2020-2021 AEUS RESEARCH OFFICER CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
Candidate statements are listed in alphabetical order.
Samuel Lam, MD, MPH
Sutter Medical Center
My name is Sam Lam. I am currently the Ultrasound Director at the Sutter Medical Center Sacramento in California. I am running for the position of AEUS Research Officer.
I have been practicing and teaching POCUS since 2009, and SAEM has always been my “home” organization in emergency medicine. I have been an AEUS member ever since its foundation. Over the years, I have contributed as an Academic Emergency Medicine peer reviewer, an Annual Meeting abstract reviewer, an abstract session moderator, a didactic session presenter, as well as a planner of Consensus Conference.
Since completion of my research fellowship in 2017, I have been working on advancing and promoting point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) research, particularly on the pediatric emergency medicine front. I was the Research Committee Chair of P2Network from 2017 to 2019. P2Network is a worldwide consortium of pediatric emergency point-of-care ultrasound experts and champions. During my term, I coordinated several multi-institutional research projects and helped put together new research protocols sponsored by the P2Network. I also facilitated the integration of the P2Network yearly conference into the SAEM Annual Meeting.
If elected to the AEUS, I would like to explore ways to build a platform/ information exchange network on AEUS so that POCUS researchers can brainstorm and collaborate on potential ideas and studies. I would also want to highlight and recognize accomplishment of POCUS researchers more frequently than a yearly basis. Finally, I would like to work with other stakeholders within SAEM to foster development and growth of aspiring POCUS researchers.
Daniel Theodoro, MD, MSCI
Washington University School of Medicine
I completed my residency in 2001 and my emergency medicine ultrasound fellowship in 2002. I was a fellowship director for 2 years then decided to pursue formal research training at a different institution and leave behind the central role of educator. I was accepted to a Masters level research program in 2005 then eventually accepted to an NIH funded institutional research training program. That allowed me to apply, and eventually receive, another research training grant from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) that ended in 2012. Since my research award I’ve focused on my own work as well as developing collaborations and promoting the work of younger emergency physicians interested in pursuing a line of research in emergency medicine ultrasound or point of care ultrasound (POCUS). Before the formation of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound (AEUS) I was the chairman of the Emergency Ultrasound Interest group and I am the past chair of the American College of Emergency Physician’s Emergency Ultrasound Section.
I would be remiss not to address, at this point of my career/service, why now? My answer is that academic research in the field of emergency care ultrasound is relatively underdeveloped (though much further along than a decade ago!) and I feel my experience with designing research, applying for federal and non-federal grants, and writing research papers is, finally, worth sharing with AEUS members to help promote our collective goals.
My goal as AEUS Research Officer will be to elevate the quality of AEUS member’s applications for outside funding. I believe this can be achieved by offering focused (see what I did there) advice regarding research development, study design, and grant application writing through our conference mechanisms (similar to what we achieved during our “Fellows Hangout”). SAEM does provide excellent resources for research training for example the Advanced Research Methodology Evaluation and Design (ARMED) program. I propose to enhance the experience of those who take advantage of these resources or to assist those who may have taken other paths to gaining experience with clinical research by offering my experiences and calling on senior members to share theirs.
AEUS’ mission is to foster and encourage individual and multi-center research and one of the Research Officer’s duties is to act as a liaison between our members to maximize the opportunities to perform high impact research. I will work to use my long-standing relationships in the field to link the efforts of those interested in achieving high impact studies by raising awareness of opportunities and connecting members with similar lines of research. I will propose a POCUS registry of studies managed by AEUS. I believe that SAEM and AEUS should be the natural keepers of this information given the long dedication to advancing research in the field of Emergency Medicine. Creating these relationships and promoting collaborations will increase the success of established, mid-career, and young physician scientists seeking to document the impact of ultrasound on our field.
In closing I believe in the mission of AEUS and SAEM. I believe that by holding the Research Officer position I can help use the Academies resources to further achieve our ultrasound goals.
Michael Prats, MD
The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center
First, as leader of this committee, I look forward to keeping the committee as beneficial as possible for its members. This will entail brainstorming creative ways to engage and serve our members, problem solving difficulties our community encounters, and always moving forward in growth. I believe that my experience in the field to date will allow me to make significant contributions in this way. The second component of my goals is with regard to my position as Research Officer. I plan to contribute to the Committee by taking responsibility for the functions of AEUS related to research in our field. I will review research proposals and provide high quality feedback on potential research ideas. As a reviewer for multiple ultrasound and emergency medicine journals, I have experience providing constructive feedback on study design and manuscript preparation. I also will review ultrasound-related grant applications for the committee and provide insights into feasibility and quality of proposals. I fervently believe that it is the responsibility of AEUS to highlight and promote high quality research in our relatively young field of point-of-care ultrasound. For this reason, I am excited to also organize the prestigious SAEMMIES, and continue to streamline the process of reviewing and scoring the many publications of our members. Having served on the SAEMMIES committee for three years, I am very familiar with the process. I will optimize this task for the faithful reviewers and work to engage as many SAEM members as possible in the celebration of these research accomplishments.
In addition to more traditional academic activities, I am highly engaged with the use of social media in ultrasound education. I feel that this experience has better equipped me for this position on the AEUS Executive Committee. My particular area of focus is in promoting Evidence-Based Sonology, the practice of using point-of-care ultrasound in a safe and literature-based manner. This is nicely parallels the position of Research Officer in that both are seeking to amplify best practices for both performing and interpreting ultrasound research. As the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Ultrasound G.E.L. podcast (ultrasoundgel.org), I am in constant interaction with newly published ultrasound research. I search countless journals for articles related to emergency ultrasound and thoroughly and critically analyze these papers. We have over 80 episodes to date, over 30,000 audio downloads per month, followers in over 180 countries, and a pool of expert reviewers composed of world-renowned leaders in the field. This relationship to the latest research is ideal for anyone who will be reviewing research and grant proposals. Furthermore, experience in this position has allowed me to understand the importance of high quality research in our field. It has also allowed me a creative outlet in findings effective teaching strategies for disseminating best practices in ultrasound. Overall, this unique experience has provided expertise relevant to my role on the committee and allowed me to develop skills that I can use to more effectively contribute as a member.