never been stronger!

We will continue to actively implement our strategic framework around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This work is led by Dr. Alice Min Simpkins, our department DEI Champion. Our environment must always be one that demonstrates respect to all. Only through this commitment do we begin to achieve. We have accomplished much but we have so far to go.

Thank you all for what you are doing to make a difference.


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

EM In The News

Emergency Medicine Podcast Reaches Milestone 100th Episode

AZEMCast, an educational emergency medicine podcast, was developed in 2013 by University of Arizona emergency medicine physicians to differentiate evidence-based medicine from experience-based medicine. In October 2021, the podcast completed its 100th episode. Aaron Leetch, MD, talks about the AZEMCast’s development, who’s listening and future plans.


New DEM Intern Profile Joshua B. Calton

UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson 2021 graduate Joshua B. Calton stayed in Tucson after matching with the five-year Combined Emergency Medicine and Pediatric Residency at the Department of Emergency Medicine. He did his undergraduate studies at UArizona, majoring in physiology and completed his bachelor’s degree in three years. His hometown is Granite Bay, California, near Sacramento.


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