Department Blog

Posted 12/7/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Psychiatric Emergencies in Trauma Patients

Michael Abraham, MD, MS, is the lead author of the article titled “Special Considerations in Trauma Patients,” published in the November issue of Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America. The topic for this Clinics issue is behavioral and psychiatric emergencies. Mike’s co-authors are Patrick Aquino, MD, a psychiatrist at Lahey Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts, and Dick Kuo, MD, formerly on our emergency medicine faculty and now a member of the medicine/emergency medicine faculty at Baylor College of Medicine. Amal Mattu, MD, continues in the role of consulting editor for the Clinics series.

Posted 12/5/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Hospital Antibiograms and Resistance Rates

Drs. Tareq Al-Salamah, Haney Mallemat, Michael Witting, Mike Winters, and Bryan Hayes, in collaboration with Drs. Michelle Hines and Emily L. Heil from the School of Pharmacy and Dr. J. Kristie Johnson from the Department of Pathology, published an article in the December issue of the Journal of Emergency Medicine, titled “Resistance Patterns of Escherichia coli in Women with Uncomplicated Urinary Tract Infection Do Not Correlate with Institutional Antibiogram.” Based on culture results from otherwise healthy women with uncomplicated urinary tract infections treated in UMMC’s emergency department, the authors suspect that hospital antibiograms overestimate E. coli resistance rates for several antibiotics. The abstract is available at

Posted 12/3/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Emergency Bedside Ultrasound Elective

Joseph Martinez, MD, Sarah Sommerkamp, MD, RDMS, and Brian Euerle, MD, RDMS, are the authors of the article titled “How We Started an Elective in Emergency Bedside Ultrasound,” published in the December issue of Medical Teacher (37:1063-1066, 2015).

Posted 12/1/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Internship Preparation Camp

Dr. Laura Bontempo, along with Dr. Neda Frayha and Dr. Philip Dittmar from the Department of Medicine, have designed a “boot camp” that they offer to seniors before graduation from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The training program was the focus of a breakout session, led by Dr. Frayha, at the 2015 National Resident Matching Program conference (“Transition to Residency: Conversations Across the Medical Education Continuum”), held in New Orleans in early October. The session was titled “Implementation of a Specialty-Neutral Internship Preparation Camp: Lessons and Successes.”

Posted 11/5/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Floccare Gives Keynote Lecture in Shanghai

Doug Floccare, MD, MPH, who is the State Aeromedical Director for the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems and the Medical Director for the Maryland State Police Aviation Command, in addtion to being a member of the emergency medicine faculty, was a keynote speaker at the 2015 Shanghai International Forum of Urban Safety & Disaster Medical Rescue, sponsored by the Chinese Society of Disaster Medicine and held in Shanghai from October 23 to 25. The topic of his talk was "Integration of Public Service Helicopter EMS into the Healthcare System: An Overview of the Maryland Statewide Medevac Program."

Posted 10/16/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Lemon and Dr. Strobel Publish in EMResident

The October 8th edition of EMResident, published by the Emergency Medicine Residents Association, contains an article by Chris Lemon, MD, Chief Resident, and Ashley Strobel, MD, a 2015 graduate of our Emergency Medicine/Pediatrics Residency. You can read their article, titled “The Options for Training in Pediatric Emergency Medicine,” at

Posted 10/14/2015 by Linda Kesselring

The Role of Faith in Medicine

A conversation between Terry Mulligan, DO, MPH, and Greg Henry, MD, a past president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, on the topic of the role of faith in medicine, was published in the August 17th issue of Emergency Physicians Monthly. The transcript, published as “The Soul of the Matter: Can Believing in God Make You a Better Doctor?,” is available at the journal’s website,, under Dr. Henry’s column, “Oh Henry.” Because the conversation drifted toward quantum theory, Jason Bryslawskyj, a physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, was invited to offer clarifying commentary.

Zachary Dezman, MD, MS, is the lead author of the article titled “Failure to Clear Elevated Lactate Predicts 24-Hour Mortality in Trauma Patients,” published in this month's issue of the Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. His study collaborators and co-authors are Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD; Angela Comer, MPH, and Gordon Smith, MBChB, MPH, (from the National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems); and Mayur Narayan, MD, MPH, MBA, and Thomas Scalea, MD (from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center).

Posted 10/9/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Mulligan Helps Organize EM in Southeast Asia

Terry Mulligan, DO, MPH, served as an advisor to the first meeting of emergency medicine executives representing the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The purpose of the meeting, held in Bangkok in mid-September, was to begin to integrate emergency health care resources in the region, to develop and coordinate training and research opportunities, and to lay the foundation for the formation of the ASEAN Emergency Medicine Network. ASEAN was formed in 1967 as an economic and political organization that encourages the region’s economic growth, standard of living, and international collaboration. Its members are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Posted 10/2/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Lipid Emulsion Therapy Guidelines Being Developed

Bryan D. Hayes, PharmD, is participating in a workgroup convened by the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology to discuss and clarify the clinic applications of intravenous lipid therapy. Lipid emulsion has been used for about 10 years to counter cardiovascular collapse induced by local and regional anesthetics and, more recently, in the management of overdoses of lipophilic drugs. The purpose of the workgroup is to review the relevant medical literature and then develop evidence-based clinical guidelines. The structure and strategy of the group are described in the July issue of Clinical Toxicology (2015;53[6]:557‒564).