From Dr. Duncan Grossman: “The COVID Project”
A group of fellow NYC residents and I are putting together a city-wide project that I hope you’ll be interested in.
It’s called, “The COVID Project.” It is going to be a compilation of creative pieces from emergency medicine residents all around the city that reflect on our time as EM residents during the COVID surge.
These may take the form of journal entries, short stories, poems, essays, photos, drawings, or any other creative pieces that you would be comfortable creating for this project. Whatever your artistic medium may be, feel free to submit it. (Probably can’t take interpretive dance at this time… Apologies.)
You may focus on a particular patient, a moment on the subway, home life, family life. Your stories may be insightful, or funny, or benign, or (of course) tragic. Whatever moves you.
We’re not sure what final form this will take – Maimo did a similar project before that became a small book for our its residents but who knows, we can dream a bit bigger, perhaps.
Please email your piece (along with your name, PGY, and program) to email@example.com. We’d be happy to share your piece anonymously, just leave some contact info so we can reach out to you if needed.
We’ll be accepting submissions until December 1st.
Thank you. Please keep up the amazing work. Be happy, be safe.
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
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 SAEM: Leadership and Committee Positions
We are now accepting nominations for leadership positions for SAEM (Society for Academic Emergency Medicine), RAMS (Residents and Medical Students), AACEM (Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine), SAEM Academies, and the SAEM Foundation. Leadership positions should be filled by committed individuals who have a wide range of perspectives and possess the relevant skills and experience to effectively lead. If you, or someone you know, fit that description, we invite you to submit a nomination in one or more of the categories listed below. Deadline is November 16, 2020.
How to Nominate Someone (or Yourself!) Start the nomination process by clicking one of the links below.
Nominations for any listed position may be submitted by the candidate or by any SAEM member.
Please review our nominations webpage for the “Responsibilities and Requirements” of serving.
Join a Committee
Membership on an SAEM or RAMS Committee furthers your professional development by providing leadership experience, expanding your professional network, and strengthening your ties within the specialty. Review the SAEM committee descriptions and RAMS committee descriptions, and sign up for the SAEM Committee or RAMS Committee that best matches your interests and expertise.
Deadline is October 5, 2020.
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.
From Dr. Bernard Chang: the IMPROVE Study
We are excited to finally launch our study on long-term clinician physical and psychological health (called IMPROVE) led by our team here in Columbia Emergency Medicine. This study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will be one of the largest longitudinal studies on emergency provider mental and physical health and could lead to significant changes in how EDs operate, while providing evidence for staffing/scheduling and patient-flow innovations to improve both clinician well-being and patient outcomes.
We designed our study to be respectful of your time, minimally disruptive given your busy schedules, while also recognizing you with a bunch of goodies Please read below for details and how to sign up if interested. (Of note, this is a different study from Dr. Laurel Mayer’s study on mental health. There is no problem in participating in both studies.)
We are looking for full time emergency department nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants to participate in this study. The study baseline visit will involve:
Study participation and annual follow-up will continue over 3 years and the two-week burst assessments described above will be repeated at years 1, 2 and 3. Compensation for participation is available:
1) up to $600 ($150 at baseline and annually for 3 years)
2) A Fitbit Inspire HR to keep
3) A bluetooth enabled blood pressure device (the Omron 5 Series BP7250) to keep.
Please note that participation or decision not to participate in this study has no bearing or influence on your evaluation or status as an employee at New York Presbyterian or CUIMC. The data will be collected in a confidential manner and no identifiable information will be shared with non-study personnel.
If you wish to view the electronic consent and information sheet to learn more about the study, please click on the following link:
Thank you so much for considering and look forward to sharing the results of this study with you all. Sending you all my best and thank you again for all your hard work at our ED!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Sanskriti Varma (email@example.com) if you are interested or would like more information.
From Dr. Mahesh Polavarapu: EM/Radiology QI Project
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.
SCOPE OF PROJECT
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.
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:
MCB Message of the Month
WCMC Emergency Attending
CUIMC Emergency Attending
CUIMC Emergency Attending
CHONY PEM Attending
NYPEM Resident and CUIMC Radiology Resident
Congratulations to our PGY4 Dr. Ahmed Shaikh for coolly delivering a baby in the Columbia DART room!
(Actual baby not depicted)