OHSU Institutional and Intellectual Resources
The OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine (DEM) was established as the country’s third independent academic
emergency medicine unit in 1977 and achieved full departmental status in 1992. The ED is a Level I Trauma Center
with 42 patient care rooms, over 50,000 visits per year and 1,500 to 2,000 trauma system entries per year. The DEM
has a fully accredited three-year residency program as well as formal postgraduate fellowships in health services
research, EMS and toxicology.
OHSU faculty members have served as presidents of both SAEM and ACEP and currently serve on multiple committees and task forces for SAEM, ACEP, the National Association of EMS Physicians, the American Board of Emergency Medicine, the AMA Section Council on Emergency Medicine, the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, the American College of Medical Toxicology, and the Oregon Medical Association. The influence of OHSU Emergency Medicine faculty extends outside of the field of emergency medicine with faculty members serving in the Institute of Medicine, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
The OHSU Department of Emergency Medicine and Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine (CPR-EM) are home to numerous experienced researchers, many with national and international reputations. Current projects include the Resuscitation Outcomes Consortium, a multi-center project funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH, which is conducting a series of randomized controlled trials in the pre-hospital treatment of cardiac arrest and major trauma; a statewide study of emergency department use and access to care that has been funded by the Robert Would Johnson Foundation; and several projects evaluating the impact of proposed health care reforms in the state of Oregon. The CPR-EM also has ties with basic science researchers at OHSU, giving fellows the option of conducting basic science research under the joint mentorship of NIH-funded basic scientists and Emergency Medicine faculty. In addition, fellows will benefit from OHSU’s Master’s of Public Health program and OHSU’s Human Investigations Program. Finally, the CPR-EM’s partnerships with other OHSU research and clinical departments, other academic institutions in the Portland community, and state- and locally-based policy-making agencies provide a unique opportunity to fellows in the program.