Emergency Medicine

Research Overview


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2020 – 2021 was an interesting year for faculty and resident research due to the COVID crisis. The faculty and residents had multiple publications, abstracts, and presentations over the course of the year. Support from our Research Director Dr. Gaddis, and our three amazing study coordinators has been key to our success. We had increased involvement from medical students from the Emergency Medicine Interest Group and appreciate their assistance. 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 Gaddis, Hillman, Stubbs, Camejo, O’Rourke, Elder, and Subramanian.  Please see the full list of studies for further details.

Drs. Hillman, Subramanian, and Stubbs film their presentation “A Team Approach to Promotion” for the CORD 2021 Academic Assembly.

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 projects in the past few years. We are currently enrolling in a study looking at treatment of diverticulitis in the ED and are preparing to launch a septic arthritis study as the coordinating site.

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.

Dr. Brandon Elder presenting at the 2021 AAEM Academic Assembly.

Currently we are participating in Project Prevent: PReventing Emerging infections through Vaccine EffectiveNess Testing — COVID. This project is being conducted by EMERGEncy ID NET, a CDC-collaborative emergency department-based emerging infectious disease sentinel network. Our first interim analysis was published in MMWR May 14 early release and lead to revised masking guidelines by the CDC. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7020e2.htm

Our residents continue to complete a scholarly project and our graduating PGY-3 residents recently presented their projects on Senior Research Day on May 6, 2021. As always, they did an outstanding job. Dr. Brenden Kurtz (Class of 2021) was awarded the Elenbaas Award for his exceptional presentation, Does Monocyte Distribution Width Improve Sepsis Screening in the ED? Dr. Phi Dinh (Class of 2021) had her abstract regarding the use of Haldol as a first line anti-emetic accepted for the upcoming ACEP Academic Assembly. Dr. Patrick Brown (Class of 2021) and Dr. Brian Opferman (PGY-3) also presented posters for their work on Central line and Ultrasound Training, respectively, at the UMKC-SOM Vijay Babu Rayudu Quality & Patient Safety Day.  Finally, this year marks the final year for the  PGY-1 class case report for presentation at an annual “Case Report Day”. Case Report Day began in the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Terra Matthews was awarded the 2021 Gaddis Outstanding Case Report Award  for her ­­­­­presentation on Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria Presenting as Recurrent URIs. Multiple residents have presented abstracts both regionally and nationally in the past few years and we look forward to ongoing success.