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Division History and Organization Structure

      Emergency service is one of the important divisions for medical care in hospitals. It is also the only contact window which serves for 24 hours a day.

In 1974, an emergency room with full-time physicians in charge was set in TSGH. In 1992, the emergency service was established as an independent department, began to train emergency medicine specialists, and continued to improve the software and hardware environment in emergency room. The emergency departments include 11 divisions: internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, orthopedics, ophthalmology, ENT, neurology, dentistry, dermatology and psychiatry. Department of Emergency Medicine was also established in the National Defense Medical Center and began to teach emergency medicine courses.

In 1998, the Department of Health of the Executive Yuan announced that Emergency Medicine was the 20th specialized department in the country. Since then, the department of Emergency Medicine of TSGH has trained several emergency specialists successively. It also trains resident, PGY, and clerk came from other departments. The emergency medicine specialists are responsible for guiding and participating in the clinical work and teaching activities in the emergency department.

In August 2011, Dr. Kuo-Cheng Lan served as minister of Department of Emergency Medicine. During his tenure, he led the emergency department and successfully passed the new accreditation of hospitals and accreditation of teaching hospitals. The Emergency Department holds about 15-20 Advance Cardiac Life Support Training Courses each year, and assists the Neihu District Office to teach the Basic Life Support for people in Neihu. The Emergency Department helped to manage the aircraft of Trans Asia Airways Flight 235 in 2015 and was rewarded by the Taipei City Government. In the same year, the Formosa Fun Coast Water Park dust explosion accident was managed successfully by the Emergency Department and was praised by the Ministry of Health and Welfare.

In June 2017, Dr. Shih-Hung Tsai served as minister of Department of Emergency Medicine. He continued to improve in clinical service, teaching, and research. The number of patients visited emergency department annually at TSGH continued to rise and reaching 110,678 in 2019. It is the medical center with the largest growth rate of emergency department visits in Taiwan and the third place in Taipei and its immediate vicinity. The Emergency Department also cooperated with the national health policy. Dr. Kuan-Cheng Lai supported Nepal's medical service in April 2018. Dr. Shih-Hung Tsai participated in the “Project Endurance Friendship” international medical exchange activity in Solomon Islands in October 2018.

The emergency department passed an assessment, qualifying as an Advanced Emergency Responsibility Hospital by the department of Health, Taipei City Government that scored 99 for seven consecutive years from 2012 to 2019. The emergency department also won the "Golden Model Exercise Award" of toxic chemical emergency response and nuclear emergency exercise from Taipei District Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for six consecutive years. In 2019, Dr. Chih-Jen Yang won the National Innovation Award for "Using a New Multiple Nucleic Acid Detection Platform to Quickly Detect Pathogens of Lower Respiratory Tract Infection". Dr. Cheng-Hsuan Ho won the SNQ (Symbol of National Quality) for "Using Soft Tissue Ultrasound to Guide the Incision Time of Snake Bites in Patients' Fascia ".

Under the leadership of the directors of hospital and teachers of emergency medicine, the Department of Emergency Medicine will be more advanced in the future and keep the core values of "care, quality, discipline, and innovation" in mind. The department will continue to adhere to the belief of "Treat Patients as Family, Treat Patients as Teacher, and Treat Patients as Friend ", and providing high-quality medical services for soldiers, dependents and the publics. At the same time, the Department of Emergency Medicine will continue to educate the younger generation, promote the academic research of emergency medicine, and become the role model of clinical practice, teaching and research in emergency medicine.