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Dr. Edward Bernstein, Professor of Emergency Medicine, and Dr. Kristin Dwyer, graduate of the BMC Emergency Medicine Residency Program, were featured in a recent article in the Boston Herald on efforts to treat patients suffering from opioid addiction.
Boston Medical Center’s Department of Emergency Medicine is a national leader in substance abuse research, intervention, and treatment. Our innovative Project ASSERT program and nasal naloxone kit distribution efforts were cited by the article as potential models for other emergency departments trying to combat the region’s opioid epidemic.
Congratulations to Project ASSERT, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year!
Project ASSERT (Alcohol & Substance Abuse Services, Education, and Referral to Treatment) is an innovative BMC Emergency Department-based program that is a national leader in substance abuse interventions. Founded in 1994 by Drs. Ed and Judith Bernstein and the Department of Social Work, Project ASSERT connects patients with substance abuse treatment programs, opioid overdose prevention, primary care, and social support services. The program is staffed by health promotion advocates who are experienced substance abuse counselors and represent the surrounding communities served by the hospital. Most recently, Project ASSERT has channeled its advocacy efforts towards improving the accessibility of substance abuse treatment services for LGBTQ patients and advocating for policies that promote the use of intranasal naloxone rescue kits.
Learn more about Project ASSERT and how many people they have helped.
Watch the Office of National Drug Control Policy Director, Michael Botticelli, commend Project ASSERT on its 20 years of service.
The BBC News World Service has featured Dr. Ricky Kue and Dr. Andrew Ulrich in the program "Trauma: The Fight for Life."
Dr. Kue, Assistant Professor and Associate Medical Director of Boston EMS, Police & Fire for the City of Boston, and Dr. Ulrich, Associate Professor and Executive Vice Chair of the BMC Emergency Department, discuss research frontiers in trauma care as well as BMC's role in treating victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
Dr. Peter Burke, Chief of Acute Care and Trauma Surgery, and Joseph Blansfield, Trauma Program Manager, are also interviewed during the broadcast.
The program can be found here. Advance the cursor to the 11:32 minute mark to hear the interviews.
Congratulations to Dr. Ed Bernstein, Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Public Health Section, for his recently published opinion piece in the Boston Herald outlining the need for a cohesive response from the State of Massachusetts to the growing epidemic of opioid addiction.
We are proud to have an expert in the field of opioid and substance abuse leading the charge here at BMC! Read the article in its entirety here.
Published in Academic Emergency Medicine: “Boston Violence Intervention Advocacy Program: A Qualitative Study of Client Experiences and Perceived Effect”
Congratulations to Dr. Thea James, Salma Bibi, Breanne Langlois, Elizabeth Dugan, and Patty Mitchell for their publication in Academic Emergency Medicine on client experiences and the perceived effect of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) at Boston Medical Center. More
The Massachusetts Resiliency Center, an innovative resource center providing free services and activities for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, opened on Wednesday at Boston Medical Center. The opening was announced by Massachusetts Attorney General, Martha Coakley. More
Emergency medicine second-year residents recently toured the Pine Street Inn, a well-respected non-profit organization that advocates and provides numerous services for members of the Greater Boston community who are experiencing homelessness.
Tours of local shelters and non-profit programs have been integrated into the residency program's curriculum, promoting better understanding of the perspectives and backgrounds of many patients who visit the Emergency Department. More