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Perelman School of Medicine research shows that the average opioid prescription strength has risen to reach the threshold for increased risk of overdose death. "The data that we've collected shows that there's ample opportunity to reduce excessive prescribing for this common outpatient procedure", says M. Kit DelgadoMD, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine. Read More 

Dual Crises at PPMC Trauma Center

Philadelphia trauma centers  experienced a spike in patients with gunshot and stab wounds during the first months of the COVID-19 out break. "Given the potential strain on our resources from the expected surge of critically ill COVID patients, the parallel increase we noted in penetrating trauma represented a threat to us being able to maintain our readiness as a trauma center", says Zaffer Qasim, MD a faculty member in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Read More

Established Status Epilepticus Treatment Trial (ESETT) Completed at HUP

The ESETT Trial, a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, comparative effectiveness study of fosphenytoin, levetiracetam, and valproic acid in subjects with benzodiazepine-refractory status epilepticus has been completed and the results are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study enrolled patients under the exception from informed consent guidelines at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Presybterian, and Pennsylvania Hospital Emergency Departments. Read More

Angelo Cataldi's Longtime WIP Producer Hospitalized Following 'Harrowing' Airplane Incident

Joe Weachter, Angelo Cataldi’s longtime producer on the 94.1 WIP morning show, is recovering in a Florida hospital after having lost consciousness on an airplane Wednesday afternoon. Edward Dickinson, MD, FACEP, a professor of Emergency Medicine and medical director of PennStar Flight, happened to be on the flight and administered care to Weachter. “I’m not going to say he saved his life because I don’t know exactly what happened,” Cataldi said of Dickinson. “But he was a guardian angel for Joe Weachter.”

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Evaluating the Potential Role of Social Media in Preventive Health Care

According to an estimate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 100 000 lives could be saved every year if everyone in the United States received clinical preventive services. Read More

New Emergency Medicine Administrative Fellowship

For post-residency Emergency Medicine trained physicians who aspire to administrative and operational leadership positions in academic or private practice. Also includes completion of MBA Program for Executives at the Wharton School, and extensive clinical & operational participation in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Read More Details

Penn Medicine's TTM Academy Podcasts

Penn Emergency Medicine faculty Drs. Benjamin Abella, John C. Greenwood, and Felipe Teran-Merino have launched a new podcast series on post-cardiac-arrest care, as part of the TTM Academy program. Listen to our podcasts, which have over 2000 downloads in its first three months!

Why We Can’t Stop Using our Phones While Driving

Common sense says that phone use while driving is a bad idea. Yet nine out of 10 drivers admit to doing it. Our own M. Kit Delgado, MD chimes in on WHYY's "The Pulse" radio show. Dr. Delgado has partnered with an app developer, TrueMotion, and auto insurance companies, to figure out how to incentivize driving without distractions. Listen or read transcript.

‘BOOST-3’ Trial Seeks to Improve Outcomes After Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Treatment based on brain tissue oxygen levels might help patients have better recoveries. A new clinical coordinating center, "The Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network" (SIREN), will help researchers find out. View BrochureBOOST3 Website

Health-Related Google Searches Double in the Week Before Patients’ Emergency Room Visits

In a study linking internet search histories with electronic health records, Jeremy Asch, an innovation strategist at Penn's Center for Digital Health, and Raina Merchant, MD, director of the Center and an associate professor of Emergency Medicine, found that roughly half of the patients who participated searched for their symptoms in the week prior to their emergency department visit. The study is the first of its kind to link private search data to electronic health records at the individual level. The study also shows that patients — roughly half — are willing to share their search histories in this manner. News ReleasePhiladelphia Inquirer

Yelp Reviews, ‘I Told You I Was Ill’, and the Importance of Patient Communication

The most common word associated with negative Yelp hospital reviews is “told,” according to research by Anish Agarwal, MD, a physician in Emergency Medicine, and Raina Merchant, MD, director of the Penn Center for Digital Health and an associate prof. in Emergency Medicine. "These online review sites often do not have prompts or questions to guide people, so the patient can comment on what comes to mind, and perhaps what means most to them", Agarwal said. Read More

Hospitals Could Play Bigger Role in Preventing Gun Violence, Study Says

A new Penn-led study suggests emergency rooms could play a bigger role in preventing gun violence. “The emergency department may be [gunshot victims’] only contact with the health care system, [representing] an opportunity to prevent a repeat injury,” senior author M. Kit Delgado, MD, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine & Epidemiology, told WHYY. Trauma centers are working to prevent gun violence with intervention programs providing counseling and education on gun safety.

Zack Meisel Featured in a New Podcast: "How to Turn Your Interests into Research"

In the newest podcast episode from the SAEM Research Learning Series (RLS), Dr. Zachary Meisel, associate professor of emergency medicine at Penn Medicine & chair of the SAEM Research Committee, shares practical advice, framed by his own personal path to building a successful research career. Provided in partnership with Academic Life in Emergency Medicine (ALiEM), the SAEM Research Learning Series provides live, online education on popular emergency medicine research topics. Listen

Painkiller Prescriptions for Pets May Be Contributing to Opioid Epidemic, Study Warns

The recent increase in opioid prescriptions may have paralleled an increase in opioid prescriptions for pets, according to a new Penn study. "Even where the increase for prescribed veterinary opioids is well intended by the veterinarian, it can mean an increased chance of leftover pills being misused later by household members, sold or diverted, or endangering young children through unintentional exposure," said senior author Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, professor of Emergency Medicine and director of Medical Toxicology. CBS News • U.S. News & World Report • Newsweek • FOX News • Philadelphia Inquirer • Pain News Network

Penn EM Combats Distracted Driving, as Survey Shows 75 Percent of Locals Use Phone in Car

A new survey shows that most people use some type of mobile device while driving. Combatting distracted driving will require a shift in our culture. M. Kit Delgado, MD, assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that one way to fight back is to “gamify” safety, to keep people off their phones. Read Here •Video •Video

Dealing with Gun Violence, from an ER Nurse’s Perspective

As part of a 4-part series examining how health care providers help patients injured by gun violence, Penn EM's Rhonda Browning, RN, MSN, CEN, TCRN, trauma outpatient & injury prevention coordinator, spoke with U.S. News & World Report about her experiences caring for victims of gun violence in the emergency room. Read here

Hyperbaric Oxygen: The Mysterious Therapy That Saved a Cancer Survivor from Rad. Side Effects

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiles David Wolfe, who for years suffered from the side effects of the radiation therapy that had cured his cancer – until he was introduced to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy at Penn. Patients such as Wolfe are a triumph – and a mystery – for doctors. Matthew Kelly, MD, chief of the division of Hyperbaric Medicine, and Kevin Hardy, MD, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, are quoted. Read article here.

What Is Death?

Mental Floss explores the evolution of the medical definition of "death" over time, and how determining when someone is dead can be surprisingly complicated. Marion Leary, MPH, MSN, RN, director of Innovation Research for the Penn Center for Resuscitation Science, is quoted on the development of resuscitation therapy and the mechanics behind therapeutic hypothermia. Read More.

Teaching Philadelphia High School Students How to Save A Life

In an op-ed published by the Philadelphia Inquirer, Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil, a professor of Emergency Medicine and director of the Penn Center for Resuscitation Science, writes on the importance of hands-only CPR in saving the lives of people suffering sudden cardiac arrest. Abella and the American Heart Association are leading efforts to ensure that Philadelphia-area students have access to hands-only CPR training. Philadelphia Inquirer

How the Opioid Crisis Is Changing How Philadelphia Emergency Room Doctors Care for Patients

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that as rates of addiction and overdose deaths have mounted in the Philadelphia region, ER doctors have worked to change the way they prescribe opioid medication and addiction treatments. “Emergency departments have really rallied to trying to be on the front lines,” said Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, a professor of Emergency Medicine and director of Medical Toxicology. Philadelphia Inquirer

Do Emergency Rooms or Urgent Care Centers Have Better Service? Yelp Reviewers Decide

A new study tracked one- and five-star reviews on Yelp to compare patient experiences in emergency departments to urgent care centers. “Patients often tell me that the internet is the first place they go for information,” Anish Agarwal, MD, MPH, a National Clinician Scholars fellow and Emergency Medicine physician, told MarketWatch. Raina Merchant, MD, director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health and an associate professor of Emergency Medicine, is also quoted. Penn Medicine News Release • MarketWatch • Becker’s Clinical Leadership & Infection Control

All Hands on Deck: Fentanyl in Philadelphia

One busy evening, six patients were brought to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for suspected overdose of crack cocaine, which, unbeknownst to them, had been mixed with fentanyl. Within days, 12 more patients arrived in the ED with the same symptoms. Utsha Khatri, MD and Jeanmarie Perrone, MD share how things unfolded that weekend, and how their actions can serve as a model for other hospitals on the front lines of the opioid epidemic. Penn Medicine News Release

Turning Vacant Lots Into Green Spaces Can Improve Mental Health

Having access to even small green spaces can reduce symptoms of depression for people who live near them, especially in low-income neighborhoods. A new study led by Penn researchers emphasizes how much of an impact your environment can have on your mental health. The paper found an association between urban restoration efforts in Philadelphia and the mental health of city residents. “Vacant lot greening is a very simple structural intervention that’s relatively low-cost and that can have a potentially wide or broad population impact,” says study lead author Eugenia C. South, MD, MSHP, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine. “Performing simple interventions to the neighborhood environment has an impact on health.” Penn Medicine News Release • TIME • Philadelphia Inquirer • NPR • NBC News • WHYY • PhillyVoice • MedPage Today • HealthDay News via Physician’s Briefing • Psych Central • Tech Times • The London Economic • TreeHugger

Opioid Pills for a Simple Sprained Ankle? It’s a Thing in Some States

Many states have responded to the national opioid epidemic by limiting how many pain pills doctors can prescribe, contributing to the decline in opioid prescriptions filled at pharmacies across the country. But a new Penn study suggests that to truly tackle the opioid epidemic, states may need a more granular approach. The study, led by M. Kit Delgado, MD, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine, found that opioid prescribing for minor injuries remains high and varies widely by state. Penn Medicine News Release • Philadelphia Inquirer • 6ABC • PhillyVoice • Daily Mail • MedPage Today • PNN

Residency Graduation Celebration Awards!

Nurses of the Year: Kat Rogers (HUP) and Adam Boroughs (PPMC) Senior Class Staff Award: Ron Crafton (HUP) and Jimmy Pisaturo (PPMC) Faculty Mentors of the Year: Angela Mills (HUP) and Sean Foster (PPMC) New Faculty Member of the Year: Julie Uspal Faculty Teachers of the Year: Jeff Kramer, Jeff Moon, Walker Lee, Matt Kelly Resident Ultrasound Award: Jonathan Bar (PGY1), Forrest Lindsay-Mcginn (PGY2), ? (PGY3), Amy Zeidan (PGY4) Quality and Safety Award: Alex Sackeim (PGY4) Francis J. DeRoos Teaching Award: Josh Glick (PGY4) High Fivers of the Year: Sarah Allen, Julie Kurkowski, Jeanmarie Perrone, Nova Panebianco, Amy Zeidan, Anita Mudan Our Residency

Dr. Benjamin Sun has been Appointed Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine

We are pleased to announce that Benjamin Sun, MD, MPP, FACEP, has been appointed chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Penn Medicine. Dr. Sun is an emergency physician and federally funded health services researcher who is nationally recognized for his expertise in the areas of safety, quality, & cost-effectiveness in health care. He joins Penn Medicine from Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, where he serves as professor with tenure. Prior to his role at OHSU, Dr. Sun served as acting chief of Emergency Medicine at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Medical Center. More

"Chief Residents of the Year" National Award

Drs. Jennifer Love, Brian Wexler, and Amy Zeidan received the EMRA Chief Residents of the Year award. This award recognizes a team of chief residents who act as mentors, role models, and above all friends to their classmates. These individuals strive for excellence in all aspects of emergency medicine, and go above and beyond to support their residency program. Our Residency

EM Residents In the News! "Managing In-Flight Medical Emergencies"

Emergency Medicine resident Rachel Zang, MD weighs in on medical emergencies in airplanes, and her own experiences treating them. Read here

"I'm haunted by the patients I've lost to gun violence"

Emergency Medicine resident Gregory Siegel, MD shares his experiences with treating gun violence victims in Philadelphia, and offers his perspective. Read here

Daphne Owen: Next Generation Leader

EM resident Daphne Owen, MD has received the 2018 Next Generation Leader Award from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. The award is given to a woman under 35 years old who has not only accomplished exemplary professional success, but also shares a deep commitment to give, advocate, and volunteer. Read more here.

Emergency Medicine Opens Second Observation Unit

Some of our patients require urgent observation & treatment but have conditions that can usually be resolved within 24 hours, such as asthma, chest pains, faints or falls. Our Observation Unit now has more capacity to service these patients. Read here

Christy Moore Receives Award for "Emergency Medicine Bedside Ultrasound"

Christy Moore, Emergency Medicine's ultrasound educator, will receive the 2018 "Dean's Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching by an Allied Health Professional." Our Ultrasound Division

Iris Reyes Awarded for her Innovative Work in Education

Iris M. Reyes, MD has been chosen to receive the 2018 Special Dean's Award recognizing her for the development of new and innovative educational programs in the Perelman School of Medicine. The Special Dean’s Award "recognizes outstanding achievements in medical education by faculty members, particularly in the development of new, innovative educational programs."

EM's Ben Abella, MD, MPhil selected for Penn Fellows Program

The Penn Fellows Program provides leadership development to select Penn faculty in mid-career. Begun in 2009, it includes opportunities to build alliances across the university, meet distinguished academic leaders, think strategically about university governance, and consult with Penn’s senior administrators.

Judith McKenzie published in JAMA on Injuries Incurred by our Embassy Workers in Cuba

Judith Green McKenzie, MD, MPH and colleagues published in JAMA highlighting injuries incurred by our diplomats and embassy workers in Cuba: "Neurological Manifestations Among US Government Personnel Reporting Directional Audible and Sensory Phenomena in Havana, Cuba." Read here

Kit Delgado Presents in Washington DC on the Opioid Epidemic

Reducing opioid prescribing as well as the number of opioid pills patients receive can be done with the help of system defaults, M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, said at an event on safe opioid prescribing sponsored by the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy. Read here

Sixth Annual EM Research Day

Emergency Medicine's 6th Annual ED Research Day took place on March 14, 2018, in Smilow Atrium and Rubenstein Auditorium. This event was open to the public. Thanks for coming, and join us next year! Click here for lots more info

Reducing Gun Violence and Increasing Peace of Mind through Vacant Land Stabilization

Emergency Medicine’s Gina South, MD is an author of the new study "Citywide cluster randomized trial to restore blighted vacant land and its effects on violence, crime, and fear". Hear her discuss the results of this randomized controlled trial. Listen

Penn Medicine Emergency Medicine's Raina Merchant Appointed to JAMA Editorial Board

Digital health expert Raina Merchant, MD, MSHP, FAHA, an associate professor of Emergency Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an associate vice president for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, has been appointed to the editorial board for JAMA, the most widely circulated and one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. Merchant assumed her new role in January 2018. Read more here.

Philadelphia, a City Stalked by Overdoses, Fights Back

An article in the New York Times features EM/CECPR’s Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, and highlights how community groups are tackling the opioid epidemic in Philadelphia. Read here

Getting to Zero Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities: An Insider’s View

In this moving commentary, M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, a Penn Emergency Medicine physician-investigator, writes from direct experience about the unacceptable number of U.S. fatalities that result from drunk driving. Dr. Delgado, and colleague Douglas Wiebe, PhD, contributed to a new report by a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Read the opinion piece in Stat News

As Addiction Crisis Grows, Penn ‘Nudges’ Doctors to Limit Opioid Prescriptions

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports on two recently published Penn-led papers showing that small “nudges” – like a change in electronic medical record default settings for prescription opioids – can go a long way in tightening up painkiller prescribing. Lead authors M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology, and Mitesh Patel, MD, an assistant professor of Medicine and director of Penn Medicine’s Nudge Unit, are quoted. Read here.

Emergency Medicine Wins Two Quality and Patient Safety Awards!

Overall Quality and Patient Safety Award: "Development and implementation of an EMR-Based Sepsis Alert System" Sean Foster, MD Honorable Mention: "Creation & Development of the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Resuscitation & Critical Care Unit (ResCCU)" John C. Greenwood, MD David Jang receives NIH K08 career development award Emergency Medicine's David H. Jang, MD, MSc has received a K08 career development award from the NIH. His project, entitled "Abnormal Mitochondrial Bioenergetic and Motility Signatures in Human Blood Cells as Indices of Acute Poisoning in Patients", is an innovative translational project that harnesses our clinical environment, our laboratory collaborators, and other key resources that showcase what Penn has to offer.

Congratulations, Angela Mills!

Emergency Medicine's own Angela M. Mills, MD has been named the inaugural Chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine, as the J.E. Beaumont Professor, at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Chief of Emergency Medicine Services for New York-Presbyterian in New York City. Dr. Mills was selected by Columbia after an exhaustive national search for a qualified candidate. Dr. Mills will assume this new role in February 2018.

Women Less Likely to Get CPR from Bystanders

Audrey Blewer, MPH, the former assistant director for educational programs at Penn Emergency Medicine's Center for Resuscitation Science, presented data at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions 2017 which showed that men are more likely to receive bystander CPR in public than women. Blewer and Benjamin Abella, MD, MPhil, the director of Penn Emergency Medicine's Center for Resuscitation Science and a professor of Emergency Medicine, are quoted. Read here and here.

Combatting Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: EM's Hyperbaric Medicine Clinic Excels

Surviving the “Silent Killer”: How seamless coordination, and our hyperbaric chambers, save lives. Read here.

Smartphone Based Interventions Aim to Reduce Drunk Driving

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

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.

Penn Emergency Medicine's CECPR Tackles Philadelphia's Opioid Epidemic!

Penn Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine's CECPR takes on Philadelphia’s opioid epidemic. Read Zachary Meisel, MD is quoted:"A Utah Nurse’s Violent Arrest Puts Patient-Consent law — and Police Conduct — in the Spotlight." Read Study finds one in three Philadelphia residents used an opioid last year. EM's Jeanmarie Perrone, MD comments. Read Wharton-Sirius Radio Previews Issues From Upcoming LDI 50th Anniversary Symposium Read Penn Medicine clinicians and scientists examine where it begins: The causes & treatment of pain. Penn EM's Zachary Meisel, MD & Jeanmarie Perrone, MD explain. Read EM's Jeanmarie Perrone, MD is quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article discussing a new plan, proposed by Gov. Chris Christie, to limit/reduce opioid pills physicians could initially prescribe to patients with acute pain. 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. Emergency Medicine's Zachary Meisel, MD, MPH, MSHP, author of the research review, is quoted. EM'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 recently released. 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, Jeanmarie Perrone, MD, Zachary Meisel, MD, et al., was covered by Science News Online. Jeanmarie Perrone, MD appears on NPR's "Radio Times" to discuss the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic. She is joined by Penn Medicine’s Michael Ashburn, MD, director of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care, for a segment on efforts to improve opioid prescription safety. Listen Here.

Angela Mills honored with AWAEM Award

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. Read more here

Wilderness & Disaster Medicine

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

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. Read More

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! More about our Hyperbaric Medicine Center

The Health Benefits of Urban Greening

The Inquirer Logo 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. Read Article  

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!

Antoinette Brooke 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. Watch Video

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. Press Release 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". More information

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

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.   

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. Philadelphia Inquirer Article

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. Read Article

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. Read Here (optional audio)

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" Full Article

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. Watch Video

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

Larson 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. Watch a previous "Puentes de Salud" video

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. More

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.

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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". Read more

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

Perrone Award Perrone accepts award 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

Dr. Abella 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

Dr. Abella 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

Larson 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. Watch Video

Diane Lawson selected for Penn Medicine Distinguished Nurse Clinician Academy

Nurse Lawson 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. More

Penn Presbyterian Emergency Department wins Quality & Patient Safety Operational Award

PPMC 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."


Congratulations to Angela Mills for her publications in this month's Academic Emergency Medicine Journal: Developing a Research Agenda to Optimize Diagnostic Imaging in the Emergency Department: An Executive Summary of the 2015 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference Jennifer R. Marin and Angela M. Mills Variation in Pediatric Cervical Spine Computed Tomography Radiation Dose Index Jennifer R. Marin, Debapriya Sengupta, Mythreyi Bhargavan-Chatfield, Kalpana M. Kanal, Angela M. Mills and Kimberly E. Applegate Funding Research in Emergency Diagnostic Imaging: Summary of a Panel Discussion at the 2015 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference Alan R. Cherney, Jennifer R. Marin, Jeremy Brown, Ayodola Anise, Steven Krosnick, Kerm Henriksen, Roger J. Lewis and Angela M. Mills Scott "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

Dr. Abbuhl 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 More

Could 2015 Be a Turning Point in NIH Funding?

Dr. Abella 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

Blewer 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 Read more

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

Greenwood 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. Press Release (PennMedicine) Article ("Daily Pennsylvanian") Audio feature (WHYY, "The Pulse") Original Article (BMJ Quality & Safety) Patient Power Logo

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

Dr. Jang 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 More

Mobile CPR Project funded

Mobile CPR Project logo 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. Watch now!

Congratulations, Dr. Reyes!

Iris Reyes MD 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. Puentes De Salud

Jeanmarie Perrone Accolades

Dr. Perrone • Jeanmarie Perrone quoted in the article “Supplements Lead to 23,000 ER Visits Yearly, New CDC Study Finds” on • Congratulations Jeanmarie Perrone on her article published in JAMA: "Addressing the Opioid Epidemic" Read article

Ben Abella, MD writes article for The Philadelphia Inquirer

"All high school students should learn CPR" Read article

Zachary Meisel, MD awarded five year NIH grant

Dr. Meisel 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

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

Penn Hyperbaric Medicine on the web

Congratulations, Alex! Dr. Katz 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. Press Release Read more

Anthony Dean wins AEUS Education Award Dr. Dean 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 Kozart Award 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. Read More

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

Dr. Merchant 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

Dr. Lee 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. Read More

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

Dr. Meisel 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

Dr. Tabakin 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. Read Report

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

Dr. Merchant 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. Read Interview Watch Video
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