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Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine is built on four research pillars: clinical, injury prevention, medical education and health systems. Faculty members, graduate students, emergency medicine residents, Physician-Scientist Training Pathway residents, medical students, and undergraduates are involved in research in a variety of projects and programs. Specific research interests include:

  • Rural regionalization and telemedicine
  • Quality of care, efficiency and cost-effectiveness of inter-hospital transport
  • Prevention, diagnosis and care of traumatic brain injury
  • Off road injury prevention
  • Highway motor vehicle crash scene analysis
  • Safe driving advocacy
  • Simulation in medical education
  • Improving access and quality of emergency care
  • Decision-making processes for optimal drug selection in the emergency department
  • Addiction medicine and harm reduction
  • Toxicology
  • Global healthcare access
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Early risk stratification and prophylaxis in critical illness
  • Lyme arthritis 

The department continues to support a research portfolio with funding from the National Center for Injury Control and Prevention (NCICP), National Advanced Driving Simulator (NADS), Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center (IPRC), Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF), Children’s Miracle Network, Kohl’s Keeping Kids Safe Program, Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (GPCAH). Our investigators collaborate with other University of Iowa colleges, centers and departments, with colleagues and community partners across the state, nation and world.

Our program is also one of the very first to have a dedicated Physician-Scientist Training Pathway (PSTP) track for qualifying residents! Read more about this 4-5 year training pathway here.


Kari Harland, MPH, PhD
Director of Research Operations
Associate Research Scientist

For more information about research volunteer opportunities, please contact:

Cathy Fairfield, RN, BSN 
Research Coordinator 

For more information about student research opportunities, please contact:

Kelli Wallace, MS, CCRC
Residency and Medical Student Research Coordinator