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Emergency Medicine

Leading in science, practice and education of emergency medicine

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine is a statewide network of emergency departments striving to set new standards of training for medical students, residents, fellows and pre-hospital providers while providing quality care for a diverse patient population.

IU School of Medicine leads in the science of emergency medicine, operating in an environment that has rich research infrastructure, including the highest-ranked Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) in the United States and a nationally ranked medical bio-informatics institution. Multiple clinical environments present practitioners with ample opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients on a daily basis.

The IU School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine delivers patient care of unsurpassed quality and advanced emergency medicine through education, innovation and discovery in a collegial environment that promotes intellectual and professional growth.


To deliver patient care of unsurpassed quality and advance emergency medicine through education, innovation, and discovery in a collegial environment that promotes intellectual and professional growth.


The faculty educators in the Department of Emergency Medicine train medical students, residents, fellows and other physicians in this fast-paced field of medicine.
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Under the leadership of Jeffrey Kline, MD, the department’s research team actively investigates emergency care and offers a SAEM-accredited fellowship.
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Clinical Care

Emergency Medicine faculty, fellows and residents treat a large and diverse patient population with some of the most complex trauma cases.
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Faculty Spotlight

22580-Russell, Frances

Frances M. Russell, MD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine

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16278-Schafer, Luke

Luke C. Schafer, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine

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Advancing the Quality of Emergency Care

“Delivering the very best emergency care is at the heart of all that we do. In the Department of Emergency Medicine, we believe technical excellence is just the beginning; an outstanding experience for our patients is the goal. To deliver the best care means we constantly strive to improve, advancing the field through teaching, research, and scholarship.”

Emergency Medicine Residency Programs

The Department of Emergency Medicine offers two residency programs: a general emergency medicine residency and combined emergency medicine and pediatrics program. The department’s academic health centers include two level-one adult trauma centers and the state's only level one children's trauma center at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. These facilities are located in downtown Indianapolis, in a clinical setting that exceeds a quarter of a million patient visits per year and provides an inexhaustible and comprehensive training setting. Graduates of IU School of Medicine’s Emergency Medicine residency programs are prepared for a broad range of career options.

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Updates from the Emergency Medicine Blog

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Methodist ED Physicians Reflect on 20 Years of Impactful Service

The fab five…the fearless five…the faithful five. This group of five Methodist ED physicians will answer any call—and this year, they’re celebrating 20 years of service in the IU Health Methodist Hospital Emergency Department. Bart Besinger, MD, Christian Strachan, MD, Julie Welch, MD, Edward Bartkus, MD, and Christopher Weaver, MD, recently answered some questions about what attracted them to a career in emergency medicine, the rewards of working in Methodist’s Level I Trauma Center and their most memorable moments from the past 20 years.

IU School of Medicine  |  Nov 08, 2021