We are pleased to announce that Boston Medical Center’s Emergency Department has won the annual BMC Quality Improvement Award for cutting-edge efforts to advance the care of patients with sickle cell anemia!
The project, entitled “Improving the Care of Vaso-Occlusive Episodes in the Adult Emergency Department,” sought to decrease the time patients with vaso-occlusive crises receive pain medications in the ED in order to better conform to national guideline goals. The project has successfully decreased the time to receipt of the first pain medication to less than one hour from arrival. Times between subsequent doses are also decreasing to meet guidelines.
The award recipients include Cris Amanti, Instructor of Emergency Medicine, Evan Berg, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Susan Grier, Nurse Practitioner, Patricia Kavanagh, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Kelly Killius, Emergency Medicine Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Mirinda Tyo, Nurse Educator, and Andy Ulrich, Professor of Emergency Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital and former faculty at BMC.
We are proud that BMC is a leader in this field. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Dr. James Feldman, Professor and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine, for being named a Distinguished Senior Reviewer for Annals of Emergency Medicine!
To become a Distinguished Senior Reviewer a physician must be named a Senior Reviewer by the journal for at least six years. Dr. Feldman has been named a Senior Reviewer for nine years.
Stating that his contribution has gone "above and beyond," Annals cited Dr. Feldman’s “very substantial academic contribution to the journal and our specialty” as a reason why he was chosen for the position.
Dr. Feldman serves as Chair of the Institutional Review Board, is a member of the Committee on Publications for the Massachusetts Medical Society, and is one of the founding faculty of the Boston City Hospital / Boston Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency. We continue to be proud of Dr. Feldman's many accomplishments and look forward to his future endeavors.
We are proud to announce that this year marks the 30th anniversary of our residency program!
There is a lot in our history to celebrate. Not only are we the oldest EM residency in the City of Boston, but we continue to advance the field of emergency medicine through our commitment to provide compassionate care to an under-served patient population, our many publications and cutting-edge research, our faculty's dedication to resident training, and our world-class public health initiatives such as Project ASSERT, the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program, and the Injury Prevention Center, to name a few.
In addition, our residency has produced a large alumni network with graduates who have become true leaders in the specialty, and who have founded many other EM programs across the country.
Despite numerous obstacles, our program helped establish emergency medicine as a respected medical specialty in Boston and New England.
Congratulations to all the pioneers of emergency medicine, our alumni, faculty, and residents!
We are proud to announce that Dr. Elissa Schechter-Perkins, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, will be the lead emergency physician implementing a new, cutting-edge program that will provide Hepatitis C testing in the Emergency Department!
Funded largely by a grant from Gilead Sciences, this pilot program is a coordinated effort by the Emergency Department, section of Infectious Disease, and section of Laboratory Medicine at Boston Medical Center. The program provides for patient navigators who will help emergency physicians inform patients of their test results and ensure that patients are linked to timely outpatient hepatitis care. Implementation of the program is planned for this summer.
Dr. James Feldman, Professor and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine, is co-principal investigator in a new study examining at the effect of ambulance diversion on the vulnerable patients that Boston Medical Center serves.
Dr. Feldman helped advocate for Massachusetts banning ambulance diversion state-wide in 2009. Massachusetts is the first and only state in the country to implement this policy.
In an interview on NPR, Dr. Feldman states that "we have strong evidence that people who have critical illness or injury who have delayed time to treatment do worse."
Read more about the study and the NIH grant.
Congratulations to Dr. James Feldman, Professor and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine, for being named a Senior Reviewer for the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
Calling him "among the best of the very best," Annals cited Dr. Feldman's "very substantial academic contribution to the journal and our specialty" as a reason why he was chosen for the position.
Dr. Feldman also serves as Chair of the Institutional Review Board and is a member of the Committee on Publications for the Massachusetts Medical Society.
We are proud to announce that Traci C. Green, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Associate Director of the Boston Medical Center Injury Prevention Research Center, has been appointed to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Opioid Guideline Workgroup.
Dr. Green is one of ten national healthcare experts who were nominated by the CDC to advise its Board of Scientific Counselors on guidelines for opioid prescribing.
Dr. Green earned a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McGill University and a PhD in Epidemiology from Yale University.
Congratulations to Dr. Jolion McGreevy, Instructor in Emergency Medicine and Assistant Residency Program Director, for developing "Ethical Decision-making in the Emergency Department," a peer-reviewed lecture series!
Featured in the journal Academic Emergency Medicine, the lecture teaches participants to understand the unique ethical context of the ED, recognize the importance of competence in ethical decision-making, and develop a framework for ethical decision-making in the ED.
Co-developers of the lecture include Dr. Eric Isaacs of University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Keith Marill of Massachusetts General Hospital and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Arvind Venkat of Allegheny Health Network, and the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Ethics Committee.
The lecture can be viewed here.
Congratulations to Dr. Benjamin Nicholson, PGY1, and Dr. Megan Rybarczyk, PGY3, for being selected as Reviewers for the 2015 Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR)!
The Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review promotes high-quality global emergency medicine research by annually cataloguing and summarizing the year's publications in Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr. Nicholson and Dr. Rybarczyk were chosen from a very competitive pool of applicants to participate in this project.
In addition, Dr. Gabrielle Jacquet, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Global Health, acts as an Editor of the Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review.
We are very proud of our department's involvement in this project! More information on GEMLR can be found here.
Congratulations to Dr. Anton Travis Manasco, PGY2, and Dr. Judy Linden, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Vice Chair for Education, for their publication in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine on the role of palliative care in emergency medicine!
The authors write that "emergency physicians can add dignity and quality to our patients’ last stage of life" by initiating discussions on end-of-life care in the Emergency Department.
Read their powerful and thought-provoking article here.