Jon Mark Hirshon, MD, MPH, PhD, was interviewed by Bruce Alan of WTOP News in Washington regarding the effect of the Affordable Care Act on emergency departments. Topics included the shortage of primary care physicians, access to care for the mentally ill, and the need for federal policymakers to improve resource allocation through their funding decisions. Dr. Hirshon chairs the ACEP Task Force that compiled America's Emergency Care Environment: A State-by-State Report Card, an assessment of the "health" of emergency medical services across the country.
Ashley Strobel, MD, recently published the EMRA Pediatric ECG Pocket Card, which describes congenital cardiac anomalies and causes of sudden cardiac death in children. This handy reference tool presents ECG interpretations based on age and ED-relevant Davignon intervals. It is available at the ACEP bookstore.
Dr. Amal Mattu presented three lectures in Las Vegas in late April: "Wide Complex Tachycardias: Myths and Pitfalls" and "Acute MI: A Big Piece of Medico-Legal Pie" at the 25th Annual High Risk Emergency Medicine Conference" and "Everyday Leadership: Secrets of Great Minds Through the Ages" at EmCare's 27th Annual Leadership Conference.
The current issue of EM Resident, the membership magazine of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Associaton, contains two articles from our department: "Pulling the Trigger: A Brief Review of Hypercapnic Respiratory Failure" by Adeleke Oni, MD, and Semha Tewelde, MD, and "Backboards: Do They Really Have Your Back?" by Christina Tupe, MD, and J.V. Nable, MD. The issue is available at www.emra.org/uploadedfiles/emra/publications/em-resident/emra-emres-2014april-may-web.pdf.
Andi Tenner, MD, MPH, presented the Grand Rounds lecture for the Virginia Tech Carilion Emergency Medicine Residency Program in Roanoke on April 24. Her topic was "Global Emergency Health: Seeing Your World from a New Perspective." Her visit was arranged by Dr. Jack Perkins, a graduate of our residency, who is now on the emergency medicine faculty at Virginia Tech.
Rob Rogers, MD, and Haney Mallemat, MD, were invited faculty members for the Social Media and Critical Care Gold Conference, held on the Gold Coast of Australia in mid-March. They each presented plenary lectures (Dr. Rogers, "What Would Osler Tweet?," and Dr. Mallemat, "The Art and Science of Fluid Responsiveness") as well as lectures in the social media and education workshops.
On April 8 and 9, Dr. Amal Mattu was a visiting professor for the emergency medicine residency program at Stanford University in California. During those two very full days, he precepted their journal club in a discussion of recent articles on cardiology, led a legal case discussion, presented a Grand Rounds lecture on "Everyday Leadership," and served as a judge for the program's Research Forum.