Today we are honored to host Dr. Dara Kass (@darakass), EM Physician and Editor in Chief of the revolutionary blog feminem. She spoke with us on the importance of gender equity in emergency medicine and in life. Dr. Kass, thank you for taking your time to visit our program and share your important insights with us!
Congratulations to Dr. Jon Fisher on his recent publication in the Journal of Emergency Medicine, entitled The Integration of Electronic Medical Student Evaluations Into an Emergency Department Tracking System is Associated With Increased Quality and Quantity of Evaluations. Quoting from the conclusion in the abstract, "EMSEs that were integrated into the emergency department tracking system significantly increased the number of evaluations completed compared to paper evaluations. In addition, the EMSEs captured more 'helpful/useful' information about the individual students as evidenced by the longer free text entries per evaluation." Congratulations, Dr. Fisher! (link)
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)
"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