Division Highlights

 

You can view earlier Division Highlights here.

 

  • Kudos to Rose Fernandez, MD, who is the recipient of the 2016 Academy for Women in Academic Medicine (AWAEM) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research.  “The AWAEM Research Award recognizes a woman faculty member whose outstanding achievements have promoted research and scholarly discovery in Emergency Medicine (EM). Accomplishments of the winner of this award should have had significant impact on advancing knowledge about a focused area of Emergency Medicine.”  Dr Fernandez’s research and contributions in the area of medical education/simulation and patient safety have been many and significant, bringing her national recognition.  She has served as Inaugural Chair of the SAEM Simulation Academy from 2009-2011, and she was former chair from 2011-2012.  She has been a member of the National Patient Safety Foundation and the Emergency Medicine Patient Safety Foundation since 2009.  Dr Fernandez has also been an Ad Hoc Reviewer on the Special Emphasis Panel for the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), for the US Army Medical Research Materiel Command Medical Training and Health Information Sciences Research Program, and for the Department of Defense Medical Research and Development Program.  She also serves on the Editorial Board of Simulation in Healthcare, and is Deputy Editor of Teaching and Learning in Medicine.  She is author of several high-impact publications and has been an invited speaker at numerous national conferences focused on simulation in medical education, effective teamwork, and patient safety.

  • Congratulations to Tak Watase, MD MBA, and Melissa Halliday, DO, who are the recipients of the UW PRAISE (Patient Reported Assessment in Satisfaction and Excellence) Award.  PRAISE award winners serve as role models, setting a valuable example in excellent communication to their fellow physicians.  The PRAISE Award is given quarterly to physicians, PAs and ARNPs who meet or exceed the UW Medicine goal for patient satisfaction scores. Recipients have been rated among the top in the nation for their listening and communication skills.

  • KUDOS to Amber Sabbatini, MD MPH, and colleagues for their recent article, “Transitional Care Clinics [TCC] for Follow-Up and Primary Care Linkage for Patients Discharged from The ED” (Elliott K, W Klein J, Basu A, Sabbatini AK, Am J Emerg Med. 2016 Mar 15). Dr Sabbatini and coauthors evaluated the patient factors associated with completion of a follow-up transitional care clinic visit (using the HMC After Care Clinic program) and the impact of completion of such a visit on subsequent ED use.  Their data demonstrated a reduction in ED use in the subsequent year by those patients who completed these appointments, suggesting a role for TCC in ensuring better continuity and access to necessary health care.

  • Congratulations to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, for his recent publication, “Evaluating Facility-Based Antiretroviral Therapy [ART] Program Effectiveness: A Pilot Study Comparing Viral Load Suppression and Retention Rates” (Duber HC, Robert A, Ikelezi G, Fullman N, Gasasira A, Gakidou E, Levine A, Achan, Trop Med Int Health. 2016 Mar 21).  Dr Duber and co-authors assessed the use of cross-sectional viral load measurements among HIV-infected patients receiving ART as an additional measure of facility performance.  Their data showed a lack of correlation between various outcome measures, suggesting the need for additional research to evaluate ART program effectiveness at health facilities in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Kudos to Kennedy Hall, MD, for two recent publications: 

  • Kudos to the following faculty and residents who submitted proposals for the recent UW Medical Student Intersession program. Kudos as well to Doug Franzen, MD; Jon Ilgen, MD; and Jamie Shandro, MD, for coordinating this process.  

    • Michael Vrablik, MD – “Emergency Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound”
    • Matthew Valento, MD - “Electrons to the Emergency Department: The Cellular Biology of Poisons” 
    • David Townes, MD; Herbie Duber, MD; Stephen Morris, MD; Jeremy Hess, MD; and Sachita Shah, MD – “Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies”
    • Jared Strote, MD; EM3 Bjorn Watsjold, MD – “Ethics in Emergency Medicine”
    • Jeff Riddell, MD; Alisha Brown, MD; Annie Chipman, MD; Joshua Jauregui, MD – “The Physician Online: Mindful Use of Digital Media”
    • Joshua Jauregui, MD; Jamie Shandro, MD  - “Resuscitation”
  • Kudos to Martin Makela, MD, who was recently selected as a “2016 UWMC Patient Safety Hero,” an award given to UWMC faculty and staff who “go above and beyond for patient safety and wellness.”  Dr Makela is one of 13 individuals who will be honored at the 2016 UWMC Patient Safety Heroes celebration on March 15, 2016.

  • Congratulations to Alisha Brown, MD, who won the Best Faculty Discussant Award in her category at the March annual meeting of the Emergency Medicine Council of Residency Directors (CORD), held this year in Nashville.

  • Kudos to Fiona Gallahue, MD, FACEP, who was once again elected to the CORD Board of Directors.  Dr Gallahue has served the organization for many years.  Her leadership, passion, and dedication to residency education will continue to be a great asset to CORD as they continue to advance emergency medicine education into the future.

  • Congratulations Lauren Whiteside, MD, MS, who is co-Investigator on the grant, Helping Individuals with Firearm Injures:  A Cluster Randomized Trial, whose aim is to test the effectiveness of a multicomponent intervention aimed at reducing mortality and morbidity among patients who present to Harborview Medical Center with a gunshot wound. This project is funded through the City of Seattle, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the Center for Gun Responsibility.  The Primary Investigator is Ali Rowhani, MD, from the UW Department of Epidemiology.  Other Co-investigators include Fred Rivara, UW Department of Pediatrics, and Kevin Haggerty, UW School of Social Work.

  • Kudos to David Townes, MD, MPH, DTM&H, who was featured in UW Medicine INSIGHT. Dave gave a heartfelt interview in Teaching Moments: An Interview with David Townes.  

  • Congratulations to Amber Sabbatini, MD, MPH, whose article, “In-Hospital Outcomes and Costs among Patients Hospitalized during a Return Visit to the Emergency Department,” was recently published in JAMA.  Dr Sabbatini and her colleagues used data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project to evaluate clinical outcomes and costs for adult patients who were hospitalized when returning after a previous ED visit. Data from their study contradict the presumption that these patients would have worse outcomes and greater costs of care.  This study has significant implications for future quality measures.  Dr Sabbatini’s article was featured in UW Health Sciences’ Newsbeat with an editorial discussing the implications of the study.

  • Kudos to EM4 Hayes Wong, MD, and Steve Mitchell, MD,  for their publication, “Survey of Ebola Preparedness in Washington State Emergency Departments,” in Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness.  This study evaluated the perceived challenges and attitudes of Washington State ED medical directors in developing EVD preparedness programs for their hospitals.

  • Congratulations to Steve Mitchell, MD, for his publication, “Head-Elevated Patient Positioning Decreases Complications of Emergent Tracheal Intubation in the Ward and Intensive Care Unit,” in Anesthesia-Analgesia. Investigators performed a retrospective study which demonstrated that, in emergent situations, back-up head elevated positioning was associated with a decrease in complications related to tracheal intubation. Dr Mitchell’s manuscript won the Article of the Month award for the journal.

  • Kudos to Amy Betz, MD, for her two recent publications in emDocs: (1) “Maximizing the ‘Safe’ Discharge,” and (2) “Unexplained Abnormal Vital Signs on Discharge / Unexplained Deaths after Discharge: What Can We Do Better?”  Congrats to Dr Betz, who continues to push us to provide safer care for our patients through transitions of care.

  • Congratulations to Adeyinka Adedipe, MD, on his promotion to Associate Professor. Dr Adedipe joined the UW Division of Emergency Medicine in 2008 and has been instrumental in the development of Point of Care Ultrasound within the ED, has developed a rigorous educational and QA program, and has effectively represented Emergency Medicine institution-wide through his work on the Institute for UW Simulation and Interprofessional Studies Point-of-Care Ultrasound Committee. Dr Adedipe served on the UW School of Medicine Curriculum Renewal Committee’s Subcommittee on Career Exploration and Focus, and he currently serves on the Editorial Board of the  Journal of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.  Adeyinka is also an Associate Member of the Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center. Dr Adedipe was the recipient of the Service Excellence Award from UWMC in 2009, received the UW Medicine PRAISE Aware in 2014, and was named a Top Doctor in the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in 2014.

  • Congratulations to Medley Gatewood, MD, on his promotion to Associate Professor. Dr Gatewood joined the UW Division of Emergency Medicine in 2005 as an Acting Instructor and was appointed as Assistant Professor in 2008.  He has served as the Director for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS) for the UWMC ED since 2009. Dr Gatewood has facilitated the development and implementation of a number of process improvement projects including those related to management of the acute stroke patient, sepsis, and STEMI. Dr Gatewood’s scholarship has also been focused in the area of quality, most recently being published in the BMJ of Quality and Safety for his article entitled, “A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Early Sepsis Care in the Emergency Department.”  Medley has received the UWMC ED Teacher of the Year for Madigan – University of Washington Affiliated Residency in Emergency Medicine in 2005 and 2006 and the UWMC ED Teacher of the Year Award for the UW EM Residency program in 2013. He was rated as a “Top Reviewer” of over 700 peers by the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine and named one of Seattle’s Top Doctors in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in 2013 and 2014.

  • Congratulations to Jon Ilgen, MD, MCR, on his promotion to Associate Professor.  Dr Ilgen came to the UW Division of Emergency Medicine in 2010 following completion of his Emergency Medicine Education Research Fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU).  While at OHSU, he completed a Master’s in Clinical Research and was part of an AHRQ T32 Research award investigating an online diagnostic reasoning assessment tool.   Since joining the UW Division of Emergency Medicine, Dr Ilgen has continued to follow his passion for medical education research with a specific focus on the development and promotion of diagnostic reasoning skills and the study of assessment tools to measure educational outcomes.  His publications appear in medical education high-impact journals such as Medical Education and Academic Medicine.  Two of his manuscripts have been cited as among the year’s best emergency medicine education research publications in Academic Emergency Medicine Journal.   Jon has been an Associate Editor of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education since 2014 and was recently appointed as an Associate Editor of Academic Emergency Medicine Education and Training.    In addition to these scholarly pursuits, Jon has been a superb educator and mentor for students, residents and fellows.  He is the founder and Director of the UW Division of Emergency Medicine Medical Education Research Fellowship and in this role has provided exceptional mentorship and guidance to the fellows.  

  • Congratulations to EM1 Ben Friedman, MD; EM1 Rachel Harper, MD; Ari Glucksberg, ARNP;  and Jared Strote, MD, MS, for their recent publication, “In the Limelight,” in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.  Discussed is a case of phytophotodermatitis. You can view their article online here.

  • Congratulations to EM2 Andrew Lim, MD; Melissa Halliday, MD; and to our colleagues in Pulmonary and Critical Care (Kristina Rudd, MD) and the Department of Laboratory Medicine (John Hess, MD) for their case report, “Hepatic Abscess-Associated Clostridial Bacteraemia Presenting with Intravascular Haemolysis and Severe Hypertension,” in BMJ Case Reports.  You can view their article online here.

  • Congratulations to Stephen Morris, MD, MPH, for his publication, “Emergency Medicine Resident Rotations Abroad: Current Status and Next Steps,” in Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, Volume 17, Issue 1, 2016. Dr Morris’ article evaluates content and didactic training for EM resident rotations in global health. You may access the article here.  

  • Kudos to Fiona Gallahue, MD, for her publication, “Handoff Practices in Emergency Medicine: Are We Making Progress?” in Academic Emergency Medicine. Dr Gallahue’s article looks at the state of handoff training within Emergency Medicine residency training programs in the United States. You may access the article here.

  • Congratulations to Graham Nichol, MD, MPH, on being named by ThomsonReuters, a global news and information company, as among the most influential scientists of 2015.  See the UW Health Sciences and affiliated researchers on HSNewsBeat.

  • Jeremy Hess, MD, MPH was recently appointed as the Co-Director of the UW Center for the Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE). The Center for Health and the Global Environment, among other things, collaboratively develops and promotes innovative approaches to understanding and managing the risks of global environmental change.” You can read more about CHanGE by clicking here

  • Dr Hess is also is co-author of two recent publications:

  • Dr Hess presented at the Annual Conference of the International Society for Exposure Science in Henderson, Nevada, in October.  His presentation was entitled, “Assessing Heat Exposure in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India: A work in Progress.”

  • Kudos to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, who will be serving as the Principal Investigator on the HeartRescue Evaluation Project in China and India, sponsored by Medtronic Philanthropy.  Dr Duber will be leading the evaluation component of the Global HeartRescue program.  RTI, an international organization collaborating with the University of Illinois Chicago, the University of Arizona, and other China- and India-based implementation partners, will be initiating interventions aimed at improving STEMI (heart attack) and OHCA (“out-of-hospital cardiac arrest”) care in cities within those countries.  The University of Washington’s Department of Global Health / Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation will evaluate the impact of those interventions and help implementers identify an appropriate path forward for more geographically widespread improvements in STEMI and OHCA care.  The project is anticipated to run through 2019.

  • Kudos to Jeremy Branzetti, MD, and to a former EM faculty member, Dave Lu, MD, for their recent publication in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, “Impact of Burnout on Self-Reported Patient Care among Emergency Physicians.”  You can click here to see a copy of the article.  

  • Kudos to Doug Franzen, MD, MEd, for his publication, “Mind the Gap: The Bumpy Transition from Medical School to Residency” in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. The article addresses the challenges of developing an educational continuum from undergraduate medical education to graduate medical education for students and resident trainees.

  • Congratulations to Jared StroteMD MS, who was awarded a grant from the Medic One Foundation to support his project, “Law Enforcement Calls for Emergency Medical Services Assistance: Defining the Patient Population.”

  • Kudos to Graham Nichol, MD MPH, who was quoted in the New York Times about CPR Survival Rates. Click here to see the article. 

  • Congratulations to Medley Gatewood, MD, for his recent publication in BMJ Quality and Safety, “A Quality Improvement Project to Improve Early Sepsis Care in the Emergency Department.” This paper describes the results of the sepsis intervention implemented at UWMC. 

  • Kudos to Kennedy Hall, MD, for two recent publications in Academic Emergency Medicine, both from the Academic Emergency Medicine (AEM) Consensus Conference: “Emergency Department Diagnostic Imaging: The Journey to Quality” and “Comparative Effectiveness Research: Alternatives to "Traditional" Computed Tomography Use in the Acute Care Setting.” 

  • Congratulations to Amber Sabbatini, MD, MPH, for her recent publication in Academic Emergency Medicine and from the AEM Consensus Conference, “Optimizing Patient-Centered Communication and Multidisciplinary Care Coordination in Emergency Diagnostic Imaging: A Research Agenda.”

  • Kudos to Fiona Gallahue, MD, and Amy Betz, MD, for their article, Ready for Discharge? A Survey of Discharge Transition of Care Education and Evaluation in Emergency Medicine Residency Programs,” published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

  • Congratulations to Nathan White, MD MS; Alex St. John, MD; Xu Wang, MD; and Esther LimBS, for their publication, “Self-propelled Particles That Transport Cargo through Flowing Blood and Halt Hemorrhage,” in the October 2015 edition of Science Advances.

  • The UW Division of Emergency Medicine had a strong presence at the American Heart Association (AHA) Resuscitation Science Symposium in Orlando in November, 2015. Kudos to the following EM participants and their presentations/achievements:

    • Graham Nichol, MD, MPH: “Cardiac Resuscitation Systems of Care.” 
    • Michael Sayre, MD, panel discussion moderator, “Resuscitation Guidelines 2015.”
    • Nathan WhiteMD, MS:  “Platelet Force Measurements Are Predictive of Triage Category and Blood Transfusion after Trauma,” with UW co-authors Esther LimBS; Xu Wang, MD; & Diana Chien, BS.
    • Nathan White, MD, MS: "Personalized Hemorrhage Resuscitation."
    • Matthew Gittinger, MD; Sarah M Brolliar, BS, MPH; Graham Nichol, MD, MPH; and Rosemarie Fernandez, MD: “Impact of an Automated Chest Compression Device on Team Communication during Simulated Cardiac Arrest Resuscitations - A Pilot Study.”
    • Heemun Kwok, MD, MS: “A Method for Real-Time CPR Detection from the Thoracic Impedance Signal.”
  • Kudos to Melissa Halliday, DO, who is a recent recipient of the UW Medicine PRAISE Award.  The PRAISE Award—“Patient Reported Assessment In Satisfaction and Excellence”--recognizes physician excellence in patient communication and leadership and is presented biannually to UW Medicine healthcare providers for meeting or ranking above the 80th percentile in their listening and communication skills.

  • Kudos to Graham Nichol, MD, who is featured in the UW Health Science News Beat and is first author on the November 9, 2015, NEJM article, “Trial of Continuous or Interrupted Chest Compressions during CPR.”  Co-authors of this landmark article include Dr Tom Rea, UW Division of General Internal Medicine, and Dr Peter Kudenchuk, Division of Cardiology. 

  • Kudos to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, for his recent three publications, two of which are focused on antiretroviral therapy and the third on the global burden of disease. You may view the articles on antiretroviral therapy here and here, and the global burden of disease here.   

  • Kudos to Betty Chen, MD; Steven Bright, MD; Amit (Raj) Trivedi, MD;  and Matt Valento, MD, for their publication in Clinical Toxicology, Death Following Intentional Ingestion of E-Liquid,” an interesting discussion on nicotine toxicity and the potential increase of abuse with the introduction of e-cigarettes.

  • Kudos to Matt Valento, MD, for his publication, “Digoxin-Specific Antibody Fragment Dosing: A Case Series” (click link to download PDF) in the most recent American Journal of Therapeutics. The article offers a retrospective analysis of digoxin poisoning and empiric dosing of digoxin-specific antibody fragments. Dr Valento was also an invited expert panelist at the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT), which held its 2015 meeting in San Francisco from October 8-12, 2015.

  • Congratulations to Heemun Kwok, MD, MS, who has been selected as a methodologist for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) Clinical Policies Committee which is responsible for the publication and dissemination of clinical policies that shape the practice of Emergency Medicine. Heemun joins an elite group of methodologists/researchers in this role.  

  • Kudos to EM2 Paul Charlton MD, Annie Chipman MD MS, and Kat Comstock RN, Rose Fernandez MD, Elizabeth Rosenman MD, and the ISIS Staff for their submission, “Seeing Red - Navigating the Combative Patient: An Innovative De-Escalation Curriculum for the Provider,” which was accepted for presentation at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare 2016.    

  • Congratulations to Joshua Jauregui MD, who from October 6-9, 2015, will be presenting as a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Health Education Scholarship at the University of British Columbia.  His presentation, “Faculty Re-entry and Sustainable Success: What Happens Next?” discusses how faculty members form their identities as clinical educators and how institutions can better support them.  You can see more information here.  

  • Kudos to Emily Junck MD and Rich Utarnachitt MD MS for their BMJ Case Reports publication, “Ruptured Intercostal Artery Pseudoaneurysm: A Rare Cause of Acute Back Pain,” which reviews this rare diagnosis. 

  • Congratulations to Michael Sayre MD, Andrew McCoy MD, and Anders Conway MA for their publication in Prehospital Emergency Care entitled, “Impact of Building Height and Volume on Cardiac Arrest Response Time.”

  • Congratulations to Rose Fernandez, MD, and Steven Mitchell, MD, whose submission entitled, “Danger, Will Robinson: Using Simulation to Identify High-Risk PPE-Related Occupational Activities - Bringing FMEA to Life,” was accepted for presentation at the International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare. While the topic is highly relevant to the development and implementation of Ebola patient care training, the methodology can be applied to any healthcare process.

  • Kudos to Betty Chen, MD, and Matt Valento, MD, whose submission, “Laboratory Abnormalities Following an Unintentional Pediatric Riveroxaban Ingestion,” was accepted for presentation at the 2015 North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology (NACCT).  Dr Valento will also serve as an expert panelist at this meeting.

  • Congratulations to Lauren Whiteside, MD, MS, who has received a K-23 Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIDA).  Dr Whiteside’s project for this award is entitled, “A Longitudinal Collaborative Care Model for Patients with Prescription Opioid Misuse Utilizing the Emergency Department for Care.”   This K-23 proposal will inform, refine, and pilot a collaborative-care model built from the chronic disease management framework to decrease rates of prescription opioid misuse among patients in the ED while addressing health services needs and comorbidity. Patients with substance-use problems utilize the ED for care more often than patients without these needs do, thus making the ED a critical and innovative location to initiate such a model of care. Dr Whiteside’s primary mentors for this award include Doug Zatzick, MD (Professor, UW Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center) and Dennis Donovan, PhD (Professor and Director, Alcohol & Drug Abuse Institute, UW Department of Psychiatry). 

  • Kudos to Annie Chipman, MD, MS, who is a recipient of a 2015 WGEA (Western Group on Educational Affairs, affiliated with the AAMC) Mini-Grant Program Award for her proposal, “Do You Remember That Patient?  Exploring the Educational Value of Telephone Follow-Up in Graduate Medical Education and Beyond.”

  • Congratulations to Jason Heiner, MD, for his two recent publications: “Female with Leg Lesion” in the August addition of Annals of Emergency Medicine.  Featured in the same edition is an additional article dedicated to this diagnosis. The second is “Elderly Woman with Abdominal Pain: Bedside Ultrasound Diagnosis of Diverticulitis,” in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine

  • Kudos to Elizabeth Dorn, MD, DTMH, for her publication, “Electrical Storm - Brugada’s Syndrome - A Case Report and Literature Review” found in the August edition of Journal of Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.

  • Congratulations to Steven Mitchell, MD, for his recent publication, “Core Curriculum Illustration: Pediatric Traumatic Spondylolisthesis of the Axis,” in Emerg Radiol. 2015 Jul 2. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Congratulations to Joshua Jauregui, MD, who was selected as one of the winners of the WGEA (Western Group on Educational Affairs) 2015 MESRE Award for Excellence in the category of Outstanding Oral Presentation of Education Research in Medical Education.  These awards are given to investigators of outstanding oral presentations with strong methodologies and potential for making an impact in their field of study.  The oral presentations are judged based on strength of the design, organization of the content, clarity of the delivery, time management and the use of audio or visual aids.

  • Congratulations to Rose Fernandez, MD (Principal Investigator), and Elizabeth Rosenman, MD (Co-Investigator), who have been awarded a grant from the Department of Defense for their proposal, “Development of an Integrated Team Training Design and Assessment Architecture to Support Adaptability in Healthcare Teams.”  This grant is funded through the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program (CDRMP) and will focus on the identification and development of methods of simulation training that will optimize adaptive team performance and mitigate teamwork-related threats to patient safety.

  • Congratulations to Jon Ilgen, MD, MCR, who is Co-Investigator of a 2015 Medical Education Research Grant from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.  The grant is entitled, “Examining Errors Related to Pattern Recognition.”  His collaborator and the PI of this award is Dr. Jonathan Sherbino from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

  • Congratulations to Marie Vrablik, MD, who was recently named a recipient of the PRAISE award at HMC. PRAISE awards are given biannually to physicians/providers who rank in the 80th percentile or higher in their listening and communication skills.

  • Congrats to Betty Chen, MD, who was featured on a clip on King 5 News focused on shellfish poisoning. Watch it here.

  • Kudos to Anna Condino, MD  who was selected as the University of Washington's Resident Liaison for the WA-ACEP Board of Directors! As a non-voting member of the BOD, Dr. Condino will have the opportunity to participate in important discussions related to advocacy, legislation and policy.  She will also be representing the interests of Washington State emergency medicine residents, and will participate in the National ACEP Board meeting and the ACEP Advocacy and Leadership conference.  Thank you to Dr. Hayes Wong who was our first-ever liaison and set the bar high.  We have every confidence that Dr. Condino will be an excellent ambassador for our program.

  • Congratulations to Alex St. John, MD who was awarded the Emergency Medicine Foundation Research Grant for his proposal entitled,  A damage control resuscitation cocktail for polytrauma with hemorrhagic shock and traumatic brain injury.  Alex will use this award to continue focused study in basic and translational science of hemostasis, hemorrhagic shock, and traumatic brain injury.  

  • Alex St. John, MD is also the recipient of the UW PRAISE AWARD.  The PRAISE Award is given quarterly to physicians, PAs and ARNPs who meet or exceed the UW Medicine goal for patient satisfaction scores. PRAISE stands for Patient Reported Assessment ISatisfaction and Excellence. The PRAISE award is presented biannually to UW Medicine healthcare providers for ranking in the 80th percentile or higher on their listening and communication skills. 

  • A very well-deserved and special congratulations to Dr Sachita Shah who has been promoted to Associate Professor, effective 7/1/2015.  Please click here for more details. 

  • Congratulations to Jason Heiner, MD, Joshua Villarreal, PharmD, and Jared Strote, MD, MS, for their article, “Loperamide dependence and abuse,” published in the BMJ Case Rep. You can read the article here.   Kudos also go to Ryan MacDonald, MD, Madigan Army Medical Center rotating Emergency Medicine R3 resident, who is first author of the article. 

  • Kudos to David Townes, MD, MPH, DTMH, who continues to be significantly involved in humanitarian work for disasters.  As described in this UW Medicine article, Townes wears many hats related to humanitarian emergencies, including coordinating a public response for the CDC, providing technical advice for the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and advising the U.S. government and others how best to respond to international disasters.

  • Congratulations to Heemun Kwok, MD, MS, for his clinical paper, “Adaptive rhythm sequencing: A method for dynamic rhythm classification during CPR,” published in Resuscitation. Dr Kwok and his team are developing improved technology to more accurately identify cardiac rhythms during CPR. 

  • Kudos to Steven Mitchell, MD for his recent case report, “Core curriculum illustration: blunt cerebrovascular injury,” in Emergency RadiologyThis case report includes a discussion of the diagnostic challenges and criteria for blunt CVI. 

  • Kudos to EM4 Rebekah Heckmann, MD; Alex de la Fuente, MD; and Jason Heiner, MD for their publication, “Pediatric urinary retention and constipation: vaginal agenesis with hematometrocolpos,” published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine: Integrating Emergency Care with Population, 16(3)

  • Health in Complex Humanitarian Emergencies (September 14-18, 2015): A course co-chaired by David Townes, MD, MPH, DTMH, Associate Professor. Interested in working in humanitarian emergencies and international disaster response? This is an important course to learn more about response to humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters. This will be the Fourth Annual Course at the UW.  UW staff and faculty may take it free of charge. Click here for more details.

  • Kudos to Patrick Maher and Jared Strote for their publication, "Case Report: Civilian use of a conducted electrical weapon," in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine.  You can read the article here.

  • Congrats to Medley Gatewood, Jared Strote, Bill Shuman and our colleague from Madigan, Lindsay Grubish for their article, "The use of model-based iterative reconstruction to decrease ED radiation exposure," also published in the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Link here.

  • Congratulations to Jon Ilgen, MD, MCR, for his recent article, “Disrupting Diagnostic Reasoning: Do Interruptions, Instructions, and Experience Affect the Diagnostic Accuracy and Response Time of Residents and Emergency Physicians?” published in Academic Medicine [Acad Med. 2015; 90: 511-517).  You can view the article here.

  • Congratulations to EM3 Hayes Wong, MD, who was recently awarded the 2015 Global Opportunities Health Fellowship from the University of Washington. The purpose of the UW Global Opportunities Health (GO Health) Fellowship is to provide financial assistance to a graduate student, professional student, or medical resident at the University of Washington so that they may gain valuable international fieldwork experience in global health. Hayes’ work will focus on evaluating the implementation of the Foreign Medical Teams Initiative during the Ebola response and other humanitarian emergencies at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.   Kudos and congratulations to David Townes, MD, MPH, DTMH, who has been Hayes’ primary mentor.

  • The UW Division of Emergency Medicine was well represented at the recent UW Medicine Regional Sepsis Conference, held on March 6, 2015 at Harborview Medical Center. The aim of the conference was to explore cutting-edge developments in sepsis care by discussing recent studies and international guidelines.  There were five EM faculty presenting, including:  Adeyinka Adedipe, MD; and Brandon Backlund, MD: “Measuring Fluid Responsiveness," and Daniel Henning, MD; Tak Watase, MD; and Richard Utarnachitt, MD:  “Sepsis Chameleons.”

  • Congratulations to Herbie Duber, MD, MD, MPH, FACEP, first author of a manuscript published in PLOS ONE, Uptake of WHO Recommendations for First-Line Antiretroviral Therapy [ART] in Kenya, Uganda, and Zambia.”  The study looked at guideline adoption of ART and patient- and facility-related determinants of their use.  You can view the article here.

  • Kudos to EM3 Emily Junck, MD, and Sachita Shah, MD, for their recent publication in BMJ Case Reports, “Phlegmasia Cerulea Dolens in a Teenage Boy Found to Have Factor V Leiden.” You may view the article here.

  • Congratulations to Fiona GallahueMD, FACEP, Associate Professor and Residency Program Director, who was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD). CORD is a scientific and educational organization whose mission is to be integral to the advancement of emergency medicine education. Dr Gallahue is the inaugural Program Director of the University of Washington Emergency Medicine Residency Program, and her scholarly work has been in the areas of care of the abused patient and learner evaluation.

  • Kudos to EM2 Adrienne Hughes, MD; EM3 Jodie Totten, MD; and Jared Strote, MD, MS, for their recent publication, “Delayed Diagnosis of Gastric Outlet Obstruction from Bouveret Syndrome in a Young Woman,” in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.

  • Kudos to Nathan White, MD, MS, and his team of investigators and collaborators from the UW Departments of Bioengineering and Molecular Engineering and Sciences Institute and the Department of Chemical Engineering. Dr White’s team has developed a synthetic, injectable hemostatic polymer (“PolyStat”) that mimics Factor XIIIa-mediated fibrin stabilization, resulting in a significant reduction in hemorrhage volume and improved survival for those treated with this agent.   Their work has recently been published in and is featured on the cover of Science Translational Medicine [LW Chan, X Wang, H Wei, LD Pozzo, NJ White,  SH Pun, “A Synthetic fibrin cross-linking polymer for modulating clot properties and inducing hemostasis.” Sci Trans. Med. 7,227ra29 (2015). Locally, the interview and story can be found on King5 Health Links.

  • Congratulations to Joshua Jauregui, MD, whose abstract, “The Faculty Reentry Project: Understanding the Factors That Effect Sustainable Faculty Success after Participating in a Longitudinal Faculty Development Program,” was accepted for presentation as an oral abstract at the 2015 WGEA/WGSA/WOSR Regional Conference in April.  The WGEA, WSGA, and WSOR are all professional organizations within the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), a non-profit association that represents US & Canadian medical schools.

  • Kudos to Herbie Duber, MD, MPH, who is an invited speaker at the global oncology symposium, Making Cancer a Priority in Global Health, scheduled for March 31, 2015, at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.  His talk is entitled, “What Global Oncology Can Learn from the Experience of HIV Treatment.”  Click here for more information about the symposium and agenda.

  • Kudos to Jeremy Branzetti, MD, Associate Program Director of the UW Emergency Medicine Residency Program, who was recently named recipient of the 2015 Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) Faculty Teaching Award.  Dr Branzetti was recognized for his contributions to the education of emergency medicine residents. Nationally, Dr Branzetti also serves as the Chair of the Four Year Program Community of Practice.

  • Congratulations go to Rose FernandezMD, who is a recent grant recipient from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries’ Safety and Health Investment Projects (SHIP) grant program.  Her grant, “Personal Protective Equipment [PPE] Training for Health Care Workers Treating Patients with Highly Contagious Infectious Diseases,” will evaluate training and the impact of using extensive PPE when treating patients with high-risk profile diseases (such as Ebola).

  • Kudos to Heemun KwokMD, MS, who is a grant recipient from the State of Washington Life Sciences Discovery Fund, established in 2005 by the Governor and the Washington State Legislature to improve the health and economic wellbeing of the State’s residents. His grant, “Transforming the Paradigm of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Resuscitation: Patient-Specific Treatment through Innovative Technology,” will fund the creation of a software product that will guide the best course of treatment for the individual patient during continuous CPR.  Dr Kwok is co-investigator of the grant.

  • Kudos to Michael Vrablik, DO, for his article, “The Diagnostic Accuracy of Bedside Ocular Ultrasound for the Diagnosis of Retinal Detachment: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis,” published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine 65 (2015), 199-203. You can view the article here.

  • Kudos to Jon Ilgen, MD, MCR, for his three articles: “Now You See It, Now You Don’t: What Thinking Aloud Tells Us about Clinical Reasoning” in the Journal of Graduate Medical Education, December 2014; 783-785 (link); “A Systematic Review of Validity Evidence for Checklists Versus Global Rating Scales in Simulation-Based Assessment” in Medical Education 49 (2015),  161-173 (link); and “Disrupting Diagnostic Reasoning: Do Interruptions, Instructions, and Experience Affect the Diagnostic Accuracy and Response Time of Resident and Emergency Physicians?” in Academic Medicine, (ePub ahead of print) Jan 2015 (link).

  • Congratulations to Johsua Jauregui, MD, who was appointed as co-lead of the Scholarship Core of the UW’s Center for Leadership and Innovation in Medical Education (CLIME).  CLIME was established to promote scholarship and professional development for educators across UW Medicine.

  • Congratulations to Jon Ilgen, MD, MCR, who was appointed as CLIME’S Associate Director. 

  • Kudos to Jason Heiner, MD, who was recently named a Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine.

  • Congratulations to Tak Watase, MD, MBA, whose article, “Educating Emergency Medicine Residents in Emergency Department Administration and Operations: Needs and Current Practice,” was recently published in The Journal of Graduate Medical Education (December 2014: 770-773). 

  • Kudos to EM3 Emily Junck, MD, for being acknowledged for her “52 articles in 52 weeks,” a list of classic practice-changing Emergency Medicine articles, in Skeptics Guide to Emergency Medicine.  Click here for the link.  Congratulations Emily!

  • Kudos to David Townes, MD, MPH, DTMH, who will be panelist/moderator for “Ebola in 2015—and Beyond,” a panel discussion sponsored by the World Affairs Council (based in Seattle) and scheduled for January 22.   Details:  Date:  Thursday, January 22, 2015. Time:  7:00pm to 8:00pm; wine reception beginning at 6:30pm. Location:  The Landing at Northcut, 5001-25th Avenue NE, Seattle, WA 98105.  Click here to register.