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

Residency Program

The Department of Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston is dedicated to improving the health and welfare of urgent and emergent patients of all ages.

The Facilities

Memorial Hermann

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Emergency Medicine residency is one of over 20 residencies at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (Memorial Hermann-TMC), a level I trauma center and urban teaching hospital, located in the Texas Medical Center. The Texas Medical Center is the largest medical center in the world and includes 49 member institutions, including two medical schools, four schools of nursing, 13 hospitals, and two specialty institutions.

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center was the first institution built in the Texas Medical Center in 1925. It is one of only two level I trauma centers serving the 5,000,000+ population of the greater Houston area (and the only one with a helipad). Memorial Hermann-TMC has an annual ED census of approximately 60,000 patients per year and is a private, not-for-profit, tertiary care center. The hospital is the principal teaching site for UT-Houston. With 17,000 trauma visits and over 6,000 of those patients admitted, Memorial Hermann-TMC has been described as the busiest trauma center in the United States. This trauma volume and acuity allow our residents to become experts in treating both critical and ambulatory trauma patients.

Total bed capacity at Memorial Hermann-TMC is 723 beds. Our emergency department at Memorial Hermann-TMC has 34 beds and may expand as patient volume demands. We have eight trauma resuscitation bays, four medical resuscitation bays, 12 minor trauma/general medical care beds, and 10 pediatric area beds.

The ED is equipped with PACS for Radiology. Medical records are electronic and available on-line. Also on-line are multiple resources for reference and education. Charting is via an electronic medical record and we utilize computerized physician order entry. Two dedicated ED CTs scanners are located within the ED. Radiology suites are adjacent to the ED. Interventional Radiology, MRI, and cardiac catheterization labs are also located in close proximity to the ED.

Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital provides multispecialty care for our pediatric patients and is Houston’s largest pediatric level I trauma center.

Lyndon Baines Johnson General Hospital, with an annual volume of over 75,000 patient visits per year, is a second teaching site for UTHealth and is one of two county hospitals that serve Harris County residents. LBJ Hospital is a level III trauma center, the first in Texas. A brand-new state-of-the-art ED opened in February 2011.

Texas Children’s Hospital, the largest pediatric emergency center in South Central Texas and also located in the Texas Medical Center, is a rotation site for our EM 2s. The emergency center utilizes 48 emergency beds and 19 observation beds with 85,000 patient visits per year.

Memorial Hermann - Memorial City, a community hospital located in northwest Houston, is an ED rotation site for our EM 3s. Memorial City has a volume of about 40,000 patient visits per year.