About the Department
Organized in 1996, the Department of Emergency Medicine grew out of the former academic division of the Department of Surgery known as the Division of Emergency Services. This new organization provided for enhanced response to patient care, attention to quality assurance, and resident training activities.
The major responsibility of the department is the provision of patient care in the University of Alabama Hospital Emergency Department including all instructional and quality assurance activities. Although the faculty members at the Children’s Hospital are not members of the Department of Emergency Medicine, the department provides instructional support activities with joint educational conferences and enjoys an excellent relationship with the faculty in the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
Faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine provide on-line and off-line medical direction to the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System (BREMSS). For more information on the Emergency Medicine Faculty, click here.
The Department of Emergency Medicine of the University of Alabama School of Medicine exists in order to provide the highest-quality emergency medical care to patients, to participate in the education of health professionals, and to promote the development of the specialty of emergency medicine and related disciplines through excellence in patient care, teaching, and research.
"Emergency medicine encompasses the decision making and actions necessary to prevent death or any further disability for patients in health crises, as well as health promotion and injury prevention efforts. Emergency medicine is practiced as patient-demanded, broadly available, and continuously accessible care by physicians educated to engage in the recognition, stabilization, evaluation, treatment, and disposition of patients in response to unexpected illness and injury. The patient population is unrestricted and presents with a full spectrum of episodic, undifferentiated physical and behavioral conditions. Emergency medicine is an integral component of the health care system." (American College of Emergency Physicians, 1995)