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DEM News

2020

DEM Faculty Member's Chris Kahn and Eddie Castillo along with Dr. Joelle Donofrio-Ödmann have been awarded a grant from the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center (UCFC) on EMS Data Modeling to Identify Patients at High Risk for Firearm-Facilitated Suicide.

To learn more, click here

                               

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Peter Lindholm, Professor and Gurnee endowed chair of hyperbaric and diving medicine research has been awarded a 1 million dollar, 3 year grant from the Office of Naval Research, USN to image nitrogen gas during diving and decompression. The study will be in collaboration with Professor David Vera, Department of Radiology.


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Pete Witucki, DEM and Hyperbaric Medicine division faculty elected as President-elect for Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine Society


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Jim Dunford, DEM Emeritus Professor awarded UCSD Edward A. Dickson Award for outstanding contributions and service as an emeritus faculty at UCSD


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CNN reports about our El Centro site where COVID cases are still rising and our team members are working hard to serve the community in triple digit heat!

To learn more, click here


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NBA legend and HOF Bill Walton congratulates and celebrates with our 2020 DEM resident graduates

Grad 2020 Keynote Speaker Bill Walton from UCSD Emergency Medicine on Vimeo.

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Congratulations to our graduating Emergency Medicine Residency Class of 2020!


To see more on our residency alumni, click here.

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Dr. Andrew Lafree, DEM faculty and ECRMC ED Director, featured on CNBC news in San Diego discussing COVID response in El Centro

To see news clip, click here.


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Congratulations to DEM Professor Dr. Jorge Fernandez who was elected to the 2020-21 Board of Directors for California ACEP!


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DEM faculty member Dr. Leslie Oyama among a team of UCSD researchers developing low-cost tele-health robots to improve health care safety and patient well being during a pandemic.

To learn more, click here.


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DEM faculty member Dr. Christanne Coffey featured in NBC San Diego news article "Emergency Rooms Want You to Come if You Need help"

To read article, click here.


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Professor Emeritus Irving “Jake" Jacoby is the 2020 recipient of the ACEP Disaster Medical Sciences Award, recognizing individuals who have made outstanding contributions of national/international significance of impact to the field of disaster medicine.


Jake has been a force for disaster preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery for decades, and his influence has been felt not just all across the world, but also quite locally. UCSD’s Disaster Control Officer was none other than Jake from 1985-2002, who also served as the chair of UCSD’s Emergency Preparedness Advisory Committee (now the Emergency Management Committee) for 25 years. He’s advised the State of California, the San Diego Unified School District, the National Disaster Medical System, and many more organizations both large and small throughout his career, while remaining active as an emergency physician, hyperbarics physician, aeromedical physician, and infectious diseases physician (he is board certified in Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine, and Infectious Diseases). 

Locally, Jake is beloved as the team leader of Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-4, which he founded in 1991. In that time, he has been the team leader or unit commander for at least 19 deployments, including several major catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. On every one of these deployments, his work has been prompt, purposeful, considerate, and most importantly, effective in delivering the highest quality of patient care in some of the most inadequate and intolerable conditions imaginable. His steady, professional response to these events has protected and served not just the National Disaster Medical System infrastructure, but the communities lucky enough to have been the beneficiaries of his assistance during times of crisis. 

Jake is an active and vital member of the UCSD DEM Division of EMS and Disaster Medicine, teaching residents, serving as the editor of a major disaster medicine textbook, and being a leader in disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery efforts across the globe.

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UCSD's Triton Magazine features article written by DEM faculty member Dr. Christanne Coffey on the balance of saving lives and keeping her family safe during COVID.

To read article, click here.

                           

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Congratulations to DEM Faculty memeber Dr. Karen Van Hoesen for being appointed as UC San Diego Health Sciences Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs!

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DEM faculty Dr. Ted Chan featured in article on ED visits during COVID in the San Diego Union-Tribune

To see article, click here.


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DEM fellow and incoming faculty Dr. Stephanie Benjamin featured in front-page New York Times interactive on health care workers during the COVID pandemic

To see article, click here


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DEM Faculty receive grants that focus on the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Chris Coyne, MD, MPH and Edward Castillo, PhD, MPH received a grant derived from the UC National Laboratory Fees Program to utilize machine learning to assist emergency physicians in the treatment and disposition of patients with COVID-19.
  • Edward Castillo, PhD, MPH, in collaboration with Aladdin Shadyab, PhD from Family Medicine and Public Health, received funding from the University of California Office of the President to assess outcomes in older COVID-19 patients with comorbidities in a senior emergency care unit.
  • Christian Tomaszewski, MD, MS, MBA is assisting an effort lead by researchers at Indiana University to develop a national COVID-19 registry to better understand the clinical presentation and outcomes of COVID-19 patients

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DEM faculty Dr. Gary Vilke featured on KUSI local news regarding EDs and COVID pandemic.

To see news clip, click here


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UCSD Health COVID Testing highlighted Nationally by Vice President Pence at White House briefing.

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Dr. Joelle Donofrio, UCSD DEM and Pediatrics faculty speaking at San Diego Mayor Faulconer COVID updates


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DEM Faculty Dr. Jenny Farah featured on Fox 5 discussion on City of Chula Vista’s interventions to address COVID-19 locally

To see article, click here.

 

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DEM faculty Chris Coyne, MD, featured in article on Immunotherapy in EM News

To see article, click here.


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DEM faculty member Dr. Jim Killeen featured in multiple articles on UCSD Health working with UPS to launch drone program 


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Dr. Jesse Guittard, UCSD DEM Faculty and alumni, appointed Associate Director of the ED at VA San Diego Medical Center.

Congratulations Dr. Guittard!


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UCSD DEM Level 1 accredited GED featured in Discoveries Magazine 

To see magazine, click here. Article on pages 12-17.

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UCSD DEM Assistant Professor Christian Dameff featured on NPR nationwide radio story on health care cybersecurity and attack simulation conducted at UCSD.

To listen to the radio segment, please click here.

               





2019


The Department of Emergency Medicine at UCSD continues to pioneer cutting edge research at the intersection of cyber security and healthcare.

At the third annual CyberMed Summit, the worlds first and largest clinically oriented healthcare cybersecurity conference, DEM faculty and residents utilized high fidelity simulations to model ransomware cyber attacks on hospitals. This effort raised international awareness and improved health care's cyber resiliency.

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DEM faculty, Dr. Richard Clark, featured on local public radio story on "marijuana tourists" visiting California

To read article, click here.

PHOTO BY CLAIRE TRAGESER / KPBS

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UCSD DEM and Dr. Ted Chan featured in multiple regional media outlets on the initiative on improving care for seniors throughout the region.



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DEM faculty member Dr. Gabriel Wardi working with Dr. Shamim Nemati, Director of Predictive Health Analytics and an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, has been awarded a half-million dollar grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation through their Diagnostic Excellence Initiative aimed at reducing harm from erroneous or delayed diagnoses.

This funded proposal is titled SEP1+: A composite measure to accurately assess early sepsis management. In this proposal, Drs. Wardi and Nemati partner to design and develop an alternative machine learning-based composite measure to provide a data-driven and non-binary assessment of a hospital’s compliance with bundled care for sepsis. Click here to learn more about the project. 

  

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UCSD DEM mourns the passing of Peter Rosen, MD, Emeritus Professor, and one of EM’s founding fathers.

           

It is with great sadness that the DEM mourns the passing of Peter Rosen, MD, UC San Diego Professor Emeritus. Dr. Rosen was one of the founding fathers of our specialty, playing instrumental roles in the establishment of our profession in the House of Medicine, as well as the development of Emergency Medicine training programs throughout the country. Here at UC San Diego, he served as Program Director and Director of Education during the early years of our residency program in the 1990s, providing immediate credibility, visibility, and recognition for our nascent program
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Dr. Rosen began his career in the military, serving 3 years in the US Army Medical Corp in Germany as a general surgeon after having completed residency training at Highland Hospital in Oakland, California, and his medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis. He then went on to private practice as a surgeon in the midwest but found his true calling in caring for patients in the ED. In the early 1970s, he was appointed the ED Director at the University of Chicago, and quickly established one of the first EM training programs in the country. He went on to do the same at Denver General, before being recruited to UCSD in 1989. 

 At UCSD, Dr. Rosen had a tremendous impact on our program and graduates – mentoring, advising, and guiding the professional careers and the lives of many. During his tenure at UCSD, Peter was one of the first Emergency physicians ever elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine), the highest honor for an academic physician in this country. Peter authored literally hundreds of publications, serving as the founding Editor of the Journal of Emergency Medicine, and in 1983 launched the revolutionary text Emergency Medicine – Concepts and Clinical Practice, one of the seminal treatises of our specialty (now in its 9th edition and aptly renamed “Rosen’s Emergency Medicine – Concepts and Clinical Practice”).

 For those of us who were fortunate enough to know him, Peter will always be remembered for his gruff yet warm personality, outspokenness and humor (occasionally cringe-inducing), and truly caring mentorship and friendship. Peter is survived by his wife and partner of many decades, Ann, as well as four sons and four grandchildren.


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UC San Diego DEM participates in county wide active shooter mass casualty drill at Rady Children's Hospital.


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The 2019 ACEP Scientific Assembly in Denver was a great success. UCSD DEM Faculty and Residents presented the following 5 abstracts, additionally faculty presented several talks at the ACEP Research Forum:

Abstracts:

  • Coyne CJ, Simonsen E, Brennan J, Castillo EM, Vilke GM. Perceived Barriers to Universal HIV Screening Among Emergency Department Patients: Identifying the Population and Targeting Areas for Improvement.
  • Ha EL, Brennan JJ, Birring P, Shah S, Coyne CJ. Synergy Among Virchow's Deadly Triad: Hypercoagulability Potentiates the Risk of Immobility Among Cancer Patients with an Acute Venous Thromboembolism.
  • Ha EL, Brennan JJ, Birring P, Shah S, Coyne CJ. Should the Emergency Department Discharge Highly Morbid Cancer Patients Who Present with an Acute Venous Thromboembolism?
  • Tolia VM, Castillo EM, Kreshak AA, Brennan JJ, Killeen JP, Crisman T, Chan TC. Impact of an Emergency Nurse Geriatric Specialist on Care Referrals for Seniors Seen in the Emergency Department.
  • Wardi G, White J, Joel I, Tolia V, Castillo E, Meier A, Tainter C, Hsia R, Brennan J. Geriatric Sepsis Remains a Rapidly Rising Source of Health Care Utilization and Admissions. 
Talks:
  • Vaishal Tolia: Geriatric Emergency Department Implementation, InnovatED
  • Allyson Kreshak: Tox 'til You Drop: Fast Facts
  • Allyson Kreshak: Still Dope: New on the Scene
  • Chris Tomaszewski: Opiate Withdrawal in the ED - Treat or Street
  • Chris Tomaszewski: Visual Toxicology Workshop
  • Chris Tomaszewski: Lightning Rounds: Environmental Disorders by Visual Diagnosis


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The UCSD School of Medicine's Emergency Medicine Interest Group held it's 2nd annual "EM Subspecialty Showdown" on October 2, 2019 on campus. Eight UCSD DEM fellowships were represented, including: Ultrasound, Anesthesia Critical Care, Toxicology, Wilderness Medicine, Education, Research, EMS, & Hyperbaric Medicine.

Congratulations to the UCSD DEM Ultrasound and EMS divisions for winning the “Most Informative” and “Most Entertaining” awards, respectively! Over fifty 1st & 2nd year med students attended the event and feedback was great [word on the street (aka the UCSD SOM campus) was that EM docs are the coolest!


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Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT CA-4), including DEM faculty member Dr. Chris Kahn, returns from being deployed to Florida for Hurricane Dorian.

For local news coverage, click here.


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Congratulations to Dr. Christian Dameff for being selected as one of EMRA's 45 Under 45 Influencers in Emergency Medicine for 2019.

To learn more about EMRA, click here.


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NBC’s Today show features research conducted by UC San Diego (ED and Trauma) co-authored by DEM faculty Eddie Castillo PhD regarding e-scooters.

To read article, click here

                         

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Women in Emergency Medicine (WEM) and Women in Internal Medicine (WIM) came together for a combined panel discussion and event.

The Women in Internal Medicine and Women in Emergency Medicine (WEM) came together to host an evening of food, mentorship and mingling. The event was held August 15th and it was a hit. A panel of UCSD women in medicine discussed work-life balance in the realms of clinical care, research, personal life and advocacy obligations. Panelists included Dr. Karen Van Hoesen, Emergency Medicine/Hyperbaric Medicine/Wilderness Medicine and a graduate of the first UCSD EM residency class, Dr. Tricia Santos Cavaiola, Internal Medicine/Endocrinology and a diabetes advocate, and Dr. Kristy Schwartz, Emergency Medicine/Pediatric Emergency Medicine and an advocate of children’s heath/preventative care. Quarterly events are held and all are welcome. 

For details, contact Dr. Christanne Coffey or Dr. Eileen Shi.


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DEM Faculty members Drs. Chris Sloane and Gary Vilke have been selected as the inaugural co-EMS Medical Directors of the North San Diego County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority.

The North San Diego County Dispatch Joint Powers Authority includes EMS/Fire agencies for Encinitas, Carlsbad, Oceanside, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Vista, and Del Mar.


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DEM Faculty member Dr. Christian Dameff appointed Medical Director of Cybersecurity for UC San Diego Health. Congratulations Dr. Dameff!


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A BIG WELCOME to our newest Emergency Medicine Residency class of 2023!


Alex Anshus (UC Irvine), Jake Del Rosso (USC), Jessica Holdaway (Rochester), Nico Kahl (UC Irvine), Matt Mason (Virginia Commonwealth), Niels Naimon (Eastern Virginia), Emily Pott (USC), Robert Shrake (University of Nevada), Julie Sobel (University of Arizona), Rachel Spann (Tulane), Maya Stawnychy (Rutgers). 

To learn more about our residents, click here.

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Congratulations to our graduating residents class of 2019!!


To see more on our residency alumni, click here.

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UCSD DEM hosts inaugural San Diego Women in Emergency Medicine symposium attended by over 40 Emergency Physicians. Many thanks to DEM faculty Dr. Christanne Coffey, and DEM residents Dr. Emily Sbiroli and Dr. Megan Tresenriter for all their efforts in making the event happen!


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February 19th, 2019 marked the grand opening of the Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit at UC San Diego Health. The day was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the new facility. 

Attendees included U.S. Congressman Scott Peters, Council President Barbara Bry, Gary and Mary West, UCSD Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences David Brenner, West Health CEO Shelley Lyford, and UCSD Health CEO Patty Maysent. To view livestream of ceremony, click here


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DEM Faculty Dr. Gary Vilke featured in San Diego Union Tribune article, “San Diego police leaders defend use of controversial neck restraint, despite continuing calls for a ban.”

To read article, click here

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EM resident Emily Sbiroli elected to be the Chair of Education for the SAEM Climate Change and Health interest group. Way to go Dr. Sbiroli!


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Congratulations to EM resident Emily Sbiroli for winning the Health Care Without Harm Physician Leader Award for her commitment to environmental leadership!

To learn more about the award, click here



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Congratulations to DEM professor Dr. Steve Hayden and DEM resident Dr. Obi Chidi on being elected to serve on the San Diego Medical Society Board of Directors.


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DEM faculty member Dr. Gary Vilke featured in San Diego Business Journal article how the ED's deal with shortfalls in mental health care.

To read article, click here

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Congratulations to PGY IV resident Ashely Alker for winning the EMCrit/Essentials of Emergency Medicine Education Audio Podcast Fellowship!!

To learn more, click here

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Emergency Medicine residents Craig Kutz and Aaron Lee trek to Mt Everest Basecamp

Drs. Kutz & Lee trekked to basecamp to set up Everest ER (on Facebook and everestER.org) - world's highest ER and the only medical tent at Everest. There they joined three doctors staffing this season for Everest climbers and guides/sherpas. We were also with the founder of Everest ER and leading expert in high altitude and austere Medicine, Dr Luanne Freer. Along the way, we stopped at a few clinics and met the doctors working with the Himalayan Rescue Association. We also did some mountaineering up to 20k+ feet! Amazing elective experience!

To learn more about our Residency program, click here


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The Gary and Mary West Senior Acute Care Unit of the UCSD Emergency Department at Jacobs Medical Center featured in the Wall Street Journal.

To read article, click here.

 

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UCSD Computer Scientist Professor and DEM Adjunct Professor Laurel Riek featured in an ScienceDaily feature on robots for dementia caregivers.

To read article, click here.

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Dr. Kristy Schwartz, new UCSD Assistant Program Director, wins her division as Faculty Discussant in Seattle at CORD CPC competition


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Clinical Informatics fellow, Christian Dameff quoted in Washington Post article on malware targeting imaging software at hospitals.

To read article, click here

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Congratulations to DEM faculty member Anthony Medak for receiving the "Award for Excellence in Teaching." 

The "Award for Excellence in Teaching" is selected by medical students for one faculty member each year. This year the entire 2nd year medical students elected to give it to Dr. Medak. Congratulations!


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Medical Toxicology faculty member, Dr. Dan Lasoff featured in San Diego Union Tribune article on ER visits leading opioid-addicted patients on the path to recovery. 

To read article, click here

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DEM faculty Gary Vilke featured in Voice of San Diego article on homelessness.

To read article, click here

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Congratulations to our very own Dr. Rick Clark for being awarded the 2019 UCSD Physician of the Year Award!!


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UC San Diego Health along with the Department of Emergency Medicine and Mount Sinai have announced a framework to promote innovation in EMS led by Emeritus Professor James Dunford who will serve as the project's co-director.

To learn more, click here.

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The UCSD Department of Emergency Medicine and Division of Medical Toxicology have been awarded a $260,000 grant by the California Bridge Program, aimed at combating the opioid epidemic.

The project is part of the Public Health Institute's ED-Bridge Program, that will fund increased access to opioid treatment programs and short and long term medication for opioid addicted individuals.  The principle investigator at UCSD will be Dr. Daniel Lasoff, and other members of the Department and Division will be assisting. To read about the award, click here


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Clinical Informatics fellow Dr. Christian Dameff was invited to speak at the FDA annual summit in Washington DC regarding Medical Device Cybersecurity.


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UCSD DEM in collaboration with ECRMC only program in San Diego and Imperial Counties selected by State of California Department of Health Services for Cal Med Force grant supporting EM training programs in underserved regions (PI Leslie Oyama)



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UCSD DEM (and ECRMC) selected by State of California and Public Health Institute for California Bridge Program grant to initiate Medication Assisted Treatment and Bridge program in ED to combat opiate epidemic crisis (PIs: Dan Lasoff, Les Mukau)


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Congratulations to resident Ashely Alker for winning the EMCrit and Essentials of Emergency Medicine fellowship competition this year!


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Our very own Dr. Vaishal Tolia was on KUSI to discuss our new Senior Emergency Care Unit. Great job, Dr. Tolia!

To see interview, click here.


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Dr. Eddie Castillo's study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine on geriatric patients in ED's throughout California featured on several newsites:


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The Gary and Mary West Geriatric Emergency Department featured in recent news:



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The Gary and Mary West Senior Emergency Care Unit featured in Union Tribune article.

To read article, click here

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Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Tom Neuman as he will receive the 2019 NOGI for Science at the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences this upconing November 2019. 



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Christian Dameff, MD, Clinical Informatics authors Viewpoint article in JAMA on topic of Personal Health Records.

To read article, click here


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Dr. Shaun Carstairs of the Division of Medical Toxicology was recently in the news for CNN commenting on the use of ondansetron in pregnancy.

To read article, click here

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