News and Highlights

Dr. Merchant awarded prestigious NIH R01 grant

Dr. R Clay Merchant and his research team have been awarded a prestigious R01 grant from the National Institute of Health for his project titled "Facilitating HIV/AIDS and HIV Testing Literacy for Emergency Department Patients."  The grant will investigate how to best deliver information about HIV/AIDS testing to ED patients.  Videos or pictorial brochures may be superior to written or orally-delivered information, however their efficacy in improving knowledge about HIV/AIDS testing is unknown.  Researchers, led by Dr. Merchant, will conduct a mult-site, randomized controlled trial to study whether testing by video or pictorial brochure is more effective over a 12 month period in raising knowledge of HIV/AIDS testing using valid measures of health literacy.

2014 Outstanding Physician and Exemplary Service awardees honored

On July 1, 2014, the Department of Emergency Medicine honored recipients of the UEMF/Department of EM Oustanding Physician Awards and Exemplary Service Awards for 2014.  The Oustanding Physician Awards were given to Drs. Aris Garro, Thomas Harnonian, Megan Ranney and Francis Sullivan.  Dr. Kenneth Williams was given the Exemplary Service Award.  Their many accomplishments are summarized here.

Also on the same date, senior faculty members who were recently promoted were also honored.  Dr. Michael Mello was promoted to Professor and Dr. Anthony Napoli to Associate Professor in the Teaching Scholar Track.  Dr. Andrew Nathanson was promoted to Clinical Professor, Clinical Voluntary Tract, and Dr. Jessica Smith was promoted to Associate Professor, Clinical Educator Track

Strong presence by Brown at annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine

At the 2014 annual meeting of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in Dallas,  Brown faculty, residents, fellows, and administrators were responsible for 40 didactic or scientific abstract presentations, the strongest showing of any department of emergency medicine at the conference.  Brown faculty were also well-represented in committees, interest groups and other organizational activities.

Brown welcomes visiting professor Dr. David Sklar

On April 15-16, 2014, the Department of Emergency Medicine hosted Dr. David Sklar as part of the department's visiting professorship series.  Dr. Sklar is Professor Emeritus in Emergency Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  He has served in numerous leadership roles there including Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine as well as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education.

Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation program is launched

Dr. Megan Ranney has launched Brown's Emergency Digital Health Innovation (EDHI) program, a new inter-disciplinary initiative whose goal is to "facilitate the creation and deployment of effective evidence based digital health tools in the acute care setting".   The program's vision is for "digital health to be an evidence-based, effective, and well-integrated tool for creating and restoring health."

New chief residents for 2014-2015 announced

Chief residents for the 2014-2015 academic year were announced by residency program director, Dr. Jessica Smith.  The new chiefs are Nicholas Asselin (pictured), Patrick Axtmayer and Charmiane Lieu.

New Emergency Department guidelines for prescription narcotics announced

As the number of unintentional overdoses involving prescription drugs continues to climb in the U.S. and especially in Rhode Island, emergency medicine physicians from throughout the Lifespan health system are formalizing the way they treat chronic pain to limit opioid medication misuse and abuse.

Lifespan, the state’s largest health system, has implemented a formal set of guidelines for its emergency departments at Newport Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital that sets the stage for treatment of chronic non-cancer pain to limit inappropriate use of opioids and better coordinate care with the patient’s primary care physician.

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. 

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