The Department of
Emergency Medicine may be the new kid on the block, but that doesn't
mean it is any less accomplished than our departments of long standing.
Formerly a division within the Department of Surgery, Emergency Medicine
emerged as a department in its own right in June 1999, with Dr.
Arthur Kellermann as Chairman. "We may be a new department,
but we support one of the nation's oldest and largest training programs
in the specialty," he says. "In addition to training 50 of our own residents
in a three-year residency, Emergency Medicine trains more than 200 residents
from other departments at Emory and Morehouse schools of medicine, who
rotate through Grady and Crawford Long hospitals, as well as paramedics
and students from the School of Nursing and Emory's physician assistant
program." Read on for more department accomplishments:
- With more than $3.4 million in NIH grants, Emergency Medicine is
one of the best federally funded academic departments of emergency
medicine in the country.
- The department recently recruited Drs. Stuart Hoffman
and Theodore Pettus to the Central Nervous System
Injury and Repair Laboratory (CIRL) and appointed Dr. Donald
Stein as Director. The lab was incorporated into the department
in FY01 and is supported by three NIH grants that fund laboratory
and clinical research on traumatic brain injury and neuroplasticity.
In addition to CIRL, Emergency Medicine has laboratories that focus
on clinical science, injury control, and health policy.
- The department added a fourth-year clerkship that is mandatory
for medical students. It also developed a medical toxicology fellowship
(see related article on back page). And its residency training program
has been fully reaccredited for four years with no citations.
- Dr. Leon Haley, Chief of Emergency Medicine and
Medical Director of the Emergency Care Center at Grady Hospital, has
been appointed as Deputy Chief of Staff and Vice President of Medical
Affairs in the Grady Health System.
We have many great teachers
here at the SOM, and every year I like to commend several outstanding
faculty for teaching excellence. Drs. April Barbour
(medicine), Erica Brownfield (medicine), Gordon
Churchward (microbiology), David Feliciano
(surgery), Jennifer Goedken (gyn/ob), Jodi
Guest (family and preventive medicine), Neil Lamb
(human genetics), Douglas Lowery (emergency medicine),
Winfield Sale (cell biology), and Cyril Spann
(gyn/ob) are some of the finest we have to offer to our students, an
example for us all. Each received my Golden Apple Award for Excellence
in Teaching and a $5,000 award.
At the recent award dinner, I also recognized Dr. Wood Smethurst,
a reading specialist at the Ben Franklin Academy, who for years has
worked faithfully to assist our medical students and residents with
their reading and study skills, and Judy Wyndham, Director
of Medical Education Services, who officially retires on September 1
after 22 years at Emory. Judy began her career at Grady and transferred
to Crawford Long Hospital, where she joined Dr. Jonas Shulman
as Administrative Coordinator for Medicine and Business Manager for
TravelWell. She moved with Dr. Shulman to the Emory campus in 1991.
At the teaching award dinner, Dr. Shulman recognized Judy for her support
and dedication to medical education by presenting her with a Frabel
glass sculpture and an Emory rocking chair. "I was totally overwhelmed,"
says Judy. "Dr. Shulman is a truly exceptional person, and I am most
fortunate in having had the opportunity to work with him for these past
17 years." Her successor is Margo Kuisis, who can be
reached at 712-8417. Best wishes, Judy!
resident work week is headed for reality. The Accreditation Council
for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the Association of American
Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the American Medical Association (AMA)
all support limiting resident work hours to allay concerns about residents'
lack of sleep and patient safety while maintaining the quality of resident
education. "The key to implementing these new requirements will be adherence
to the strong monitoring and enforcement standards outlined by the ACGME,"
states AAMC President Jordan Cohen. Interestingly,
this marks the first time the AMA has limited resident work hours.
Emory is one of five
national sites chosen by the CDC to conduct a clinical trial for the
anthrax vaccine. The study is using the vaccine licensed by the FDA
in 1970 to determine if changing the injection method from subcutaneous
to muscle or decreasing dosage affects the quality of the immune response
or local reactions to the vaccine. Emory will enroll 200 volunteers;
a total of 1,560 people will participate in the study nationally. Dr.
Harry Keyserling, Professor of Pediatrics (infectious diseases),
is the PI at Emory. "The anthrax vaccine has an excellent safety record,"
he says. "We hope this new study will simplify the existing dosing and
shot regimen for the vaccine and provide more data to convince an anxious
public that the vaccine is safe."