Vanderbilt Emergency Medicine

Welcome to Vanderbilt, This is Emergency Medicine

Vanderbilt's Department of Emergency Medicine is a leader in clinical care, education, and research. Our combined emergency departments see over 103,000 patients annually. We are the only adult and pediatric Level 1 trauma center in middle Tennessee. Our Chairman and Residency Director make education their number one priority. Either Dr. Slovis or Dr. Wrenn teaches a morning conference 5 days a week, 52 weeks per year in addition to directing the Residency's 5 required hours of didactics each week. Every faculty member and upper level resident views excellent teaching as part of his or her responsibilities.

All of us at Vanderbilt believe in creating a positive learning environment both in the classroom and at the bedside. Both Drs. Wrenn and Slovis are nationally known educators and set the standard for the department's style-interactive teaching in a relaxed but challenging environment. Our fourth year medical student rotation is the highest rated required clinical rotation in the medical school. Numerous faculty are research leaders in the field of emergency medicine, several of whom are conducting NIH-sponsored research. Our department had over 50 peer-reviewed publications within the last calendar year. Details of our residency are provided in the residency section of our site. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist.

New Videos in the Spotlight

    • Trauma Resident Rotation Spotlight
    • Duration 3:02
    • Join Richard S. Miller, MD, FACS (Professor of Surgery, Medical Director of Trauma Intensive Care Unit, and Assistant Medical Director of LifeFlight) in quick overview of some of the things you can expect as you rotate through Trauma Intensive Care in your residency. Discover what you'll learn, what you'll be doing, and the types of incredible things you'll see.
    • Airway Lab
    • Duration 1:33
    • Trauma Program Manager and Emergency Medicine Faculty member, Kevin High, RN gives sone insight into one of the more unique oportunities in Vanderbilt's Emergency Department. EMS professionals, seasoned medical pros, and residents are all invited to join in this instructor lead lab experience. Check out the video to find out more.
    • EMS Rotation: A Resident's Perspective
    • Duration 2:24
    • You'll get the opportunity to learn in the field. Rachel Root, MD one of our great second year residents along with Chief Joaquin Toon, RN of the Nashville Fire Department give you some insight into this rotation. Learn how many of the patients you'll see in the ED arrive. See parts of Nashville you'd never get to see. Ride the ambulance. Buckle up. Hold on tight! Watch this video for more.

More Information on Our Residency Program

Choosing the right residency is one of the most important decisions you will make. There are a large number of residency programs to choose from, and each has its strengths and weaknesses. Our training program will allow graduates to pursue careers in academics, research, administration or clinical Emergency Medicine. We provide exemplary clinical care in an academically productive fashion. Many of our faculty have developed, participated in, or directed other emergency medicine residency programs.

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Do you have what it takes to be the next great Emergency Physician? The emergency medicine residency program at Vanderbilt University is one of the nation's finest residencies in a collegial and collaborative environment. Our carefully crafted curriculum will take you from a data-gatherer to a physician that can take clinical information, form a diagnosis, and implement a plan of attack. Be the physician you were meant to be!Read More...

Award Winning Faculty

Meet the team that keeps our department ahead of the the curve. Our diverse faculty is one of the best in the country. Take a moment to click through and discover what makes them special!Read More...

Med Students

Check out one of the most popular 4th year medical student courses as rated by students just like you! Interested in finding out what Emergency Medicine has to offer? This challenging program offers exciting experience you just can't get anywhere else.  Read More...

Emergency Medicine Fellowships

Enhance your training with a fellowship in our Emergency Department. We have an outstanding program that focuses on training physicians in clinical care, teaching, and research. Our fellowships are custom tailored your goals and interests. We offer an EMS and Pediatric Emergency Fellowship.  Read More...

Research Division

Our mission is to promote an environment that drives excellent research, promotes advancement in independent funding, supports established investigations, provides education in research methodology, and ultimately improves emergency patient care.  Read More...

International Health Division

Interested in travel, furthering your education, or global health issues? We offer fantastic opportunities in International Health where residents can get hands on training in global health issues. Read More...

Weekly Conferences

See the who, what, where, when, and why of our EM Conferences. This section also includes a variety of resources for students including external links to many other learning opportunities. Check out this section for schedules and calendars of upcoming events.  Read More...


In our department, we take education seriously and we leverage any technology we can to teach in innovative ways. One of those technologies is video. Check out this ection to see a selection of our work.   Read More...

Contact Us

Need to get in touch with the department? Check out this section for information on how to get in touch with who you need to.  Read More......


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Fast Facts

  • Yearly Resident Positions: 12
  • Program Type: PGY1 - PGY3
  • Trauma Center Type: Level 1
  • FT Faculty: 54
  • Total Number of Residents: 36
  • Adult ED Visits: ~70,000
  • Pediatric ED Visits: 53,000
  • Lifeflights: 3,300
  • Research Fellowship Positions:2
  • VUH Ambulatory Visits:1.3millon
  • Peds Ambulatory Visits:198,000

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