Education Philosophy

Education and leadership are embedded in the service we provide to our patients and our community, and that service is both a privilege and a responsibility.

-Dr. Tyson Pillow

Message from the Program Director

I absolutely loved my time as a student at Baylor College of Medicine. It is a place rich in history at the heart of the city in the famed Texas Medical Center. But at that time, something was missing. We were the only top 20 medical school in the country without a dedicated emergency medicine program. In fact, I had to create my own path to find others interested in EM at my institution, and make myself competitive for an EM residency. I left Houston knowing that I would likely come back, hoping that things would be better for EM by the time I returned. 

Fast forward three years later, and I found myself considering several offers for my first job. Of course, one in particular stood out. An opportunity to help start the first EM residency program at Baylor College of Medicine. I thought about the decision carefully, but my heart told me that this was the place for me. I had an opportunity to help build EM where it had not been before, and raise the level of care in the city, at one of the places where it was needed most. 

Now, after just a few short years, I find myself at the helm of an outstanding EM program at the heart of Houston dedicated to service, education, and leadership. I am humbled by my amazing faculty colleagues and staff, whose hard-work and determination helped to drive this program into existence. I am inspired by our residents, whose energy and dedication to our underserved population drives a standard of excellence in our institution. I am amazed at the program’s growth, allowing us to offer multiple fellowships and unique opportunities for residents, and elevating us to the national stage. I am honored to have helped build this program, and now serve as the program director. 

So, when you come to our program, know that this dedication to service, education, and leadership drives everything we do. We have the privilege to learn excellence in patient care at several clinical sites, the main site being the “county” hospital, serving the underserved and those without other options. We have built and continue to expand an immersive educational program. We have committed ourselves to mentoring and developing each resident to be leaders in any area of interest. We strive to train the best residents, and continue to make medicine better at Baylor College of Medicine and all of Houston. 

M. Tyson Pillow, M.D., MEd
Residency Program Director

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Program Highlights

  • Approximately 90,000 patient visits per year
  • 444-bed Level 1 Trauma Center
  • 75-bed emergency department with dedicated orthopedic, dental, and ophthalmology treatment rooms
  • Five resuscitation rooms for high acuity medical and trauma patients
  • Top 20 medical school
  • World-famous pediatric training at nation’s largest pediatric hospital: Texas Children’s Hospital, ranked number 4 by US News and World Report, with over 85,000 emergency visits per year and Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center
  • More than 30 EM trained faculty, many with subspecialty training
  • EMS, Ultrasound, Education, Global Health, Research, Administrative, and Health Policy & Advocacy fellowships available. Toxicology fellowship forthcoming.
  • Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Fellowship
  • Community Outreach