The Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center's Department of Emergency Medicine provides emergency health care for military beneficiaries and the local civilian community. CRDAMC's Emergency Department is among the second busiest in the Army. The new, state–of–the–art department which opened February 2007 is the newest and largest physical plant for emergency care in the DOD. CRDAMC is located on Fort Hood, Texas, the largest military installation in the free world, approximately 70 miles north of Austin, Texas.
CRDAMC's Emergency Medicine Residency is a teaching program designed to provide the finest clinical education available anywhere to Emergency Medicine Residents, while providing superior medical care to its patients. The Residency is a three–year, fully accredited program that began in 1980. The first class of residents graduated in 1982. Every year since 1995, CRDAMC EMRP residents have ranked in the top 10 programs in the nation on the Emergency Medicine In–Training Examination. We consistently perform at the top of residencies nationwide on the ITE. Our residents primarily operate at CRDAMC, but also train in several premier civilian hospitals. The residency is designed to assist and promote the resident's development into a highly competent, mature Emergency Medicine Physician prepared not only for Emergency Medicine as practiced within the civilian sector, but also for the unique aspects of Emergency Medicine encountered in the military.
Our program provides a well–balanced blend of supervised emergency patient care, extensive didactics, and superb non–emergency rotations designed to solidify the residents' understanding of other specialties as they apply to Emergency Medicine. There are several unique aspects of this program. First and foremost is a nearly "unopposed" position in the hospital– there are no residencies at CRDAMC other than EM and Family medicine, and thus our residents need not compete with residents from other services for procedures such as lead–trauma management, airways, central lines, chest tubes, ultrasounds, and orthopedic reductions. Our ED ultrasound program is one of the oldest, most in–depth, and well–established in the nation. We are one of the most productive academic departments in the DOD and among all EM residencies with dozens of peer–reviewed publications in the past 3 years, and numerous regional and national conference presentations. Finally, we are widely recognized by students, rotating residents, and our own residents as one of the most trainee–friendly and collegial training programs anywhere. Our faculty pride themselves on their desire to teach and on how they treat residents and students as colleagues.
The Department of Emergency Medicine staff consists of board–certified emergency medicine physicians that provide 24–hour in–ED coverage. All staff members have completed residencies in emergency medicine. The training backgrounds of these physicians are varied and include both civilian and military institutions. One faculty member is also board–certified in medical toxicology.
CRDAMC was built as a high–occupancy rate facility. Over the years as patient care has changed to primarily outpatient care, the number of beds has been reduced to fit the demands of the workload. CRDAMC workload is greater than some major Army medical centers. The Emergency Department has nearly 75,000 patient visits per year and remains one of the two busiest in the U.S. military. As a whole, the hospital completes approximately 900,000 outpatient visits annually.
Specialty services represented at CRDAMC include:
- Internal Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- General Surgery
- Oral/Maxillofacial Surgery
- Preventive Medicine
- Flight Medicine
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Pain Management
CRDAMC is fully integrated into the civilian EMS community, assuring a steady flow of critically ill and injured patients. Ground and air EMS is provided through Fort Hood military and the civilian community agencies. Residents have many opportunities to participate in these and other activities.
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