May 31, 2020

General Announcements

From Dr. Liza Hartofilis: ACEP NY Resident Committee Rep

Hi guys,

I’ve been our program’s rep for the NY ACEP Emergency Medicine Resident Committee for the past 3 years and have enjoyed my time, contributing and helping out when I can. I’m happy to stay on as our rep for my last year, but first wanted to see if any of you would like to take over. If you’re interested in becoming NYP’s representative, please reach out to me and Manish in the next 2 days and we’ll figure things out from there.

Below is some info about the Committee:

Membership in ACEP is a prerequisite to committee membership. Program representatives must be willing to make a commitment to participate in monthly conference calls (see preliminary schedule below), attend program functions and keep their fellow residents informed of programs and activities.

Through this committee, residents are given the opportunity to observe and participate in leadership activities at the state and national level; serve as a source for communication and interchange for ideas among emergency medicine residents in New York State; promote advocacy during residency training by working with residency directors to enhance advocacy and leadership in the residency curriculum; encourage and support emergency medicine education and training; organize the Annual Emergency Medicine Residents Career Day and implement the Medical Student Symposium and coordinate the EM Day of Service.


From Dr. Osman Sayan: Scholarly Productivity

We are currently in the process of compiling a list of the EM residents’ scholarly productivity to date.

Please email back with the following information:

Your Name:

Graduating Class Year:

Publications to date including citation (if any):

Lectures or Teaching Experience(s) and date(s) (if any):

Scholarly Project:

                Topic or topic ideas:

                Mentor (if any):

                Meeting(s) with Research Committee (Sunday Clark or Bernard Chang) and date(s):

Please try to get this information to leadership as soon as possible – thanks!

From EM Leadership: Elective Submissions

Please remember that an elective application form must be submitted and approved prior to the start of any elective block.  Instructions for this process can be found on the teamsite:

Mark Curato will be overseeing the process going forward, so please feel free to direct questions to him.

In our current COVID reality, away electives are not presently permitted, but please stay in touch with leadership as this is an evolving area.

From Dr. Kaushal Shah: Writing for

For those interested in FOAM writing, consider submitting to! For more information, check out the following document and email Kaush  ( to get in contact with Alex Koyfman.  

From Dr. Manish Garg: Wellness Committee

Dear Residents,

We’ve been asked by the Columbia physician wellness committee for a resident representative.  I think it’s a wonderful way to help advocate for your colleagues and champion wellness in our program.  We meet the 3rd Wednesdays 3-4pm.

Please let me know if you are interested and I will forward a name to Jenny.



Campus Announcements

From Dr. Marissa Nadeau: COVID Memorial 
The Department of Emergency Medicine is planning to hold a memorial service on June 26th from 7-9 PM. We would like to honor and memorialize all staff members’ and loved ones who we have lost to the corona-virus pandemic . Our intention is to be as inclusive as possible. If you would like to have your loved one memorialized by name and/or photo please upload to the attached link. Please forward with the following information:
Name of loved one and/or
Photo to be used on the slide to honor them
Your relation to the person (or if you rather not be included on the slide)
Any specific faith based preference your loved one may have had
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Please respond by June 5th.
Also, if anyone knows of any musicians who may be willing to participate in the memorial service, please let us know as well. If you have any other thoughts about what you what like to see, let us know.
Thank you!
Marissa and Ellen

From Dr. Angela Mills: After Action Report

Dear Colleagues,

In the past several months we have experienced an ongoing surge related to the COVID-19 pandemic that none of us has experienced before.

The Department of Emergency Medicine and the NYP Strategy team will be creating After Action Reports that will chronicle what occurred, what went well, and opportunities to do something different next time.  With that goal, we will be holding multidisciplinary Virtual Debriefing Sessions with frontline staff which will take place over the next few weeks. 

The purpose of the groups is to gain additional insight and obtain a multidisciplinary perspective directly from the front line. Please consider joining one of these sessions.  Your input is critical and we would like to hear from all who worked in the ED during the COVID-19 surge.  Sessions will last 30-60 minutes with a group of 8-10 participants by site. Questions for discussion may include:

  • What happened during the surge of patients, from your perspective?
  • What went well? What new initiatives would you like to see stick?
  • What could have been done better?
  • What was concerning to staff or patient safety?
  • What resources were helpful for your well-being and how could your needs have been better addressed? 

The NYP Strategy team will be facilitating these multidisciplinary sessions and departmental leadership will not be part of the sessions. 

If interested in participating, please sign up here and you will be contacted with a variety of possible times and additional details. 

Thank you in advance for your participation and for all that you do for our patients. 

Follow this link to the Survey: 
Take the Survey

Or copy and paste the URL below into your internet browser:


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 —

From Rosa Borenzstein:  COVID documentation

If a COVID 19 test was ordered, please document if you informed patient of their COVID 19 test result. 

If you did not inform patient of result because the test was not yet back, document this information on ED record and place a follow up order. 

We receive many COVID test results daily.

It would be very helpful if we did not have to call every patient with results, if this information was already provided to patient during their ED stay.

Thank you,


From Dr. Kaushal Shah: Visual Dx

For those that have the VisualDx app, the company just informed me that they have turned on the DermDx feature for everyone at Cornell.  This means you can use their artificial intelligence software to get a differential diagnosis after you take a picture of the skin lesion.  Try it!

MCB Message of the Month

NO Conference This Week

But please join us for:

Shout out to the Class of 2020!

You will be missed and will always have a home here!

Upcoming Residency Events

  • June 3rd – Virtual Graduation!
  • June 8 – The new academic year starts!
  • June 15 – Interns arrive!

To Dos



  • Get out of here!  Live your best lives!



  • Time to start leading notifications!  Rely on your fellow residents, constantly communicate with your team, and learn as much as you can! 
  • 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.  


  • Scroll down to 3. Publications and Educational Initiatives for some good EM resources!  Or check out this centralization of other EM resources including podcasts, books, apps and Qbanks.
  • We’re at that point in the year when it’s time to start becoming the PGY2 you always knew you could be. Stretch yourself on shift both in terms of volume and patient complexity.   

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.