About Us

Welcome to the web home of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

Our department was established in 2005.  We have rapidly grown to over 120 academic emergency physicians in Brown Emergency Medicine (BEM) (Formerly UEMF). We care for over 250,000 patients annually at Rhode Island Hospital Anderson Emergency CenterHasbro Children's Hospital Emergency DepartmentThe Miriam Hospital Emergency Department and the Newport Hospital Emergency Department. We are also the academic home for the emergency physician faculty members who work at the Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island.  

 The mission of our department is to provide exceptional emergency medical care, education, research, and service to the people of Rhode Island and beyond. To meet this mission we have created outstanding education and research programs, and many divisions and programs that together form a comprehensive academic department of emergency medicine.

 As you peruse our site and learn more about our department we invite you to communicate, collaborate, and engage with us to grow and develop academic emergency medicine.

Message from the Interim Chair

Brian Clyne, MD ~ Interim Chair of the Department of Emergency MedicineBrian Clyne, MD ~ Interim Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine

It is a privilege to serve as interim Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. Since its inception, the Department has been committed to the mission you will see repeated throughout our website: To provide exceptional emergency medical care, education, research, and service to the people of Rhode Island and beyond. Our success in each of these areas is based on the collaborative work of diverse and talented people—expert clinicians, dedicated teachers, physician scientists, and capable leaders. As a result, Brown is among the most innovative and productive academic departments in the country.  Yet there is much more to accomplish in the next stage of our journey. While remaining true to our core values, we will also adapt to change by discovering new and better ways to provide emergency care, creating novel educational programs, and advancing patient care through research. With exceptional people, a common vision, and a strong foundation, the future of Brown EM is as exciting as ever.

Message from our past Chair

Brian Zink, MDBrian Zink, MD

As the end of my tenure as Chair of Emergency Medicine comes to a close, I can reflect on the tremendous growth and record of accomplishments achieved by the faculty, fellows, residents of the Brown Department of Emergency Medicine over the past 11 years. After Departmental status was achieved in 2005-2006, I was honored to be selected as the inaugural Chair. Together, our emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine faculty created a mission and vision that has guided our efforts in clinical care, education, research and service. The results have been impressive. We now provide the staffing for all four emergency departments in the Lifespan system and care for over 260,000 patients per year.  Our four year emergency medicine residency continues to be regarded as one of the best in the country, and our fellowships have expanded. More Brown medical students are choosing emergency medicine for their careers than ever before. In the research realm we now conduct funded research (over $6 million per year in external funding) in everything from laboratory investigations on the blood brain barrier after traumatic brain injury to gender differences in acute stroke, to post-discharge text messaging to reduce self-harm in teenagers. Our level of national activity and leadership in SAEM, ACEP, ABEM, AAP, and other organizations has also increased. Brown University, the Alpert Medical School, and the Lifespan health system are positive, supportive organizations for emergency medicine, and I am confident that the Brown Department of Emergency Medicine will continue to creatively educate, conduct high quality research, and serve the people of Rhode Island and beyond.    


 Education and Research 

The flagship of our educational program is the highly competitive, four-year  Emergency Medicine Residency Program, which trains 13 residents per year. Established in 1992, our residency program has a long tradition of training leaders in emergency medicine with unsurpassed clinical training, an innovative curriculum, and an outstanding mix of advancement opportunities in research, education, global health, and community service.

The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, which formerly had a small, eight-year bachelor's/MD curriculum has in recent years moved to accepting standard students and the class size has increased to around 120 per year.  This high-quality, forward-thinking medical school provides bright and talented students who are educated and mentored by our faculty, fellows, and residents through our popular emergency medicine elective as well as a number of other courses and electives.  

The Pediatric Emergency Medicine section is the home of our Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship program, which trains two fellows each year in a three-year fellowship.

The department has a diverse and successful research enterprise with two basic science laboratories and a full infrastructure to support clinical research. We have four research faculty PhDs in the department who work collaboratively with our physicians in cutting-edge emergency medicine research.


Academic and Clinical Excellence 

The many divisions and programs in the department support the academic mission and provide outstanding training experiences for fellows, residents, and medical students. Experienced, well-funded academic faculty members lead divisions in EMSinjury preventionglobal emergency medicinemedical simulationsports medicinetoxicology, ultrasound, disaster medicine and emergency preparedness and sex and gender in emergency medicine. Fellowships are currently offered or are planned in each of these divisions. 

Programs in observation medicinequality and patient safetystrokefoundry for arts and humantiesemergency digital health innovation and wellness round out the department's efforts.

We hope you will enjoy perusing our website and learning more about the Department of Emergency Medicine.