Our Vision

A provincially integrated department committed to clinical and academic leadership in the creation and exchange of knowledge to promote excellence in emergency care.

Welcome to the Department of Emergency Medicine website. Emergency Medicine sits at a unique position in our Health Care System, between community care and acute care. Emergency Physicians deal with the failure of chronic disease management, trauma, sudden and unexpected critical illness, and a wide range of physical, social and psychological emergencies.

The role of the Academic Department of Emergency Medicine is to discover new and better ways to manage patients presenting to emergency departments and to share the knowledge of best practices with all emergency medicine practitioners and new learners. Our faculty have an impressive record of research and discovery.

Academic Emergency Physicians have taught residents and medical students at UBC for over thirty years. Teaching by over 300 faculty occurs in hospitals across this beautiful province through the UBC Medical School affiliates at the University of Victoria, the University of Northern British Columbia and the UBC Southern Medical Program in Kelowna.

I invite you to explore this website and learn more about our Department. Read our Vision, Values, Mission and Goals to find out who we are and what we are trying to achieve. Browse through our faculty list and explore their many achievements. Look at our many research activities and strategic initiatives focused on improving care to individual patients and improving our health care system. Find out more about medical student and resident teaching.

Thanks for visiting!

Jim Christenson
Professor and Head, Department of Emergency Medicine