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The Division of Emergency Medicine has been an academic unit within the College of Medicine since 2003. It is responsible for the medical direction of the Tampa General Hospital Emergency Care Center and the USF Emergency Medicine Residency Training Program. Most of the Emergency Medicine training occurs at TGH. USF Health includes the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health and Pharmacy and sponsors residency training in 42 specialties.


USF Emergency Medicine is committed to improving the lives of our patients through excellence in patient care, education, and research and by ensuring that all residents have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in an environment that allows them to reach their full potential.

Our History and Continued Commitment to Excellence

Our program was established in 2003 through the work of David Orban, MD, Tampa General Hospital, the University of South Florida and TEAMHealth. Kelly O’Keefe, MD was named program director and we have grown rapidly since that time. Our maturation has allowed the addition of fellowships in ultrasound, EMS, critical care, administration as well as over 50 faculty members with specialization in simulation, research, medical education, toxicology, disaster medicine, ultrasonography, EMS, sport medicine and pediatrics. The 3 year residency program has 30 residents and is located at Tampa General Hospital, a Level 1 urban tertiary care and regional burn center with over 120,000 visits per year and over 1,000 beds with 60% of all hospital admissions coming through the emergency department doors. The ED opened in 2007 and is a beautiful (and busy!) facility with mostly private rooms with specialties and imaging available 24 hours a day. Nearby in downtown Tampa, we have our state of the art simulation center (CAMLS) for advanced case based and procedural training. We have a curriculum that values resident feedback and trains our residents to become excellent physicians with careers in community emergency medicine, emerge ncy administration and academic practice through a emphasis on leadership, teaching and business of EM training bolstered by exceptional didactics, research, and international opportunities. There is a strong focus on critical care from day one and by the end of resident training, we have created competent and confident physicians ready to take care of any patient.

Important Milestones