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19th Annual SAEM Mid-Atlantic Regional Meeting

Georgetown University School of Medicine

Washington, DC

Saturday, February 28, 2015


After nearly 20 years, the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Research Meeting returned to Georgetown for the sixth time, breaking attendance records and featuring nearly 230 attendees and 162 oral paper presentations. SAEM members from all over the country attended this Mid-Atlantic event, including Stanford, New Mexico,  Highlands General (Oakland), University of Texas-San Antonio, Arizona, Denver, University of Illinois at Chicago, and St. John’s Hospital (Detroit). There were even attendees from Canada and New Zealand. 

Jennifer Newberry, MD, JD, StanfordThe day’s schedule included six invited lecturers, including Georgetown University Medical School Dean Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, MBA. He welcomed everyone with a history lesson that highlighted one of Georgetown’s previous leaders: Patrick Healy who was the first American of African ancestry to earn a PhD; the first to become a Jesuit priest; and the first to be president of Georgetown University or any predominantly white college. 

Mitchell introduced a fellow Tarheel, Jim Manning, MD, University of North Carolina, who wowed attendees with his cutting-edge look at the clinical viability of his life’s work in ECMO and Aortic Arch perfusion. Manning reminded us of the excellence achieved through dedication to a purpose.  

Art Kellerman, MD, MPH, Dean, Uniformed Services Medical SchoolArt Kellerman, MD, MPH, Dean, Uniformed Services Medical School, delivered the day’s keynote. He is a former SAEM president and EM Chair at Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Dr. Kellerman made an impassioned call for attendees to challenge themselves with service to others. Bernie Lopez, MD, Associate Dean for Diversity and Community Engagement, Thomas Jefferson University, discussed diversity in EM research. He was immediately followed by Bhakti Hansoti, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University, who explained the need for continued changes for gender inequality in EM. Volunteer faculty who also moderated included: Wayne Lau, MD, Thomas Jefferson University; Autumn Graham, MD, Georgetown University; CDR James Palma, MC, USN, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences; and, rita Manfredi, MD, Georgetown.

The audience also was treated to the following invited lecturers:

  • Edward Jauch, MD, MS, Medical University of South Carolina, provided a state-of-art lecture on Alteplase use in mild stroke.
  • Jesse Pines, MD, MBA, MSCE, George Washington University and the School of Public Policy, discussed crowding and super-users in the ED.
  • Jennifer Newberry, MD, JD, Stanford, spoke on medical legal partnerships.
  • Charlene Babcock, MD, St. John Hospital, gave her lessons learned from 25 years of EM practice to students, residents, and junior attendings.
  • Greg Larkin, MD, South Auckland Clinical School, New Zealand, delivered a valuable lecture on his 12 pitfalls in EM research. 

The day also provide attendees with two plenary sessions with 12 papers, six sessions with 60 oral papers and six sessions with 86 lightening oral sessions. A large number of papers presented on clinical care, ultrasound, education, outcomes, and patient safety.  

Additional highlights include:

  • The Automated Pneumothorax Detector (APD): A Novel Technology to Assist Clinicians With the Early Identification of Pneumothorax on Bedside Thoracic U/S
    Jeff Morgan, MD, U.S. Army Medical Department Center, Ft. Sam Houston
  • Stress-Delta N-Terminal Pro-B Type Natriuretic Peptide Levels in Patients Undergoing Cardiac Stress Testing
    Alexander Limkakeng, MD, Duke University Medical Center
  • Clinical Metrics in Emergency Medicine: The Shock Index and the Likelihood of Admission and In-Hospital Mortality  
    Bachar Hamade, MD, MSc, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
  • Absolute And Relative Changes In Contemporary Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin Levels: How Do They Relate To Actual Coronary Artery Disease On Cardiac Catherization?
    Craig Tschautscher, Wayne State University
  • Prospective Analysis of Clinical Outcomes after Emergency Department Goal-Directed Echocardiographic Evaluation for Right Ventricular Dysfunction in Acute Pulmonary Embolism  
    Angela Johnson, MD, Carolinas Medical Center
  • Can Emergency Department Compliance With a Basic Three (3) Hour Sepsis Bundle Reduce Mortality, ICU Utilization, Length of Stay, and Hospital Costs without Reliance on Physiologic Endpoints? 
    Ben Wie, North Shore-LIJ Health System 
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury 
    Amar Tomar, University of Texas–San Antonio

Bernie Lopez, MD, Associate Dean, Thomas Jefferson Univ.No meeting this size could have been pulled off in one day without the dedication delivered by Georgetown students Jeremy Altman, Aidan Neustadtl  and Matt Milzman; the members of the campus EMS crew, Georgetown Emergency Response Medical Service; as well as the continued dedicated work of the amazing SAEM staff of Holly Byrd-Duncan, LaTanya Morris and George Greaves, who made sure that all was done and done well. 

Thank you to all of the presenters who really made this a presenters meeting, and hopefully everyone had a most excellent time. Look for an encore performance in 2016. 

About the Author: Dave Milzman, MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine/Washington Hospital Center EM Department was chair of the 2015 program.