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Director’s Welcome

Welcome to Dell Medical School Emergency Medicine Residency program.

What’s my favorite thing about our program? The residents. They’re amazing people with such potential to go out and save lives and change the world. I’m so proud of them every day. When you ask the residents what their favorite thing is, they say it’s the teaching. Our faculty love teaching residents. It’s rewarding and fun, and it makes our day better. The residents find our faculty very approachable and excited to share their passion for emergency medicine with them. We love mentoring them and watching them grow into our colleagues. We staff our emergency department with more than double the RRC requirement for faculty to create our unique teaching model, placing you one-on-one with a faculty attending throughout your training. To be a learner-centered program, we are constantly asking our residents about what we can do to make our program even better each year. Complacency is not an option.

We consider ourselves a leadership training program. We believe that through good exposure and mentorship, you will become the leaders of tomorrow. Our job is to help you discover your passion and guide you to turn that into a career, whether that is in academics, community service, public advocacy, EMS, emergency department administration, pediatric emergency medicine, etc. We’ll help you explore your vision and forge that into a path of leadership.

Our EMS experience is hosted by the Austin City/Travis County EMS systems, Austin Police Department and Travis County Shock Trauma Air Rescue (STAR) Flight. Our own faculty serve as medical directors for all of these services. Our emergency department administration curriculum is augmented by access to our faculty’s three dozen emergency department medical directors, and the curriculum is modeled after the faculty’s leadership academy. Finally, the state Capitol is just blocks from the hospital and is the site of our annual Legislative Day. It serves as a daily reminder of our commitment to our public health mission as frontline health care providers.

At the heart of our core values, we are passionate about our calling to help the most vulnerable people of Central Texas who have nowhere else to go for their care. When a patient and his or her family is willing to trust just one more doctor with something as important as health care, and that’s you, it’s incredibly rewarding. We save lives every day, sometimes by resuscitation and sometimes just by listening, educating and caring.

I began my career as a seventh-grade science teacher. I went to medical school in New York with the goal of teaching medicine. After 11 years in Atlanta, I moved to Austin in 2011 to start the program and build academic emergency medicine. My wife, Sabrina, is a family therapist. We were married in Yosemite National Park. I spend my time with my two boys, Jason and Josh. I also enjoy the outdoors, photography and travel, preferably all at once. I’ve had “boots on the ground” in 42 countries on seven continents.

Thank you for visiting with us and taking the time to learn about our program. We are proud of what it has to offer. We hope you consider training with us.

Sincerely,

Todd Berger, M.D., FACEP
Program Director

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