Emergency Medicine Residency Program
The University of Florida Department Of Emergency Medicine Residency is located at the 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 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.
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, Cardiology, 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, procedure 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. The new 66 bed emergency room opened in November, 2009 and is designed to streamline care for our patient volume of approximately 86,000 visits per year. The 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 (Thailand, 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, GYN, Minor Care, Pediatrics. All radiographic studies are performed in the 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.
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.
Bobby Desai, MD FACEP
Residency Program Director
Lars K. Beattie, MS MD FACEP and Matthew F. Ryan, MD PhD
Associate Residency Program Directors