Department of Emergency Medicine

James E. Brown, M.D., EMT-P, Chair

Emergency medicine

Department News

Student Employee of the Year applies on-the-job lesson

Ben Clouse, an office assistant in the Department of Emergency Medicine, picked up some practical skills while working as a student employee — like becoming certified in cardiopulmonary resuscitation. That skill came in handy when his elderly neighbor stopped breathing and Ben was able to help him. Now, Wright State has selected him as the 2014 Student Employee of the Year. Read about it in the WSU Newsroom.



The educational goal of the department is to provide medical students and residents with the necessary skills to apply acute care and decision making, approach a patient with an undifferentiated chief complaint and enhance their procedural skills. Boonshoft School of Medicine actively supports our ACGME-accredited residency program and provides our residents with the training and skills to secure certification in emergency medicine. Over the last five years, more than 10 percent of those graduating from the school have entered emergency medicine residencies. The school remains well above the national average of 6.8 percent.

The department includes 16 full-time faculty (including six fully-affiliated faculty who are financially supported by Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Medical Center), one part-time faculty and more than 100 voluntary clinical faculty. All maintain active teaching roles in the residency. The Emergency Medicine Residency is an integrated program, supported by area hospitals including Dayton Children's Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital, Greene Memorial Hospital, Kettering Medical Center, Miami Valley Hospital and Wright-Patterson Medical Center. The residency currently supports 42 residents in a R1-R3 format. It has two one-year fellowships: an ACGME Approved Fellowship in Sports Medicine and a freestanding Fellowship in Faculty Development for those interested in training to become faculty in academic emergency medicine.

The department created The National Center for Medical Readiness (NCMR), a community-wide effort to better prepare our region for large scale emergencies, such as a weather disaster, terrorist attack or hazmat situation. (NCMR was formerly called the Homeland Emergency Learning and Preparedness Center.)

Physicians and students affiliated with the department also have collaborated in the Adventure Summit and Wilderness Medicine Expos at Wright State each year since 2001. Some past presentations from the free, public event are available on this site.

The department has an active research program with an emphasis in neuroscience, pre-hospital care and education. Two new simulation centers (medical and pre-hospital) support the educational programs and educational research. Extramural funding has come from the NIH, NASA, AHA, ODH and private foundations.