Emergency medicine is the care of illnesses or injuries requiring immediate medical attention. As a kind of "primary care" specialty, emergency medicine cares for patients of all ages.
Based on the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Southwest Campus in Bismarck, N.D., the Department of Emergency Medicine was established in 2019. It's inaugural chair is Jon Solberg, MD, FACEP, FAWM.
A native of Stanley, N.D., and 2006 graduate of the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Dr. Solberg trained as an emergency medicine physician at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Washington, and deployed to a combat support hospital in 2011 at Forward Operating Base Dwyer, in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Following military service, he and his wife Agnieszka, also a former military physician, moved several times before coming home to North Dakota in 2017. He is currently the medical director of the Emergency and Trauma Center at CHI St. Alexius in Bismarck, and the medical director of several rural ambulance squads and fire departments.
UND's Department of Emergency Medicine host a wilderness medicine training for medical students.