Department of Emergency Medicine

Emergency Medicine is the field of practice concerned with the assessment, stabilization, diagnosis, and disposition of people with acute illness and injury. Emergency practitioners treat the full spectrum of patients using skills ranging from those of a general practitioner to specialists. They diagnose emergency conditions and undertake acute interventions to stabilize the patient. Some of many skills include:

  • Trauma resuscitation
  • Advanced cardiac life support
  • Advanced airway management
  • Assisting women in labor
  • Management of drug overdoses

In July of 2009, the Yale School of Medicine’s Section of Emergency Medicine was elevated to departmental status, reflecting both the reputation of the section and the maturation of emergency medicine as an academic discipline. The Section of Emergency Medicine, formerly part of the Department of Surgery, was created in 1991. It has grown in size from five to 47 faculty members, who have responsibility for 80,600 patient visits a year at Yale New Haven Hospital and 24,600 visits annually at the Yale-New Haven Shoreline Medical Center in Guilford.

The department’s focus increasingly involves elements of public health and prevention, including screening for hypertension, diabetes and HIV, and treatment and referral for drug addiction, domestic violence, mood disorders and other mental health issues.

  • Four-Year Yale Residency Program

    The Education Section of Emergency Medicine is the academic center for residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and is the only emergency medicine training program in Southern Connecticut and one of only two programs in the state.

  • Fellowships

    Fellowships are offered in multiple programs including Research, Ultrasound, Emergency Medical Services, and Global Health. All require the applicant to be board prepared/certified EM physicians.

  • Medical Students

    The Emergency Medicine Department's mission is to educate future leaders and scholars who will advance the practice of emergency medicine at all levels, from local to international.

  • Simulation

    Our simulation research in Emergency Medicine focuses on both resident and medical student education as well as patient safety, team interactions, and leadership skills during acute trauma resuscitation.

Day in the Life

A video examining a day in the life in emergency medicine.