February 1, 2021

From Dr. Sachit Balsari: Climate And Human Health Fellowship

We are hiring our next Climate and Human Health Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The two-year fellowship offered to US board eligible or board certified EM physicians, is jointly hosted with Harvard’s Center for Climate, Health and the Global Environment, and the Harvard FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and seeks to train national physician leaders in Climate and Human Health research and advocacy.

The intensive program includes a master’s degree in public health or public policy at Harvard; internships at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); opportunities to learn and engage in advocacy on the Hill; and training to lead independent research at the intersection of climate change, human health, and policy.

Fellows will participate in the academic life of the affiliated Centers at Harvard and will have the opportunity to develop expertise in one of several domains including climate-related migration, adaptation, and health system resilience.
Visit https://lnkd.in/geTTddY to learn more! 

From Dr. Alex Koyfman: EMDocs Articles

Senior Residents: If interested in writing for EMDocs.net, email akoyfman8@gmail.com for more information!

From Dr. Oz Sayan: ITE Review

ITE Review continues!

For all residents (PGY2-4) who scored under 30th percentile on the 2020 ITE, we will ask that you attend a mandatory 50% (or 12) ITE Wednesday Evening Sessions and view the remaining 12 ITE session asynchronously via ZOOM recordings.   All other residents can use the ITE Review Session as another tool to study – no mandatory attendance. 

We will continue at 8:30PM-10:30PM via ZOOM.  They will be every Wednesday Evening until February 17, 2021.  I have attached the schedule. 

Zoom Info:


Meeting ID: 969 5298 1627

Passcode: 384908

Campus Announcements

From Dr. Kiran Pandit: Undergraduate Med Ed Analysis

If any of the EM residents are interested in education research at the UME level, Dr. Pandit is starting a qualitative analysis of some of the student reflections from the third-year student EM experience over the last couple of years.  Please reach out to Dr. Pandit (kbp9@cumc.columbia.edu) if interested.

From Dr. James Kenny: Palliative Care Training

Hi all,
We have additional space on 2/2/21 if someone would like to join the Palliative Care training session.  The initial focus will be on communication skills training, emphasizing how to best facilitate goals of care discussions and deliver serious news. Our hope is that this will lead to additional collaborative projects with Palliative Care in the future.  
The initial session will be in person on 2/2 at the Vagelos Education Center from 9a-5p. If you are interested in becoming part of this initial group, please email Lily Abrukin (la2645@cumc.columbia.edu) or James Kenny (jfk2143@cumc.columbia.edu) and I for further information.

From Dr. Jenny Castillo:  Workplace Violence

Please contact Dr. Castillo (jlc2298@cumc.columbia.edu) if you’re interested in participating in a project on workplace violence.  A copy of her proposal can be found here.

From Dr. Stefan Flores: CUIMC Diversity Day
Just a heads up to block the date for our first CUIMC diversity day on Feb 3rd, @ 4-6 pm.
The purpose of the event is to serve as an inaugural day to recruit prospective residents from all departments, including Emergency medicine, surgery, medicine, pediatrics that are BIPOC, LGBTQ ,and those from historically under-represented backgrounds. Considering interview season is currently underway, this will allow for them to revisit the institution virtually.
The event will be warm and informal and intend to highlight that our institution values diversity and anti-racism. It will allow students to connect with all faculty and residents including those who identify as BIPOC /LGBTQ throughout the institution , and a small talk from our keynote speaker!
PLEASE Save the date- We need diverse representation from ALL backgrounds, especially those within the DEI committee!
Considering the day is only 2 months away, we want to advertise and let students know ASAP.
More to come, but we would love help/input from anyone including the residents, considering we need to showcase why this program is worth coming to! 
Stefan/Almaz/Chloe and the DEI committee

From Dr. Rama Rao: Non-Binary ED Patients

Please take a moment to fill out the following survey regarding the care of our transgender and gender non-binary patients in the ED.  Thank you!


From Dr. Daniel Golden: QIPS

Join our Council!! Opportunities now exist to learn how to perform Quality Improvement projects, obtain leadership positions, take part in scholarly projects, network, and make a difference! 

The amount you participate is up to you. Contact Dan Golden at dag9164@nyp.org or call/text 347-573-1681 if interested!

MCB Message of the Month

February 3, 2021 - Toxicology




Dr. Rana Abualsaud

NYPEM Resident

Dr. Bill Zhang

NYPEM Resident

Dr. Adam Blumenberg

CUIMC Emergency Attending

Dr. Jason Chu

CUIMC Emergency Attending

Dr. Noor Ahmad

CUIMC Interventional Radiologist

ALiEM Air Pro SeriesAIR Tox 
Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine 9th Ed – Chapters 189-191 (WCM Library for residents)
Meeting ID: 991 1582 0019
Passcode: 198924
Alex Wang

Drs. Rana Abualsaud and Alex Wang

Shout out to the Drs. Abualsaud and Wang for placing a transvenous pacer in an unstable patient.
A transvenous pacer?? Isn't that only on YouTube videos? Not for Rana and Alex. Great job guys!!

Chief on Call

Liza Hartofilis, M.D. 
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