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Welcome to the Department of Emergency Medicine Clinical Care at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

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Clinical Care

Emergency Services and Urgent Care

The University ED is a busy level 2 trauma center as well as serving as the entry point for the regional burn center, regional transplant center, and nationally recognized cancer center. The new department, which opened in April 2013, is designed to place the patient at the center of care, decrease waiting, and optimize quality and the patient experience. During peak visit times, the traditional emergency department triage system has been eliminated; patients are now brought directly to a care provider. The most critically ill and injured patients are immediately cared for in one area of the ED, while less seriously ill patients are seen by a dedicated team of care providers and quickly treated. The department has 51 acute care beds in three zones, 10 front-end treatment spaces, and a 16 bed observation unit. There is a unique attending physician-intake system that manages minor complaints on arrival and initiates basic workup on other patients. The new ED also has a state of the art advanced imaging area including its own dedicated next-generation CT Scanner, high fidelity ultrasound and X-Ray imaging. Attendings and residents in all zones work with medical scribes to enhance charting efficiency. There is 24 hour double attending coverage in the ED with a maximum of 5 attendings staffing concurrently. Attendings staff all patients with the residents. Along with the attendings, EM3 residents manage department flow and supervise EM2 residents, interns, and medical students.


      • 550 bed primary teaching hospital for the University of Colorado
      • A major referral and tertiary care center for the Rocky Mountain region.
      • Level II Trauma Center with >90,000 annual visits to the emergency department.
      • Regional burn center for the Rocky Mountain region
      • Home and primary training site of the University of Colorado School of Medicine
      • Significant educational opportunities in academic emergency medicine, emergency medicine research, adult burn care, and trauma care support from the Office of Graduate Medical Education with ACGME endorsed residency programs in all of the major medical and surgical specialties and subspecialties
      • Nationally-Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center
      • AHA Mission Lifeline Gold Award for STEMI Patient Care
      • Consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report and many other rating agencies
      • The only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the Rocky Mountain region
      • Palliative Care Center
      • State of the art cath lab facilities


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