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UCSD Ultrasound Division Completes Successful International Ultrasound Summit in Quito, Ecuador

 

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Four ballistic gel models of the fascia iliaca were brought for education purposes as well. The four-day course was then repeated over the second week. Due to the participation of our UCSD wilderness medicine division, a mass casualty lecture and large group scenario was executed at the end of the first week. And after all the hard work, of course we stopped by the Galapagos Islands for some great snorkeling, scuba diving, Galapagos turtle and blue-footed boobie watching!

Although the focus of the summit was to train residents and faculty within the emergency department of the Quito South Hospital, there was also significant interest from their orthopedic surgery and internal medicine departments. Every lecture was very well attended, with approximately 80 physicians participating in the two-week course. Protected time from their clinical duties was provided by the hospital for course completion.

One third year medical student from UCSD who assisted with the course, remains in Quito, and will continue to work with the emergency department staff to motivate and assist them in performing point-of-care ultrasound for three months. She was provided a handheld ultrasound machine which was donated for use by the Quito South Hospital emergency department, and when she leaves this machine will remain with their staff. Monthly video meetings between the UCSD ultrasound division and the Quito South emergency department are planned for the upcoming year, with the goal of continued bedside ultrasound utilization and improvement.

A special thanks to Drs. Campbell, Coffey, Smyres, Yu, and Alcalde, as well as our medical students Jessica, Ryan, Ishan, and Megana who sacrificed their time and resources to make this course effective and tons of fun!!

                            

TikTok star and comedian, Dr. Glaucomflecken visits UCSD School of Medicine with shoutout to EM!

 

                                                                                                                           

UCSD DEM faculty, fellows and residents presenting 12 abstracts at ACEP in October 2022

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Authors

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Ishimine P, Atigapramoj NS, Chaudhari PP, Badawy M, Ugalde I, Yen K, McCaren-Gibbs KA, Adelson PD, Holmes JF, Kuppermann N

Emergency Department Observation of Children with Minor Blunt Head Trauma

Vilke G, Citrome L, Preskorn S, Rajachandran L, Risinger R

Dexmedetomidine Sublingual Film for Acute Agitation in Schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder by Baseline Clinical Global Impression-Severity of Agitation

Kennis B, Self M, Chan T, Wardi T.

Racial and Ethnic Differences in the Initiation of Low Tidal Volume Ventilation in the ED.

Castillo EM, Haynsworth A, Weaver EH, Gilmer T, Chan TC, Tolia VM

The Impact of Specialized Geriatric Consultation in a Level 1 Geriatric Emergency Department on the Cost of Care

Coyne CJ, Max Gruber, Kyle Rourke, Pratik Rajpopot

Pulmonary Embolism in Patients with Cancer: Predicting 30-day Mortality

Coyne CJ, Max Gruber, Kyle Rourke, Pratik Rajpopot

Pulmonary Embolism and Cancer – Can the PERC rule still apply?

You A, Wardi G, Tolia V

Feasibility and Diagnostic Yield of Mobile Cardiac Outpatient Telemetry (MCOT) Initiated from the Emergency Department

Killeen J, Tolia V, Castillo E, Brennen J, Kwan B, Dameff C, Chan T

When, What and How Frequently Do Patients Electronically Access their Emergency Department Records after Discharge?

Kwan B, Killeen J, Chan T, Dameff C

Frequency, Test Characteristics, and Patient Demographics Associated with Lab and Imaging Results Viewed in the Emergency Department During Encounters

Santodomingo M, Yusuf T, Castillo EM, Brennan JJ, Kreshak A, Cronin AO, Tolia VM

Understanding The Relationship of Key Demographic Indicators on COVID-19 Rates in Emergency Department Settings During Surges

Johnson A, Chung D, Self M

Does Boarding Time in the Emergency Department Contribute to Mortality Among Those who are Mechanically Ventilated?

Kwan B, El–Kareh R, Killeen J, Chan T, Dameff C

Establishing Reliable Detection and Follow–up of Newly Diagnosed Chronic Kidney Disease in Emergency Department Patients


                                                                                                                           

DEM Professor, Dr. Colleen Campbell receives Risk Management Grant: I See You: Echogenic Needles in Central Line Placement

 

 echogenic-needles-us-photo.PNGAdverse effects of central line placement include pneumothorax, hemothorax, arterial puncture, and rare cases of pericardial effusion. They can also require multiple attempts prior to successful placement. Ultrasound utilization has been shown to decrease these adverse effects. A major limitation, however, is sonographer experience and inability to visualize the needle tip at all times when performing the procedure. This study investigates whether the use of an echogenic needle while utilizing ultrasound for central line placement can further reduce complications and adverse effects. This study is funded at 35,000 by the UCOP Office of Risk Services.

 

                                                                                                                           

DEM Faculty Recipients of Multiple AOCS Grant Awards

 

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The ultrasound division at UCSD has been fortunate to receive a grant through the AOCS program to develop advanced regional anesthesia capabilities. Our mission is to provide specialized training to our faculty and residents in ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. We look forward to launching a program that utilizes these cutting-edge techniques in our Emergency Department, allowing us to provide our patients with extraordinary pain relief, increased safety, and shorter length of stay without the use of opioid medications.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Andrew LaFree, Assistant Professor, was awarded an AOCS Faculty Development and Clinical Research Grant to develop a research assistant program for the El Centro Regional Medical Center Emergency Department and complete an assessment of patient preferences and health literacy regarding COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccination, and COVID-19 treatments.  Dr. Rahul Nene, Department of Emergency Medicine, is assisting Dr. LaFree with this project and Dr. Christopher Coyne, Department of Emergency Medicine, with be serving as a mentor.  They hope to create a framework for a permanent research assistant program which can be used for other research projects in the future.   

                                                              

Congratulations PGY4 EM Chief Emily Pott!  Outstanding presentation on your abstract at UCSD's 2nd Annual Symposium for Innovation in Medical Education.  Way to keep conference engaging and presenting scholarly work on it!

 

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Dr. Maria Pelucio awarded Medical Education Seed Grant by The Center for Empathy and Compassion Traning in Medical Education.

 

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The Center for Empathy and Compassion Training in Medical Education, housed within the Sanford Institute for Empathy and Compassion, recently awarded a medical education seed grant to Department of Emergency Medicine faculty member, Dr. Maria Pelucio.

Dr. Pelucio’s project proposal aims to develop and disseminate educational programming that enhances empathy and compassion throughout medical training; the project will run through the 2022-23 academic year.

Her study, titled “Training Emergency Medicine Residents in Trauma Informed Care: Patients
Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence,” will test the feasibility and efficacy of a simulation curriculum that introduces best practice tenets of trauma-informed care to emergency medicine residents. Her project is inspired by the experiences of UC San Diego’s emergency medicine residents, who see many patients throughout their training with traumatic histories; intimate partner violence being one of the most insidious and prevalent.

To learn more about Dr. Pelucio’s research project, visit: https://tinyurl.com/MedEdSeedGrants

                                                                                                                           

Philanthropists Leo and Emma Zuckerman establish $10 million gift to transform Emergency Care and support staff wellness at the UCSD Emergency Department

 

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Click here to read at UC San Diego News Center article.

                                                                                                                           

San Diego becomes first county in nation to have all hospitals earn geriatric ER accreditation

 

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Click here to read San Diego Union Tribune article.

Click here to read at UC San Diego News Center article.

                                                                                                                           

UCSD DEM leads the way for Geriatric ED accreditation of all hospitals in San Diego County – the first county in the nation to meet this goal.

 

 

Click here to learn more.

                                                                                                                           

DEM female faculty recognized at the Women in Health Sciences Spring Event

 

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Congratulations to UC San Diego Emergency Medicine faculty Drs. Michelle Daniel, Joelle Donofrio-Odmann, Christanne Coffey, Katherine Staats and Leslie Oyama for being recognized at the annual Women in Health Sciences women award winners ceremony. Dean Daniel was also a panelist on the esteemed Women Leadership Panel for the spring event.

                                                                                                                           

UCSD DEM faculty lead the inaugural Wilderness Medical Society Marine Medicine Conference held in May at La Jolla Shores.

 

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Dr. Christanne Coffey, conference chair, was joined by DEM faculty members Drs. Karen Van Hoesen, Charlotte Sadler, Peter Witucki and Peter Lindholm in teaching wilderness medical providers from around the world on marine medicine.  Prior UCSD wilderness medicine fellows Drs. Lauren Altschuh and Nick Black, and prior hyperbaric & undersea medicine fellow, Kirsten Hornbeak, were also speakers. This 5 day course covered the diagnosis and treatment of patients who suffer from injuries sustained from diving, hazardous marine life, water sports, and other ocean-related activities. The course also explored the interplay between marine ecosystems, human impacts, climate change and human health.  The course was sold out and will be offered again May 1-5, 2023.

 

                                                                                                                           

Welcome to our Emergency Medicine Residency Class of 2026!

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 Meet our current Residents

Congratulations to our Graduating Residency Class of 2022!

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To see where they are going next and meet our other alumni, click here

 

 

DEM faculty member, Dr. Christanne Coffey, Assistant Professor, elected to the Board of the Wilderness Medical Society.

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Dr. Gabe Wardi Awarded 5 Year K23 Training Grant from NIH

 

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 Dr. Gabriel Wardi, Associate Professor, was awarded a 5-year K23 training grant from the National Institutes of Health to improve care and management of sepsis in the Emergency Department.  Specifically, Dr. Wardi will investigate how artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing and other informatics tools and technology can improve the identification and quantification of various subtypes of sepsis to improve treatment and outcomes for patients.  Dr. Wardi will be mentored by Drs. Shamim Nemati, Department of Bioinformatics, and Dr. Atul Malhotra, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine, UCSD.

 

Dr. Christian Dameff Awarded 4 Year Training Grant from NIH

 

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Dr. Christian Dameff MD was awarded a four-year K-08 training grant from the National Institute of Health to build computer models of ransomware attacks on hospitals. This work will help improve national healthcare ransomware resiliency and patient safety.  Dr. Dameff will be mentored by Dr. Stefan Savage, Professor, Computer Science Engineering, UCSD and MacArthur Genius award recipient.

 

Jay Park, MD, UCSD Entrepreneur-in-Residence, featured in local news media for his work in Ukraine relief efforts

                 

 To see news clip on NBC 7, click here.

 

Cal ACEP Legislative Leadership Conference

 

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UCSD DEM faculty and Cal ACEP board of directors Dr. Jorge Fernandez and Dr. Kathy Staats attending the 2022 Cal ACEP legislative leadership conference in Sacramento on the Capitol mall, accompanied by several UCSD DEM alumni: Dr. Bing Pao and Dr. Jon Ludwig. 

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency Medicine Interest Group Subspecialty Showcase

 

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 Thanks so much for presenting and networking with medical students last week as part of the UCSD Emergency Medicine Interest Group Subspecialty Showcase (and for Kristy Schwartz for hosting)!  And congratulations to Justin Seltzer for being awarded as "Most Informative" and Jenny Farah as "Most Entertaining"!Thanks so much for presenting and networking with medical students last week as part of the UCSD Emergency Medicine Interest Group Subspecialty Showcase (and for Kristy Schwartz for hosting)!  And congratulations to Justin Seltzer for being awarded as "Most Informative" and Jenny Farah as "Most Entertaining"!

 

 

CA Bridge Program recognizes Dr. Leslie Mukau for his work in changing hospital culture toward patients with substance use disorders.

 

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Dr. Mukau has received accolades from the CA Bridge program for the work he has done in Imperial County over the past several years growing the substance use disorder medication for addiction treatment program at El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC).  Over the last 14 months the program has treated over 300 people at ECRMC, two-thirds of which have stayed on medication for addiction treatment.   

 

 To read more, click here.

 

 

UCSD DEM at NAEMSP Annual Meeting 2022

 

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The EMS/Disaster Division had another successful year at NAEMSP’s Annual Meeting. In addition to educational presentations, panel moderation, and committee work products, Division members (including our fellow and a resident) presented several abstracts. Two members were awarded national honors for their work; Dr. Donofrio-Ödmann was awarded the President’s Award for her work on the NAEMSP prehospital airway management compendium, and Dr. Staats was honored for the Best Disaster Research Presentation. We look forward to continued strong representation in 2023!

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Oyama, UCSD EM Residency Program Director who received the 2022 California ACEP Education Award and to Dr. Katherine Staats who was awarded the Special Recognition Award

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To see more from the Cal ACEP - Lifeline special edition 2021 magazine, click here.

 

DEM faculty and Chula Vista Fire Medical Director, Dr. Jenny Farah, rides alongside Tournament of Roses President in a vintage fire engine at the 2022 Rose Parade.

 

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DEM Professor Dr. Christanne Coffey awarded the Wilderness Medical Society Education Award

 

 wms-edu-award-1.jpgChristanne Coffey, MD, FACEP, FAWM, is the Wilderness Medicine fellowship director and course director of two wilderness medicine student courses at the University of California San Diego.

She is the chair of the Diving and Marine Medicine committee and helped lead the redesign of the D2M2 curriculum for the WMS, an international certification program in the essentials of caring for patients in the marine environment. She is the conference chair and faculty of the upcoming Marine Medicine Conference in 2022 and Medicine at Sea Pre-conference this summer 2021.

Dr. Coffey is the past chair of the WMS Graduate Medical Education Fellowship committee and served on the WMS Certification of GME Fellowships in Wilderness Medicine Steering Committee that successfully launched the first cycle of fellowship program certification reviews in 2020.

She is an instructor for AWLS, US Sailing Safety at Sea and First Aid for Mariners courses. She has been an invited lecturer at multiple WMS summer and winter conferences. She is the medical director for the San Diego Mountain Rescue Team.

Her passion is teaching and bringing healthy people back to nature through her interests in Wilderness Medicine. She is honored to be recognized for this award.  

 

 

 

Congratulations to our Residency Program for being awarded a CalMedForce grant!

 

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The grant will allow for the program to expand from 11 resident positions per year to 12. 

CalMedForce administers annual grants to fund new residency positions at graduate medical education (GME) programs throughout California and dedicates voter-approved, state tobacco tax revenues from Proposition 56 (2016) to train physicians and help California address its growing physician shortage. Awardees are selected based on their ability to support and expand the physician workforce to meet the demands of California’s diverse and growing patient population, with a focus on medically underserved populations. This grant has helped give our residency program the opportunity to send our trainees to Imperial County to care for medically underserved populations at El Centro Regional Medical Center. Providing medical care at El Centro has offered our residents high yield, meaningful experiences that have contributed to our mission of caring for the medically underserved and border health populations. Many of our graduates have chosen EM jobs in rural and underserved areas to further serve these populations. We are honored to be a part of this important work.

 

 

UC San Diego Breaks Ground on a Multi-Phase, Multi-Billion-Dollar Redevelopment of Hillcrest Medical Campus

 

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To read thisweek@ucsandiego article, click here.

 

Domestic Violence Awareness Day

 

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UCSD DV/SA Committee members and emergency department staff hosted Domestic Violence Awareness Day at Hillcrest on October 6th.

Community advocates from SD County's Victims Services Division and the Family Justice Center joined social workers, nurses, and physicians in bringing domestic violence awareness and education to UCSD healthcare staff and visitors.

 

UCSD GME office hosting a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI)Virtual Open House!

 

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 The UC San Diego Office of GME and EDI committee is hosting a Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) virtual open house for students and residents applying to UCSD training programs on Weds, October 27th, 5-6p (Pacific Time). Register now! https://bit.ly/UCSDJEDI







  • Featuring a panel of informed UCSD representatives providing formal overview of the efforts and activities taking place across UC San Diego 
  • An informal breakout room where UCSD trainees and prospective applicants can discuss individualized experiences and perspectives in a safe and confidential space.    
    • Faculty will not participate in breakout rooms so that prospective applicants can be very candid with their questions without worrying how the conversation may impact their chances of matching at UCSD.   

 

Webinar Info:  October 27, 2021 5-6 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada) 

Click to register!  https://bit.ly/UCSDJEDI

 

 

UC San Diego's Geriatric Emergency Department receives Level 2 Accreditation!

 

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  The UC San Diego Health Emergency Department is the first health system in San Diego to have fully accredited geriatric emergency departments at both our hospitals. On August 2nd, 2021, UC San Diego Health Medical Center in Hillcrest received a Level 2 accreditation from ACEP (American College of Emergency Physicians). Our Hillcrest ED now joins The Gary and Mary West Emergency Department at UC San Diego Health Medical Center in La Jolla, which was the nation's first emergency department with an ACEP Geriatric ED Level 1 accreditation, the highest and most comprehensive level, opening in May 2018.  We are proud to be offering optimized care for seniors in both of our emergency departments. 

 

 

DEM Assistant Professor Christian Dameff testifies at Special Congressional hearing at the House of Representatives in Washington DC on the impact of cyberattacks in healthcare

 

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Click here to watch congressional hearing.

 

Congratulations to our Class of 2021! We are so proud of you and look forward to watching you continue to thrive and grow!

 

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Allyson Kreshak awarded UCOP grant

 

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Dr. Allyson Kreshak was awarded a University of California Office of the President grant to create an ED-Radiology trackboard accessible to both Departments with the goal of improving ED patients‘ Radiology study turn around times.

 

 

 

 

 

Christian Dameff awarded National Foundation of Emergency Medicine Scholar Grant

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Chistian Dameff, Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine, has been awarded a National Foundation of Emergency Medicine Scholar grant with mentors Steve Hayden (Professor, Emergency Medicine) and Stefan Savage PhD (Professor, Computer Science Engineering). 

 

 

DEM proud to announce our new faculty appointments and promotions for July 2021

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UCSD DEM faculty, fellows and residents presenting 19 abstracts at SAEM in May 2021

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Presenter (bolded)/Authors

Title

Shadyab AH, Castillo EM, Tolia VM

Ethnic Disparities in COVID-19 Among Older Adults Presenting to the Geriatric Emergency Department

Childers R, Vilke GM, Brennan JJ, Castillo EM

A Descriptive Study of Antibiotic Use for Acute Respiratory Infections in Urgent Care Patients

Mahajan P, Bellolio F, Cabrera D, Carney M, Klekowski N, Daniel M, Liu D, Enayati M, Pasupathy K, Singh H

Electronic Triggers to Identify Potential Diagnostic Errors in Emergency Departments: Feasibility Study Results

Castillo EM, Brennan JJ, Hsia RY, Chan TC

Emergency Department Utilization Before and After the Affordable Care Act

Cronin AO, Montilla H, Srihari P, Clark R, Castillo EM

Trends in ED Marijuana Screening Before and After Recreational Legalization

Montilla H, Srihari P, Clark RF, Castillo EM

Amphetamine Abuse in Emergency Department Patients with Suicidal ideation

McIntyre K, Castillo EM, Aminlari A, Kreshak A

Use of a Hotel for an ED Homeless Population Requiring Quarantine for SARS CoV-2

Vilke GM, Kreshak AA, Castillo EM, Cronin AO,  Prochnow C

Characteristics of 72-Hour Emergency Department Visits

Carlile M, Vilke GM, Killeen J, Tolia V, Kreshak A, Castillo EM, Dameff C

Impact of Clinical Informatics Tools on Critical Care Billing in an Academic Emergency Department

Self M, Wardi G

Female Sex and Obesity Are Associated With High Tidal Volume Ventilation in the Emergency Department

Cronin AO, Dameff C, Coyne CJ, Castillo EM

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination: Perceptions from Emergency Medicine Residents and Medical Students

Cronin AO, Dameff C, Coyne CJ, Castillo EM

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination: Perceptions from Emergency Medicine Physicians

Barrett L, Liotta B, Brennan JJ, Castillo EM, Chan TC

Homeless Patient Disposition from the ED during COVID-19 Pandemic

Brennan J, Vilke G, Tolia V, Castillo EM

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Positivity Rates Among Hispanic Emergency Department Patients

Bubic IJ, Oswald J

Efficacy of Bedside Nerve Block for Acute and Chronic Pain Performed in the Emergency Department

Anshus A, Oswald J

Erector spinae plane block, a new option for managing acute low axial back pain

Beaulieu A, King A, Commisaris C, Daniel M, Stringer S, Haas M, Rauker N

Combat Zoom Fatigue: How to Maximize Learning Climate in the Virtual Classroom

Mahajan P, Chandanabhumma P, Daniel M, Fetters M, Park SY, Pasupathy K, Sing H

Investigating the Emergency Department Diagnostic Process: Insights from Frontline Providers.

LaFree A, Sobel JD, Noste E, Staats K

Weathering the COVID-19 Storm in the Emergency Department of a Rural Border Hospital

 

 

Resident Nico Kahl Moderates CORD21 Conference Presentation 

DEM resident Nico Kahl featured as moderator of CORD 21 Future of Telehealth in EM conference.

 

 

Cybersecurity Attack Targets Local Hospital

 

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 To see news clip, click here.

 

 

 

 

UCSD EM Professors selected as Medical Directors for California State Parks

 

  us-parks-vilke,-sloane.jpgDrs. Gary Vilke and Christian Sloane have been selected as the interim medical directors for the California State Parks System. They will provide direction, education, and quality improvement guidance for the state parks law enforcement and emergency services division, which includes first responder and BLS providers throughout the state. They will leverage the strengths of UCSD’s diverse faculty in EMS, Wilderness Medicine, and Dive Medicine to collaborate with the State Parks system, from Border Fields State Park in the Tijuana Estuary, to Pelican State Beach in northern California, to Emerald Bay State Park in Tahoe, and everything in between. We are excited by this fabulous opportunity.

 

 

 

Learn more about Gary Vilke, M.D. and Christian Sloane, M.D. 

 

 

DEM Ultrasound Medicine Fellowship Awarded 3 Year Accreditation From EUFAC

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UCSD is pleased to announce that the Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship has received the maximum 3 years of accreditation through The Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Accreditation Council (EUFAC). Our program is one of the first in the country to be accredited and received numerous Gold Star ratings on their requirements, indicating that we exceeded expectations. Our fellows will be prepared for their careers with the highest standards of quality for their education and will be eligible to sit for the Advanced Emergency Ultrasonography Focused Practice Designation examination. We will continue to strive in our mission to train future experts and leaders in the field of Emergency Ultrasound.

 Learn more about our Ultrasound Medicine Fellowship

Leadership in Sustainability & Climate Change

 

 

Emergency Medicine Chief Resident Emily Sbiroli featured in video on leadership in sustainability & climate change, titled "Champion Stories: Dr. Emily Sbiroli, a New Generation of Physician Leaders"

 

 

Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Minns!

 

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Congratulations to Dr. Alicia Minns on winning Faculty Runner Up at CORDAA21 CPC competition!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Charlotte Sadler Awarded PADI Foundation Grant

 

  sadlerdiveDr. Sadler has been awarded the PADI Foundation Grant for 15k to support her work investigating Fitness to Dive after Recovery from COVID-19.

 

Dr. Sadler featured in Scuba Diving Magazine "Can You Scuba Dive After Long Haul COVID

 

 

EM Resident Morgan Carlile named the 2021 House Officer of the Year!

 

  morgan.jpgA huge congratulations to Emergency Medicine PGY3 Dr. Morgan Carlile on being named UC San Diego Health's House Officer of the Year! Morgan has truly risen to the challenges of this last year serving on the front lines of our Emergency Department. He has continued to exel in providing compassionate care to his patients and shown a commitment to advancing the field of all clinical settings. He has managed four peer reviewd publications over the last year, and multiple national presentations. Additionally, Morgan represents UCSD  nationally as the Vice Chair of Clinical Informatics for the Emergency Medicine Resident Association (EMRA). Way to go Morgan!!

 

 

 

Multiple Grants Awarded to Emergency Medicine Professor Dr. Gabe Wardi

 

  •  wardi.nemati-collage.jpgDr. Wardi was awarded a $30,000 CTRI Pilot Project for the project ”Development and Implementation of a Real Time Machine Learning Algorithm to Predict Tracheal Intubation in Patients with COVID19. “ In this, he will work with Dr. Shamim Nemati to implement a deep-learning algorithm and prospectively validate if the use of such an algorithm can help clinicians identify patients who require tracheal intubation with COVID up to 24 hours ahead of time. This work is an extension of their recent publication in CHEST, "Development and Prospective Validation of a Deep Learning Algorithm for Predicting Need for Mechanical Ventilation" and should lay the groundwork for prospective studies using real-time predictive scores at UC San Diego.

 

  • Dr. Gabriel Wardi, working with Dr. Monique Smith of Emory University, have been awarded a total of $30,000 grant for from the National Foundation of Emergency Medicine to develop and validate a deep-learning algorithm to predict respiratory failure in patients in the Emergency Department. The two researchers propose a real-time interpretable machine-learning algorithm to identify the need for mechanical ventilation in patients with and without COVID19 who present to the emergency department from 3 to 48 hours after triage using a technique called transfer learning. Dr. Stephen Hayden will mentor Dr. Wardi as part of the NFEM mentoring program.
          Learn more about this grant

 

Welcome to our new Emergency Medicine Residency Class of 2025!

 

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Please join us in welcoming our new Class of 2025 to the UC San Diego Emergency Medicine Residency Program. This incredible group are coming from near and far, some having lived in San Diego previously, others who have never been to our fantastic city. They are an impressive bunch and very excited to join the team. Welcome to the UCSD EM Family!

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Dr. Miguel Pineda selected as the winner of the Wilderness Medicine GME Lecture Series 

 

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Dr. Miguel Pineda was selected as the winner of the Wilderness Medicine GME Lecture Series at the 2021 Wilderness Medical Society Virtual Conference for his presentation on Nature versus Narcotics: Organic and Synthetic Toxidrome Doppelgangers.

Current and prior wilderness medicine fellows are invited to submit proposals for this annual event. Dr. Pineda, the current UCSD wilderness medicine fellow, and Dr. Lauren Altschuh, 2020 UCSD wilderness medicine fellow, were both selected to be one of six presenters. Over 400 attendees from around the world voted on these lectures. Congratulations, Dr. Pineda!

 

 

Grant Awarded for Telemanipulation Robots

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CSE Associate Professor and DEM Adjunct Professor Laurel Riek awarded $1.2m grant to develop a new generation of healthcare telemanipulation robots 

 

 

UCSD Emergency Medicine team part of initial round of UCSD health care workers to get vaccine

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We're so proud of all our amazing and dedicated staff! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2020

DEM female faculty recognized at the Women in Health Sciences ceremony

dem-wem-faculty-zoom-full-compressed.jpgCongratulations to UC San Diego Emergency Medicine faculty Drs. Rachna Subramony, Jenny Farah, Leslie Oyama and Karen Van Hoesen for being recognized at the annual Women in Health Sciences women award winners ceremony.

 

 

 

Impact of COVID on older adults

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DEM faculty Ted Chan featured in San Diego Union Tribune article regarding the Seniors Community Foundation and the impact of COVID on older adults.

Read more about COVID's impact on older adults

 

 

 

Impacts and challenges of COVID in Imperial County, CA.

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DEM faculty Drs. Andrew Lafree and Chris Tomaszewski featured in a Fortune magazine commentary by Dr. Carolyn Barber regarding the COVID challenges and response in Imperial County, CA.

Read more about the imapcts of COVID in Imperial County, CA.

 

 

 

Charlotte Sadler awarded grant to investigate the safety of scuba diving after COVID 19.

Dr. Sadler in the water in scuba gear holding a white and red flagThanks to a grant awarded by the UC San Diego Academy of Clinician Scholars, Dr. Sadler and Peter Lindholm will be conducting a study to investigate the potential long-term sequelae of COVID-19 and the impacts on fitness for diving.  

Read more about the potential impacts of COVID and fitness for diving

 

 

DEM faculty awarded grant to identify patients at high risk of firearms faciliated suicide. 

Dr. Kahn and Eddie CastilloDEM faculty Chris Kahn and Eddie Castillo along with Dr. Joelle Donofrio-Ödmann have been awarded a grant from the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center (UCFC) on EMS data modeling to identify patients at high risk for firearm-facilitated suicide.

Read the full article

 

 

Hyperbaric and diving medicine research chair awarded 1 million dollar grant.

Peter LindholmPeter Lindholm, professor and Gurnee endowed chair of hyperbaric and diving medicine research, has been awarded a 1 million dollar, 3 year grant from the Office of Naval Research (USN) to image nitrogen gas during diving and decompression. The study will be in collaboration with Professor David Vera, Department of Radiology.

Read Dr. Lindholm's research profile

 

 

 Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society President-elect chosen

Dr. Pete WituckiPete Witucki, Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Hyperbaric Medicine faculty member, has been selected as President-elect for Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society. 

More about Dr. Witucki

 

 

 

UC San Diego Edward A. Dickson Award granted to Jim Dunford

Dr. Jim DunfordDepartment of Emergency Medicine Emeritus Professor, Jim Dunford, has been awarded the UC San Diego Edward A. Dickson Award for outstanding contributions and service as an emeritus faculty member.

Dr. Dunford's research profile

 

 

Department of Emergency Medicine faculty and staff battle COVID-19 during a heat wave

screenshot of CNN Outfront news story showing two medical workers in the ER hallwayCNN reports about our El Centro site where COVID cases are still rising and our team members are working hard to serve the community in triple digit heat.

Watch the complete news feature

 

 

 

NBA legend Bill Walton congratulates our 2020 residents

Hall of Fame inductee and NBA star Bill Walton celebrates our DEM graduating class of 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Emergency Medicine Resident Class of 2020 Graduates

2020 residents in white lab coats standing outsideCongratulations to our Emergency Medicine Residents Class of 2020!

See more about our residency alumni

 

 

 

 

Dr. Andrew Lafree featured on CNBC news to discuss COVID response in El Centro

DEM faculty and ECRMC ED Director, Dr. Lafree featured on CNBC news in San Diego discussing COVID response in El Centro.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Jorge Fernandez elected to the 2020-21 Board of Directors for California ACEP

Jorge Fernandez in a white lab coatCongratulations to DEM Professor Dr. Jorge Fernandez who was elected to the 2020-21 Board of Directors for California American College of Emergency Physicians. 

California ACEP Profile

 

 

 

DEM faculty member, Dr. Leslie Oyama, works with other UC San Diego researchers to develop tele-health robots to improve patient care during the COVID-19 pandemic

Leslie Oyama, Alan Card, along with Lesley Wilson will design, deploy, and evaluate a new fleet of low-cost telepresence robot to improve patient care during the pandemic. 

Read more about the project

NBC features DEM faculty member Dr. Christanne Coffey 

Dr. Christanne Coffey standing in scrubs in an empty ERDr. Christanne Coffey featured in NBC San Diego news article "Emergency Rooms Want You to Come if You Need help". 

Read the full article

 

 

 

Professor Emeritus Irving “Jake" Jacoby receives the ACEP Disaster Medical Sciences Award.

Dr. Jacoby The Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions of national/international significance of impact to the field of disaster medicine. 

Jake has been a force for disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery for decades, and his influence has been felt not just all across the world, but also quite locally. UCSD’s Disaster Control Officer was none other than Jake from 1985-2002, who also served as the chair of UCSD’s Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (now the Emergency Management Committee) for 25 years. He’s advised the State of California, the San Diego Unified School District, the National Disaster Medical System, and many more organizations both large and small throughout his career, while remaining active as an emergency physician, hyperbarics physician, aeromedical physician, and infectious diseases physician (he is board certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, and Infectious Diseases). 

Locally, Jake is beloved as the team leader of Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-4, which he founded in 1991. In that time, he has been the team leader or unit commander for at least 19 deployments, including several major catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. On every one of these deployments, his work has been prompt, purposeful, considerate, and most importantly, effective in delivering the highest quality of patient care in some of the most inadequate and intolerable conditions imaginable. His steady, professional response to these events has protected and served not just the National Disaster Medical System infrastructure, but the communities lucky enough to have been the beneficiaries of his assistance during times of crisis. 

Jake is an active and vital member of the UCSD DEM Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine, teaching residents, serving as the editor of a major disaster medicine textbook, and being a leader in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts across the globe.

Dr. Christanne Coffey featured in UC San Diego's Triton Magazine 

Dr. Christanne Coffey DEM faculty member Dr. Christanne Coffey writes about the balance of saving lives and keeping her family safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Read the Triton Magazine article

 

 

 

 

Dr. Karen Van Hoesen appointed as UC San Diego Health Sciences Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

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Congratulations to DEM faculty member Dr. Karen Van Hoesen for being appointed as UC San Diego Health Sciences Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs!

Dr. Vanhoesen's research profile

 

 

 

San Diego Union Tribune features DEM chair, Dr. Ted Chan. 

emergency worker wheels a patient past a covid-19 testing centerDr. Ted Chan featured in Union Tirbune article about Emergency Department visits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the article 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Stephanie Benjamin featured in front-page of New York Times interactive 

benjamin-face-maskDEM fellow and incoming faculty Dr. Stephanie Benjamin featured in front-page New York Times interactive on health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the New York Times story

 

 

 

 

 

DEM faculty receive grants that focus on the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Chris Coyne, MD, MPH and Edward Castillo, PhD, MPH received a grant derived from the UC National Laboratory Fees Program to utilize machine learning to assist emergency physicians in the treatment and disposition of patients with COVID-19.
  • Edward Castillo, PhD, MPH, in collaboration with Aladdin Shadyab, PhD from Family Medicine and Public Health, received funding from the University of California Office of the President to assess outcomes in older COVID-19 patients with comorbidities in a senior emergency care unit.
  • Christian Tomaszewski, MD, MS, MBA is assisting an effort lead by researchers at Indiana University to develop a national COVID-19 registry to better understand the clinical presentation and outcomes of COVID-19 patients

Dr. Gary Vilke featured on KUSI local news 

Dr. Gary VilkeDEM faculty Dr. Gary Vilke featured on KUSI local news regarding Emergency Departments and the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Joelle Donofrio speaks during San Diego Mayor Faulconer's COVID-19 updates

immunotherapy cell graphicDr. Chris Coyne featured in Emergency News article on Immunotherapy

DEM faculty Chris Coyne, MD, featured in EM News.

EM News complete article

 

Dr. Jim Killeen helps to launch drone program 

dr. jim killeenDEM faculty member Dr. Jim Killeen featured in multiple articles on UCSD Health working with UPS to launch drone program 

 

Dr. Jesse Guittard appointed Associate Director of the ED at VA San Diego Medical Center

DEM faculty member, Jesse Guittard has been appointed as the Associate Director of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Emergency Department. 

Read Dr. Guittard's research profile

 

 

 

UCSD DEM Level 1 accredited GED featured in Discoveries Magazine 

To see magazine, click here. Article on pages 12-17.

Christian Dameff featured on NPR nationwide radio story on health care cybersecurity and attack simulation

Christian DameffUC San Diego DEM Assistant Professor Christian Dameff featured on NPR nationwide radio story on health care cybersecurity and attack simulation conducted at UCSD.

 Listen to the radio segment on NPR