Vision & Philosophy

“I Hear and I Forget, I See and I Remember, I Do and I Understand”

 This quote is often attributed to Confucius and there is debate as to its origin, however, it seems to capture the essence of residency training.  

 Fort Worth EM residency training continually looks to provide innovative curriculum for the learning of Emergency Medicine.  Recognizing our learners arrive with different ways of assimilating knowledge, we strive to meet them in their quest to become excellent Emergency Medicine physicians.  

 Utilizing a system based curriculum, resident learners are challenged through interactive didactic sessions, small group discussions, and simulation experiences.  Our residents put into practice and apply their knowledge weekly.


Residents spend a generous amount of time in the Emergency Department over the three-year clinical curriculum. Residents also rotate on services that compliment core education requirements and enhance skills expected of Emergency Physicians practicing in the 21st century. An emphasis is placed on effective critical care management skills development.

Most of the clinical curriculum devoted to the Adult population will occur at John Peter Smith Hospital (JPS). The clinical curriculum specific to the Pediatric population will take place at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (CMC) which is located about 49 miles east of JPS and conveniently accessed via Trinity Rail Express which stops immediately across from CMC.


1 month Orientation
4.5 months EM
1 month CMC
1 month MICU
1 month Trauma
1/2 month Cardiology 
1/2 month Orthopedics 
1/2 month EMS
1/2 month L & D
1/2 month Airway
1 month Ultrasound/Toxicology 

8 months EM
1 month STICU
1 month MICU
1/2 month Hand/Optho
1/2 month Elective
1/2 Community
1/2 PICU (Temple)


9 months EM
1/2 month Community Rotation
1 month ED/Admin
1.5 months Elective

 PGY2 and PGY3 longitudinal experiences provide additional Pediatric Emergency Medicine clinical time at CMC.


Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

The EMS experience will include a broad overview of the pre-hospital environment to include ambulance ride-outs, supervisor shadowing, and medical command among other activities. JPS is a medical command base station and all Residents will gain this experience during the three-year curriculum with Senior Residents providing direction to the local EMS units. Additional elective EMS time is available to Residents with an interest in EMS Fellowship and/or postgraduate EMS Medical Directorship.

Emergency Ultrasound (US)

Residents will receive broad training in emergency (point-of-care) ultrasound during their residency. They will complete a one-month rotation early during the intern year placing them on track to log over 300 scans during their entire residency experience. They will also have the opportunity to be involved in related research projects. Bedside US images are archived digitally into patient medical records. Residents receive quality assurance feedback regarding technical and interpretive skills.

“When Seconds Count”

For Information Please Contact

Davina Belicek (817) 702-3623

Jane Gifford (817) 702-5601

1500 S Main Street Fort Worth, Texas 76104