Emergency Medicine

Research Overview

The ED Research Program supports 3 clinical research coordinators. We are also fortunate to have a part-time Research Director/Statistician. Support available to faculty and residents includes:

  • Guidance and concepts for study design
  • Statistical analysis
  • Assistance with the IRB submission process
  • Coordination of applicable research studies (regulatory document maintenance, case report form completion, subject enrollment, scheduling and follow up)
  • Repository for research documents such as Citi training

A Departmental Research Committee meets bimonthly to discuss ongoing issues, review and give feedback on resident research projects, and brainstorm ideas for new studies. The committee also reviews and approves applications for departmental grant money.

2017-2018 was a very productive year for faculty and resident research. The faculty and residents had multiple publications, abstracts, and presentations over the course of the year. We have many ongoing projects in the areas of infectious disease, clinical operations, EMS, and resident education, several of which are grant funded. Please see the full list of studies for further details.

Due to our department’s ongoing involvement with EMERGEncy ID Net: An emergency department–based emerging infections sentinel network, we have had the opportunity to work on several large multi-center grant funded trials in the past few years. Our past participation in a large multi-center trial, Strategies using Off-patent antibiotics for methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (“STOP-MRSA”), led to a publication on cellulitis in JAMA this year for Dr. Mark Steele and the team and two publications in the Annals of Emergency medicine, one on skin abscesses and another on Clostridium difficile infections.

Our residents continue to do a scholarly project and our graduating PGY-3 residents recently presented their projects on Senior Research Day. As always, they did an outstanding job. Dr. Paul Toigo was awarded the Elenbaas Award for the most exceptional presentation. Our PGY-1 class also develops a case report for presentation at an annual “Case Report Day” that began in the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr Ashley Borden was awarded the Gaddis Case Report Award for 2018 for her excellent presentation on Fitz-Hugh-Curtis Syndrome. Multiple residents have presented abstracts both regionally and nationally in the past few years and we look forward to ongoing success.