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About Us

Welcome to the University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine! We are committed to clinical and academic excellence as well dedicated to the constant improvement of emergency care in Iowa through research and outreach. Our mission is simple, “A Great Place to Get Care, to Give Care and to Learn Care.”

Our main emergency department currently contains 35 treatment rooms with 9 additional rooms available for pediatric and fast track care. We manage approximately 60,000 patient visits per year while admitting approximately 18,000 of those patients to our hospital annually. Our facility, as part of the University of Iowa Health Care system, can diagnose and treat an almost unlimited number of health conditions, with back up from some of the best specialists in the country. Our faculty is dedicated to providing high quality, cost effective care with a heavy emphasis on customer service.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is committed to helping our community partners throughout the state. Our faculty coordinates all emergency department and inpatient transfers and are actively involved with a growing telemedicine program. The eHealth at Iowa initiative brings our consultants and expertise to connected hospitals throughout the state.

Our University of Iowa AirCare emergency transport system cares for the most critically ill and injured patients at community hospitals as well as at scenes. We work with a wide number of health care institutions and public safety services to provide time sensitive and critical care to patients in need.

The department is dedicated to our mission of education. We have a total of 28 emergency medicine physician residents, as well as an active advanced practice provider emergency medicine residency. Our residents develop the skills and abilities to handle any type of emergency situation in a variety of practice models. We also train our residents to manage diverse emergent conditions whether they are encountered in person, as part of an EMS response or through telemedicine.

We are committed to the recruitment, retention, and promotion of Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) trainees, graduates, and faculty. 

The department also is heavily involved in the training of EMTs and paramedics, educating nearly half of Iowa’s complement of paramedics through our Emergency Medical Services Learning Resources Center (EMSLRC).

The final leg of our mission is to promote and advance the specialty of emergency medicine through research and outreach. We do this with our emphasis on clinical research, our commitment to CME activities and the Visiting Lecture series as well as expert consultation.

Please explore our website and see all that the Department of Emergency Medicine has to offer. We hope that you will not need us. But if you do, we will outperform your expectations in every way.

Andrew Nugent, MD
Chair and Department Executive Officer, Department of Emergency Medicine
Professor of Emergency Medicine