Congratulations to Dr. Frank LoVecchio, Vice Chair for Research, on his recent award of a $4.2 million grant for an upcoming collaborative project with Johns Hopkins Medicine entitled “A Multicenter Randomized Controlled Trial of Influenza Antivirals in High Risk Emergency Department Patients: A Prototype for National Countermeasure Evaluation.”
From Dr. Lau: The EMS elective last April at the end of my PGY-2 year, I spent most of the time on ride-alongs with Phoenix Fire and learning about pre-hospital medicine. During this month you are able to spend a week at the Center for Domestic Preparedness with FEMA in Anniston, Alabama. I specifically went through the Emergency Medical Operations (EMO) and Hands on Training (HOT).
At the EMO-HOT training, I received get extensive training in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive (CBRNE) disasters, the Incident Command structure and practical disaster responses. You will be well prepared in Start Triage, decontamination procedures, dozens of emergency clinical scenarios with live patients, and performing the above all while wearing level B personal protective equipment. My training culminated in a final event when I donned PPE and was exposed to many times the lethal amount of VX and Sarin and came away asymptomatic.
You don't have to be a resident to enroll in these programs and I plan to continue my disaster training long after residency.
Congratulations to Dr. Christian Dameff, current Chief Resident for Education, on his recent publication in the journal Resuscitation entitled "Barriers to telephone cardiopulmonary resuscitation in public and residential locations." Quoting the conclusion from the abstract: "This study revealed that barriers to telephone CPR are distributed differently across public and residential locations. Understanding these differences can aid in the development of strategies to enhance bystander CPR and improve overall patient outcomes." (Link)
Dr. Dan Quan was recently featured in the Arizona Republic newspaper, discussing scorpion stings. See http://azc.cc/2aLTPKK
Congratulations to Dr. Murtaza Akhter for being awarded a Career Development Grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation to study Gene Expression Profile in Rod Microglia in Traumatic Brain Injury!
"Are you ready to train in a program tailored to excellence to help you develop as a leader in emergency medicine? Accept nothing but the best–as do we–from yourself and our program."
– Dr. Michael Epter, Program Director