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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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New Grant to Support Hepatitis C Testing in the Emergency Department

May 13th, 2016 in News 0 comments

elissa perkinsWe 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.

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Dr. James Feldman and Dr. Thea James Interviewed on NPR

February 5th, 2016 in News 0 comments

Dr. James Feldman, Professor and Vice Chair of Research for the Department of Emergency Medicine, and Dr. Thea James, Associate Professor and Director of the Violence Intervention Advocacy Program (VIAP), have been interviewed on a National Public Radio (NPR) program investigating gun violence.

The broadcast, titled Humankind: Epidemic of Gun Violence, features Dr. Feldman and Dr. James discussing both the medical and public health implications of gun violence.

Listen to a clip of the interview.

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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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Dr. Ricky Kue Interviewed by PBS on Paris Terrorist Attacks

November 27th, 2015 in News 0 comments

kue_faceThe Public Broadcasting System (PBS) member station WGBH has featured Dr. Ricky Kue in the piece “Paris Attacks & Boston Marathon Bombings: Diverging Strategies For First Responders.”

Dr. Kue, Assistant Professor, Associate Medical Director of Boston EMS, Police & Fire for the City of Boston, and Director of the Boston EMS Medicine Fellowship, discusses differences between emergency medical systems during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and the recent Paris terrorist attacks.

Maureen McMahon, Director of Emergency Preparedness at Boston Medical Center, was also interviewd.

The piece can be found here.

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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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