From Dr. Chris Reisig:  Opportunity to volunteer with Cornell Emergency Medicine Interest Group

The Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) at Weill Cornell Medicine is looking for a few residents to help out with our intubation workshop Thursday, October 14th from 6:30-8:30pm in the Sim Center! Come meet med students interested in Emergency Medicine, enjoy some free food (take-home due to COVID), and teach some basic clinical skills. Please contact Leslie Bull ( or Chris Reisig ( if interested!

Good morning,

I am the new Chair at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, LA, recruited here to build an academic department. Things are really taking off with gusto as there was already a really fantastic group of faculty physicians in place; we are a tertiary referral site for a large network of hospitals and see ~70,000+ patient visits/year through our ED; we are already in our second year of our EM residency and the institution has ~30 residency/fellowship programs in total (robust GME presence); and we are the home of the UQ-Ochsner Clinical School (our medical students spend the first two years at University of Queensland and the final two years here with us). We have set our foundation, and now we are working on adding depth to our niches and adding an Associate/Assistant Residency Program Director. It is a really exciting time of growth here. I have a passion for education (was the Vice Chair for Education / Residency Program Director at Vanderbilt before taking on this new opportunity). So, if you have any faculty who are also passionate about resident/fellow education and looking for a really great new opportunity, please send them my way. Posting is below and attached as well for a more formal description.


Nicole McCoin

Former Columbia APD and now Baylor PD Aleksandr “Sasha” Tichter posted that “Baylor College of Medicine in sunny Houston, TX has openings for full-time faculty of all academic ranks to join our growing  department.”

I hope this email finds you all very well! As you may be aware the VP&S Office of Student Affairs and CUIMC Center for Student Wellness have run an annual Mock Interview Program for our 4th year medical students. This program has been invaluable in preparing students for the residency interview process.


With the 2023 application cycle continuing to be in a virtual format, the component that is still essential to the success of this mock interview experience is engaging residents and fellows in each specialty to serve as our “interviewers.” There are ~ 6 4th year students applying into Emergency Medicine and we are hoping you will be able to help us secure at least 2 residents / fellows volunteers from internal medicine to serve as this year’s mock interviewers. For the residents, they would just need to not be currently involved in the Match / and or residency selection process (otherwise it is a violation of the Match).


The format for this year will again be to assign each resident or fellow ~ 3 students to virtual mock interview through either Zoom, Skype, or Face Time. The time commitment would be a 30 minute interview with each assigned student interviewee at a mutually convenient date / time, within the mock interview time frame window of September 27th – October 29th. We would just ask the resident to reach out to each of their assigned students to introduce themselves as the mock interviewer and coordinate the specific date / time, and preferred virtual venue with each of their student interviewees by October 1st to ensure all the mock interviews have been scheduled within the mock interview time frame window.


We would appreciate if you could either pass this email along to residents and fellows that are qualified and you think would be interested, or send me the names and emails of residents or fellows by Wednesday, September 22nd  that you know would be interested and I can reach out to them directly. Interested residents / fellows can contact me at Once I have the list of residents / fellows who will be our mock interviewers for internal medicine, I will provide them with the names and emails for their interviewees, and more details about the mock interview format.


We are extremely appreciative of the volunteers’ time and efforts, and for your support of this program. Thank you in advance for your time and for your assistance in recruiting the mock interviewers for Emergency Medicine. We know the students will benefit tremendously from this experience.




From Almaz Dessie: Looking for residents interested in joining the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee

This is an open invitation to join the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee. Write back if you would like to join the committee – I will send you a calendar invite. 

The first meeting of the academic year is next Wednesday Sept 29th at 2pm
Please complete this short survey by Monday Sept 27 to provide feedback on our work from last year and ideas for this year.
DEI Committee
Mission: To cultivate an inclusive Department of Emergency Medicine that provides outstanding care to our diverse patient population and supports all of our staff, trainees, and faculty, especially those from backgrounds that have been historically excluded from medicine. Our committee provides specialized training, programming, and events on issues related to race, gender, identity, health equity, and belonging. 
We meet on the last Wednesday of the month, 2pm virtually

Volunteer with Adam Blumenberg at the NYC Marathon

I’d like to invite you to volunteer with me at the New York City Marathon on November 7!
The New York City Marathon is among the largest marathons with runners joining from all over the world. There are usually over 50,000 runners who cross the finish line. Many of the runners require acute medical care during or immediately after the race, and come in droves to the finish line medical tent.
I have done medical volunteering for the NYC marathon before and plan to be there this year on November 7 as a licensed attending. It is an awesome experience. This is a wonderful opportunity to see another side of medicine and I recommend it for anyone with an interest in event medicine, sports medicine, mass-casualty events (yes really), and rapid triage. I hope you will consider joining me at the race!
If you would like to volunteer go to this website, and sign up! I set up a group called “Columbia Emergency Medicine” so please make sure to request that group. Even though the organization cannot 100% guarantee that we will be together at the finish line, I emailed with them directly and they say they expect they can do it!
If you have any questions please email me! 

Campus Announcements


We want to thank all of you for your hard work and contributions. We are dedicated to your continued professional growth. Some of you may find it difficult to find time to read or listen to inspirational stories. Blinkist is here to help! Blinkist would like to thank you for your work on the frontlines and your resilience over the past year and a half.   

We are excited to provide you with one year access to Blinkist  – for free!  

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With Blinkist you can: 


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    The Blinkist content is the collective effort of expert authors, readers, narrators, and curators, to create genuine value for people who love to learn. Their library spans 27 categories and 150 different topics—so you can truly explore whatever excites you!  

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  • Mindfulness & Happiness 
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To sign up, follow the instructions in this onboarding guide here or follow these steps: 

    1. Go to 
    2. Tap on ‘Log in’ 
    3. Tap on ‘You don’t have an account’ 
    4. Create an account with your Columbia email address and your desired password. Residents, you will need to use your Columbia email for access
    5. Download the Blinkist app vie the App Store or Google Play Store (after you have registered via  
    6. Log in with your created credentials
    7. Confirm email address (mail arrives within 1 hour) 
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    10. Read! Be inspired! Revitalize! 

Please let us know if you have any questions. Many thanks to Blinkist for this generous gift to the members of our Department. We look forward to some recommended reads from you all.


Angela, Penny & the Blinkist Team

Official go-live on Monday! – ED-to-VUC Referrals for Monoclonal Antibody Infusion – (attached job aid and criteria for eligability)

Ordering monoclonal antibodies for Covid positive or exposed patients is complicated. To offload the ED providers, all monoclonal antibody orders will be routed through the Virtual Urgent Care. From those I have shown how to do this, the feedback is… it is really easy!
Patients at risk: Over 65, liver, lung, kidney disease, DM, HIV, BMI>25, hard hit groups +MORE….see attached document, this doc is also up in ED bays LMH and WCM 
Who qualifies for MAB? (See criteria document attached)
1) Patients who are at risk and EXPOSED to COVID
2) Patients who are at risk and COVID + within 10 days of symptom onset
What does current evidence suggest?
– 85% reduction in need for hospitalization, reduction in death
How do I connect a patient who I am discharging to MAB Therapy? (See screenshot below and PDF attached)
– Use the box in “Common Follow-Ups” under DISPO tab in Epic.
– Fill out pop-up box content. 
– Patient will receive discharge instructions on how to do the VUC appointment. 
– Patients who fail to make a VUC appointment will receive a telephone call to help troubleshoot.
Where is there more information?
– Our AA and AOC leaders will be able to help with this process during shifts.

From Dr. Robby Tanouye:  Long IVs are now stocked in IV carts

Per request from several ED Residents, who noticed a stocking gap in the two (2) WC A Bay IV carts.  Thank you for your work on placing US-guided IV’s and hope this makes it a touch easier  
Big thanks to our WC Nursing leadership and to David & Bill for the good idea.  David & Bill, feel free to spot check this for us and let me know directly. 

From Dr. Scofi: Survey Regarding New ED Clinician Performance Feedback Dashboard


Hi Everyone,

Our ED informatics team and ED leadership are launching an exciting new project in the upcoming year to create a clinical performance feedback dashboard for ED clinicians. Our vision is to design a user-friendly, interactive, and easily accessible tool that gathers performance feedback for operations, quality, patient cases, and other topics in one convenient place for education and review.

Our goal is to design a dashboard that provides meaningful feedback for you as an individual well as the department at large. To better understand your expectations, including what items you would find most and least useful, please answer a few short questions here:

My Feedback Dashboard Preferences  (<5 min to complete)

I’m also forming a focus group to help work on this project. If you would like to contribute to the build process and joint the group, please email me! The group will meet every few weeks to test drive the build and provide input on the dashboard’s design and function.

For more background and some dashboard examples, please check out this excellent presentation by Oliver Wu, one of our 2021 EM Clinical & Research Summer Internship students. Please feel free to contact me at 626-379-6762 if you have any questions. 

All the best,



October 6th - Peds Made Practical

Shout out to Mary Kate and Erin!

Mary Kate nailed a traumatic pneumothorax pigtail! 

And shout out to Erin for “being an US IV machine while eating the board on a busy Columbia night!”

Chief on Call

Emerson Floyd, M.D. 
EM Chiefs’ Cell:  917-410-1056
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