Emergency Medicine Residency Program

The University of Florida Department of Emergency Medicine Residency is located at the UF Health Shands Medical Center, the University’s primary medical school campus, in Gainesville, Florida.  It has experienced remarkable expansion and growth in its pursuit of excellence in resident training.  We have evolved into a fully established emergency medicine residency over the course of the last decade, and are fully accredited until 2020.  We are committed to training residents to become superior well-rounded clinicians that have the skills to become educators, researchers, and leaders in Emergency Medicine.

Residents are supervised and trained by board-certified Emergency physicians in a collegial and supportive environment.  Since we believe Emergency physicians are best trained in the Emergency Department, our curriculum is heavily based on Emergency Medicine rotations, including a unique Emergency Medicine Critical Care block.

The EM faculty has a significant breadth and depth of experience.  Many of the EM faculty possess significant research experience as well as fellowship training in a variety of fields (Critical Care, EMS, Pediatrics, and Ultrasound). The faculty is comprised of individuals who have practiced extensively in both community and academic settings.

During their three years of training, residents are exposed to a vibrant interactive didactic curriculum, and given access to extensive resources.  The curriculum is designed to comprehensibly cover emergency medicine topics, procedural skills, as well as integrate the latest evidence relevant to emergency medicine practice. Simulation sessions are an integrated part of the curriculum, and a dedicated research lecture series fosters projects that advance the leading edge of emergency medical care.  Access to online textbooks, Med-Challenger programs, narrated online lectures, and other educational tools are provided to encourage independent learning.  A book stipend is provided along with memberships in ACEP, SAEM and EMRA.

We are a Level I Trauma center, the regional Burn center, a percutaneous coronary intervention center, and a Stroke center and we are the referral center for an 11 county area in northeast Florida.  Our 66 bed emergency room opened in November, 2009 and is designed to streamline care for our patient volume of approximately 93,000 visits per year.  UF Health is in the top 10 of 193 academic institutions for acuity.  This combined volume and acuity provides our trainees an extensive clinical experience in both adult and pediatric emergency care.  Additionally, the department provides targeted emergency care to the underserved (Equal Access Clinic) and overseas (Dominican Republic, Haiti, Nicaragua).  Senior residents are invited to participate in these ongoing external endeavors.

The new ED physical plant was designed from its inception around the operations of a modern emergency department. A state of the art emergency department information system is used for all documentation, imaging, ordering, and patient tracking.  Areas of the ED are dedicated and designed to accommodate critical care (trauma and medical resuscitations), ophthalmology, and GYN complaints. All radiographic studies are performed in our Radiology department located adjacent to the main ED.  This design gives our medical providers a comfortable and organized environment to provide compassionate, efficient, and evidence based care to our patients and community.

UF Health boasts a newly remodeled, state of the art Pediatric Emergency Department. This facility has its own check-in area, two waiting areas, nine private and two semi-private treatment rooms, five observation beds, two exam rooms for children with infectious conditions, two resuscitation rooms and a conscious-sedation room for procedural use. Its dedicated radiology imaging room is equipped to deliver the lowest-dose radiation to young patients. The Pediatric Emergency Department is staffed by board-certified or board-eligible pediatric emergency medicine physicians and 22 Shands pediatric-trained emergency medicine registered nurses. This team can treat up to 24,000 pediatric emergency patients a year.

The constellation of these elements creates an environment that fosters the finest possible experience in emergency medicine training.  Our investment in our residents is best exemplified by the outstanding career opportunities offered to them upon graduation.  We are exceptionally proud of our residency, and invite you to become a part of our growth.


Dr. Lars BeattieLars K. Beattie, MS MD FACEP 
Residency Program Director

Dr. Matthew RyanMatthew F. Ryan, MD PhD
Associate Residency Program Director

Giuliano De Portu, MD
Assistant Residency Program Director

Nicholas Maldonado, MD
Assistant Residency Program Director

Emergency Medicine Tour Of Emergency Department