Weekly Update – December 4th, 2022

ITE Review Sessions

We have 12 Wednesday Evening Sessions (8:30-10:30PM) lined up from this Wednesday 11/30/22 to 2/15/23.  Most sessions will cover two topics.  The content will be delivered by faculty members. 

We encourage you to participate if you are available.  Faculty are encouraged to attend if they are available.  The sessions will be delivered on Zoom eliminating the need to travel anywhere.  Please attend as, from past experience, the more the merrier!

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 942 1372 7415

Passcode: 290100

Interview Social Sign Ups

Please sign up to with socialize applicants both during the interview day and the night before! Applicants love meeting you all 🙂 !

Sign-Up Links: 

Resident Interview Sign-Up

Resident Interview Social Sign-Up

Shift Trades

As the holiday season approaches, a few reminders regarding shift swaps (to get them approved quicker!)

-Within the email, please include the block and campus for each shift  you are requesting to change.

-All participants in a swap need to confirm their agreement with the swap prior to approval

-All swaps need to adhere to duty hour guidelines:

  • <60 hours in a week, measured Sunday-Saturday
  • 12 hours off between 12 hour shifts, 8 hours off between 8 hour shifts
  • >70% conference attendance, averaged over the year

Discharge Workflow

As volumes increase and our bay’s get busier, quick reminder to ensure that you close the loop with the attending prior to placing a discharge order.

PGY4s, please ensure the attending has seen the patient prior to having juniors place discharge orders.


Campus Announcements

Procedure Lab Teaching

We are looking to recruit EM Residents to assist with CUIMC-Medical Student Procedure Labs in VEC on the following dates from 2-6:15pm.

Monday, 12/5

Thursday, 12/8

In these labs we teach the skills of IV, ABG, NGT and foleys to students who are about to enter their Major Clinical Year (3rd Year) in January.

Residents do NOT need to commit to the full-time frame, would not be responsible for running their own rooms, and would be in addition to a faculty instructor.

Detailed instructions attached (no true prep work, you already know all these procedures!) Please email or text me 908-581-3988 if interested.

Thank you for considering!

Lauren Curato

Up-triage from Urgent Care (D)

We would like to remind you of the appropriate workflow when up-triaging a patient from D bay to a main bay for their evaluation:

  • Ensure we are not in surge protocol, when Area D takes stable ESI 3’s
  • D bay attending should give verbal sign out to the receiving bay attending
  • D bay provider team should complete an MSE note and place pertinent orders prior to transfer
  • Please let AA and triage nurse know of your plan to up-triage a patient

Busy surge days typically means D bay takes stable patients requiring more complex, main bay work ups. The AA should be communicating this is real time to the D bay team.

Conference 12/7/22

Ultrasound Olympics

In person at Columbia VEC (104 Haven Ave)

Ted Lasso” / Soccer ⚽ themed Ultrasound Olympics!


  We are excited for you to join us for Ultrasound Olympics!   Learners are encouraged and will be rewarded for dressing up in their favorite Ted Lasso / soccer attire!!
Come and enjoy a great day of US learning and games.  Please email Nick Avitabile (nca2131@cumc.columbia.edu) if any questions!  Thanks!  –Nick


Paula for her awesome work as a senior. A co-resident wrote in her evaluation: 

“Paula exudes warmth and confidence while consistently practicing at the level of an attending and leaving large spaces of room for education”

Amazing job Paula! Picture below is a throwback from Paula as an intern.

Chief On Call

William Haussner, MD


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.


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