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Emergency Medicine Residency

Training Future Leaders in Emergency Medicine

Founded in 2012, the three-year Emergency Medicine Residency at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin graduates eight physicians per year. We are a dynamic, learner-centered residency that constantly pushes our educational programs forward to meet our residents’ needs. We focus on teaching — maintaining excellent attending-to-resident teaching ratios in the emergency department — and our multi-hospital training model helps residents prepare to work in any setting upon graduation. Faculty and residents in our program engage in a range of scholarly activity to enhance their practice and contribute to the field.

Serving the most vulnerable in our community on the front lines of care, we place an emphasis on leadership training with special focuses on public advocacy and social medicine, emergency department administration, EMS and pediatric emergency medicine. Our city — often voted one of the top places to live by U.S. News and World Report — is known for its live music festivals and venues, strong schools, tech-based economy, access to the outdoors and active lifestyle.

Residents receive memberships to the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, the Texas College of Emergency Physicians, the Texas Medical Association and the Travis County Medical Society. They also have access to a number of online and written emergency medicine resources, including Rosh Review, Up-to-Date and Rosen’s Emergency Medicine.

The Emergency Medicine Residency program is affiliated with Dell Med’s Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care. Learn more in a welcome letter from the program director.

Training Facilities

Being prepared is a top priority. Our training sites help equip residents to practice in any setting after their training and make an informed decision about where they want to take their careers.

Dell Seton Medical Center at UT Austin.

Located just blocks from the state Capitol, Dell Seton Medical Center is a 211-bed teaching hospital and Central Texas’ only Level 1 trauma center for adults, serving an 11-county region. It is the safety-net hospital for the uninsured and underinsured, and its emergency department sees over 70,000 visits per year. It is also a regional burn, stroke and cardiac referral center. Dell Seton Medical Center is set to undergo a $280 million expansion that will add 150 beds and more than 160,000 square feet, providing additional healthcare services to address the needs of the increasing population of Central Texas. The expansion is expected to be complete December 2025.

Ascension Seton Medical Center.

Our training is balanced by a private community hospital, Ascension Seton Medial Center Austin, a 534-bed hospital seeing an average of 35,000 visits per year. The hospital is Austin’s largest medical/surgical acute care center and the only hospital in Central Texas performing heart transplants. It is also a primary stroke center and Level III neonatal intensive care unit. In March 2023, Ascension Seton broke ground on a new, state-of-the-art 325,000-square-foot women’s health tower to better serve the needs of those in Central Texas.

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.

We understand the importance of strong pediatric emergency medicine training. With 79,000 emergency department visits, Dell Children’s Medical Center is a tertiary referral center for all of central Texas and one of only five Level 1 pediatric trauma centers in all of Texas. Amid high acuity and high volume, our faculty members who teach pediatric emergency medicine also run our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship. Dell Children’s Medical Center also opened Dell Children’s North in April 2023, a newly-constructed 187,000-square-foot pediatric hospital in North Austin containing emergency and trauma services.

Ascension Seton Highland Lakes.

We round out our training with a PGY-3 rotation at a rural, critical access hospital. Amid 10,000 emergency department visits annually, our senior residents learn to push their limits as they discover what it will be like when they are truly on their own after graduation. Some will fall in love with being the “only doc in town” and choose to pursue rural emergency medicine.

Learn More & Apply: Emergency Medicine Residency

About the Application Process

We accept applications through the Electronic Residency Application Service from Sept. 15 to Oct. 1.

Curriculum: Promoting Leadership & Excellence

Our block curriculum features heavy exposure in emergency medicine at each of our four sites, including longitudinal experiences in pediatrics and the community.

Meet Our Residents

Our residents come from across the nation and have a diverse range of expertise. Graduates find placements in top hospitals and schools as attending physicians, fellows and more.

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