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If you have an emergency on campus, call x6000 (713-348-6000) or pick up any blue-light phone. If you have an off-campus emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Welcome to the Rice EMS Website!

REMS 20 DecalRice University Emergency Medical Services (REMS) strives to provide the Rice Community with quality emergency medical care. REMS seeks to accomplish this goal through rapid response to calls for emergency service, standby coverage at special events, education of the Rice community, and a commitment to compassionate patient care, quality improvement, and professionalism.

This site is designed to provide information about Rice EMS, the services we provide, and the people who provide those services.  If you cannot find the information you are looking for on this website, or have a question that is not answered here, feel free to contact us and we will get back to you promptly.

REMS just reached a milestone this fall, celebrating 20 years of continuous service to the Rice University community.


Dr. Mark Escott (Jones ’96), who co-founded Rice EMS in 1996, has served as the medical director for the past six years with dedication, enthusiasm and expertise. He will be moving to Austin, Texas, to assume the role of medical director for Austin and Travis County this fall. While we are saddened to see Dr. Escott leave his position with Rice EMS, it is exciting to see him take on a new role and provide his dynamic leadership to the caregivers in Austin.

Dr. Cameron Decker (Martel ’07) will be the new medical director for Rice EMS. Dr. Decker has served continually with Rice EMS since his undergraduate years. We look forward to Dr. Decker leading Rice EMS into the next decade of EMS service on campus.

Clean Hands CountAs we approach winter, it is best to stay vigilant about sickness and take extra caution through preventative care and frequent washing of hands! To obtain a flu shot and other immunizations on campus, follow this link to Rice Student Health Services to learn more.Clean Hands Count


Beware of asp caterpillars! There has been an uptick of caterpillar stings on campus. Asp caterpillars are 1 to 1/2 inches long, appear fuzzy, are yellow/red brown in color, and live primarily in trees and bushes. This fur contains poisonous spines that sting on contact. If you are stung, please do the following:

  • Rinse the area of skin with soap and water.
  • Use tape to remove any remaining spines.
  • Apply ice to the area.
  • Take an oral antihistamine such as Benadryl.
  • Use topical hydrocortisone.

If these steps do not help or if you experience more severe symptoms, e.g. shortness of breath or swelling, Call Rice EMS immediately (713-348-6000)

Interested in joining REMS? Follow this link to find out more information!