News from the Department of Emergency Medicine

News from the Department of Emergency Medicine

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Message from the Chair

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Message from the Chair

The emergency department is the healthcare safety net of the community, and our physicians rise to the challenge regardless of the volume and acuity that come through the door. 

When I began at VCU in 1996, the Department of Emergency Medicine was in its nascent days, newly established as its own department. As the department has evolved over the years, it’s become more patient-centered, with a robust quality infrastructure and a devoted team of curious, nimble physicians who challenge the status quo, adapt to the changing environment and drive the innovation that advances the field of emergency medicine. Our team’s commitment to the education of our students, residents, fellows, other learners and EMS providers is remarkable.

Working in the emergency department is incredibly humbling. We walk out of every shift knowing that everything can change in an instant, and I’m proud of our team for the dedicated and compassionate care they provide to our patients and their families. 

Harinder Dhindsa, MD, MPH, MBA  

DEI Mission Statement

The Virginia Commonwealth University Department of Emergency Medicine strives to deliver culturally competent and sensitive care to the community we serve. We are committed to fostering an inclusive, equitable, respectful, and safe environment for our patients, students, staff, and faculty. We aim to mitigate biases while also advocating for the vulnerable patient populations we serve. We are thankful to have faculty, staff, and learners with varied experiences, perspectives, and interests. 


Medical Students

The Department of Emergency Medicine prepares future doctors with an evolving and dynamic program. We take pride in our esteemed faculty and the experience they bring to the classroom.


Our mission is simple - to train the well-rounded internist of the future: competent, caring, compassionate and confident in the practice of Emergency Medicine

Our Research

Our research mission is to provide outstanding clinical care through excellence in research and discovery, while mentoring future generations of clinician scientists.

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