The Department of Emergency Medicine is dedicated to improving outcomes of acutely ill and injured patients through high quality, cost efficient care, education, and research.
Emergency Medicine has a unique position in a healthcare - we provide care for all with acute illness, injury or unmet needs, beginning in the field - their home, job, or recreational site - through the emergency department and to specialty care units that include toxicology and post cardiac arrest care. We are a gateway to the health care system and provide the time-sensitive care that impacts outcomes. Forty percent of all admissions to UPMC hospitals receive their first care in the Emergency Department.
Synergistic efforts between the Department of Emergency Medicine faculty, other Pitt and UPMC departments, local EMS systems, the Center of Emergency Medicine and local institutions have made the academic programs of the Department one of the top in the nation.
As Emergency Medicine matures, Pitt EM leads the way, training current and future leaders including organizational presidents, text and journal editors, department chairs and deans. We continue to create new knowledge to share, using foundation support and a growing, always highly-ranked federal funding stream. The department is committed to conducting quality translational and clinical research and proving the infrastructure for the development of excellent partners.
The Pitt Department of Emergency Medicine maintains a long-term commitment to promote relationships between UPMC and community hospitals. Academic faculty at core campuses of UPMC-Presbyterian, UPMC-Mercy, UPMC-Shadyside and Magee Women's Hospital of UPMC give care to nearly 200,000 patients yearly; they also oversee the EMS efforts of 43 ground, 17 commercial airline services and the STAT MedEvac system, the busiest air medical not-for-profit program in the US. Our closely affiliated community UPMC EM partners provide professional staffing and management of 16 Emergency Departments and 9 Urgent Care Centers, totaling another 650,000 yearly visits.