37The Jefferson Department of Emergency Medicine is one of 18 clinical departments in the Jefferson School of Medicine. The medical school, one of the oldest in the nation, was founded in 1824 and is part of Thomas Jefferson University, a medical and health sciences educational institution. Today the Jefferson Department of Emergency Medicine is thriving as a highly recognized clinical and academic department in the Philadelphia area. The mission of the Department of Emergency Medicine is to provide quality, compassionate and expeditious care to our patients and our community. Our goals are achieved through shared values of integrity, respect, teamwork and communication.
The Department is based in Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, a 717 bed tertiary and quaternary care hospital in center city Philadelphia with approximately 60,000 Emergency Department Visits per year. The Methodist Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is a 220 bed community hospital with approximately 43,000 Emergency Department visits per year. In addition to Emergency Services the Department of Emergency Medicine is home to The Travel Medicine Services of Thomas Jefferson University and the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Department administration is supported by a Chair, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, Medical Director, and Vice Chair for Methodist Hospital. The clinical practice is organized around 2 hospitals, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Methodist Division of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals. In addition, there is direct involvement in the administration of ancillary services such as information technology, quality and safety and strategic planning.
Other professional staff within the department include 37 Emergency Medicine Residents, 5 physician assistants, 7 nurse practitioners, 4 basic science research faculty, and basic and clinical research coordinators.