The Emergency Medicine Training Program began in 1997; training 16 residents per class. Beginning July 2008, the class size increases to 19; and in 2015, the class size increased to 22 – the largest EM training class in the country. Emergency Medicine faculty and residents provide medical direction and 24-hour medical coordination for Dallas EMS and most of its suburbs and medical coordination for disaster management. Parkland houses the North Texas Poison Center under the medical direction of Emergency Medicine faculty. Critically injured trauma patients brought to Parkland's trauma center are resuscitated in the ED by the Trauma Team, where the Emergency Medicine residents play a major role.
Parkland's current ED encompasses more than 37,000 square feet. With over 145,000 annual visits of a high acuity level (minor complaints are triaged to clinics), the resident's clinical practice and learning experience is unparalleled. Parkland's ED has 79 bed spaces, including 24 fully monitored critical care beds. Unique features include a six-person asthma treatment room with a full-time respiratory therapist, a two-person eye/ENT room with slit lamp, a four-person conscious sedation orthopedic room equipped with C-arm fluoroscopy, and eight negative pressure ventilation (isolation) rooms. Two of the resuscitation rooms have video monitoring for teaching purposes.
The EM residents also spend much time at Childrens Medical Center in both the ED there and in the intensive care unit. Beginning in 2016, the EM residents will rotate to the University’s new Clements hospital. Thus, the toxicology service often interacts with the EM residents in many settings.
The emergency medicine faculty also oversees a 26 bed observation unit. Some of the toxicologic cases and virtually all of the snake envenomations are managed in this unit under the consultative guidance of the toxicology service.
In August 2015, the new Parkland Memorial Hospital opens. The hospital is enormous; at 2.5 million-square-foot. There are 862 single-patient rooms with private bathrooms.
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• UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) •
• Children's Medical Center •
• Emergency Medicine Training Program at PMH/UTSW •
• Parkland Memorial Hospital (PMH) •
• North Texas Poison Center •