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Welcome to Emergency Medicine

Mission Statement

The Department of Emergency Medicine's overarching goal is to improve healthcare outcomes in Oklahoma via the study, practice, and instruction of high-quality EM care that is evidence-based and cost-effective.

Our residency program builds resident competency and efficiency via hands-on instruction by leaders in Emergency Medicine to ensure success after residency in any practice environment with special emphasis on rural and community-based practice settings without easy availability of specialist back-up. We train our residents to provide the highest level of care to patients who not only have complex medical conditions but who also have significant socioeconomic barriers to accessing medical care. 

Letter From Our Chair

Welcome to the University of Oklahoma Department of Emergency Medicine (OUDEM). Established in 2006 as a full academic Department at OU, OUDEM graduated its inaugural class of Emergency Medicine specialists in June 2011. OUDEM serves the needs of the University as its only Department of Emergency Medicine, with a commitment to serve both the Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses of OU's medical school. OUDEM's main Emergency Department clinical operations are based in Tulsa but our residents and medical students also spend time in Oklahoma City.

The commitment of many within OU, with assistance from funding sources including the State of Oklahoma, allowed OUDEM to grow and thrive during its early years.  With over $15 million of grant support since departmental inception, our group is well on its way to meeting the mission of advancing Oklahoma's EM education, research, and clinical service.

OUDEM's overarching goal is to improve Oklahoma's healthcare outcomes through leadership and collaborative participation in a variety of spheres. Our central missions include the study, practice, and teaching of high-quality EM care that is evidence-based and cost-effective. We also aim to serve as a resource for EMS and disaster medicine planners, practitioners, and trainers.

Boyd D. Burns DO
Professor  & The George Kaiser Family Foundation Chair in Emergency Medicine

About Our Residency


Meet some of our residents in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the OU-TU School of Community Medicine in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At the School of Community Medicine, we aim to recruit, retain, and develop a diverse group of resident physicians of the highest caliber who will be shaping the future of healthcare and improving the health of our community. We work in partnership with the largest hospital systems in the areas, Hillcrest Medical Center, St. Francis Medical Center and Ascension St. John Medical Center, in addition to longitudinal rotations at the Muscogee Creek Nation Medical Center in Okmulgee and the OU Medical Center Pediatric ED in Oklahoma City. We are excited to meet you and look forward to getting to know you better.


Department of Emergency Medicine
OU Schusterman Center
4502 East 41st Street 
Tulsa, OK  74135
Phone: (918) 579-2368
Fax: (918) 579-2369

Residency Coordinator
Melisa Garner
Phone: (918) 579-2367

Program Director
Eric Lee, MD

Department Chair
Boyd Burns, MD