Phone: 617.414.4075Hours of Operation: Open 24 Hours a Day
If you are having an emergency, call 911.
BMC offers state of the art emergency care in an equitable and compassionate manner. We offer in person or web-based interpreter services for over 150 languages.
If you have medical questions, please call your primary care doctor, or you may come to the Emergency Department to be seen. We are not able to give medical advice over the phone.
For referring providers:
If you would like to transfer a patient, please call:
- Pediatric (0-21) - 617.414.4991
- Adult (22 and older) - 617.414.4075
BMC offers state of the art emergency care in an equitable and compassionate manner. We offer in person or web-based interpreter services for over 150 languages. If you have medical questions, please call your primary care doctor, or you may come to the Emergency Department to be seen. We are not able to give medical advice over the phone.
The Emergency Department at Boston Medical Center
The Emergency Department (ED) at Boston Medical Center provides 24/7 cutting-edge, comprehensive, team-based emergency medical care. Located in the heart of Boston’s historic South End, we offer a full complement of surgical and subspecialty consult services.
Boston Medical Center is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. Our Emergency Department serves more than 130,000 patients each year and is a national model of excellence in emergency medicine. We have a specialized pediatric emergency department staffed by board certified pediatricians and pediatric emergency medicine specialists. Our team consists of experienced emergency medicine attending physicians, advanced practice providers, emergency medicine residents, Emergency nurses, patient care techs, mental health specialists, social workers and case managers.
Partner with our community to deliver exceptional, accessible, and equitable emergency care, while aspiring to eliminate preventable injury and disease
The Boston Medical Center Emergency Department provides compassionate, culturally humble, and sensitive high-quality acute care to our patients while addressing the biopsychosocial needs of our diverse population, training the leaders of tomorrow, and advancing health outcomes in our community through scholarship and advocacy.
The BMC ED strives to achieve health equity, racial and social justice, and departmental diversity. As a team, we work to create and foster an inclusive and safe environment. We celebrate diversity in our patients, staff, faculty, trainees, and our surrounding community, including but not limited to all genders, races, ethnicities, languages, sexual orientations, religions, socioeconomic backgrounds, health status, country of origin, and abilities. Using education, research, and advocacy, we work to address and alleviate acute medical and social health disparities. Additionally, we take aim at upstream structural drivers of health to impact deep-rooted threats to equity.
Programs and Services
Project ASSERT (Alcohol and Substance Use Services, Education, and Referral to Treatment) provides screening and brief intervention to patients in BMC's Emergency Department. Project ASSERT's team members counsel patients whose alcohol and/or drug use was directly and indirectly implicated in their need for emergency services.
Medical Education, DEI
Emergency Medicine, Medical Education
Health Equity, Global Health, Limited English Proficiency, Medical Education
health equity, emergency medicine
Trauma, critical care
Trauma informed care, complex care delivery and workplace safety
pain management, medical education
emergency and trauma care
Resident/Trainee education, Resident burnout and attrition, resuscitation leadership, post-exposure prophylaxis
Advanced Emergency Ultrasound, Global Health
Emergency Medicine, EMS, Emergency Preparedness, Drowning
Graduate medical education, wellness and vitality
Airway interventions, care of the ventilated patient
Simulation Based Education
Arrhythmia, occlusive myocardial infarctions, women's health, airway managment
Christian Arbelaez, MD, MPH is the new Chief of Emergency Medicine at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).
The Emergency Department is engaged in various types of clinical research that are relevant to our patient population. Topics include opioid use disorder, infectious disease management including diagnosis of HIV and HCV, acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination, use of interpreter services, and the use of restraints in treating violent patients or those with altered mental status. There is an ongoing funded study looking at FAST exam ultrasound images and the use of developing artificial intelligence to accurately diagnose findings with a goal of using this technology in limited resource settings.
Educational topics being studied include the use of shame in feedback, Crisis Management Training in the Simulation lab, and Thrive training of Social Determinants of Health for interns. We are collaborating with Pediatric Emergency Medicine in a K23 project evaluating the feasibility of using telemedicine in the prehospital setting for pediatric patients with acute respiratory distress. Our Violence Intervention Advocacy Program is currently investigating adverse outcomes for victims of violence who are experiencing homelessness, as well as evaluating the impact of peer-advocate interventions post penetrating trauma.
We have several other projects in the developmental stages.
Residency and Fellowship Information
We offer a PGY1-4 Emergency Medicine Residency Program, with 14 residents per year. As an independent academic department at Boston University School of Medicine, our EM program is a respected leader among clinical departments.
If you are a medical student interested in applying for a rotation, or to our residency program, go to https://www.bumc.bu.edu/emergencymedicine/clerkships/
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