Carolyn K Holland

Carolyn K Holland, M.D., M.Ed., FACEP, FAAP

Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Director – Pediatric Emergency Department, Division Chief – Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Department: Department of Emergency Medicine
Business Phone: (352) 265-5911

About Carolyn K Holland

Dr. Holland joined the UF Department of Emergency Medicine as the Physician Director of Quality in 2012. A long-time member of the Gator Nation, she completed both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees at the University of Florida. She spent six years in the workforce as a high school biology teacher and later as a college administrator in Florida and Indiana. She then returned to medical school, earning her medical degree at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Va. Following medical school, she completed her emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati and remained in Ohio to complete a three-year pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. After her training, she remained on the faculty at the University of Cincinnati with a dual academic appointment in the departments of pediatrics and emergency medicine.

Dr. Holland divides her clinical time between both the pediatric and adult emergency departments. Her administrative and research interests focus on quality improvement/patient safety and resident education. Since her arrival at UF Health, she has revamped the peer review process, developed a comprehensive QI/Pt Safety curriculum for the residency program and strived to incorporate transparency and the “just culture” model into the patient safety reporting process in both the pediatric and adult emergency departments.

In addition to her duties as the Physician Director of Quality for the Department of Emergency Medicine, she currently serves as the medical director for the Pediatric Emergency Department and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.

Board Certifications

  • Emergency Medicine
    American Board of Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
    American Board of Emergency Medicine

Clinical Profile

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Research Profile

Areas of Interest
  • Patient Safety
  • quality improvement


A Quality Education: A Comprehensive Review of a Combined Longitudinal and Specialty Track Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Medical School Curriculum.
American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality. [DOI] 10.1097/01.JMQ.0000735524.78789.4a. [PMID] 34108392.
Implementation of Targeted Point of Care HIV Testing in a Pediatric Emergency Department
Pediatric Quality & Safety. 5(1) [DOI] 10.1097/pq9.0000000000000248. [PMID] 32190794.
Transforming the Culture of Peer Review: Implementation Across Three Departments in an Academic Health Center.
Journal of patient safety. [DOI] 10.1097/PTS.0000000000000692. [PMID] 32195781.
360 Use of Internal Clinical Case Reviews in Predicting Medicolegal Risk in Emergency Medicine
Annals of Emergency Medicine. 74(4) [DOI] 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2019.08.321.
Emergency Department Presentation during and after Radiotherapy at an Academic Tertiary Care Center
International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics. 105(1) [DOI] 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2019.06.300.
Implementation of an evidence- based algorithm reduces blood culture overuse in an adult emergency department
General Internal Medicine and Clinical Innovations. 1(2):26-29 [DOI] 10.15761/gimci.1000108.
Adolescent Patient Preferences Surrounding Partner Notification and Treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections
Academic Emergency Medicine. 22(1):61-66 [DOI] 10.1111/acem.12557. [PMID] 25545855.
Pediatric Emergency Department Provider Perceptions of Universal Sexually Transmitted Infection Screening
Advanced Emergency Nursing Journal. 35(1):76-86 [DOI] 10.1097/tme.0b013e31827eabe5.
Improving Notification of Sexually Transmitted Infections: A Quality Improvement Project and Planned Experiment
PEDIATRICS. 130(2):e415-e422 [DOI] 10.1542/peds.2011-3326. [PMID] 22753557.
High fidelity medical simulation in the difficult environment of a helicopter: feasibility, self-efficacy and cost
BMC Medical Education. 6(1) [DOI] 10.1186/1472-6920-6-49. [PMID] 17020624.


Fellowship – Pediatrics/ Emergency Medicine
2010 · Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Residency – Emergency Medicine
2007 · University of Cincinnati
Medical Degree
2003 · Medical College of Hampton Roads
Masters Degree
1994 · University of Florida
Bachelor's Degree
1992 · University of Florida

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
MDT7710 Elec Topic Emerg Med
MDC7400 Pediatric Clerkship
MDT7090 Elective Topics
MDC7710 Sr Emerg Med Clerkshp
MDC7124 Family Med/Geriatrics
BMS6812 Intro Clin Med 2

Contact Details

(352) 265-5911
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