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!
We are proud to announce that the following PGY4s have been accepted into fellowships:
Christine Jung - Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship at Boston University / Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA
Travis Manasco - Anesthesiology Critical Care Fellowship at Washington University / Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO
Megan Rybarczyk - International Emergency Medicine Fellowship at Harvard University / Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
Boston Medical Center's Emergency Department has opened a new urgent care center dedicated to providing care to patients struggling with opioid abuse.
This cutting-edge facility, called Faster Paths to Treatment Opioid Urgent Care Center, is the product of collaboration between the Boston Medical Center Emergency Department, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC). Faster Paths is funded by a four-year, $2.9 million dollar grant from the DPH.
According to Dr. Edward Bernstein, Program Director of Faster Paths as well as Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Public Health Section , this new program "will help us create a more comprehensive system of care that will allow a greater number of patients to access the services they need, when and where they need it and to further BMC's commitment to provide exceptional care without exception."
We are proud to be on on the forefront of substance abuse intervention and treatment, and will continue to provide compassionate care to the most vulnerable patients of the Boston metropolitan area.
We are pleased to announce the launch of Learning Moment, a novel educational tool designed to optimize experiential learning while working clinically and encourage the culture of teaching and learning within the medical field.
Created and designed by Dr. Alex Sheng, Assistant Professor and Assistant Residency Program Director, Dr. Jeff Schneider, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, and Dr. Ryan Sullivan, Emergency Physician at Lawrence General Hospital and BMC EM alumnus, Learning Moment utilizes interactive mapping technology to optimize experiential learning.
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.
Dr. Thea James, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Mission, Dr. Jeff Schneider, Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean for Graduate Medical Education, Dr. Travis Manasco, PGY-4, and Dr. Haley Thun, PGY-2, have been featured on National Public Radio for their roles in developing a curriculum for new interns and fellows on the social determinants of health!
The Boston Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency is a national leader in public health programs and educational initiatives that raise the quality of care for underserved and vulnerable patient populations.
Also involved in this initiative were Chelsea McGuire, Elizabeth Doran, Leslie Halpern, Karan Verma, and the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) Social Determinants of Health Group.
Read more about our innovative training for house officers during orientation.
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!
The Be Exceptional Award recognizes Boston Medical Center staff who demonstrate exceptional job performance and who embody the attributes of empathy, teamwork, initiative, and excellence. This year's 25 award recipients were nominated by fellow employees and selected by a hospital-wide committee. An award ceremony and reception will take place on Thursday, June 16 from 2-3 pm in the Hiebert Lounge.
Dr. Gabrielle Jacquet, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Director of Global Health, will be featured in an upcoming global health webinar on pre-departure training.
Sponsored by Child Family Health International (CFHI), a United Nations-recognized non-profit organization that specializes in global health education, the webinar will explore topics in pre-departure training for students and trainees working in health-related settings abroad. Other experts participating in the webinar include Dr. Jessica Evert, Clinical Faculty in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at UCSF, and Willy Oppenheim, Founder and Executive Director of omprakash.org.
The webinar will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at 10am Pacific Time. Register now!
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.
We are pleased to announce that our very own Dr. Sophia Dyer, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of Boston EMS, Police & Fire, has been named as one of the 14 most influential women in EMS in the United States!
EMS1.com published the announcement about Dr. Dyer, who is the first female medical director for Boston EMS, as part of their celebration of Women's History Month.
Dr. Dyer is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center program, and a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the Children’s Hospital Boston Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention. In addition, she has received many prestigious awards throughout her career including the Boston University School of Medicine Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award and the Corey M. Slovis Award for Excellence in Education.
CFHI is a United Nations-recognized non-profit organization that specializes in global health education, providing over 30 global health education programs in 10 countries around the world. Dr. Jacquet's role will be to oversee curriculum development, pre-departure training, and research. She will also collaborate with CFHI’s Medical Directors in international communities to build solidarity, reciprocity, and local capacity-building.
Dr. Jacquet is an expert in pre-departure training, and has also worked extensively in the areas of medical education, resource-limited emergency medicine, and global health research.
Congratulations to our 31st class of residents, and welcome to BMC!
We are proud to announce that Dr. Sophia Dyer, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Medical Director of Boston EMS, Police & Fire, has received the Corey M. Slovis Award for Excellence in Education!
Created by the U.S. Metropolitan Municipalities Emergency Medical Services Medical Directors Consortium in 2009, this annual award recognizes physicians who have "provided the emergency medical community with incomparable educational achievement and who possess the unique ability to facilitate substantive learning among the public, emergency care providers and colleagues alike."
Dr. Dyer is a graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in Emergency Medicine at the Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center program, and a fellowship in Medical Toxicology at the Children's Hospital Boston Regional Center for Poison Control and Prevention. In addition, she has received many prestigious awards throughout her career including the Boston University School of Medicine Alumni Association Distinguished Alumnus/Alumna Award.
We are excited to announce the establishment of the first annual All Boston Emergency Medicine Conference!
Spearheaded by chief residents and faculty representatives from BMC, BIDMC, BWH/MGH, and Tufts, along with our very own Dr. Jonathan Olshaker, Professor and Chairman of the Emergency Department, our robust education section, Drs. Alex Sheng, Assistant Professor and Assistant Residency Program Director, and Matthew Tyler, PGY4, the conference celebrates the amazing emergency medicine presence in Boston. More