Emergency Medicine

News, Awards & Accolades for the Department of Emergency Medicine

Congratulations to our department's Physicians, Faculty, Residents, Fellows, and Divisions!

Kudos to our Emergency Medicine Resident's Association (EMRA) Award Winners!

FOAM(er) of the Year: Jennifer Love  This is an award to recognize a resident's contribution to free open access medicine (FOAM) education.

Clinical Excellence Award: Josh Glick
This award recognizes a resident who has done outstanding work in the clinical aspect of emergency medicine.

CORD Academic Assembly Scholarship: Utsha Khatri & Rohit Sangal
Given to an individual who demonstrates a significant academic and scholarly interest in emergency medicine to attend the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD) Academic Assembly. 

ACEP Travel Scholarship & EMRA Global Health Initiative Award: Erik Blutinger
    ACEP: To assist a resident or student member of EMRA in the costs associated with attendance of this national event
    EMRA: This Scholarship assists an exemplary resident with the costs associated with an elective in International Medicine that engages the evolution of Emergency Medicine in environments where there is such a need. 

Be the Change Grant: Paul Ginart
This is EMRA’s largest award and is intended to empower the recipient to “dream big” for emergency medicine.  The award will provide a large grant to a resident/medical student or group of residents/students to create and pursue a project designed to have a significant impact on emergency medicine education, research, practice or policy.

Smartphone Based Interventions Aim to Reduce Drunk Driving

Emergency Medicine's own M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS speaks about his groundbreaking research into leveraging smartphones to collect data about, and intervene in, impaired driving. Read here.

A Helpful Tool to Combat the Opioid Crisis

The New York Times reports on new research showing that prescription drug monitoring programs can reduce the overuse of narcotics, but many states have adopted relatively weak versions. Zachary Meisel, MD, MPH, MSHP, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine and author of the research review, is quoted.

Congratulations, Angela Mills!

Congratulations to Angela Mills, MD for receiving the Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) 2017 Mid-Career Award. This award is to honor mid-career female faculty who have shown promise for significant career achievements in emergency medicine through research, education, service, advocacy, or administration, and/or who have worked to promote the role of women in academic emergency medicine.

CPR Training via Augmented Reality

Marion Leary, MSN MPH RN, Director of Innovation Research at the Center for Resuscitation Science, was one of two teams that won this year’s AppitUP challenge and will be receiving a $50k investment from the Ben Franklin Technology Partners. Her team created an immersive CPR training experience using an augmented reality platform to better prepare trainees to save lives during a sudden cardiac arrest.

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Wilderness & Disaster Medicine

Peter Sananman, MD was featured in a story about his Wilderness & Disaster Medicine course on WHYY Radio’s "The Pulse".

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Primer Congreso de Medicina de Emergencias de la Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala

Dr. Iris Reyes was invited to speak at this first conference specifically focused on Emergency Medicine in the country of Guatemala, which was developed by our own Dr. Anthony Dean as part of his Fulbright Fellowship project. Invited speakers included physicians from Chile, Argentina, Guatemala, Canada, Costa Rica and the US. It was held at the Universidad de San Carlos in Guatemala City from April 26-28.

Chances of Successful CPR Dwindle as Seniors Age

Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, director of Penn's Center for Resuscitation Science, is quoted in a HealthDay article about a study recently published by the Journal of the American Heart Association which examined CPR training disparities in the United States, and which showed that older adults – who are at the highest risk for sudden cardiac arrest – are the least likely to be CPR trained.

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Philadelphia's Opioid Epidemic

Emergency Medicine's Zachary Meisel, MD, Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, and C. Crawford Mechem, MD serve on the subcommittee for Philadelphia's "Mayor’s Task Force to Combat the Opioid Epidemic". The task force's final report, which our colleagues helped to create, was released this week.

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Hyperbaric Medicine Excellence!

The Hyperbaric Medicine Team was honored with a “Healthcare Heroes” award from Penn Medicine. Their quality and compassion inspired a patient to make a donation to the “friends fund” in honor of the outstanding care they provided. Thank you for continuing to exemplify excellence in Patient care!

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The Health Benefits of Urban Greening

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Eugenia C. South, MD MS was interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer for their "5 Questions" piece in the health section. The focus of the article was on the Physic Garden at Pennsylvania Hospital, and the health benefits of urban greening.

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Even Short-Term Opioid Use can Set People Up for Addiction Risks

A SAEM (Society for Academic Emergency Medicine) plenary presentation by M. Kit Delgado, MD, Yanlan Huang, MS, Sean Hennessy, PharmD, PhD, Daniel Polsky, PhD, Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, and Zachary Meisel, MD was covered by Science News online May 19th.

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Jill Baren, MD receives award for Emergency Medicine Leadership

Jill Baren, MD received the 2017 SAEM John Marx Leadership Award. This award honors a SAEM (Society for Academic Emergency Medicine) member who has made exceptional contributions to emergency medicine through leadership - locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.

Angela Mills, MD receives award for Humanism in Medicine

Angela Mills, MD received the 2017 SAEM Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award. This award is administered to a practicing emergency medicine physician who exemplifies compassionate, patient-centered care.

Congratulations to Antoinette Brooke!

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Antoinette Brooke, MPH, COO of Emergency Medicine, has been elected the new president of The Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine (AAAEM).

Life-Saving CPR Tips - Great Video!

Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, director of Penn Emergency Medicine's Center for Resuscitation Science, discusses CPR tips to address sudden collapse or cardiac arrest, in a brief video aired on Fox29.

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Penn EM Researchers Mine Twitter for Cardiovascular Disease Research

For years, marketers & other commercial data-miners have been using Twitter’s vast database of tweets to gauge consumer attitudes & track events. Now medical researchers are joining in. Penn's Dept of Emergency Medicine completed an analysis of tweets on cardiovascular disease, in a study recently published in JAMA Cardiology.

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In related news, EM's Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, associate vice president & director of the new Center for Digital Health, says social media posts can help hospitals improve interactions with patients & families, and discusses how the new Center will work toward achieving those goals. Read it here.

Virtual Reality used to study bystander response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Marion Leary RN MSN MPH, a scientist with the Department of Emergency Medicine, spearheads a project using Virtual Reality to study bystander response to Sudden Cardiac Arrest. Her work was featured in Penn Medicine News: "A Look Back at 2016’s Biggest Medical Science Revolutions".

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EM Resident Dr. Amy Waldner - "5 Myths: Refugees & Healthcare"

"Recent political dialogue has brought refugees under fierce scrutiny. As an emergency medicine doctor, I get to care for refugees in both the hospital and at two outpatient clinics specifically designated for refugees and immigrants in Philadelphia. Refugees do not drain resources from our healthcare system and our community benefits positively from refugees through economic and cultural vibrancy."

Read Amy Waldner’s story in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Gov. Christie to Impose Pain Pill Limits Despite N.J. Doctors' Objections

Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, a professor of Emergency Medicine, is quoted throughout a Philadelphia Inquirer article which discusses a new plan proposed by Governer Chris Christie to limit or reduce the amount of opioid pills physicians could initially prescribe to patients with acute pain, such as for a wrist or finger fracture.

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Raina Merchant appointed Associate VP & Director, Center for Digital Health at Penn Medicine.

We are excited to announce the appointment of Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP as Associate Vice President and Director, Center for Digital Health at Penn Medicine.

Connectivity and innovation have been central elements of Penn Medicine’s strategic plan. A large and increasing proportion of our patients engage the world digitally. Digital channels provide opportunities to learn how our patients live their lives and understand what they need to advance their health. Digital channels also provide opportunities for Penn Medicine to deliver on those needs. While many health systems see digital health as a separate strategy, we see digital engagement as an essential part of how we deliver our core services.

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The Center for Digital Health represents the continued evolution of the Social Media Laboratory, led by Dr. Merchant since 2014. This program has a record of success. Dr. Merchant has created partnerships across the university—with Wharton, Annenberg, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science—to systematically evaluate how social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, Yelp, and Instagram can affect health in ways that may be just as profound as the identification of new tests to diagnose disease or the development of new molecules to treat those diseases. The Center for Digital Health reflects an expansion of this progress. It also reflects a belief that in the future our patients will be diagnosed and treated through both social and digital pathways as well as by traditional biomedical pathways.

Dr. Merchant is a graduate of Yale University. She completed medical school and residency in Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago. She came to Penn as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar and then joined the faculty in Emergency Medicine. She has received substantial funding from NIH and from foundations for her work. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation identified her as one of the 10 national leaders in health care under the age of 40.

This activity represents a central part of Penn Medicine’s strategy for the future, and Dr. Merchant is the ideal leader for it.

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Dr. Jill Baren Elected President of the American Board of Emergency Medicine!

Dr. Jill Baren has been elected President of the American Board of Emergency Medicine, and has begun her term on the Executive Committee this year. Over the next three years, she will serve ABEM in in the roles of Secretary-Treasurer, President-Elect and President. In July 2017, she will also become Chair of the Test Administration Committee and will oversee all exams delivered in the board certification and maintenance of certification processes. The American Board of Emergency Medicine is one of 24 medical specialty certification boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABEM mission is to ensure the highest standards in the specialty of Emergency Medicine. As President, Dr. Baren will represent over 33,000 emergency physicians who have met the educational, professional standing, and examination standards of ABEM.

What Carrie Fisher and George Michael Can Teach Us About Heart Disease

Benjamin Abella, MD, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine, comments on what the public should know about heart disease in the wake of the deaths of Carrie Fisher and George Michael.

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5 Questions: Kit Delgado on Smartphone-Based Breathalyzers

In an article from the Philadelphia Inquirer, M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, talks about what he sees as a huge amount of potential to prevent the injuries that bring people to trauma centers, “using devices that are in people’s pockets every day” — their smartphone, linked to a personal Breathalyzer.

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How Hypothermia is Being Harnessed to Save Lives

WHYY Radio's "The Pulse" features a segment on Zach Conrad, a regular competitor in triathlons who had a sudden cardiac arrest while biking around Wissahickon Valley Park in 2012. Benjamin Abella, MD, director of the Penn Center for Resuscitation Science and an associate professor of Emergency Medicine, and Conrad's care team at Penn treated him with therapeutic hypothermia, a process that works by lowering the body's temperature which causes internal systems to slow down.

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Zachary Meisel Wins $2.1 Million PCORI Funding Award

36-Month Study to Focus on Opioid Risk Communications in Clinical Settings ::: The team, led by Zachary Meisel, including Jeanmarie Perrone, Fran Shofer and faculty from Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, the Mayo Clinic and Northwell Health have won a 2.1 million dollar award from PCORI - "Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute"

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Mobile CPR Project — Philadelphia

Benjamin Abella, MD and others at the Center for Resuscitation Science have launched the “Mobile CPR Project – Philadelphia”, a free CPR training program that seeks to combat disparities in CPR training and cardiac arrest survival.  The three year project, funded by Independence Blue Cross Foundation and Penn Medicine, was featured on Fox 29 news this week.

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Dr. Steve Larson's "Puentes de Salud" HBO Documentary eligible for Academy Award

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Puentes de Salud

This week, Emergency Medicine's Steven C. Larson, MD and the Puentes de Salud team hosted a screening of the award-winning HBO documentary that focuses on their work – and the screening was attended by the former First Lady of Mexico, Margarita Zavala (the wife of former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, 2nd from right). Pictured are Steve with staff and Mrs. Zavala. Very exciting development for Puentes, with more to come, as the HBO documentary will air later this year and will also be considered for an Academy Award.

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Kevin Baumlin named Chair of Emergency Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital

Kevin M. Baumlin, MD, FACEP, has been named chair of Emergency Medicine at Pennsylvania Hospital, and vice chair of Emergency Medicine for the Perelman School of Medicine. Baumlin is a globally recognized physician leader, and an accomplished clinician with a unique combination of applied capabilities, including informatics, operational innovation, and quality and performance improvement. Baumlin was previously chair of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York, a position in which he had direct oversight of the facility’s 265 clinical care providers, 110,000 patients, and 45 residents.

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During his time in this role, Kevin oversaw the development and implementation of programs that resulted in significant operational improvements, including a dramatically reduced wait time in the ER, and improved Press-Ganey scores. Kevin’s academic interests lie in informatics and geriatric emergency medicine. He has published and lectured widely on both topics in leading academic journals. 

Dr. Angela Mills joins the SAEM Board of Directors

Please congratulate Dr. Angela Mills! She will be serving a 1-year term on the SAEM ("Society for Academic Emergency Medicine") Board of Directors.

Smartphone App may Reduce Texting & Distracted Driving in Teenagers

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine Kit Delgado and his research team have launched enrollment for a new randomized trial of a smartphone app and in-vehicle device to reduce texting and driving in 16-17 year old drivers. Enrollment can be completed on-line. Please forward this link and/or flyer to potentially interested parties including high school students and administrators and parents of teen drivers.

Is Philly Doing Enough to Save Cardiac Arrest Victims?

An article from Philadelphia magazine reports on the efforts being made by experts and local officials to educate Philadelphians on how to properly administer CPR, and the challenges the city faces in improving survival rates for victims of sudden cardiac arrest. Raina Merchant, MD, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, and Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, clinical research director for the Penn Center for Resuscitation Science and an associate professor of Emergency Medicine, are quoted.

Seeking Alternatives to Opioids

Health care facilities in the area are searching for ways to treat pain without resorting to prescription opioids in hopes to stem the growth of America’s ongoing addition epidemic, reports NPR’s Morning Edition. Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, a professor of Emergency Medicine, says it’s a “step in the right direction.” Click for audio clip. Dr. Perrone starts at 2:13.

HEAR DR. PERRONE LIVE IN APRIL: - Tune in to WHYY-FM 90.9 at 10am on Tuesday, April 26 to hear Dr. Perrone live on Radio Times. She will be joined by Penn Medicine’s Michael Ashburn, MD, director of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, for a segment on the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic, and efforts to improve opioid prescription safety. Hosted by Marty Moss-Coane, Radio Times examines regional, national, and international news, and explores new ideas and trends. Listen live here

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Lauren Sinnenberg & Robert Smith win Perelman School of Medicine Awards

"The Masters of Science in Health Policy Research Medical Student Award in Innovation & Implementation Research" and "Clinical Epidemiology Research Prize".

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Jeanmarie Perrone, MD Inducted Into Class of 2015 "Master Clinicians"

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Jeanmarie Perrone, MD has been selected to be a member of The Academy of Master Clinicians. This award recognizes exceptional clinicians who consistently exemplify the highest standards of clinical care, humanism, and professionalism. Dr. Perrone will work with Penn Medicine leadership to improve the culture of clinical excellence, and to design and promote the ideal patient experience. She will also design professional development & training programs for faculty, residents, students, trainees, and staff. Election to the Academy is the highest clinical honor to be bestowed on a Penn Medicine physician.

Antoinette Brooke, COO receives AAAEM Award

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Antoinette Brooke, MPH, COO of Emergency Medicine, is the 2016 Academy of Administrators in Academic Emergency Medicine recipient of the "Significant Contributions to the AAAEM" annual award. This award is emblematic of her work and recognizes her contribution to the Academy.

Benjamin Abella, MD, receives William Montgomery Excellence in Education award

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Benjamin Abella, MD, vice chair for research in the department of Emergency Medicine, received the William Montgomery Excellence in Education award at the Emergency Cardiovascular Care Update annual meeting. The award recognizes the outstanding work of a scholar in educational efforts on topics relevant to resuscitation science.

"Puentes de Salud" Clinic Featured in Documentary

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Steven C. Larson, MD, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine, and Jack Ludmir, MD, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, are featured in a NationSwell short documentary about Puentes de Salud, a nonprofit founded by the two physicians. Daphne Owen, MD, an Emergency Medicine resident, also appears in the film. Puentes de Salud provides health care focused on Philadelphia's Latino population.

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Diane Lawson selected for Penn Medicine Distinguished Nurse Clinician Academy

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We are delighted to report that Diane Lawson, MSN, RN, CEN, has been selected as a member of the UPHS Distinguished Nurse Clinician Academy. Diane was one of six clinicians chosen for inclusion in this initial cohort from among thirty-two nominations across the Health System. Diane's selection was based on her superb clinical knowledge, skills, attitude/behavior, and willingness to pursue new knowledge. She was also commended for her consistent outstanding work to improve the culture of service, engagement, and patient/family advocacy in her practice.

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This highly selective academy is targeted to Clinical Nurses in all practice settings who exemplify clinical excellence. These nurses are consistently performing beyond current clinical advancement programs. This academy recognizes Clinical Nurses who have demonstrated mastery in clinical practice and represent the gold standard in collegiality within the interprofessional team. These nurses keep the patient and family at the center of care. This academy will provide the distinguished Clinical Nurse with enhanced professional development. Please join us in congratulating Diane on this stellar achievement! 

Penn Presbyterian Emergency Department wins Quality & Patient Safety Operational Award

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Another win for the PPMC ED! Operational Award: "Impact of a redesigned process on outcomes of patients presenting with acute ST segment Myocardial Infarction (STEMI)". "Congratulations — your team has won the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center Quality & Patient Safety Operational Award! We've had another successful year of delivering safe, high quality health care throughout the health system. Our annual competition for the UPHS Quality & Patient Safety Awards recently concluded with 103 projects submitted for consideration. On behalf of our leadership and entire staff we want to thank you and your team for your hard work and dedication to our patients. We know that it is these efforts - and outcomes - that make Penn Medicine one of America's leaders in health care."

Our Department's Recent Publications

Dr. Abella PBS's “Nova Next” reports on a recent study which found that lowering the body’s internal temperature can help preserve neurological function for cardiac arrest patients with heart rhythms that do not respond to defibrillators. Coauthor Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, Vice Chair of Research at Penn Emergency Medicine, has more...
Baren

Drs. Jill Baren and Raina Merchant published in Academic Emergency Medicine, regarding the appropriateness of common tests and procedures: "Choosing Wisely in Emergency Medicine: A National Survey of Emergency Medicine Academic Chairs and Division Chiefs."

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Congratulations to Angela Mills for her publications in this month's Academic Emergency Medicine Journal:

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"Medical Student Presence Does Not Slow Care in Emergency Departments", Penn EM Study Finds. The findings, from a team of researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine, including Emergency Medicine's Kevin R. Scott, MD; Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil; Kimon L.H. Ioannides; Mira Mamtani, MD; and Frances S. Shofer, PhD; among others, are published in JAMA. Read more

Arthur K. Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Awarded to Stephanie B. Abbuhl, MD

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Stephanie B. Abbuhl, professor and vice chair of faculty affairs in the department of emergency medicine, is the recipient of this year’s Arthur Asbury Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award. This award recognizes a faculty member who has fostered the professional development of others by providing inspiring and effective counsel and opportunities for achievement. Since 2001, Dr. Abbuhl has served as the executive director of FOCUS on Health & Leadership for Women, a national model for faculty development that addresses recruitment, retention and advancement of female faculty. In addition to creating novel approaches to support faculty through unique skill building programs and individual and group mentoring sessions, she has also conducted

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research on mentoring in a large NIH-funded randomized controlled trial. Together with her FOCUS colleagues, Dr. Abbuhl has enhanced the careers of hundreds of female faculty members, created a climate at the Perelman School of Medicine that is supportive and respectful of the challenges women face, and helped create opportunities and leadership advancements for both men and women. A former mentee summarized Dr. Abbuhl’s impact as a mentor by stating, “We are better as physicians, more energized as faculty and happier with our decisions because of her influence; hopefully we will have success in carrying her example forward.”

Could 2015 Be a Turning Point in NIH Funding?

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Benjamin Abella, MD, vice chair for research in the department of Emergency Medicine, is quoted in a story in The Atlantic on NIH research funding. Abella noted that he has seen researchers “retool” their labs to do more work for pharmaceutical companies to maintain lab funding in the era of scarce resources for more risky research.

Video-Based CPR Training May be as Valuable as Hands-On Approach, EM Study Finds

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Largest CPR Training Trial for Families of At-Risk Patients Shows Success of Low-Cost Teaching Method. Lead author, Audrey L. Blewer, MPH; senior author, Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil

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Cardiac Arrest is Major Killer but There are No Standards for CPR

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Survival rates for sudden cardiac arrest vary immensely by state and even by county in America. It all comes down to the tools and protocol applied by the people who receive you. “It's a patchwork, and it's created the situation we're in today where survival is very variable depending on where you live,” Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil told Business Insider. "The biggest thing we can do in terms of helping patients is controlling what happens outside of the hospital before they get in, because those are some of the most critical minutes a patient has," said John Greenwood, MD (pictured), the Medical Director of the Emergency Department Critical Care Resuscitation Unit at Penn Medicine.

Social Media Content May Hold Keys to Important Health Information

Raina Merchant

Penn Emergency Medicine study uses Facebook to examine health. Dr. Raina Merchant has an article published in BMJ Quality & Safety describing her work building a longitudinal research database of patients' social media data and health record data. They report on data from over 1000 patients who shared over 1 million social media posts with over 12 million words.

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David Jang, MD awarded Research Fellowship by Society of Redox Biology and Medicine

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David Jang, MD was recently awarded a Research Fellowship by the Society of Redox Biology and Medicine (SFRBM). This competitive fellowship provides funding and additional research training for young investigators in the fields of free radical chemistry, redox biology and antioxidants not available at their home institution. DJ will spend 3-4 weeks in Innsbruck, Austria with Erich Gnaiger, PhD, who is

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the founder for Oroboros Instruments which is considered the standard in the measurement of mitochondrial respiration. His lab in considered one of the largest mitochondrial physiology labs where DJ will pursue a research project with Erich to examine the effect of freezing certain cell types (PBMCs and Platelets) on the simultaneous measurement of ROS and mitochondrial respiration.

Mobile CPR Project funded

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The Mobile CPR Project started as a collaboration between Travelers Foundation and the Center for Resuscitation Science of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The project was created to increase survival from sudden cardiac arrest through free CPR education in Hartford, CT. Now the project is being brought home to Philadelphia.

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Congratulations, Dr. Reyes!

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Dr. Iris M. Reyes, of the Department of Emergency Medicine — Recipient of the Office of Patient Affairs’ 2015 Patient Advocacy Award. Dr. Reyes will be honored at the 8th Annual HUP Patient Advocacy Reception in November.

Dr. Steven Larson's "Puentes De Salud" wins Hispanic Choice Awards' Impact Award

Salud Award

Thank you to all of our nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians, and all volunteers and staff for the amazing work you do. Thank you to the community for your trust and commitment. Thank you to all of our supporters for believing in our cause. We dedicate this "Community Advocate of the Year Impact Award" to all immigrants who are fighting for basic human rights.

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Jeanmarie Perrone Accolades

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Jeanmarie Perrone quoted in the article “Supplements Lead to 23,000 ER Visits Yearly, New CDC Study Finds” on Shape.com

• Congratulations Jeanmarie Perrone on her article published in JAMA: "Addressing the Opioid Epidemic"

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Ben Abella, MD writes article for The Philadelphia Inquirer

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"All high school students should learn CPR"

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Zachary Meisel, MD awarded five year NIH grant

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A hearty congratulations to Dr. Zack Meisel, who was awarded a P30 Center of Excellence grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). Zack will be the Principal Investigator of the Center's Policy and Dissemination Core. This five year NIH grant is a huge win for Zack, our Department, and is a terrific example of our strengths in health policy and systems of health care delivery.

Hyperbaric Medicine in the News

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Read about our comprehensive hyperbaric therapy center, and view our giant chambers.

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Congratulations, Alex!

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Resident Alex Katz, MD just had a manuscript published on the topic of cardiac arrest and drug overdose. "Outcomes Of Patients Resuscitated From Cardiac Arrest in the Setting of Drug Overdose."

Judith Green-McKenzie receives the Kehoe Lifetime Achievement Award!

Dr. McKenzie Congratulations to Judith Green-McKenzie, MD, the recipient of the Kehoe Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Education or Research, by the College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

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Anthony Dean wins AEUS Education Award

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Congrats go out to our very own Emergency Ultrasound Division director Dr. Anthony J. Dean who was honored by the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound at SAEM with the Education Award! More than half of the AEUS board is now comprised of AJ’s former fellows, demonstrating how his teaching and research success certainly extends well beyond our borders. Please take a moment to congratulate him on this much deserved recognition!

John Flamma wins the David M. Kozart Medical Award

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Congratulations to John Flamma, MD — the 2015 recipient of the David M. Kozart, MD, Medical Staff Award! The Award is intended to recognize a medical staff member who has demonstrated excellence in patient care and medical staff leadership. Emergency Medicine's, John Flamma, MD, represents these ideals in a wonderful fashion.

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Raina Merchant Appointed co-director of Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program

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Raina Merchant, MD MSHP was appointed by Dean Larry Jameson to become the Co-Director of the prestigious nationally recognized Penn Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program. She directs the program with David Asch. The RWJCSP program has been in place for over 40 years and in 2017 will be transitioning to become the National Clinical Scholars Program and will exist at 4 sites, Penn, UCLA, Yale, and Michigan. The program will train nurses and physicians to "serve as leaders, researchers, and change agents in healthcare, community health, public policy, and healthcare innovation."

Kathleen Lee, MD wins the Penn Center for Innovation AppitUp Challenge

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Our very own EM resident Kat Lee, MD won the Penn Center for Innovation AppitUp Challenge for her app Decnut--a clinical pathways mobile application.

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Zachary Meisel receives $800,000 grant for Narrative Medicine study

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Dr. Zachary Meisel, along with researchers from CHOP, have received a nearly $800,000 grant to study the effect of narratives on physician prescription behavior for vulnerable children with behavioral problems in Pennsylvania. Dr. Meisel will be leading this project as co-Principal Investigator, along with David Rubin, MD. From CHOP.”

Resident Erica Tabakin publishes report

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Our own resident Erica Tabakin is 1st author on a case report in the Journal of Emergency Medicine with AJ Dean and Nova Panebianco. The report is titled “An Alternative Explanation for Abnormal Globe Contour” and can be found on Pubmed. It’s always exciting when our residents publish.

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Raina Merchant's "Penn Defibrillator Design Challenge", showcasing public AEDs

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The Defibrillator Design Challenge is a contest to create eye-catching designs around automated external defibrillators (AEDs) in public locations in the Philadelphia area, in order to increase awareness and educate the public about the importance and use of AEDs. Penn Emergency Medicine's Dr. Raina Merchant is the director of the Defibrillator Design Challenge, and director of the University of Pennsylvania Social Media and Health Innovation Lab.

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  • ProTECT III: Learn the results of an acute traumatic brain injury study conducted at Penn
  • Penn Emergency Medicine study uses Facebook to examine health - "Social Media Content May Hold Keys to Important Health Information" Dr. Raina Merchant has an article published in BMJ Quality & Safety describing her work building a longitudinal research database of patients' social media data and health record data. They report on data from >1000 patients who shared over 1 million social media posts with >12 million words. More Information: • Audio feature, WHYY, "The Pulse" • Original Article (BMJ Quality & Safety) • Press Release • "Daily Pennsylvanian" Article
  • Dr. Amos Shemesh (PGY-3) submitted a case, with the help of Drs. Nova Panebianco and Aaron Chen, entitled "Pott's Puffy Tumor: An Uncommon Complication of Sinusitis in a Young Adolescent," and won second place in the first annual ACEP Pediatric EMages Competition. The award includes a $250 voucher to the ACEP Bookstore, a pediatric section membership and presentation of the case at this year's section meeting at the ACEP meeting in Seattle.
  • Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone was featured in the NBC10 story, "Tracking "Molly" in Philadelphia Isn't Easy." Molly is the powder or crystal form of methylenedioxy-methamphetamine that kindles the sensory organs. In the newscast, Dr. Perrone discusses reasons why the drug is difficult to track. Read more…
  • Dr. Kit Delgado's paper, "Cost-Effectiveness of Helicopter Versus Ground Emergency Medical Services for Trauma Scene Transport in the United States," was selected as an Annals' Editors Top Selection in the October edition of Annals of Emergency Medicine.
  • Dr. Kristin Rising published a letter in Science earlier this month entitled "Working Together to Prepare for Disasters" with co-author Dr. Nicole Lurie, the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) at the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Penn Current acknowledged the 10th year of Puentes de Salud and interviewed Dr. Steven Larson, co-founder and executive director of Puentes. Dr. Larson talked about inspiring students to pursue health care careers in areas of need, explaining, "As educators, we're responsible for guiding the next generation of leaders, and Puentes, for us, is also about making this generation of students get through to their next step with their values intact. Puentes is truly a labor of love." Read more… On a side note, Puentes de Salud has been awarded an Independence Blue Cross Foundation Safety Net Grant for 2014.
  • Sue Babin, an emergency medicine nurse over at PPMC, was chosen as one of the recipients of the PPMC Office of Patient Affairs 2013 Patient Advocacy Award. She was chosen for all the work she does with patient and guest relations in an effort to increase patient satisfaction. She will be honored at a ceremony on November 22.
  • Dr. Daniel Holena, one of our K12 Scholars, received a Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) Pilot Grant for his project, "Standing at the Virtual Bedside: Use of Telemedicine to Integrate Families into ICU Rounds." The PSOM and CHOP, augmented by funding from the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics' Clinical and Translational Sciences Award, are partnering to fund pilot studies in patient centered outcomes research. Dr. Holena's project focuses on inclusion of the patient and the patient's family in medical decision-making as a key component of patient-centered care in the ICU. This grant will fund a two-part study in which qualitative research techniques will be used to investigate factors associated with family participation in rounds, as well as barriers to these efforts.This will be followed by a 12 week randomized, controlled trial of a telemedicine platform, which will provide patient families with the ability to participate in daily ICU rounds when they cannot be physically present, measuring the frequency of family participation during rounds, as well as measuring provider and patient/family satisfaction and technical factors relating to telemedicine. This pilot project will address communication and dissemination research, one of PCORI's national priorities, and will serve as preliminary data for the submission of a larger multicenter proposal.
  • Dr. Kit Degado received a PCOR Grant as well, for the proposal entitled, "Patient Centered Regional Trauma Care: Eliciting Patient, Family, and Physician Perspectives in Trauma Center Transfer." His group will interview patients transferred to HUP for trauma care, as well as accompanying family members, to elicit their:a) desire to be engaged in the transfer decision; b) understanding of the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives of transfer; c) factors affecting preferences for being treated at their local hospital vs. being transferred; and d) burden associated with long distance transfer. They will also meet with focus groups and conduct surveys to identify non-trauma center emergency physicians' a) perceived barriers and facilitators to engaging in shared decision making regarding patient transfers; b) perception of their hospital's capability to take care of trauma patients; and c) attitudes towards using telemedicine to aid transfer decision making. The final aim of the project is to recruit patients and their family members,physicians and hospitals to participate in a stakeholder committee toguidethe design, conduct and monitoring of future studies aimed at making regionaltrauma systems morepatient and family centered.Through collaborations with the trauma service, they plan to use this pilot work to strengthen a future application to the PCORI to study the effect of telemedicine consultation for fostering improved trauma transfer decisions and patient centered outcomes. The team consists of:PI:Kit Delgado, MD, MS (EM); Co-PI:Brendan Carr, MD, MS (EM); Co-I:Therese Richmond, PhD, MSN(School of Nursing);Co-I:Carrie Sims, MD, MS (Trauma Surgery).
  • Dr. Jeanmarie Perrone is featured in a Medicine News blog about her recent ACEP poster presentation on using twitter to track PO abuse trends. Read more about how "Penn Medicine Researchers Turn to Twitter for Helpful Revelations on an Emerging Addiction Crisis."
  • The Daily Pennsylvanian highlighted Puentes de Salud's accomplishments in an article entitled, "South Philadelphia health clinic celebrates 10th year."
  • Ben Abella, Sarah Perman, Gail Delfin and Anne Grossestreuer traveled to Krakow, Poland for the 2013 European Resuscitation Council Congress. Ben, Sarah, and Gail hosted a one-day post-cardiac arrest hypothermia training session. Ben presented an invited lecture on hypothermia and all four attendees co-chaired poster presentation sessions. Sarah and Anne presented original research as finalists in the Young Investigator Competition and were both awarded two-year positions on the editorial board on Resuscitation. The attached pictures are of Ben, Sarah and Gail from the one day hypothermia course and of Sarah, Gail, and Anne in the main square, Rynek Glowny, of Krakow.
  • Jennifer Barger, Quality Improvement Safety Coordinator of Emergency Services, and Socrates Deguzma, from the EDOU,will be honored as 2013 HUP Patient Advocacy Award Recipients during the 6th Annual HUP Patient Advocacy Award Recognition and Reception, which will take place on Friday, November 22, 2013 from 2 – 4 pm in the Penn Tower Bridge Level Conference Room. The Office of Patient Affairs and Patient and Guest Relations are recognizing outstanding HUP partners in patient advocacy who consistently improve the Penn patient experience.
  • Leighann Mazzone, interim PPMC Nurse Manager, received PPMC Office of Patient Affairs 2013 Patient Advocacy Award. She was chosen for all the work she does with patient and guest relations in an effort to increase patient satisfaction. She will be honored at a ceremony on November 22 as well.
  • Dr. Edward Dickinson has been selected as one of the inaugural members of The Academy of Master Clinicians. This award is for a five-year term and recognizes exceptional clinicians who consistently exemplify the highest standards of clinical care, humanism and professionalism. Dr. Dickinson and his colleagues who have been selected for this honor will work with Penn Medicine leadership to improve the culture of clinical excellence and to promote the ideal patient experience. He will also participate in the development of and lead professional development/training programs for faculty, residents, students, trainees and staff. Dr. Dickinson will be honored in The Academy of Master Clinicians at a special award dinner on February 11, 2014 at the Four Seasons.
  • The PPMC ED UBCL Team was selected as the second place winner in the 2013 Delaware Valley Quality and Patient Safety Awards by the Health Care Improvement Foundation for its project: "Impact of a Clinical Decision Support Tool in the Emergency Department on Antimicrobial Prescribing Patterns for the Treatment of Pneumonia." In recognition of this honor, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center will receive a grant of $2,500.00 toward the advancement of quality and patient safety initiatives. The winning project can be viewed on You Tube at: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4sXhHpALnH4&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D4sXhHpALnH4#
  • Anne Grossestreuer, MS, Research Coordinator at the Center for Resuscitation Science and PhD candidate, won the best abstract award at the American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Symposium in Dallas this week. She was also a finalist for the best abstract award at the European Resuscitation Council annual meeting in Krakow. Put simply, Anne is on a roll! Congratulations to her primary mentor, David Gaieski, MD, as well. He has helped guide her work during her time at the Center.
  • Margaret Samuels-Kalow, MD was awarded this year's Academic Pediatric Association Region II Young Investigator Award. She has been conducting in-depth, qualitative interviews with parents of patients with asthma focused on needs and preferences around the ED discharge process and how those differ based on health literacy. The goal of the project is to elicit ideas to use in the development of an intervention to improve ED discharge safety and equity.
  • When a hospital visitor collapsed from cardiac arrest near the Penn Tower bridge on the evening of December 5th,a quick thinking response team grabbed the AED installed near the admissions office, and the patient was successfully shocked from ventricular fibrillation. Several days later, he was extubated, awake and interactive with his grateful family in our CCU. Thanks are due to Zachary Smith, an Internal Medicine resident, and Patrice Bradley, a nursing coordinator, who were part of the team who used the AED on the patient. We are also grateful to Al Black and others among UPHS leadership who supported initiatives to place AEDs in strategic locations, such as the hospital lobby and cafeteria. We are also grateful to Joe Forte for the remarkable support of the HUP security personnel who help manage the AED program and ensure the AEDs are ready for service. If you would like to receive instruction on AED use, click here for a HUP training video.

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