But on June 23, the emergency medicine faculty learned that the department had been granted full academic department status.
The path to this point started in 2008, according to Dr. James Stempien, when they created their first proposal demonstrating the academic contribution the department was already making to the College of Medicine.
“We compared ourselves to departments across the country and basically showed that we’re punching well above our weight with the abilities we have right now,” he explained. “But (we can’t do) what other academic departments do across the country because they have the extra facilities and funding that we don’t have.”
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