Current Research

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Faculty Research

Led by Dr. Ralph Riviello, and the Department of Emergency Medicine is home to not only leading researchers, but also faculty that include specialties in toxicology, prehospital care, pediatric emergency medicine, global health, ultrasound, and hyperbaric medicine. Nearly 90 faculty, advanced practice providers, fellows and residents comprise the physician and provider cadre. 25 staff support the mission including a dedicated research coordinator, grants specialist, and research assistants providing clinical trials support.

The research section is lead by Dr. Robert A. De Lorenzo, MD, MSM, MSCI, FACEP (vice chair) and Dr. William Fernandez, MD is the assistant research director.

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Fellow Research

The Department of Emergency Medicine host several exciting fellowships including:

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Fellows are afforded the opportunity to engage in research in their specific areas of interest. Each fellowship has a different requirement for research and scholarship, and fellows are invited to check their program requirements.

The department has collaborations with researchers in EMS and prehospital care, military and combat medicine, biomedical engineering, trauma, and other important fields. Fellows are invited to engage with faculty in emergency medicine were associated departments when planning and engaging in research.

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Resident Research

The Department of Emergency Medicine provides both research and scholarship related education, as well as project opportunities for residents conducting innovation, discovery, and knowledge synthesis.

Residents PGY3 (1)

In Journal Club, residents meet once monthly at an off-site location, and in a systematic fashion, dissect a current journal article as they learn the process of critical appraisal and analysis. First year residents present the material, the second-year resident conducts the analysis, and the third-year resident provides the overview and clinical relevance. A faculty mentors the presenting residents through the entire process. At each journal club, one or more points are emphasized, and there is an opportunity for discourse and inquiry.

The ACGME requires opportunities and education in research and scholarship, and the Department of emergency medicine is proud to present an integrated and comprehensive approach to this topic. A basic outline of this program can be found here.

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Medical Student Research

The Department of Emergency Medicine has a rich and varied portfolio of research, and we provide opportunities for medical students, graduate students, and under special circumstances, undergraduates. Since projects generate and evolve all the time, there may be other projects not listed on our websites. In any event, you are invited to reach out to Our Research Team to find out more.

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For medical students, the Long School of Medicine Office for Research facilitates the research elective and other medical student research enrichment opportunities.

The Department of Emergency Medicine also sponsors graduate students and has a relationship with the Joint Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering as well as the other departments and divisions within UT Health San Antonio. If you are a graduate student with an interest in working with an emergency medicine faculty member, or on a project involving emergency medicine or any of its related fields, you are invited to contact us.

If you are not a UT Health San Antonio student, please check out the Visiting Students webpage.

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