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Dr. Ed Bernstein Featured in National Drug Control Policy Webinar

January 22nd, 2017 in News 0 comments

bernsteinCongratulations to Dr. Ed Bernstein, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Director of the Public Health Section, and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs, for being featured in the Office of National Drug Control Policy’s webinar on opioid abuse!

Dr. Bernstein is Director of the Faster Paths to Treatment substance use disorder urgent care center, an innovative and judgment-free program at Boston Medical Center providing services and peer support to patients with substance use disorders. Faster Paths to Treatment is funded by a four-year, $2.9 million dollar grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

We are proud that Boston Medical Center’s Emergency Department is a national leader in substance abuse intervention practices, research, and advocacy.

Advance the cursor to the 26 minute mark to see Dr. Bernstein’s presentation.

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New BMC Substance Abuse Urgent Care Combats Opioid Epidemic

October 26th, 2016 in News 0 comments

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.

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BMC Featured on NPR for Social Determinants of Health Training

July 27th, 2016 in News 0 comments

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.

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BMCED Celebrates 30 Years of Residency Training

July 6th, 2016 in News 0 comments

30th anniversary cake

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!

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Dr. Traci Green Appointed to CDC Opioid Guideline Workgroup

January 26th, 2016 in News 0 comments

Green_Traci-2-5x3-5We 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.

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VIAP Receives $1 Million Dollar Grant To Support Violence Survivors

October 4th, 2015 in News 0 comments

We are proud to announce that our Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP) has received a one million dollar grant from the Office of Victims of Violence and Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Program. The grant will support male survivors of violence and their families, as well as address unmet needs of this population.

The two recipients of this grant are Dr. Thea James, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Associate Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Mission, and Director of VIAP, and Elizabeth Dugan, Program Manager of VIAP and licensed clinical social worker (LICSW).

VIAP is an Emergency Department-based program that helps guide victims of community violence through recovery from physical and emotional trauma. VIAP is a founding member of the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs, and has helped spawn similar programs at other hospitals around the country.

Congratulations on this important achievement!

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Dr. Edward Bernstein Featured in ACEP Webinar

September 7th, 2015 in News 0 comments

Our very own Dr. Edward Bernstein, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Vice Chair for Academic Affairs, and Director of the Publich Health Section, has been featured in a webinar on emergency department naloxone distribution!

Dr. Bernstein is a tireless advocate for emergency department intranasal naloxone kit distribution as a method to combat opioid overdose. In addition, he is a national leader in substance abuse research, intervention, and treatment, as well as co-founder of the innovative and influential Project ASSERT program.

The webinar, part of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Trauma and Injury Prevention Section, can be viewed here.

More information on the current opioid abuse crisis and naloxone distribution efforts can be found here.

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Dr. Thea James Appointed Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer

August 11th, 2015 in News 0 comments

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Thea L. James, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, has been appointed Vice President of Mission and Associate Chief Medical Officer of Boston Medical Center!

Dr. James will now manage Boston Medical Center's partnerships with numerous community agencies, housing advocates, food agencies, community mental health providers, substance abuse programs, and violence prevention programs.

Dr. Ravin Davidoff, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, cited Dr. James' "innate ability to truly connect with our patients" and her "passion and dedication" as reasons why she was chosen for the position.

We are proud of Dr. James' many accomplishments and leadership positions. Congratulations!


BMC ED Cited as Leader in Narcan Kit Distribution

April 24th, 2015 in News 0 comments

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.

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Ryan Sullivan Selected for MACEP Leadership & Advocacy Fellowship

January 23rd, 2015 in News 0 comments

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Sullivan, PGY4, for earning a spot in the 2015 Massachusetts College of Emergency Physicians (MACEP) Leadership & Advocacy Fellowship class.

This program trains emergency physicians to be leaders in the field of emergency medicine both locally and nationally. We are very proud of Dr. Sullivan's accomplishments!