September 21, 2020

General Announcements

From the Chiefs: Holiday Request Form

It’s that time of year! Please submit your preferences for the upcoming holidays. 

Just a reminder that if you are on vacation, elective, anesthesia, toxicology etc, this will count as your holiday off. 


 From Dr. Helen Ouyang: Journal Club 
Dr. Helen Ouyang is planning to start a journal club focused on lay publications. The purpose of this journal club would be:
1. To examine how health professionals and medicine at-large are portrayed by media.
2. To dissect how these portrayals might affect patients’ and policy-makers’ perceptions of us and what we do. 
3. To be able to more broadly think about medicine and our jobs from the public’s perspective. 
4. To see how academic research is translated and distilled to the public.
5. To learn how certain stories appeal to media and how to shape a narrative that’s understood by a general, non-medical audience — for those faculty/residents/medical students interested in writing themselves.
We are looking for any interested residents in developing this further. Dr. Ouyang envisions involving a resident in a leadership type role. 
Please contact Phong/Chiefs ( if you’re interested. 

From the Chiefs: PGY3 and PGY4 Morning Reports

Please check the morning report schedule and reach out to your faculty mentor before giving morning report.

From Dr. Mark Curato: Post-Residency Career Plans

In the next couple of weeks, we will release a (short) survey to you regarding your post-residency career plans (fellowship, academic, community, etc.). 

We are participating in a large study led by a researcher at UCLA, and we will survey you annually through your training. We’re one of several highly regarded residencies participating, and all sites are striving for 100% participation (though, of course, it is fully voluntary). 

More to come (we’re pending IRB approval at our site).

From the Chiefs: Schedule Requests

Please request at least 10 weeks ahead (as noted in our handbook) using the form on our website if you need a guaranteed day off (subject to review and approval). All other requests cannot be promised. 

2020 Annual Hospital Training (AHT 2020)

Get ready to complete your mandatory annual hospital training!

Access the 2020 Annual Hospital Training (AHT20) in the NYP Learning Center. This year’s launch is earlier than in prior years to allow more time for completing the training and learning the critical competencies. Completion of AHT20 is required by all graduate staff. Compliance is mandatory for you to work and for NYP to meet regulatory requirements. Failure to complete this in a timely manner will lead to your CWID account being disabled.

The deadline for completing AHT20 is Friday, December 4, 2020.

Instructions for completion can be found here. 

From the Munira Persad: BLS/ACLS Recertifications

Please see the attached documents regarding BLS/ACLS (Re)Certification. 

Residency Leadership guidance will be coming shortly to answer questions residents have about certifying or recertifying.

AHA COVID Interim Guidance

BLS/ACLS NYP Sign-Up Information

Campus Announcements

From Columbia Housestaff Quality Council

Interested in improving healthcare quality, safety, and equity at Columbia? 

The Columbia Houstaff Quality Council, made up of residents from each department, is looking for EM residents representatives. The council serves as a liaison between Columbia-NYP housestaff, the GME leadership, the hospital administration, and the hospital quality and patient infrastructure.

The council meets the first Thursday of each month at 6:30PM. Level of involvement depends on interest level.

Contact Averill Guo ( or Sanskriti Varma ( if you are interested or would like more information.

From Dr. Mahesh Polavarapu: EM/Radiology QI Project

Hi All!

There is a collaborative QI Project with Radiology that is about to kick-off looking at CT Utilization in the ED. It’s been identified by both departments as a great opportunity for resident involvement and should easily meet requirements for scholarly activity.  The scope is rather large with potential for multiple publications so I wanted to see if (and how many ) residents could use the project as their scholarly activity. To help, I created a rough estimate of scope (below). Let me know when you have the chance.



  1. Talk to departmental research team about project (10hrs)
    1. IRB Approval?
  1.       If so, all participants need to complete IRB Training
    1. Funding availability
  1.       And how to apply for funding
    1. How do we develop a validated questionnaire?
  1.       Through the grad school?
        1. If so, what’s the process
    1. How do we get data analyzed?
    2. Potential forums for presenting results
  1.       Determine applicable timelines
  1. Develop Validated Questionnaire (15-20hrs)
  2. Develop Appropriateness Criteria from ED Perspective (10-15hrs)
  3. On-board study participants to project (5-10hrs)
  4. Chart mining and collection of study data (50hrs)
  5. Study analysis (10-15hrs)
    1. More if there is no external help for this
  1. Prepare and present data within the department (10hrs)
  2. Abstract writing (5-10hrs)
  3. Manuscript Writing and Submission (15-20hrs)

Total Projected EM Hours for Scholarly Activity Completion 130-160hrs

From Dr. James Kenny: McGraths

We are now down to only 4 McGraths in the ED from baseline of about 15 a couple of months ago. 

The usual process soon after an intubation is that the nurse will call the inventory analyst to exchange the airway box, but lately when the IA arrives the McGrath is missing. 

In order to limit losing more, we decided that the person intubating should hand the McGrath off to one of the nurses in the room (ideally either the patient’s nurse or resource nurse for the area) and they will hand off to the IA afterwards.

From Dr. Erica Olsen and Mariah Salerno: ED OnDemand Follow-Up Program

We want to inform you of an ED OnDemand Follow-Up w/ Coupon Code program that we are currently running in our CUMC emergency departments.

Program Description:

The program is intended for patients who are seen in the ED and discharged home, yet are identified as patients who would benefit from a free virtual follow-up appointment so that they do not need to physically come back into the ED. At the time of DC, the provider gives the Pt. a brochure and informs the Pt. that they are able to come back to the ED OR use the coupon code provided in the brochure to be seen Virtually for free.

Other Quick Tips:

  • The coupon code is good for ONE free virtual follow-up appointment.
  • The brochures are currently placed in the provider working rooms of Areas A, B, C, D and RME as well as in Allen.
  • The brochures are available in both English and Spanish.
  • The coupon codes in the Allen brochures are distinguished between the Peds and Adult patients.

From Dr. Eliza Miller (CUIMC Neurology): OB/Gyn Stroke Survey

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Maternal Fetal Medicine Division, with the guidance of Dr. Eliza Miller, Stroke and Cerebrovascular Neurologist, is beginning to research medical professionals’ experience in assessing and managing various critical clinical scenarios regarding maternal stroke and neurological complications of pregnancy. We are contacting you because we believe you may be a clinical provider involved in the care of patients throughout their pregnancy or post-partum period, who may be interested in participating in a voluntary and anonymous survey regarding this topic.

Through this survey, we will consider the development of a maternal stroke bundle for the inpatient and/or emergency/triage setting with the purpose of ensuring that pregnant and post-partum women with neurological symptoms receive appropriate evaluation and care. If you fill out this anonymous & voluntary survey, you are consenting or agreeing to take part in this research. We will take all steps legally possible to keep this information confidential. Upon completion, you will have access to the correct responses for all surveyquestions. We expect participation to take 10-15 minutes of your time.

Completion of this survey is your agreement to participate in the study. You may decide to stop taking part at any time. Again, if you decide not to take part, it will not affect your rights or benefits. You will not incur in any cost(s) to take part in this survey and you will not receive any pay/compensation for doing so.

If you have any questions about this survey or the study, please contact Dr. Eliza Miller at 347- 714-4703 or the study team at 917-938-5817. If you have additional questions about your rights as a research subject, contact the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research for Columbia University Medical Center at (212) 305-5883. Thank you.

You may open the survey in your web browser by clicking the link below:

From the Columbia EPIC team: Documentation Workflow
A reminder to all residents that when completing your primary provider note in Epic, you must click the box requiring a co-signature
Once the note has been assigned to the attending, sign your note (unless specifically asked not to by the attending. This workflow ensures that notes can be signed in a timely manner by attending. 
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to the chiefs!
From Dr. Michael Chary: COVID-19 Tox Review Article Opportunity
 Dr. Chary is starting to write two COVID-19 tox reviews. One is a follow-up to his previous review on therapies for COVID-19. Another is a discussion of the alternative remedies proposed for COVID (bleach, colloidal silver, oleander). 


He is looking for an interested resident to help write a review. Here is the style he is going for. 

Please email Michael Chary ( if interested.

From Dr. Lynn Jiang: Weill Cornell-Bugando Medical Center Morning Report
Hello everyone,
In order to strengthen our global health curriculum while travel is suspended, we are implementing a recurring monthly collaborative morning report with our Tanzanian colleagues at Bugando Medical Center. 
This will occur at the morning report on the Cornell campus the FIRST THURSDAY of every month (ie next date October 1st). If you are assigned to this date, someone will reach out to you a few weeks before to help connect you with the Bugando team. They will be responsible for choosing a case and sending you the case information. Your responsibility will be guiding the presentation and discussion of this case, including possible differences in management depending on differing ER resources and setting. When available, the Bugando team will join the morning report real-time as well. 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Lynn Jiang at

MCB Message of the Month

September 23. 2020 - CPC




Drs. Allen Giles and Jimmy Truong
Drs. Rana Abualsaud and Shiu-Lin Tsai
Drs. Mohammed Alkhafaji and Hanson Hsu
Drs. Zack Freedman and Emmagene Worley
Drs. Alex Wang and Adria Simon
Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine 9th Ed – Chapters 81-83 (WCM Library for residents)
Please note the new attendance system for faculty to self-report hours attended at conference. We will no longer be manually collecting attendance and will rely on self-reporting. Thank you for your compliance with this new system.


The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Commitee

Congrats to our residents (pictured above: Drs. Nolan Johnson, Daniel Bernard, DuBem Okeke, Charles Pan, Kessy Gbenedio, Mohammed Alkhafaji and Rana Abualsaud)

and Drs. Almaz Dessie and Stefan Flores

for their early leadership and support of our DEI Committee. Please join them on October 7, 3-5pm for a virtual workshop provided by Dr. Starr Knight, EM attending from UCSF, who will be discussing "Anti-Blackness, Racism, and Injustice." 
Please register here:

Upcoming Residency Events

To Dos





  • Time to start dominating the board.  
  • If you have money to save after NYC costs and student loan repayment, consider putting it into NYP’s 403(b) or an IRA.  The “Roth” option is likely better when you’re a resident.  


  • Ask questions constantly! Everyone is here to help!

Chief on Call

Ahmed Shaikh, M.D. 
EM Chiefs’ Cell:  917-410-1056
  • Please call and do not text/ email so we can address issues promptly.
  • If you do not hear back within 10 minutes, then call any of the other chiefs.