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Department of Emergency Medicine

The Department of Emergency Medicine was established as a formal department at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 1994. The residency training program has been active since 1986.

The department is very involved in the educational programs for medical students, medical residents as well as nursing, dental and allied health students. In addition to the residency program, fellowship opportunities are available.

Emergency Medicine currently has 23 faculty members, a fully accredited residency program and a division of medical toxicology. It has an active research program, aeromedical critical care transport service and a state disaster program called Mississippi Med1.

Our faculty also provides medical direction and oversight for the Simulation Laboratory and ACLS training services.

In 2003 the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMMC launched the TelEmergency™ program, or Tele-ER®. Developed to overcome limitations impacting access to care statewide, the program links collaborating emergency medicine trained physicians at UMMC with specialty trained nurse practitioners and physician assistants at rural sites, in real time, using state-of-the-art Telemedicine equipment.

For current US MD/DO medical students interested in rotating in the department, visit our Emergency Medicine Residency Application Information page.


  • To deliver quality emergency medical and trauma care to the people of Mississippi;
  • To provide outstanding training to the residents and medical students involved in the delivery of that care;
  • To engage in state-of-the art research in acute care medicine;
  • To continually improve the quality and knowledge base of the specialty.


Below is an interview of Dr. Jonah Gunalda, Program Director, hosted by the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) for their Program Director Video Interview Series, South Central Region. In case of a playback issue, here's where you can view the video on the EMRA site (external link).