We are dedicated to promoting excellence in the practice of emergency medicine through collaborative efforts to discover, develop, and disseminate strategies for improving care of acutely ill and injured patients.

The University of Washington provides an exceptional environment for research and is considered a top-funded public research institution, receiving over one billion dollars each year in research funding. UW resources and infrastructure provide unparalleled opportunities for investigation and collaboration.

Areas of Research

Within our department, our investigators are engaging in scientific inquiry, promoting evidence-based research, and advancing education and training on a variety of topics. Research is being conducted by our faculty in a broad range of topics, including basic and translational trials.

Areas of research include:

  • Cardiac Arrest and Prehospital Care
  • Trauma and Hemorrhage Control
  • Medical Education Research
  • Opiate Use & Substance Use Disorder
  • Sepsis and ARDS
  • International Healthcare Delivery
  • Environmental Health and Climate Change
  • Development and Evaluation of Health Systems
  • Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
  • Novel Ultrasound Technology, Techniques, and Applications
  • Workplace and Provider Safety
  • Emergency Care Delivery and Quality of Care

Research Engagement Opportunities for Students 

The Department of Emergency Medicine has a commitment to improving the future of emergency care through research and dissemination. Our emergency medicine faculty have wide-ranging research interests and expertise and welcome and encourage student participation in these efforts. Opportunities range from the bench-top and translational laboratory, to clinical bedside research, to health services and operational. To facilitate student engagement, we provide the following streamlined process.

If you would like to explore research opportunities, please complete the steps outlined below:

  • Review our research webpage and identify areas of interest

  • Review corresponding faculty bios including understanding respective research portfolios

  • Respond to the Interest Survey.
  • Email Alexis Rush (rusha@uw.edu), Manager of Education and Training Programs, a copy of your CV and cover letter to include: your interest in EM research, any previous experience and projected availability/commitment

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Resuscitation Science

Advancing the care of critically ill and injured patients in the emergency department and beyond. 

Patient and Provider Grasping Hands

Quality and Safety

Patient and provider safety is our top priority, and we are dedicated to quality improvement work through both research and education.


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Population Health Research

Promoting the health of populations and the environment worldwide.

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Ultrasound Research

Putting cutting edge ultrasound technology and knowledge into practice to enhance patient care and safety.