Our History

Gator Emergency Medical Response (formerly Gator EMS) was founded as an undergraduate student organization at the University of Florida in 2008 in an effort to unite students who were interested in Emergency Medicine. With the implementation of General Body Meetings, prestigious guest speakers, and unique volunteering opportunities, Gator EMR began to grow in membership and support from the UF student body and the Gainesville community. Over the years, we have continued to inspire students to get involved in Emergency Medicine through new and exciting opportunities that we offer. In 2013, we were proud to announce our inaugural Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) certification course. The course was the first of its kind to be offered by an organization on the UF campus, and the positive feedback was unprecedented. Student enrollment has tripled since the inaugural class, and the number of students on campus certified in life-saving skills continues to increase every semester. In early 2015, Gator EMR underwent major changes in the structure, function, and services that our organization offers. We were honored to connect with the local Fire/EMS agencies to allow members to perform ambulance and firetruck ride-alongs. Along with this partnership, Gator EMR also appointed its first Medical Director, Dr. Christine Van Dillen, MD. Throughout 2015, the Gator EMR Executive Board and Dr. Van Dillen worked together in an effort to create the University of Florida's first volunteer medical event standby unit, called the Gator Emergency Medical Response Unit (GEMRU). The GEMRU program now operates under the supervision of the University of Florida Police Department's Division of Public Safety, and the Gator EMR student organization actively recruits volunteers to apply to the GEMRU program. Gator EMR is proud of the progress it has made within the UF community and hopes to inspire even more students to get involved in Emergency Medicine in the upcoming years.

Who We Are

Since our foundation in 2008, we have been committed to providing UF students with unique and exciting opportunities to get involved in Emergency Medicine. Each semester, we have over 100 active members participate in the events and activities that we offer, including: skills demonstrations, CPR classes, ride-alongs, and Emergency Medical Responder classes. You can visit the other pages on our website to learn more about our community outreach initiatives. We are proud to provide the Gainesville community and the University of Florida direct access our resources and opportunities, and we hope to see you get involved in Gator EMR.

The objectives of this organization are:
(1) To provide educational opportunities for students interested in EMS.
(2) To provide resources for any person interested in the field of Emergency Medicine.
(3) To encourage community health and lead philanthropic initiatives.