Academic Emergency Medicine began at the University South Florida College of Medicine in 1996 when David J. Orban, M.D. was recruited to the University. Dr. Orban became Medical Director and Chief of Emergency Medicine at Tampa General Hospital and went on to establish, with the support of the University a separate Division of Emergency Medicine. The University of South Florida Residency in Emergency Medicine was established in 2003 in partnership with Tampa General Hospital and TeamHealth. Dr. Kelly O’Keefe was named Director of the Residency Program.
Over the past decade, the Emergency Medicine program at the University of South Florida has grown to 30 residents and 29 faculty members. The maturation of the Division earned the privilege of system-wide status with the addition of the Administrative Fellowship, the CAMLS Simulation program, the Ultrasound Fellowship, the EM Critical Care Fellowship and the EMS Fellowship which is part of the Aeromed Air Regional Transport Program.