About the UAB Emergency Medicine Residency Program

emresidencycircleWelcome to the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, one of the premier clinical, educational, and research institutions in the United States. The program is designed to provide a challenging, hands-on patient care experience in two large emergency departments Birmingham, AL. The program conforms to all requirements specified by the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and is fully accreditated by the Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine.

The major clinical facility within the Medical Center is UAB Hospital, consisting of approximately 1,100 beds in multiple separate structures. The North Pavilion, opened in 2004, houses the University Emergency Department as well as a number of inpatient medical, surgical, and critical care beds and operating suites.

The second component Emergency Department is situated at Children's of Alabama, a 350-bed freestanding pediatric specialty hospital. With a combined volume of more than 120,000 pediatric and adult visits to the ED in 2013, the UAB Emergency Medicine Residency Program provides the resident with exposure to a broad and deep variety of critical and non-critical adult and pediatric illnesses and injuries. Through a carefully graduated learning experience, the resident is provided appropriate direction and teaching to many disease states first at a basic level, progressing to increased patient care responsibilities.

A community ED rotation during the second and third year of the residency program is located at Baptist Medical Center South in Montgomery, Alabama. This busy, urban community ED sees an undifferentiated population of adult and pediatric patients with a volume of approximately 50,000 patients per year.

new deptWith the construction of the state-of-the-art Emergency Department and the 850,000-square-foot health-care facility (North Pavilion) that opened in 2004, UAB has treatment areas and facilities ready for the latest advances in medical technology. UAB's most recent addition, the Women and Infants Center (opened in 2010), provides comprehensive health care services for women at all stages of life from childbirth to menopause as well as for those with special health concerns.

The Department of Emergency Medicine (a separate clinical department within the medical center) is composed of board-certified emergency physicians dedicated to the provision of patient care in the Emergency Department including all instructional, educational, and quality-assurance activities. Longevity among the faculty is excellent, with many of them working at UAB for more than 10 years.

UAB Medical Center Emergency Room flagA Message from Our Residency Director:

Instituted in 2001, the UAB Emergency Medicine Residency Program is an integral portion of the professional life of the faculty and staff of the Emergency Department at two component hospitals at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center. The training of emergency medicine housestaff, housestaff from other disciplines, medical students, nursing students, and emergency medical technician students is one of the key functions of the Department of Emergency Medicine and ranks second in importance only to the provision of direct patient care.

The goal of this program is to accomplish the training of medical graduates in the wide variety of pathologic conditions that are manifest in the Emergency Department setting and to instill the confidence and self-discipline necessary to enable our emergency medicine residents to become competent emergency medicine specialists upon completion of residency. An emergency physician must be accomplished in the presentation, treatment, and subsequent disposition of a wide spectrum of patients ranging from critical to minor in severity of illness or injury. The breadth of medical knowledge required for the proper treatment of such patients must be combined with an awareness of the psychological, social, and other needs of Emergency Department patients. The emergency physician with such experience becomes a true specialist in the efficient diagnosis and therapy of human illness.

- Andrew Edwards, M.D.