The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
The Department of Emergency Medicine

Message from the Chair


James J. McCarthy MDThe Department of Emergency Medicine at The University of Texas Houston Medical School is proud of its commitment to clinical and educational excellence, academic rigor, and superior service. We believe that emergency medicine is best taught by emergency physicians and best learned in the emergency department. To that end, our curriculum emphasizes emergency department experiences coupled with carefully selected rotations intended to augment the resident’s skills. Even our PGY-1 level residents spend fully half of their year in the department working side by side with our upper level residents and faculty. As hard as we have worked to make our curriculum strong and effective, it remains a work in progress. We constantly evaluate the program to insure that we continue to meet the needs of the next generation of emergency physicians. Much of this evaluation is based upon feedback from our residents. We believe that they are the best source of information regarding the effectiveness of our program.

We are also proud of our outstanding faculty, which includes several winners of our medical school’s Dean’s Teaching Excellence award and four winners (Dr. Pratik Doshi, Dr. Yashwant Chathampally, Dr. Joanne Oakes and Dr. Ginger Wilhelm) of the ACEP national teaching award. Though many of these individuals are also fine researchers and administrators they are all first and foremost superior clinician-educators. Our primary focus is the training of emergency medicine residents. When a resident completes our program we believe that he or she is prepared to practice in any emergency department, anywhere. This preparation includes not only superior clinical skills, but also the interpersonal skills critical to the effective practice of emergency medicine.

Finally, we are committed to diversity. Like our patients, our residents and faculty come from many different backgrounds but we all share a commitment to excellence. If you share our commitment we invite you to learn more about our program. We look forward to hearing from you.

James J. McCarthy, MD
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine

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Like our patients, our residents and faculty come from many different backgrounds but we all share a commitment to excellence. If you share our commitment, we invite you to learn more about our program.
— Brent R. King, MD