2020-2021 ChiefS' welcome
Welcome visitors and prospective applicants! We hope our website will give you a better understanding as to why UNLV Emergency Medicine is a fantastic place to get unparalleled hands-on clinical training, and why Las Vegas is a great place to live, work, and play. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions – we’re looking forward to meeting you all!
At UNLV EMR, we aspire to be a premiere academic emergency department recognized both locally and nationally that cares for patients in a dynamic environment that promotes quality, education and research.
Delivering the highest level emergency care in the Las Vegas region.
Program Director's Welcome
The UNLV emergency medicine residency was developed from the ground up by a dedicated faculty, hailing from both community and academic backgrounds, with a shared common vision of a model program - one which would embody the next generation of emergency medical education. Preparation to confidently manage ‘any patient in any situation’ is the bare minimum that should be expected from a residency program, as success in the ‘real world’ after residency is predicated on a multitude of factors beyond raw medical knowledge and procedural skills. Present-day emergency departments demand physicians with a mastery of departmental patient flow, clinical productivity, documentation, patient satisfaction, communication skills, team leadership, and the delivery of safe, high quality patient care. Purely academic residency programs may fail to provide adequate preparation in one or more of these essential skills, while community programs may lack the academic rigor or diversity of population that many seek. The design of our residency program combines the academic and operational training necessary to flourish in the complex environment of today’s emergency departments, with the stimulating hands-on clinical experience found in the setting of a high-acuity county facility.
The clinical and didactic curricula of a residency program should not be static – instead, the leadership of our residency recognizes that the ability to provide the highest quality care on the front lines of medicine requires training that remains ahead of the curve. Our residency program encourages and responds to the feedback from its residents, takes the time for self-reflection, and strives to continually evolve by refining our curricula. We set the bar high for ourselves, as do our residents, on our path to becoming one of the premier programs in the country.
I encourage you to explore our website to gain some insight into the residency experience and sense of camaraderie offered at our program. Life should not be put on ‘pause’ during residency – come share the next phase of your medical training with a dynamic group of colleagues who epitomize the concept of leading balanced lives, while remaining engaged in education and community involvement, and embarking on a path to leadership.
Ross P. Berkeley, MD, FACEP, FAAEM
Program Director & Interim Chair
Director of Quality & Education