Explore This IssueACEP Now: Vol 39 – No 10 – October 2020
Location: Dallas, Texas
Year founded: 1997
Program length: 3 years
Current number of residents: 66
What sets your program apart?
Our “unicorn” program combines a lot of things: a county setting at Parkland Health & Hospital System, an academic setting at William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, a pediatric hospital at Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and several community rotations. From being in an ivory-tower academic setting, to observing social determinants of health and population health in a county hospital with patients who are super-appreciative, to working in the community, we have it covered. A lot of our residents stay in the Texas area and end up taking care of patients in small towns in rural areas.
We also have lots of resources. Anything in emergency medicine, we probably have: toxicology, global health, simulation, ultrasound, research, addiction medicine, EMS. We’re constantly adding opportunities for fellowships. This year, we started a medical education fellowship. Next year, we are planning an administrative fellowship.
What does the global health program involve?
For the past 14 years, we’ve had a standing two-month rotation for our senior residents at Hawke’s Bay Hospital in New Zealand. New Zealand has an advanced health care system, but there is more autonomy and it’s an opportunity to work in a different environment.
What’s so great about Dallas?
People think Texas is all country, but Dallas is very metropolitan. It’s a great foodie city. Bon Appetit named it the 2019 Restaurant City of the Year. As far as entertainment, we have a symphony orchestra, world-renowned museums, a great opera house, and multiple Broadway shows that come to Dallas.
—Dustin Williams, MD, residency program director
Parkland Health & Hospital System, our main training site, is one of the busiest EDs under a single roof in the United States, with an annual volume of more than 260,000 patients. And yes, the Parkland Formula for fluid resuscitation in burn management was developed here.