Emergency Medicine Residency
The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's Department of Emergency Medicine provides emergency health care for military beneficiaries and the local civilian community. CRDAMC is located at Fort Hood, Texas, the largest military installation in the world, located approximately one hour north of Austin, Texas. CRDAMC's Emergency Department is among the busiest in the Army.
Our current, state-of-the-art department which opened April 2016 is the newest and one of the largest emergency departments in the DOD. Our new facility features a 60-bed department and dedicated office and academic space for our EM residency.
Our Residency Program
CRDAMC's Emergency Medicine Residency is a teaching program designed to provide the finest clinical education available anywhere to Emergency Medicine Residents, while providing superior and compassionate evidence-based medical care to its patients. The Residency is a three year, fully accredited program that began in 1980. The first class of residents graduated in 1982. Historically, our residents rank among the top 10 programs in the nation on the Emergency Medicine In–Training Examination (ITE). We consistently perform at the top of residencies nationwide on the ITE.
Our Program provides a well-balanced blend of supervised emergency patient care, extensive didactics, and superb non–emergency rotations designed to solidify our Residents' understanding of other specialties as they apply to Emergency Medicine. There are several unique aspects of this program. First and foremost, it is a nearly "unopposed" position in the hospital – there are no residencies at CRDAMC other than EM and Family medicine, and thus our Residents need not compete with residents from other services for procedures such as trauma management, airways, central lines, chest tubes, ultrasounds, and orthopedic reductions.
Our Residents primarily practice at CRDAMC, but also train in several premier civilian hospitals. The residency is designed to assist and promote the resident's development into a highly competent, mature Emergency Medicine Physician prepared not only for Emergency Medicine as practiced within the civilian sector, but also for the unique aspects of Emergency Medicine encountered in the military.
Our ED Ultrasound Program
Our ED ultrasound program
is one of the oldest, most in depth, and well established in the nation. We are one of the most productive academic departments in the DOD and among all EM residencies with dozens of peer reviewed publications, and numerous regional and national conference presentations.
Trainee Friendly Environment
Finally, we are widely recognized by students, rotating residents, and our own Residents as one of the most trainee friendly and collegial training programs anywhere. Our faculty pride themselves on their desire to teach and on how they treat residents and students as colleagues.
Simulation Program and Curriculum
With a dedicated, in-house simulation center, our Simulation Program is also a highlight of our program and a cornerstone of our Resident’s education. Our Residents also enjoy a well-developed research curriculum which includes monthly Journal Clubs, focused research requirements, and dedicated resources with a dedicated Research Director.
The Department of Emergency Medicine staff consists of board-certified emergency medicine physicians that provide twenty-four hour in–house coverage. The training backgrounds of these physicians are varied and include both civilian and military careers. Our diverse faculty has a broad depth of training and most have completed additional fellowships. Five of our faculty are fellowship trained ultrasonographers, two board–certified in Pediatric Emergency Medicine, two board certified in EMS, as well as a Toxicologist. We also have double board-certified physicians in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine as well as Critical Care and Emergency Medicine.
Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center is the newest facility in the Department of Defense, opened in April 2016. Our workload is one of the highest in the Army. The Emergency Department has nearly 75,000 patient visits per year and remains one of the busiest in the Department of Defense. As a whole, the hospital completes approximately 900,000 outpatient visits annually.
Specialty services represented at CRDAMC include:
- Behavioral Health
- Family Medicine
- General Surgery
- Infectious Disease
- Internal Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Occupational Therapy
- Oral Maxillofacial Surgery
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Orthopedic Spine Surgery
- Integrated Pain Management
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Physical Therapy
- Sleep Medicine
CRDAMC is fully integrated into the civilian EMS community, assuring a steady flow of critically ill and injured patients. Ground and air EMS is provided through Fort Hood military and the civilian community agencies. Residents have many opportunities to participate in these and other activities.