Protected Airway Course

The Protected Airway Course will be held May 14th for PGY1’s and 3’s. Here is the link to the website.

Reminder regarding MS3 ED Clerkship Students from Drs. Devjani, Lauren T and Lauren C

EM Residents,

As some of you may have noticed while working, we are so excited to be welcoming a whole NEW class of EM Clerkship students into our ED! As a reminder, below are some class specific reminders that are relevant to the MCY (third year) clerkship students we have. This is particularly important for the PGY-3s who these students will be shadowing many times throughout the year. 

  • These are “third year” Columbia Medical students that rotate with us for two weeks, they are not Sub-Is. Many of these students have never rotated or shadowed in the ED (or ANY clinical area) before. 

  • PGY4s: These students may be presenting to you, as any junior resident would, in Area Green. At the end of every shift, the student will hand you a feedback card with a QR code. Scan the QR code with your smartphone and it will take you to a 4 question Qualtrics survey. Please, please, please fill these out in real time. Then sign the card and hand back to the student. Please also provide as much verbal and direct feedback as possible throughout their shift. 

  • PGY3s: The students will be shadowing you during some of your shifts from 3p-8p (if you are singing out at 4p please also have them shadow your relief from 4p-8p, do not dismiss them early). They will not be seeing these patients primarily on this shift so should not be writing notes. Please encourage and involve them in the resuscitation process for patients that you see and try to share your thought process with them. This will be the most exciting part for them! At the end of their shift, the student will hand you a feedback card with a QR code. Scan the QR code with your smartphone and it will take you to a 2 question Qualtrics survey mostly asking if they were on time and professional. Please, please, please fill these out in real time. Then sign the card and hand back to the student. 

  • PGY1s/PGY2s: The students should not be presenting to you directly on any patients. However, please feel free to involve them in any case, imaging study, procedure, etc. that you think may be interesting. Remember, a lot of these students have never been in the clinical arena, so everything is new and exciting for them!

  • The students are expected to work directly with the attending (or PGY4 if working in Area Green) and see patients independently (about 2-3 per shift). This is not a shadowing experience (except for the PGY-3 shift). Please do not have them move to a different clinical area. There may be two students on shift at a given time but never two students per attending. If any issues arise regarding staffing of the MCY students, please reach out to us directly.

We wanted to thank each and every one of you for the incredible work that you do for our medical students. They look to you for guidance both medically and career wise so please share your experiences and knowledge with them as much as possible. Here is a link to a great resource that your colleagues have put together with class specific tips for teaching medical students. These students will see and listen to everything you do and say, so please show them how great it is to be an EM physician!

Campus Announcements

From Drs. Laurie Malia & David Kessler
Wanted:  Participants for Intussusception POCUS Study
This is an Intussusception POCUS Study evaluating whether an online learning platform can lead to improvement in identifying intussusception on ultrasound. 

Compensation: $25 USD/$30 CAD for participation


Study Flyer


Click this link to register.

Message from Dr. Josh Belfer, CHONY PEM Fellow:

The Doctors Are People Too podcast explores the intersection of medicine, sports, and pop culture. In each episode, Dr. Josh Belfer, a pediatric emergency medicine doctor, discusses the ways in which medicine plays a part in all aspects of society.


In our first several episodes, we have talked to:

Dr. Michael Harrison, an aerospace medicine physician. We talk all things space medicine – including practicing medicine on the space station, how astronauts use ultrasound in space, and how commercial space travel will change aerospace medicine.

Dr. Oren Gottfried, a neurosurgeon who serves as a medical advisor for television shows such as The Good Doctor and Chicago Med. In our “Medicine in Hollywood” episode, we discuss Dr. Gottfried’s roles as a medical advisor, the similarities between the writers’ room and the operating room, and Dr. Gottfried’s thoughts on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scrubs.”

Dr. Natasha Sheybani, a PhD scientist from the University of Virginia who studied focused ultrasound technology for the treatment of cancer. Dr. Sheybani explains her unique path from working in a college laboratory at 14 years old to having her own lab and being named one of Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30.” She describes how ultrasound can be used to treat cancer, the promising future of this technology, and what mentorship means to her! 

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Electronic Handoff!
Starting on March 28th, 7:30 amproviders will not be required to do a phone handoff for admitted medicine patients, handoff will occur via Epic Chat, where PPOC will assign a team, and the medicine team will confirm they have no questions/concerns and message the patient as “endorsed” in the Epic chat.
The ask from our end is that we must have a completed and signed provider note in the chart for the patient, so a bed can be assigned. PPOC will be monitoring this, but it will be on us (particularly the attendings) to ensure this occurs. The faculty have already been told that they are responsible for ensuring with their ED team that the provider notes are complete and signed.
In addition, you will also need to complete the same handoff note for the inpatient team as before.
This should hopefully enable us to get our patients teams and beds in a more efficient manner while still maintaining patient safety. 
If there is any question about bed acuity or correct service, the medicine team may call the ED team to clarify, and again with this, feel free to escalate to the ED attending as needed.
A huge thanks to Amos for spearheading this initiative with the medicine department!

From Dr. Kaushal Shah:

Any residents interested in podcasting?  EMRA is offering some mentorship/training:

Reminder for Interventional Radiology Consults:

IR at Cornell requires a consult order to guarantee response. If emergent it needs to state life and limb threatening.

3/23/22: ALL NYC

Shout out to our new interns!

Chief on Call

Rana Abualsaud, M.D.  
Emmerson Floyd, 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