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 Chair - Jeremiah Schuur, MD, MHS

Welcome to the Department of Emergency Medicine website. Founded in 1995, as a group of emergency physicians dedicated to providing high-quality emergency care and advancing the relatively young field of emergency medicine, Brown Emergency Medicine has grown into a nationally-respected Department of Emergency Medicine with international scope.

We are driven by our mission: To provide exceptional emergency medical care, education, research, and service to the people of Rhode Island and beyond.

We provide exceptional clinical care to all people of Rhode Island and beyond, caring for over 250,000 patient visits per year at 4 EDs – a significant proportion of all ED visits statewide and a majority of pediatric ED visits in the state.  Through the COVID pandemic we have played leading roles on the front lines in our EDs and staffing a field hospital in 2020.

We are committed to training the next generation of leaders in emergency medicine. Our residency, of which I am a proud graduate, continues to be regarded as one of the best in the country. Our diverse fellowships, ranging from pediatric emergency medicine to education to global EM, train future academic leaders. Our faculty play leading roles at the medical school, and students from Brown and across the country rotate with us for clinical training.

We are expanding knowledge through research and improving care through innovation. Our faculty lead funded research (over $8 million annually), ranging from investigating novel molecules in basic science labs; to performing clinical trials in the ED; to public health research to address social determinants of health and prevent injuries.

Finally, our Department is committed to service locally, nationally, and internationally. Our faculty play key roles in organizations ranging from the RI Department of Health to national organizations such as the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM), American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).  Our faculty lead work locally and internationally developing health systems, conducting research, and aiding in humanitarian response.

It is an honor and privilege to Chair this Department because of the dedicated faculty, trainees, and staff who make the Department what it is. Our success is based on the collaborative work of diverse and talented people, all committed to our mission.  Our partnerships with Brown University, the Alpert Medical School, and the Lifespan health system are positive and collaborative. With exceptional people committed to a clear mission, I am excited for the future of Brown EM.

Jeremiah Schuur, MD, MHS

Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Physician-in-Chief, Emergency Medicine; Rhode Island, Hasbro Children's, The Miriam & Newport Hospitals
President, Brown Emergency Medicine 

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 simulationtoxicology, 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.