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Dr. Sam Yang is exploring a new testing platform that would analyze genetic sequences within the bacteria and cellular response to antibiotics to make a targeted sepsis diagnosis - cutting diagnosis from days to hours.
Understanding jellyfish stings - Paul Auerbach, MD shares his experiences and expertise.
Chair Andra Blomkalns, MD and Drs. Alexei Wagner and Kimberly Schertzer discuss novel approaches to teambuilding in a recent Stanford Medicine article.
New Stanford Hospital Opens
On November 17, 2019 physicians and staff gathered for a ribbon cutting to open the new Stanford Hospital and a new pediatric emergency department.
Ask-a-Chair: Andra Blomkalns, MD
Chair of the Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA was featured on the SAEM RAMS podcast series "Ask-a-Chair" discussing career decisions, stepping stones and advice.
New Fellowship: Innovation & Design
The Innovation and Design Fellowship trains fellows in how to think, conceptualize, and achieve healthcare improvement through advances in technology, systems change, digital applications, and much more.
Chair Andra Blomkalns, MD, clincal instructor Nicholas Ashenburg, MD, and more than 20 Stanford Emergency Medicine faculty and fellows hosted 200 medical students from around the country at UltraFest 2019, where hands-on workshops and simulations gave attendees valuable point-of-care ultrasound experience.
New Podcast on Social EM
Ayesha Khan, MD has launched a new podcast series, Announce, focused on social emergency medicine and the social factors (race, addiction, malnutrition, immigration, homelessness etc) that influence - and challenge - patient health.
Prasanthi Govindarajan, MD Awarded R01 Grant
Prasanthi Govindarajan, MD of Stanford has been selected to receive an R01 from the NIH for a mixed-methods study: Effect of Bypass Policies on Stroke Treatment in a National Sample of Medicare Beneficiaries.
Precision Ed. & Assessment Research Lab
Michael Gisondi, MD; Holly Caretta-Weyer, MD; and Stefanie Syer, PhD have launched the Precision Education and Assessment Research Lab (The PEARL) with the goal of defining precision in medical education and study the best ways to individualize training for physicians.
Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine is training physicians, nurses and others in new - and more effective - technique called high performance CPR.
The Future of Sports Concussion
Angela Lumba-Brown, MD recently co-directed the first Stanford Sports Concussion Summit featuring hands-on demonstrations, cross-discipline lectures and NFL hall-of-fame inductee Steve Young.
Profile in Innovation: Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD
Rebecca Smith-Coggins, MD, a pioneer in the physician wellness movement, continues to shape how the field of emergency medicine defines and promotes wellness.
Stanford is now one of a handful of institutions across the country to have achieved Geriatric Certification from the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Stanford Partners with Area Fire Departments
The majority of calls fire departments respond to are medical, not incendiary. To ensure 8 area fire departments know leading-edge treatments and have access to additional resources and trainings, Stanford Department of Emergency Medicine has developed a unique partnership, facilitated by Peter D'Souza, MD.
Profile in Innovation: Jennifer Wilson, MD
Jennifer Wilson, MD is researching new treatments for ARDS and sepsis and working toward a broader vision for healthcare.
Guiding an Ultramarathon in Antarctica
Rebecca Walker, MD discusses the connections between emergency medicine and running 250 kilometers in several feet of snow, guiding a runner who could not see.
Support for New Resident Parents
Former Chief Resident June Gordon, MD helped craft a new policy to offer support for residents returning to work as new parents.
On Art, Medicine, and Near Death
Partially paralyzed in a surfing accident, Stanford EM Residency alum Matthew Wetschler, MD captures his path back to movement - and emergency medicine - in a new exhibit.
Profile in Innovation: Dan Imler, MD
Dan Imler, MD is developing new physician-focused decision-making tools to help caregivers focus on patients.
Gratitude and Emergency Medicine
How can emergency medicine physicians combat burnout? Al'ai Alvarez, MD shares his tips and experience in implementing a mindful gratitude practice.
Tips for Caring for Patients with Disabilities
Cori Poffenberger, MD, emergency medicine physician and mother, offers guidance on language, actions and mindset to ensure inclusion for patients with disabilities.
Samuel Yang, MD Awarded NIH Grant
Samuel Yang, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, has been awarded a $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The five-year precision health project will explore utilizing single cell microfluidic devices for rapid diagnosis of bloodstream infections, with the potential benefits of improving antibiotic stewardship and patient outcomes. Read more >>
Hitting the Field with the 49ers
Peter D'Souza, MD discusses what it's like to be the airway management physician on the field for 49ers home games.
Burnout and Physician Wellness
Cori Poffenberger, MD was featured on a recent NBC Nightly News story discussing the challenges of physician wellness, her experience with burnout, and her drive to improve the system for all physicians.
The Butte County fire destroyed more than 13,000 homes and displaced more than 50,000 people. Physicians, fellows, residents and nurses from our department provided medical support to FEMA and to those in shelters. "Everyone has a story...it's humbling."
Gun Violence: One Physician's Story
Emergency medicine physician Laleh Gharahbaghian, MD describes the patient encounter that convinced her gun violence is a public health epidemic.
“This project has a twofold advantage...It provides health care to communities without it, and it employs people marginalized within their own communities.” Ayesha Khan, MD shares how her groundbreaking e-curriculum is impacting Haiti, India and beyond in a new Stanford Medicine Magazine article.
The Deadliest Flu: Are We Prepared?
Milana Boukhman, MD and Colin Bucks, MD recently discussed the likelihood of a flu epidemic of the same magnitude as the 1918 Spanish Influenza epidemic that killed 50 million worldwide.
New Department Chair: Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA
Andra Blomkalns, MD, MBA, a leader in medical device innovation and translational medicine, has joined Stanford’s emergency medicine department. "Stanford has the unique capacity to become the home of the world’s leading experts in emergency care innovation,” noted Blomkalns.
New Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Guidelines
Angela Lumba-Brown, MD, clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine and co-director of the Stanford Concussion and Brain Performance Center is lead author on importangt new CDC guidlines for managing and treating head injuries, recently highlighted in the New York Times and JAMA.
Grant Lipman, MD Nominated Chair of the Wilderness Medical Society’s Research Council
Grant Lipman, MD has been nominated as Chair of the Wilderness Medical Society’s Research Council, and also nominated to the Wilderness Medical Society Board of Directors. He completed a Wilderness Medicine Fellowship at Stanford in 2005, and is now a Clinical Associate Professor.
Envisioning an Emergency Medicine Career
High school students from around the country convened at Stanford for a ten-day immersion in emergency medicine. Participants had the chance to learn hands-on clinical skills in trauma, wilderness medicine, triage and more, with the ultimate goal of encouraging students to choose a career in emergency medicine.
Teaching by Virtual Reality
Henry Curtis, MD and collaborators have created a new virtual reality project that enables emergency doctors to practice how to multitask in a fast-paced, high-risk and disruptive environment.
Search and Rescue
Drs. Gautreau, Mulkerin and Lemieux collaborate with members of FEMA Task Force 3 on communications and teambuilding, while working to extract a 14-year old from a "collapsed" building.
Preparing for Mass Trauma
"In half an hour, a train will strike a bus near downtown Palo Alto." Stanford Emergency Medicine prepares for mass trauma in a hospital-wide simulation. Read a moment-by-moment account of what it is like to prepare for the worst.
New Physician Wellness Fellowship
The Department of Emergency Medicine has launched a new fellowship focused on physician wellness. Wellness in the emergency department presents significant challenges from a systems and individual perspective, and emergency physicians have one of the highest burnout rates in medicine. One of the first of its kind in the nation, this fellowship program is led by nationally-recognized faculty, preeminent in the field of physician wellness.
Empowering Women in India
Female villagers in India who might otherwise be marginalized are becoming healthcare providers, thanks to an app developed by Ayesha Khan, MD and Stanford Emergency Medicine. The story, which spans many decades and several continents, is featured in SCOPE.
Milana Boukhman, MD to Serve on Panel for Future of Military Medicine
Milana Boukhman, MD has been invited to serve on the Medicine panel of the Future of Military Medicine Study sponsored by the Principal Assistant for Research & Technology (PART) of the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. The goal of the panel is to influence investment strategies in support of the military medical mission. This study will inform the identification of technology gaps and provide a “Course of Action” analysis for senior leadership.
The Stanford Walk-In Clinic Opens
The new Stanford Walk-In Clinic opened its doors on February 26 to provide same-day care for patients six months or older with minor illness or injury. Located in Stanford Hoover Pavilion, the clinic provides an additional option for patients unable to obtain an appointment with Primary Care or Express Care. The clinic will be open Monday-Friday from 3:30 – 11 pm, and no appointment is needed.
Stanford Emergency Department Goes Vertical
Stanford Hospital’s “vertical flow model” replaced horizontal stretchers with comfortable chairs. The result? Maximized use of space and reduced length of stay, according to a recent study. Learn more >
Angela Lumba-Brown, MD Named Co-Director of Brain Trauma Consortium
Angela Lumba-Brown, MD has been named Co-Director of the Stanford Brain Trauma Evidence-Based Consortium. The research group, funded by the U.S. Department of Defense, also includes Oregon Health and Sciences University, Portland State University, and the Brain Trauma Foundation. The consortium will develop an evidence-based classification for the spectrum of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and also model post-TBI trajectories and outcomes, an objective that could lead to significant advances in treatment protocols.
Christmas in the ED
Christmas Day in the Emergency Department was one of the busiest in recent memory, according to physicians who have worked the holiday multiple years in a row. The day brought unique challenges, as well as opportunity to support the work family. Read article >>
Expanding the Reach of Emergency Medicine
Emergency medicine physician Peter Acker, MD, was drawn to Stanford by a fellowship program in international emergency medicine program. He arrived in 2013, but his interest in science is older, driven by his early efforts to uncover a “tangible truth.” Stanford Medicine profiles Acker's international work and philosophy. Read article >>