Education & Training

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Our vision is to push the cutting edge of Emergency Medicine and its subspecialties.

UT Southwestern is both a teaching institution and a learning institution. Our vision is to push the cutting edge of emergency medicine and its subspecialties. We focus on resident and faculty development as well as innovative educational techniques. To achieve this vision, the Department of Emergency Medicine offers an exceptional list of education programs both within the UT Southwestern system and in partnership with local resources. Additionally, we continue to garner resources and nationally recognized innovators.

State-of-the-Art Clinical Facilities

All of our learners train in a wide variety of clinical settings that provide the opportunity to train in essentially every practice setting one can imagine.

  • William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital
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    Located on UT Southwestern's campus, Clements University Hospital provides our faculty and trainees an opportunity to work in a truly state-of-the-art hospital unlike any other with cutting-edge technology that enables physicians and nurses to provide the highest level of quality care. The Clements University Hospital emergency department has a patient volume of about 50,000 patients with an admission rate that nears 35 percent. Here, our faculty and trainees care for a specialized subset of patients who are not otherwise seen at Parkland.

  • Parkland Memorial Hospital
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    Parkland Memorial Hospital is the major adult teaching facility at UT Southwestern. Parkland serves as the Dallas County hospital, making it the safety-net hospital for indigent care in our communities – and proudly so. Parkland is an American College of Surgeons-verified level 1 trauma center; one of two American Burn Association-certified burn centers in the region; and in 2017 was awarded The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Heart-Check Certification for comprehensive stroke centers.

    At Parkland, our faculty and trainees truly rise to the occasion when our neighbors – and our country – are in need. It was there we organized to protect our citizens when Dallas became the epicenter of the Ebola virus crisis in 2014 and where we tirelessly served our community when domestic terrorism attacked our citizens and police officers in 2016. Our faculty also assist in the North Texas Poison Center and UT Southwestern/Parkland BioTel EMS System, both located within Parkland Hospital.

  • Children’s Medical Center of Dallas
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    Children’s Medical Center is the major pediatric teaching facility in the system. It is a private 523-bed hospital with roots dating back 100 years. Children’s provides advanced medical care for children from birth to age 18 and is ranked one of the nation’s best pediatric hospitals. The emergency department at Children’s is the highest volume pediatric emergency treatment facility in the nation, triaging over 90,000 patients annually. It is one of the premier level 1 pediatric trauma centers in Texas.

    Children’s is a pediatric tertiary care referral center and the area’s pediatric trauma receiving hospital. The state-of-the-art facility comprises a dynamic emergency department, a 71-bed pediatric ICU, and maintains nearly 50 specialty clinics and programs. The atmosphere is child-friendly throughout, from the colorful interiors to the red wagons used for patient transport to an unbelievable train system that everyone must see.

  • Dallas VA Medical Center
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    The VA North Texas Health Care System is headquartered in Dallas with other facilities in Bonham, Fort Worth, and Tyler, and covers 38 counties in Texas and two in Oklahoma. It is the second largest VA health care system in the country, serving over 123,000 veterans with 1.4 million outpatient visits in 2016. This 853-bed system was the first VA in the nation with an approved TAVR program and the first VA medical facility and second hospital in the country to successfully deploy v-BLOC therapy. Medical services here include dialysis, telemetry, interventional cardiology, and intensive care. Mental health services include domiciliary and ECT therapy, and surgical services include cardiothoracic, bariatrics and robotics. Other services available include hospice and palliative care and advanced imaging services. There are also telehealth programs available in mental health, dermatology, polytrauma/TBI, physical health, spinal cord injury, and retinal.

  • Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth
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    Harris Methodist is a 720 bed, level 2 trauma center located in the heart of Fort Worth. A newly founded relationship in 2015, it has quickly become a resident favorite.

    Harris Methodist has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of best hospitals in the Dallas/Fort Worth area each year since the program’s inception. The hospital is designated an Emergency Center of Excellence by Emergency Excellence, a national organization specializing in emergency department benchmarking, and has been voted the “Best Place to Have a Baby” 20 times by readers of Fort Worth Child magazine.

    The hospital serves Tarrant County and provides an amazing educational opportunity to our residents through acuity and fantastic staff.

  • Other Community Hospitals

    The majority of rotations are on the UT Southwestern Medical Center campus (33 of 39 blocks at Clements, Parkland and/or Children’s). The remaining blocks take place at the following community facilities:

    • Methodist Hospital (4.5 miles away)
    • Dallas Presbyterian Hospital (11 miles away)
    • Hunt Regional Medical Center (50 miles away)​

Life in Dallas

Learn about life in Dallas and all the city has to offer for people of all different backgrounds and ages. Our EM family have a lot of fun here.

One big residency family... pets and all. Residents enjoying the Texas weather with four-legged friends.

Residents working (and running) in the annual Dallas Rock and Roll Marathon – one of many great sports medicine opportunities

Residents cheering for the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park for our monthly Journal Club

Working on our strikes in our off time

Residents enjoy participating in event medicine opportunities at American Airlines Center. Go Mavs!

Residents exploring the great outdoors with close proximity to several state parks

Residents and significant others enjoying the Texas weather on the Katy Trial

Our doctors playing giant Jenga at one of Dallas' many barcades

Top Golf scores aside, our residents are above par

An October day off calls for a group trip to the famous Texas State Fair

 
 

Meet Some of Our Faculty & Learners

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“I chose UT Southwestern because of the palpable camaraderie among the residents. While I absolutely enjoy managing the most critical patients in our emergency department alone, nothing gives me a greater sense of satisfaction and accomplishment than running a resuscitation jointly with a well-respected colleague. Additionally, coming from Miami, I have thoroughly enjoyed living in Dallas. Cost of living is great with incredible food options and an entertaining night life for all walks of life.”

David R. Bussé, M.D., MBAResident
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“Patients at UTSW receive comprehensive care from start to finish. We have top trained physicians, APPs, nurses and techs who love what they do and are excited to come to work every day. We treat more than just a patient’s physical complaints, but also incorporate the “art” of healing through time and education.”

Lauren Kraut, M.D.Resident
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“We recognize that we are more successful and productive as a departmental family than as individuals. We truly are a team. When one of us succeeds, we all celebrate. We are all here to encourage, mentor, and support one another. Living in Dallas, my family and I can always find fun things to do, delicious food to eat, and amazing places to visit.”

J. Mark Rendon, M.D.Assistant Professor
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“I joined the faculty here after practicing in the same hospital for over 10 years, so I was a bit anxious about leaving my EM family for the unknown. The warm welcome here was amazing – faculty stopped by on every shift to check on me, residents were eager to meet the new person and help me find things (the ED is rather large), and support staff in our department helped to make navigating the paperwork as painless as possible. People are warm and friendly and ready to help whenever its needed. ”

Christine Kulstad, M.D.Associate Professor
 
 

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