Department Blog

Congratulations to Drs. Witting, Sommerkamp, Euerle and alumnus Milan Vora on their article titled "No effect of valsalva maneuver or trendelenburg angle on axillary vein size" that was recently published in the Journal of Emergency Medicine.  You can find the abstract here

A huge thank you to all the University of Maryland physicians, nurses, residents, and nurse practiionars that are working at the Grand Prix or Baltimore this weekend providing medical coverage to the drivers and spectators.  A huge thank you to Dr. Benjamin Lawner for coordinating the medical support.

More information on the Grand Prix of Baltimore can be found at

Posted 7/24/2013 by Linda Kesselring

Dr. Lawner Presents Lecture at Florida ClinCon

Ben Lawner, DO, EMT-P,  presented a general session lecture titled "Avoiding Common Prehospital Errors; Don't Bury Your Mistakes" at ClinCon, a continuing education conference for prehospital care providers, nurses, and physicians. The conference, with more than 300 attendees, was held in Orlando in mid-July. Following the lecture, Dr. Lawner led a breakout session on the recognition and management of post cardiac arrest syndrome.

Congratulations to Larry Weiss on his recent article in the Journal of Emergency Medicine titled "A Survey of Emergency Physicians Regarding Due Process, Financial Pressures, and the Ability to Advocate for Patients" You can read the article at


Posted 7/1/2013 by Michael Bond

Wade Gaasch publishes in Prehospital Emergency Care

Congratulations to Wade Gaasch on his recent publication in Prehospital Emergency Care titled “ EMS runs for suspected opioid overdose: implications for surveillance and prevention” The abstract can be found at

Congratulations to Drs. Witting, Hayes and Schenkel along with two alumni, Dr Lantyr and Vashi on their recently published article in the Journal of Emergency Medicine titled "Emergency Department Medication History Taking: Current Inefficiency and Potential for a Self-Administered Form" The abstract can be found at

Posted 6/14/2013 by Linda Kesselring

Emergency Cricothyroidotomy for Trauma: Letter to Editor

R. Gentry Wilkerson, MD, Ken Butler, DO, and Michael Witting, MD, MS, co-authored a letter to the editor that was published in the June issue of the American Journal of Emergency Medicine. Their letter is a response to an article in the October 2012 issue of the journal, in which Dr. David King and colleagues discussed the training of surgery and emergency medicine residents in the performance of cricothyroidotomy.

Posted 6/2/2013 by Linda Kesselring

CME Credit and Faculty Attendance at Conference

Michael C. Bond, MD, co-authored the article titled “Increasing Faculty Attendance at Emergency Medicine Resident Conferences: Does CME Credit Make a Difference?,” which was published in the March issue of The Journal of Graduate Medical Education.

Posted 6/1/2013 by Linda Kesselring

Bicycle Crashes in Northern and Southern Hemispheres

Terry Mulligan, DO, MPH, in collaboration with colleagues from Netherlands and Australia, published an article in the June issue of Injury, comparing the mechanisms and types of injury sustained by adults in bicycle crashes in those two countries.

Posted 5/27/2013 by Linda Kesselring

Clinics: Head-Hole Emergencies

Alisa Gibson, MD, DMD, guest edited the May issue of Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America, on the topic of head, eye, ear, nose, and throat emergencies. Contributors included Sarah Sommerkamp, MD, RDMS (on the topic of oral lesions [co-authored with Dr. Gibson]), Victoria Romaniuk, MD (on ocular trauma), and Kim Boswell, MD (on facial fractures). The issue opens with a foreword by Amal Mattu, MD, a consulting editor for the journal.