Department Blog

Posted 3/10/2015 by Linda Kesselring

UMEM--A Major Presence at AAEM Scientific Assembly

The faculty for the 21st Annual Scientific Assembly of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine, held in Austin in early March, included more physicians from our department than from any other institution. Eighteen members of our department presented lectures and posters, led a pre-conference workshop, received national awards, gave plenary session addresses, and were named to leadership positions within the organization. The following faculty members contributed to this impressive participation: Michael Bond, MD, Laura Bontempo, MD, Rose Chasm, MD, Bryan Hayes, PharmD, Mimi Lu, MD, MS, Haney Mallemat, MD, Joe Martinez, MD, Amal Mattu, MD, Siamak Moayedi, MD, Terry Mulligan, DO, MPH, Kinjal Sethuraman, MD, MPH, Roger Stone, MD, MS, Semhar Tewelde, MD, Larry Weiss, MD, JD, Gentry Wilkerson, MD, Mike Winters, MD, and Andy Windsor, MD, RDMS. In addition, Kathleen Stephanos, MD, a fourth-year EM/Peds resident, contributed a photo presentation to the program.

Posted 3/8/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Article Based on Grand Prix Data

Ben Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD, and Debra Lee, MD, are co-authors of the article titled “Comparison of Prediction Models for Use of Medical Resources at Urban Auto-Racing Events,” published in the December 2014 issue of Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. Their study was based on data from the Grand Prix events held in Baltimore in 2011 and 2012. The investigators found that prediction models commonly used in response readiness planning overpredict the medical resources that will be required by spectators and participants. The EM faculty members collaborated with colleagues from the Department of Anesthesiology, the Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems, and the Baltimore City Fire Department. The article’s lead author is J.V. Nable, MD, NRP, formerly on our faculty and now with Georgetown University School of Medicine. 

Posted 3/6/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Cesari Named to Gold Humanism Honor Society

Whitney Cesari, MD, a third-year EM resident, has been chosen by the medical school’s Class of 2015 for induction into the University of Maryland chapter of the Gold Humanism Honor Society. Each class can choose six residents for this honor, which acknowledges compassion, humanism, and dedication to patients and students. Congratulations to Dr. Cesari for this prestigious award!

Posted 3/4/2015 by Linda Kesselring

A Look at Maryland's Medicare Waiver

Laura Pimentel, MD, is a co-author of the article titled “The Maryland Medicare Waiver and Emergency Care: Mixed Experiences Deserve Close Scrutiny,” published in the March issue of the American Journal of Medical Quality. Her co-authors are Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE, and Steven A. Farmer, MD, PhD, from the Office for Clinical Practice Innovation at George Washington University. Their article is available at this address:

Posted 2/24/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Textbook for National Association of EMS Physicians

Debra Lee, MD, and Ben Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, are co-authors of the chapter titled “Medical Oversight of EMS Systems,” which has been published in Emergency Medical Services: Clinical Practice and Oversight, the new textbook for the National EMS Medical Directors Course and Practicum sponsored by the National Association of EMS Physicians. The publisher is John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Also contributing to this chapter were Robert Bass, MD, recently retired from the executive director position at MIEMSS, and J.V. Nable, MD, EMT-P, now an emergency medicine and EMS attending at Georgetown University Hospital.


Posted 2/22/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Amal Mattu, Keynote Speaker at EM Assembly in Saudi Arabia

Dr. Amal Mattu gave the keynote address ("Ten Things You Must Consider in the Crashing Patient: Beyond A-B-C and ACLS") at the first annual Saudi Emergency Medicine Assembly, held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on February 10. In addition, he led two ECG workshops and presented lectures titled "ACS Update 2015" and "Acute Heart Failure."

Posted 2/20/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Bystander CPR Article Published

Ben Lawner, DO, MS, EMT-P, is a co-author of the article titled “The Price of a Helping Hand: Modeling the Outcomes and Costs of Bystander CPR,” which has been published online by Prehospital Emergency Care. Based on a review of EMS quality assurance data, the authors documented the effectiveness of a community CPR training program, noting that an appreciable proportion of people who received bystander CPR had a shockable rhythm on their initial ECG. The lead author for this article is Andrew Bouland, BS, a third-year student at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. The other contributors include Kevin Seaman, MD, the new Executive Director of MIEMSS, and Nicholas Risko, MD, the first student to complete the EMS elective at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, who is now an intern at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Posted 2/18/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Digital Stethoscope for Auscultation While Wearing PPE

Steven J. White, MD, MS, an attending physician in the ED at University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, has published a letter titled "Auscultation Without Contamination: A Solution for Stethoscope Use With Personal Protective Equipment," in Annals of Emergency Medicine. He describes a configuration consisting of a digital stethoscope connected to a Bluetooth transmitter, which sends signals to bone-conduction headphones. This arrangement, tested by the author, enables physicians to auscultate heart and lung sounds, even from a distance, while leaving them free from the conversation impediments posed by earbuds. The setup can be helpful when a physician needs to don PPE to treat a patient with a transmittable infection and when an anxious patient or autistic child would find comfort in having a little distance from the examining physician.  Dr. White's letter is available at this address:

Posted 2/15/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Mattu Speaks at Risk Management Summit in Los Angeles

Amal Mattu, MD, was the keynote speaker at the 8th Annual Risk Management Summit sponsored by Emergent Medicine Associates in Los Angeles. During the conference, held in early February, Dr. Mattu presented lectures titled "Winning at Failure! Modern Management of Cardiogenic Pulmonary Edema," "Pitfalls in the Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndromes: Low Risk Chest Pain," "Pericariditis vs. STEMI: ECG Pearls," and "Wide Complex Tachydysrhythmias: Myths and Pitfalls."

Posted 2/13/2015 by Linda Kesselring

Simulation Training for Nursing and Pharmacy Students

R. Gentry Wilkerson, MD, participated in the evaluation of a simulation training program designed to enhance interprofessional education and collaboration among nursing and pharmacy students. The program and the results of its assessment are described  by Dr. Wilkerson and his colleages in the Schools of Nursing and Pharmacy in the November issue of Nurse Education in Practice.