2021-2022 was a challenging but still productive year for faculty and resident scholarly activity due to the ongoing COVID pandemic. The faculty and residents had multiple publications, abstracts, and presentations over the course of the year. Support from our Research Director Dr. Monica Gaddis, and our four amazing study coordinators remains key to our success. We also appreciate the involvement of medical students from the Emergency Medicine Interest Group. We have many ongoing projects in the areas of infectious disease, clinical operations, EMS, and resident/medical student education; several of which are grant funded. Multiple faculty had publications and national presentations accepted including Drs Camejo, Ellison, Elder, Gaddis, Hillman, and Stubbs. Please see the full list of ongoing studies for further details.
Due to our department’s ongoing involvement with the CDC funded 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 projects in the past few years. We are currently enrolling in studies regarding diverticulitis, septic arthritis, and sepsis.
Our research team and department participated in the CDC funded PROJECT COVERED : a public health surveillance project to measure the risk of COVID-19 acquisition by front-line emergency department personnel in 20 academic US medical centers and identify ways to reduce that risk. This project was developed as a collaboration between EMERGEncy IDNet, and the National Emergency Airway Registry (NEAR), the largest prospective emergency department-based airway network. Multiple publications have resulted from this project, including in Annals of Emergency Medicine and PLOS ONE.
Currently we are participating in Project Prevent PReventing Emerging infections through Vaccine EffectiveNess Testing—COVID (Project PREVENT) (link
https://medicine.uiowa.edu/content/preventing-emerging-infections-through-vaccine-effectiveness-testing-prevent-project ). This project is being conducted by EMERGEncy ID NET, a CDC-collaborative emergency department-based emerging infectious disease sentinel network. Multiple publications have also resulted from this study, and we are preparing to launch PREVENT II in the coming months.
Our residents continue to complete 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. Hunter Winstead won the Elenbaas Award for Outstanding Research Presentation for his presentation on In-Situ Trauma Simulation. Drs Gabriel Ceceñas and Helen Hoover both presented at the 2022 MOCEP Regional Meeting at Lake of the Ozarks. Multiple residents have presented both regionally and nationally in the past few years and we look forward to ongoing success.