June 29, 2020

General Announcements

From the Chiefs: Morning Report

All residents (and especially seniors) – please remember that at this time faculty mentors for morning report have the option to zoom into the session.  It’s therefore extremely important you start a zoom meeting prior to 8am/9:15am.  Please factor in the extra time this requires!

Meeting details can be found on the website at: https://nypem.net/morning-noon-report/

From Dr. Trudi Cloyd: Our New Conference Format!

Dear family, 
And we are off! We are starting a new academic year and a new conference curriculum on July 1st. We look forward to your engagement and continued feedback on the process. I want to outline some of the changes that you might notice.
  • Module curriculum – expect a month long deep dive into core topics with Cardiology, Resuscitation, GI and more.
  • Foundations Curriculum – small group breakout sessions with deeper dive into diagnosis and management of assorted ED presentations.
  • Asynchronous learning resources – curated blog postings, review articles and podcasts relevant to lecture material to review beforehand.
  • Rosh Review – 30 question assigned quiz at end of module to consolidate learning of the month (residents).
  • Tintinalli chapters – assigned weekly core-content reading accessible via WCM e-Library (residents).
  • Morbidity & Mortality – Cornell and Columbia specific sessions, typically on the first and second Wednesday of the month, respectively.
  • Journal Club – quick fire statistics lecture before breaking out into small groups for further discussion of the study’s design and results.
  • CPC Competition – one day, all CPC cases. Vote for the best faculty and resident to nominate for CORD’s CPC competition!
  • Theme & Core Days – resident-driven educational days designed by PGY3s and PGY4s, respectively.
  • Attendance is via Google Feedback form (below). Don’t forget to mark yourself present!
Please use our google feedback form for conference evaluation and attendance.
We hope you include some valuable comments so that we can continue to improve our education efforts!

From Dr. Devjani Das: NYACEP Epic Newsletter

I currently curate articles for the Education Column in the quarterly NYACEP Epic newsletter. As things are unfolding in all of our lives, I think we all recognize the unique impact that these experiences are having for residents. With that in mind, and knowing that we have several strong writers among our residents, I wanted to reach out to the residency group to see if any of them would be interested in writing an article for the upcoming NYACEP newsletter? I was thinking an article directed towards the impact of racism within the medical community and how it specifically impacts residency learning would be a timely topic to tackle.

The deadline is July 15. Please email dd2985@cumc.columbia.edu

From Dr. Kaushal Shah: Writing for emDOCS.net

For those interested in FOAM writing, consider submitting to emDOCS.net! For more information, check out the following document and email Kaush  (kas3002@med.cornell.edu) to get in contact with Alex Koyfman.  

From Dr. Radhika Sundararajan: SAEM Research Scholarship

For those senior residents interested in a research oriented career, consider applying for an SAEM Advanced Research and Methodology Evaluation and Design Scholarship.

To learn more, check out: https://www.saem.org/home/rams/armed-scholarship

Campus Announcements

From Dr. Julie Zhao: First Responder Course for Med Students

Hi all,

We are about 2 months away from the annual First Responder Course for first year medical students, scheduled for the morning of Thursday, August 27, 2020. 

It is a 3 hour Lecture, Workshop, and Sim/Standardized Patient based course aimed to teach students in their early clinical years to become confident and capable first responders in the pre-hospital setting. It has been a fun and educational hands-on experience with excellent feedback.

Unfortunately due to Covid, the course will be run in a Zoom format this year.

We are brainstorming different ideas for running virtual sims for the four case scenarios (anaphylaxis, chest pain, seizure, overdose) and two sessions (splinting and airway).

Each session will be about 20 min long. If you are interested in helping to run one or more of these sessions, please reply at juz9013@med.cornell.edu.

If so, please also remember to request Aug 27 off on the next schedule requests.

Thanks very much!

From Dr. Alexis Halpern: EM Palliative Care Study

Dear colleagues,

We are launching a multi-center study entitled Emergency Medicine Palliative Care Access (EMPallA). This is a PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute) sponsored trial in collaboration with the NYU Emergency Department. The study will compare outpatient and telephonic delivery of palliative care for adults over 50 who are identified and enrolled through the ED. Outpatient appointments are currently being conducted via telemedicine.

Billie Johnsson will be leading subject enrollment. I am writing to request your assistance with this process, in two ways:

1) Inform Billie via MHB with the patient’s name and MRN if you are seeing a patient with end stage CHF, COPD, renal failure, or solid tumor cancer or,

2) Inform Billie via MHB with the patient’s name and MRN if you are placing orders on a patient and the pop-up informing you that the patient qualifies under the Palliative Care Act comes up on your screen.

Billie may not answer you right away, and as such you can send her messages 24/7. We have permission to conduct remote enrollment, and have 24 hours post-discharge to reach out to the patients or their caregivers.

Please reach out to me or Billie (bin9004@med.cornell.edu)  with any questions regarding the study, or these requests.
Thank you in advance for your assistance.


From Dr. Lynn Jiang: Research Opportunities
There is a new joint research project collaborating with NYP Queens examining proning ER patients with moderate risk COVID. This would be a prospective study involving enrolling patients and data collection as well as future data analysis / manuscript write-up. 
The project is still in the early stages at Cornell so details to come but this would be the perfect time to get involved if you’re at all interested in developing any research or operations skills.
If you’d like to know more, please contact Dr. Lynn Jiang — lgj7001@med.cornell.edu

MCB Message of the Month

Conference This Week

July 1, 2020 - Resuscitation




Dr. Zachary Freedman

NYPEM Resident

Dr. Emerson Floyd

NYPEM Resident

Dr. James Hall

WCMC Emergency Medicine Attending

Dr. Jonathan St. George

WCMC Emergency Medicine Attending

NYPEM Leadership
Dr. Liza Hartofilis

NYPEM Chief Resident

Tintinalli’s Emergency Medicine – Chapters 11-13, 22 (WCM Library for residents)
More on ECMO – emDOCSEmCrit
Non-Invasive Ventilation – emDOCSCoreEM Video
Please use our google feedback form for conference evaluation and attendance.
We hope you include some valuable comments so that we can continue to improve our education efforts!

Shout out to our interns for completing orientation and their first clinical shifts!

Upcoming Residency Events

To Dos



  • The first year of attending starts now!  Please touch base with leadership and your CCC member as you start the process of the job search and career development.



  • 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

Chris Reisig
Chris Reisig, 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.