Emergency Medicine Overview

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Emergency Medicine

Meet Your Team


Attending Physician (Doctor)

The attending physician is the senior supervising doctor on staff.

Resident (Doctor)

A resident is a doctor who has completed medical school and is enrolled in a residency training program in a particular specialty. Residents work under the careful supervision of attending doctors.

Advanced Practice Providers

Advanced practice providers are nurse practitioners (NPs) or physician assistants (PAs). They are health professionals who may be members of your healthcare team. In collaboration with the supervising doctor, they can deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive healthcare, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications.

Registered Nurse (RN)

A clinical registered nurse plans and coordinates your overall nursing care and assigns tasks as appropriate to other members of the nursing team.

Nursing Support Staff

Nursing support staff assist the nurses with your care. They perform many tasks, such as taking your blood pressure, assisting you when walking to the bathroom or in the hallway, providing personal hygiene care, and assisting you with your meals.


Registrars are responsible for collecting contact information for communication after you have left the Emergency Department.

Unit Clerks

Unit clerks greet patients and visitors as they arrive on the inpatient units. They also answer phones and respond to call bells. They are available to answer your questions and direct you within the unit.

Patient Services

The Patient Services Administration provides a central location for patients and their loved ones to voice their opinions — both positive and negative — about any aspect of hospital care or services.

Social Work

Social workers address the emotional issues that come with being in a hospital. They provide patient and family counseling, coordinate discharge planning, and offer information about community services.

Care Manager

Care managers are nurses who help coordinate complicated discharge plans with providers and community health services. Care managers help patients and families coordinate their care and make sure they have the right medical follow-up and resources when they leave the hospital.

Patient Navigator

Patient navigators help guide patients through the healthcare system after discharge by providing physician contacts and scheduling appointments as necessary.

Environmental Services Workers

Environmental services workers are responsible for providing a safe, clean, and comfortable environment for patients and staff, including sanitizing and disinfecting appropriate areas.

Patient Transporters

Patient transporters are staff members who transport you to and from tests and procedures in the hospital. They see that you get to and from your destination safely.


Volunteers provide compassionate care to our patients and their loved ones and create a supportive atmosphere for healthcare professionals.