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News from The Emergency Department
Emergency Medicine Researchers Among Those to Publish on HIV Testing in a South African Emergency Department
Emergency medicine physician Bhakti Hansoti and nurse Madeleine Whalen were among the researchers to publish a study that suggests HIV testing in a South African emergency department is an effective strategy to identify patients missed by current testing initiatives. The team’s findings were published in PLOS ONE in March 2018.
“This study not only helped identify the burden of disease, but is also leading to improvements in diagnosis and care in emergency departments across South Africa, a country which has been particularly hard hit by HIV,” says Richard Rothman, vice chair of research for the Department of Emergency Medicine.
Read the news release.
Jim Scheulen Appointed to State EMS Board
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has selected Jim Scheulen, chief administrative officer of emergency medicine and capacity management at Johns Hopkins Medicine, to serve on the State Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Board. Scheulen was sworn in at the Baltimore County Courthouse in March.
Scheulen was chosen for the role due to his expertise as a hospital administrator and his involvement with the Maryland EMS system for the past 40 years. At Johns Hopkins, Scheulen is responsible for the operations of five Johns Hopkins Health System emergency departments, which together manage nearly 300,000 patient visits per year. Scheulen also heads Johns Hopkins Lifeline and the Hopkins Access Line, and together with Mary Margaret Jacobs manages capacity management efforts and the Judy Reitz Capacity Command Center.
Scheulen is considered an expert in hospital and emergency department operations and has been active in the leadership of pre-hospital EMS and emergency preparedness for Johns Hopkins and the state of Maryland.
As part of the 11-member State EMS Board, Scheulen will work alongside other board members to coordinate and oversee the Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems and the state’s five EMS regions, as well as the planning and operation of EMS with federal, state and county governments, the training, certification and licensure of EMS providers, and more.
“Maryland has long been a national leader in EMS, and I’ve been proud to be part of that system for some time,” Scheulen says. “The opportunity to serve on the EMS Board is a real privilege. I look forward to supporting our EMS providers who provide care to Maryland citizens every day.”
Emergency Medicine Resident Recognized for Clinical Excellence
Derrick Ashong has been named a recipient of the 7th Annual Frank Coulson Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence. The award, given by the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence at Johns Hopkins Medicine, recognizes and promotes clinical excellence for the benefit of individuals and communities. Applicants are nominated by their program directors. Emergency medicine physician and program director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program Linda Regan says Ashong demonstrates a passion for his work, patients and colleagues, which is a joy to watch. Ashong is the seventh resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s residency program to be awarded this honor.
Melissa Mason Earns Nursing Honor
The Department of Emergency Medicine’s nursing team and Magnet Committee have honored nursing supervisor Melissa “Missy” Mason, R.N., B.S.N., C.E.N., as the Excellence in Clinical Nurse Leader of the Year for the second straight year. “It is a huge honor to receive this award and recognition for my work in the emergency department,” Mason says.
Mason was nominated by her peers and went on to receive the most overall votes. The award was created by the Magnet Committee as an initiative to help recognize and retain nurse leaders. Nominations recognize excellence and leadership in service, teamwork, accountability and respect.
Erica Shelton Appointed to State Commission
Erica Shelton, M.D., M.P.H., M.H.S., assistant professor of emergency medicine, was appointed to a four-year term by Gov. Larry Hogan on July 1 to serve as one of 11 members of the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission (MCHRC), an independent commission within the Maryland Department of Health.
Created in 2005, the MCHRC awards grants to health care and community-based organizations to support public health priorities and to expand health care access in underserved areas. The commission also engages in program monitoring and performance measurement for awardees and provides guidance about resource allocation for community-based health programs to better serve the needs of underserved populations across the state.
Since its inception, the MCHRC has awarded 190 grants totaling $60.3 million, and it supports programs in every jurisdiction of the state. Collectively, these programs have served more than 330,000 Marylanders, and grants awarded by the MCHRC have enabled grantees to leverage $19.9 million in additional federal and private/nonprofit resources.
Jeremiah Hinson Awarded Research Grants
Jeremiah Hinson, M.D., Ph.D., instructor of emergency medicine, has been awarded two research grants. The awards include a Pilot Project grant from the Emergency Medicine Foundation and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Clinician Scientist Career Development Award. Hinson works closely with a team of engineers and computer scientists in the Department of Emergency Medicine, and their research focuses on the translation of data science methodologies to improve clinical outcomes. These recently awarded grants will support his efforts to reduce harm from acute kidney injury in emergency room patients by using a data-driven approach to disease prediction and development of electronic health record-embedded clinical decision support for emergency clinicians.
Johns Hopkins Nurses Honored by Baltimore Magazine
Eleven Johns Hopkins nurses and nurse leaders, including two with connections to the Department of Emergency Medicine, have been honored for their extraordinary contributions to health care in Baltimore magazine’s third annual “Excellence in Nursing” issue in May.
Among those honored at Johns Hopkins include Zakk Arciaga, B.S.N., R.N., and Jenine Jordan, B.S.N., R.N., who were both nominated by colleagues in the adult Emergency Department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital.
Arciaga started as a support associate in the adult Emergency Department in 2011 and worked his way to becoming a registered nurse. “Every day we come to work, try to make people's lives better and work hard at work worth doing,” Arciaga says. “It is a privilege and an honor to work with the brightest and most dedicated individuals ever.”
Jordan began working as a clinical technician in the adult Emergency Department in 2008 and then became a registered nurse. During her time in the ED, she served as a mentor to many nurses, including Arciaga. In 2016, Jordan took on a new role in the case management department. “The adult Emergency Department made me the strong nurse that I am, and I will never be able to fully express my gratitude,” Jordan says.
The publication honored more nurses from Johns Hopkins on its list of the top 50 nurses in the region than from any other area health system. The winners were chosen from hundreds of nominees by a panel of seven highly experience registered nurse advisers, recruited to assist with this effort. View the news release for a list of the Johns Hopkins winners. The full list of winners can be found here.
Emergency Medicine Resident Receives Clinical Excellence Award
Daniel Sheets, M.D., M.P.H., has become a recipient of the 6th Annual Frank Coulson Resident Clinical Excellence Award. The award, given by the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, aims to recognize and promote clinical excellence for the benefit of individuals and communities that are served. Applicants are submitted by their program directors to the committee. Linda Regan, M.D., program director of the Emergency Medicine Resdency Program, says Sheets demonstrates an enthusiasm for his work, patients and ultrasound, which is one of his specialties. Sheets is the sixth resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s program to be awarded this honor.
Jules Jung Shows Her Dance Moves for a Good Cause
Jules Jung, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, teamed up with her dance partner and husband, Leslie Cope, Ph.D., associate professor of oncology, for the 2017 Dancing with the Hopkins Stars event in March. The annual event raises money for a United Way program or a charity of choice. Through their participation, Jung and Cope raised $8,500 for Moveable Fast, an organization that provides nutritious meals to Baltimore residents living with life-threatening illnesses.
The mirror-ball trophies for best dance performance and highest fundraising couple went to Cindy Delinski, executive assistant in the school of medicine, and Stephen Yang, M.D., professor of surgery.
Watch the 2017 Dancing with the Hopkins Stars program. For more information, view a video about Jung and Cope.
Linda Regan Named Johns Hopkins Department of Emergency Medicine’s Inaugural Vice Chair of Education
Linda Regan, M.D., associate professor of emergency medicine, has been appointed the first vice chair of education for the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In her new role, Regan will oversee all of the department’s education programs and faculty development related to education. She will also maintain her current role as the program director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
Regan joined the Department of Emergency Medicine faculty in 2007. She is a nationally recognized education leader in the field of emergency medicine and has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the American College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award and the 2016 Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association Residency Director of the Year Award. She has also been appointed to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine. At Johns Hopkins, her work has been recognized with a number of awards, such as the Institute for Excellence in Education’s Innovative Program Award, the Emergency Department’s Attending of the Year Award given by our nurses, the Chair’s Faculty Leadership Award, and Academic Teacher of the Year Award and Outstanding Faculty Role Model Award given by our residents.
Emergency Medicine Residents Join Johns Hopkins Teaching Society
Department of Emergency Medicine residents Derrick Ashong, M.D.; Geoffrey Kelly, M.D.; and Daniel Savage, M.D., M.P.H., have been named as three of this year’s 23 inductees into the Distinguished Teaching Society. This is a selective honor society affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s vice dean for education and the Medical Student Government. The society recognizes outstanding and passionate clinical faculty members and residents around the school of medicine and their contributions to clinical medical student teaching. Nominations are made by medical students.
Emergency Medicine Resident Honored
Derrick Ashong, M.D., has been named the recipient of the Johns Hopkins Class of 2017 Housestaff Teaching Award. Each year, the award is presented to one resident in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine who is considered the most outstanding clinical teacher, as chosen by the graduating medical student class. The purpose of the award is to recognize the individual’s contributions and also emphasize the importance that the students attach to the concept of residents as teachers.
Ashong, who is one of the chief residents in the Department of Emergency Medicine, will be honored at the residency graduation in May.
Emergency Medicine Physicians and Committee Honored for Clinical Excellence
Three emergency medicine physicians were among the recipients of the 2016 Johns Hopkins Medicine Clinical Awards for Physicians and Care Teams. Awards were distributed in several categories. Here are the recipients in the field of emergency medicine:
- Andrea Ridgeway, D.O., emergency medicine physician at Howard County General, and Ian Warrington, M.D., emergency medicine physician at Sibley Memorial Hospital, earned the Excellence in Service and Professionalism award, which is presented to the physician who actively promotes a culture that embraces, expects and rewards the delivery of patient- and family-centered care.
- Robert Linton, M.D., M.B.A., director of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Howard County General Hospital and the Emergency Department Service Line Optimization Committee, received the Innovations in Clinical Care award for demonstrating a visionary approach to problem-solving and performance improvement.
The Adult Emergency Department Materials Management Committee at The Johns Hopkins Hospital was also nominated for the Innovations in Clinical Care award.
The awards program, which was launched by the Office of Johns Hopkins Physicians in 2015, is open to physicians and care teams associated with The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Johns Hopkins Community Physicians, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Howard County General Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital and Suburban Hospital.
Emergency Department Earns Accolades at Patient Safety Summit
Members of the Department of Emergency Medicine were among those honored in October at the 2016 Johns Hopkins Medicine Patient Safety Summit. During the event, the department received third place out of 41 Comprehensive Unit-based Safety Program units in the Passport to Safety program at Johns Hopkins Medicine. Yolanda Foxworthy, emergency service coordinator, was also recognized as one of two safety star recipients for the year for her quick response to a patient emergency.
Also, during the event, Michael Ehmann, M.D., M.P.H., and nurse Zakk Arciaga delivered a podium presentation on a project on the implementation of a standardized debriefing process. Team members displayed six posters highlighting their commitment to improving quality delivery in the department.
Emergency Department Kicks Off Pilot Study to Determine Potential Role in Public Health Emergency
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in collaboration with the Maricopa Integrated Health System, have launched a pilot study to assess using emergency departments as hubs to quickly identify, evaluate and treat patients to fast-track much-needed drugs during a public health emergency. The pilot study is taking place thanks to a $4.2 million grant funded by the Biomedical Advanced Research Development Authority, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
View the Baltimore Sun article.
Emergency Medicine Launches Telemedicine
The Department of Emergency Medicine has launched telemedicine in its Emergency Departments at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center thanks to a custom-made telemedicine cart that helps off-site clinicians assess patients and initiate care.
Linda Regan Promoted to Associate Professor
Linda Regan, M.D., program director of the Johns Hopkins Emergency Medicine Residency Program, has been promoted to associate professor of emergency medicine. According to Gabe Kelen, M.D., director of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Regan was promoted on her strengths as an innovative program builder, teacher, mentor, education scientist and nationally recognized education leader in the emergency medicine field. She is a winner of the American College of Emergency Physicians Emergency Medicine Faculty Teaching Award and, more recently, the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association Residency Director of the Year Award. She has been appointed to the board of the directors of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Emergency Medicine. Here at Johns Hopkins, her work was recognized by the institution’s Education Innovative Program Award, Attending of the Year Award given by our nurses, the Faculty Leadership Award and Academic Teacher of the Year award, among many other recognitions.
Matthew Levy Appears on Baltimore TV Station
Johns Hopkins Nurse Educator Receives Naval Honor
Nurse educator Paula M. Neira, M.S.N., J.D., R.N., C.E.N., in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital was selected by Secretary of the Navy Ray Maybus to sponsor the USNS Harvey Milk (T-AO-206). The ship, an underway replenishment oiler, was named for the iconic civil and human rights leader and former naval officer. Neira, who is also a former naval officer and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, is believed to be the first transgender sponsor of a U.S. naval ship.
Check out video from the event.
View the Fox45 News interview with Paula Neira.
Jules Jung Awarded Teaching Honor
For the past decade, Jules Jung, M.D., has harnessed the power of simulation to ensure that Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine graduates are prepared to manage emergency situations during their internships and beyond. In recognition of her outstanding contributions in this area, she received the 2016 Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association Excellence in Teaching Award in May, which recognizes the importance of teaching at Johns Hopkins.
Linda Regan Receives Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association 2016 Residency Director of the Year Award
Linda Regan, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine and program director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, has been selected as the recipient of the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) 2016 Residency Director of the Year Award. According to EMRA, the award recognizes a residency director who serves as a role model for residents and demonstrates qualities valued in a mentor. Regan is the first woman to receive this award since its inception more than 15 years ago. She was formally honored during an awards ceremony at the annual meeting for the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine in May.
View the Baltimore Sun post.
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Emergency Medicine Resident Takes Home Top Honor in Shark Tank Competition
Casey Wilson, M.D., won first place in the Hopkins inHealth Shark Tank competition in May. Wilson received $5,000 for her idea to develop an anatomy-based app called Block Star. The app is a bedside reference for emergency physicians to aid them in performing nerve blocks, which are often used in patients with acutely painful conditions to block conduction to a nerve and numb part of the body for procedures like laceration repairs, join reductions and pain control from fractures. Wilson plans to use the award to continue working on the app’s development.
Matthew Levy and Asa Margolis Named to Leadership Positions in Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services
Matthew Levy, D.O., M.Sc., associate professor of emergency medicine, and Asa Margolis, D.O., M.P.H., assistant professor of emergency medicine, have taken on leadership positions in the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS). Levy will serve as the medical director of HCDFRS, and Margolis will be HCDFRS’ associate medical director. Both Levy and Margolis will continue in their current capacity with Johns Hopkins in addition to serving in their roles with HCDFRS.
View the Dome post.
View the HCDFRS news release.
Michael Millin Joins New Johns Hopkins Teaching Society
Michael Millin, M.D., M.P.H., has been named as the Department of Emergency Medicine’s inaugural inductee into the Distinguished Teaching Society, a selective new honor society affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s vice dean for education and the Medical Student Government. The society recognizes outstanding and passionate clinical faculty members and residents in departments around the school of medicine and their contributions to clinical medical student teaching. Nominations are made by medical students.
Emergency Medicine Resident Inducted into Honor Medical Society
Erin Kane, M.D., was chosen in April to be inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Kane was one of only a few residents to be inducted. Inductees are recognized based on various criteria, including academic achievement, leadership, commitment and professionalism. Kane was nominated by Linda Regan, M.D., program director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program.
Emergency Medicine Resident Earns Clinical Excellence Award
Chid Iloabachie, M.D., has received the Frank L. Coulson Jr. Award for Clinical Excellence. This award, given by the Miller-Coulson Academy of Clinical Excellence at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, aims to recognize and promote clinical excellence for the benefit of individuals and communities that are served. Iloabachie is the fifth resident in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s program to be awarded this honor. Linda Regan, M.D., program director of the Emergency Medicine Residency Program, says Iloabachie demonstrates “a passion for his work that is simply a joy to watch.”
NIH Awards Grant to Launch New Influenza Research Center
Richard Rothman, M.D., Ph.D. is co-director of new center to track and identify flu strains around the globe that may pose a threat to public health and communities.