Emergency Medicine

  • Welcome

    Nugent, Andy

    Welcome to the University of Iowa Department of Emergency Medicine! We are committed to clinical and academic excellence as well dedicated to the constant improvement of emergency care in Iowa through research and outreach. Our mission is simple, “A Great Place to Get Care, to Give Care and to Learn Care.”

    Our main emergency department currently contains 35 treatment rooms, with nine additional rooms under construction. We manage over 60,000 patient visits a year, admitting approximately 15,000 patients to our hospital each year. Our facility, as part of the University of Iowa Health Care tertiary care system, can diagnose and treat an almost unlimited number of health problems, with back up from some of the best specialists in the country. Our faculty are dedicated to providing high quality, cost effective care with a heavy emphasis on customer service.

    Our University of Iowa AirCare helicopters transport the most critically ill and injured patients to our facilities from outside hospitals as well as from scenes, working with a wide number of health care institutions and public safety services.

    The department is dedicated to our mission of education. We have a total of 27 emergency medicine residents, as well as an active physician assistant emergency medicine residency, the first accredited program of its kind in the country. 

    The department also is heavily involved in the training of EMTs and paramedics, educating nearly half of Iowa’s complement of paramedics through our Emergency Medical Services Learning Resource Center (EMSLRC).

    The final leg of our mission is to promote and advance the specialty of emergency medicine through research and outreach. We do this with our emphasis on clinical research, our commitment to CME activities and the Visiting Lecture series as well as expert consultation.

    Please explore our website and see all that the Department of Emergency Medicine has to offer. We hope that you won’t need us. But if you do, we will outperform your expectations in every way.

    Andrew Nugent, MD
    Chair and Department Executive Officer, Department of Emergency Medicine
    Professor of Emergency Medicine