News and Highlights

Dr. Esther Choo awarded 2014 SAEM Young Investigator Award

Dr. Esther Choo was awarded the 2014 Young Investigator Award by the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine.  This prestigious national award recognizes researchers in emergency medicine who have demonstrated committment and achievement in research in the early stages of their academic careers.  Dr. Choo's research focuses on women's health, substance abuse and intimate partner violence and is supported by funding from the National Institues of Health.  

Rhode Island Hospital is first in nation to adapt Google Glass for ED use

In partnership with the Department of Dermatology and with the support of Lifespan and the University Emergency Medicine Foundation, Google Glass is being used in the Anderson ED to conduct remote dermatology consults. The initiative is part of a 6 month study aimed at exploring the feasability of using Google Glass for real-time streatming video ED consults.  The study was led by emergency physician, Paul Porter MD (pictured), as well as resident physicians Peter Chai MD and Roger Wu MD.  

A video and more information about the demonstration project is available here.

New Leadership Announced at Anderson Emergency Center

On January 1, 2014, Dr. Frantz Gibbs stepped down as the Medical Director for the Anderson Emergency Center (AEC) at Rhode Island Hospital. Dr. Gibbs served in this role for 7½ years during a time of great change including growth in patient visits, the transition to an electronic medical record, and many operational improvements.  He leaves a strong legacy of collaborative leadership.

Dr. David Portelli became the Medical Director of the RIH Anderson Emergency Center on January 1,2014.  Dr. Portelli brings a strong track record in quality and safety at the RIH AEC and The Miriam Hospital Emergency Department. He has also played a key role in the hospitals and statewide in the quality realm. 

Department of Emergency Medicine hosts private screening of the documentary "24/7/365 The Evolution of Emergency Medicine" at Alpert Medical School

The Department of Emergency Medicine held a private showing of the documentary 24/7/365 – The Evolution of Emergency Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University.  The Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) sponsored a group of interested physicians called the Legacy Initiative to represent the history of emergency medicine & commit it to video.  EMRA’s Legacy Initiative raised the funds to pay tribute to the founding fathers & trailblazers of emergency medicine. 

Dr. Brian Zink, a Legacy Initiative member and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Alpert Medical School, provided some of his research, including audio & transcripts from his original interviews with some of the key figures from his book, Anyone, Anything, Anytime: The History of Emergency Medicine.  As a noted national historian of emergency medicine, Dr. Zink was interviewed  and helped tell the story of the field's development.

Research study examines police role in reducing overdose deaths

Traci Green, PhD, a research scientist within the Department of Emergency Medicine, is leading a study aimed at using police involvement to reduce overdose deaths due to opioid use in Rhode Island and Connecticut.  The study involves interviewing police officers, supervisors and prescription drug users in an effort to empower law enforcement to not only act as 'first responders' to reduce overdose deaths by administering a drug like Naloxone, but also improving police-community relations.

The article on Popular Science.com can be found in its entirety here.  

Division of Women's Health in Emergency Care launches public advocacy campaign

The division of Women’s Health in Emergency Care (WHEC) has launched a public advocacy campaign to educate patients in the ED on the importance their sex and gender affects their health through a series of posters and flyers.  According to division director Dr. Alyson McGregor, “The impact that sex and gender can have on patient outcomes in the ED is significant and this concept is embraced by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine.  It is important to begin incorporating this gender lens into our research, education and medical practice.”   WHEC aims to advance and promote sex and gender-specific research and medical care as they relate to medical emergencies and is active in educating practicing physicians, residents, and students.  

Dr. Rougas featured in Brown Creative Medicine Series

Dr. Steven Rougas, the department's medical education fellow, was featured as a performer in Brown's Creative Medicine Series at the Cogut Center for the Humanities on September 25th.  The performance was titled "Medicine through a new lens:  Revolutionary lessons from the work of Frederic Chopin." Through performance and discussion, Dr. Rougas, who is an accomplished pianist, explored how Chopin's work provides insights and lessons that can be applied to clinical medicine.  It was co-sponsored by the Department of Emergency Medicine, the Cogut Center for the Humanities and the Creative Arts Council

Resident research grants awarded

Drs. Liz Samuels (pictured) and Nick Asselin are the 2013-2014 UEMF Resident Scholarly Development Grant recipients.  Dr. Samuels will be working together with Dr. Esther Choo on "Barriers to Seeking Emergency Care and Emergency De-partment Experiences Among Trans and Gender-non-Conforming Patients: A Qualitative Investigation".  Dr. Asselin will be working together with Drs. Leo Kobayashi, Catherine Pettit, and Bryan Choi on "EMS Provider Workload and Workflow Assessment in Simulated Prehospi-tal Sudden Cardiac Arrest: A Comparison of Standard Resus-citation Strategies With the Standardized Treatment and Optimal Resuscitation through Mechanical Adjuncts (STORM) Program". 

UEMF faculty research grants awarded to Drs. Daniel, Napoli and Lafleur

UEMF research grants were awarded to three Department of Emergency Medicine faculty.  The Mid-Career Academic Development Grant was awarded to Dr. Michelle Daniel (pictured) for her project "Why Co-Teaching? Evaluating Interprofessional Education in Clinical Skills Courses" and to Dr. Anthony Napoli for his project, "Emergency Department Observation Medicine and its Impact on Emergency Department Care."   These two-year grants are designed to support the academic development of established faculty members and to foster independent research with a high likelihood of successful future funding.

The Junior Faculty Research Development Grant was awarded to Dr. John Lafleur for his project, "Quorum Quenching Enzymes in Catheter-associated UTI and Inhibition of Biofilm Formation in Clinical UTI Strains of Pseudomonas Aeruginosa."  This one year grant supports junior faculty who seek to develop their research skills on a path that will lead to eventual status as an independent investigator. 

Drs. Ranney and Choo author Providence Journal editorial

Drs. Megan Ranney and Esther Choo (pictured) were published in the Opinion section of the The Providence Journal on August 19, with a piece on domestic violence, entitled "Two More Sad and Preventable Deaths."  In the commentary, they use their unique perspective as emergency department physicians to recount the tragic murder of a 40-year-old Johnston mother on August 11.  The entire editorial is available here.

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