Grand Rounds

'They Just Don't Get it': The 5-Minute ED Goals of Care Conversation

David Wang, MD

System Director, Palliative Medicine
Scripps Health

Dr. David Wang received his medical degree from the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He completed his Emergency Medicine residency at Stanford University and a Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Currently, David Wang is System Director of Palliative Medicine at Scripps Health in San Diego, CA. He leads palliative services across a community health system spanning twelve sites of care. He oversees clinical quality, performance, and strategic priorities for his group of 30 providers. Additionally, Dr. Wang is a national expert at the intersection of palliative care and emergency medicine. He chairs national committees, lectures widely, and educates clinicians daily at the bedside.

William Meurer, MD, MS

Emergency Medicine and Neurology
University of Michigan Medical School

Dr. Meurer is a  Professor in the Departments of Emergency Medicine and Neurology. Dr. Meurer trained in emergency medicine at the MetroHealth / Cleveland Clinic Combined residency where he served as chief resident. He then completed a fellowship in Stroke and Cerebrovascular Disease at the University of Michigan Stroke Program. During this fellowship, he also studied clinical research design and statistical analysis and received his M.S. from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Dr. Will Meurer’s focus is on the treatment of acute neurological emergencies, both as a researcher and clinician. He has been part of the University of Michigan Acute Stroke Team since 2006. In addition, he has experience enrolling patients in acute trials and has served as a local PI for the CLEAR-ER trial (a trial enrolling acute stroke patients in the ED that tested a reperfusion strategy). He is on the executive team of the Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN). He has other active or recently completed NIH-funded clinical trials involving acute vertigo in the emergency department, hypertension, and therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest.

Tyson Pillow, MD, MEd

Vice Chair of Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Tyson Pillow received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Rice University. He completed his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine and his Emergency Medicine Residency at the University of Chicago. Dr. Pillow is currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. In addition, he serves as the Vice Chair of Education for the Department of Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director of the Simulation and Standardized Patient Program in the Office of Curriculum.


Dr. Pillow is an educator-clinician dedicated to "education design". His research focuses on leveraging education technology to disrupt existing practices and find innovative educational methods and modalities for learners across all disciplines. His professional interests also include standardized patients in medical education, simulation, evidence-based presentation design, feedback, and faculty development.

Gillian Beauchamp, MD

Teaching Faculty
Lehigh Valley Health Network

Dr. Gillian Beauchamp is a Medical Toxicology specialist at Lehigh Valley Health Network. Dr. Beauchamp completed her undergraduate degree at Rutgers University and received her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her Emergency Medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati, where she served as Chief Resident during her final year. Dr. Beauchamp completed her Medical Toxicology fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University and then joined Lehigh Valley Health Network as Teaching Faculty. Dr. Beauchamp's research interests primarily focus on addiction medicine and harm reduction.

Rachel Liu, MD

Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education
Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Liu has established a regional, national and international reputation as a leader in point-of-care ultrasound. At Yale School of Medicine, she creates curricular initiatives using bedside ultrasound to integrate and strengthen medical students’ basic science knowledge, physical examination and clinical reasoning skills throughout their preclinical years. She solidifies this training in clinical years by directing the popular emergency ultrasound elective which includes students, residents and fellows of multiple specialties. These efforts led to her appointment as the YSM Director of Point-of-Care Ultrasound Education. In 2015, she was awarded both the Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize and the Yale University Rosenkranz Award for Pedagogical Innovation, and in 2018 she was recognized by the graduating class with the Frances Gilman Blake Award. Her work continues to earn the respect of the YSM community as she was awarded the Alvan Feinstein Award for clinical teaching in 2020. She assumed the role of Emergency Ultrasound Fellowship Director in 2018. In 2019, she was appointed an Associate Educator for YSM’s Teaching and Learning Center to establish faculty development programs in point-of-care ultrasound concurrent with efforts at the student level.


Her national and international reputation as an educational innovator is most visible through her work designing competitions for both residents and students using gamification techniques that deliver just-in-time teaching to large groups of learners. She co-originated the SonoSlam® medical student competition at the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM), prompting ideological change regarding ultrasound integration into medical student curriculum across the country. She injects new plots and game ideas into each annual SonoGames®, which brings half of all emergency medicine residencies together to compete. The impact of these strategies is apparent, as she has been asked by organizations from Turkey, Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland and Kenya to help them create similar events. Additionally, she has helped develop both bedside ultrasound training and Emergency Medicine teaching in resource-poor countries where neither entity formally exist. She assisted program growth in Chile for three years and formed educational partnerships with the ultrasound communities in Kenya, Egypt, Australia, Ireland and Indonesia.


Dr. Liu has held all premiere leadership roles available within major emergency medicine and point-of-care ultrasound organizations, including service as Chair of the Emergency Ultrasound Section at the American College of Emergency Physicians, President of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, and President of the Society of Clinical Ultrasound Fellowships. These positions have placed her at the head of advancements in point-of-care ultrasound industry. She has positioned YSM and YNHH as pioneers in implementation of emerging technologies within both educational and clinical arenas, and set national policies regarding responsible integration of these technologies. Her article, “What’s the Deal with Pocket Ultrasound?” was among the top 5 most read articles of 2019 by ACEP membership.  Additionally, she was appointed by the American Board of Emergency Medicine to the inaugural committee tasked with creating the first American Board of Medical Specialties Focused Practice Designation examination for Advanced Emergency Ultrasound. Her work will continue to shape the future directions of the field.

Jennie Buchanan, MD

Associate Professor
Emergency Medicine-Medical Toxicology and Pharmacology
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Jennie Buchanan, MD received her Bachelors of Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies and completed her medical training at the University of California at San Diego. She completed her emergency medicine training at the Denver Health Residency in Emergency Medicine and her toxicology fellowship at Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. She is currently an associate professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and works clinically as a staff physician at Denver Health and Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Safety. She is also currently Associate Program Director for the Denver Health residency program in emergency medicine.

Shiva Bedar-Sielaff, MA, CDM

Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
UW Health

Shiva Bidar-Sielaff, MA, CDM is the UW–Madison School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH) Associate Dean for Diversity and Equity Transformation and UW Health Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. She leads a comprehensive effort to embed equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism as imperatives in the UW Health and SMPH missions. She facilitates alignment and progress in areas such as learning and education, faculty and staff support, equity in systems, policies and processes, support for basic science departments and their training programs, and programmatic accountability.


She completed her undergraduate degree at Ecole d´Interprètes Internationaux in Mons, Belgium, followed by a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies at Monterey Institute of International Studies in California. In 2015 she earned a Certificate in Diversity Management from Georgetown University. In 1997 she first joined the health system to establish UW Health’s medical interpretation services program. She became director of community partnerships for UW Health, and then UW Health Chief Diversity Officer. In 2020, her health system role was elevated to a vice president position.


Bidar-Sielaff is an established leader and effective champion for advancing equity and diversity at the individual, organizational, and community levels. She has served as an alder on the City of Madison Common Council and has experience serving on the Governor’s Health Equity Council, as a co-chair of the Latino Health Council of Dane County, and as a member of the Madison Community Foundation Board. She has also been named a 2019-20 UW–Madison Outstanding Woman of Color.

OpEds and the academic physician: opinions, opportunities, and the onus to write

Christine Ngaruiya, MD, MSc, DTMH

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Christine Ngaruiya is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Yale University. She completed the global health and international emergency medicine fellowship at Yale in 2015, also matriculating with a Master of Science and Diploma in Tropical Medicine and International Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Her research interests center on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), barriers to care, and community-based interventions with a particular focus on Africa. Her past professional work has focused on health disparities amongst minority populations in the U.S. and Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR).


She has held several national and international leadership positions including with the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s Global Emergency Medicine Academy, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, Global Health Education Consortium, Canadian Society for International Health Trainee Conference and Advisory Committee, and the Women Leaders in Global Health conference committee. She was a member and regular contributor to the Young People’s Chronic Disease Network and is also a founding member of the Yale Network for Global Noncommunicable Disease.


She was a senior contributor to the first national study on NCDs in Kenya using the WHO STEPs tool in collaboration with the Kenyan Ministry of Health; was awarded one of five 2017 Yale Global Health Leadership Institute Hecht-Albert junior faculty pilot awards to do an ED-based study on NCDs in Kenya; was one of two 2019 Yale Institute for Global Health faculty network awardees to assess the role of Natural Language Process in heart attack patients in Pakistan; and an NHLBI (NIH) awardee in 2021 to conduct an assessment on capacity of emergency care centers in Kenya to manage NCDs.

You Smoked What? Emerging Drugs of Abuse

Francis Counselman, MD

Chair and Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Dr. Francis L. Counselman graduated from the University of Notre Dame cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree. He received his Medical Degree from Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS). After a one year internship in Internal Medicine, he completed his Emergency Medicine residency training at EVMS. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine. Upon completion of residency training, Dr. Counselman joined Emergency Physicians of Tidewater (EPT), a private practice group of board-certified emergency physicians, and as volunteer faculty for EVMS. Dr. Counselman served as the Program Director of the EVMS Emergency Medicine residency program from 1990 to 2010. During that time, he received the 2003 Residency Director of the Year Award from the Emergency Medicine Residents’’ Association and the 2005 Parker J. Palmer “Courage to Teach” Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


In 1992, he founded the academic department of Emergency Medicine at EVMS (the first in Virginia) and was appointed the inaugural chairman; Dr. Counselman continues in this role today. In 1999, he was named the EVMS Foundation Distinguished Professor of Emergency Medicine, and in 2018, named to the Chidester Endowed Chair of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Counselman is past-President of: the Virginia College of Emergency Physicians (1995-1996); the Norfolk Academy of Medicine (1998-1999); the Association of Academic Chairs of Emergency Medicine (2002-2003); the Medical Staff of Sentara Hospitals Norfolk (2008-2009); and the American Board of Emergency Medicine (2014- 2015).


He is the recipient of the EVMS Award for Outstanding Faculty Achievement in 2016, and the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Award for Outstanding Contribution in Education in 2017. He is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society. Dr. Counselman is an active educator and researcher and has authored or co-authored 90 peer-reviewed publications, 60 non-peer-reviewed, and 19 textbook chapters. He has made over 150 national, regional, and state presentations. He currently serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Emergency Medicine and serves on the Board of Directors of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Wound Healing and the ED

William Ennis, DO, MBA, FACOS

Catherine and Francis Burzik Professor of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair
Department of Vascular Surgery
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Dr. William Ennis is the Chief of the Section of Wound Healing & Tissue Repair at UI Health. Dr. Ennis specializes in wound care, diabetic foot care, lower extremity wounds, pressure ulcers, Apligraf therapy, and venous ulcers, and his current research interests include microcirculation, regenerative tissue mechanisms, and healing outcomes. Dr. Ennis serves as the President of the American College of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair, a nonprofit organization that brings wound care to the level of a formal medical specialty, and he founded the first wound healing and tissue repair fellowship in the United States. He is the Catherine and Francis Burzik Professor of Wound Healing and Tissue Repair in the University of Illinois College of Medicine and also the Program Director for the Wound Healing Fellowship at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Missed Cases in ACS: Why We Get Sued

Amal Mattu, MD

Professor and Vice Chair of Education
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Dr. Amal Mattu completed an emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, after which he completed a teaching fellowship with a special focus on emergency cardiology. He joined the faculty in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland in 1996. He has received more than twenty teaching commendations including national awards from the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM), and the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA). In 2013 he was awarded ACEP’s highest honor for teaching—the Outstanding Contributions to Education Award.


Dr. Mattu's areas of academic focus are emergency cardiology, geriatric emergency medicine, faculty development, and risk management. He has authored the bestselling texts ECGs for the Emergency Physician Volume 1 and Volume 2, and he has served as an editor for 18 other texts in emergency medicine. Dr. Mattu is the first emergency physician to serve as primary Guest Editor on issues of Cardiology Clinics (twice) and Clinics in Geriatric Medicine, and he serves as the consulting editor for Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America.


Dr. Mattu is currently a tenured Professor, Vice Chair of Education, Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship and Co-Director of the Emergency Cardiology Fellowship in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Maryland.

Clear Communication: Simple is Not Easy

Danielle McCarthy, MD, MS

Vice Chair for Research
Department of Emergency Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Danielle McCarthy is an associate professor and the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed medical school, residency, and a fellowship in health services research at Northwestern University and is board-certified in emergency medicine. Her current research focuses on increasing patients' comprehension of their own medical care by examining multiple aspects of health communication in the hectic emergency department setting.


Dr. McCarthy's lecture will consider the following learning objectives:

  • Discuss health literacy
  • Identify the use of Plain Language
  • Plan for implementing universal precautions in communication in the clinical setting

Global Health Efforts During a Pandemic

Andrew Muck, MD

Clinical Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio

Dr. Andrew Muck is a board-certified emergency medicine physician practicing at UT Health San Antonio. He attended Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, earning his MD in 2004. Following medical school, Dr. Muck completed an Emergency Medicine residency at Wilford Hall Medical Center in 2007.


Dr. Muck was the Associate Program Director for the SAUSHEC Emergency Medicine Residency Program from 2010-2011 and was an Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University at Bethesda, MD. Upon leaving the Air Force, Dr. Muck joined the UT Health San Antonio as the Associate Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency. His areas of focus at UT Health San Antonio have been medical education and international medicine. He became the director of the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic in 2012, where he educates students and works to improve care for refugee members of our city. Dr. Muck also serves as a Veritas Medical Student Mentor and advises students on careers in medicine.


Dr. Muck has traveled extensively in his mission to advance emergency medicine globally and provide further opportunities for UT Health San Antonio students. He is currently Regional Medical Director for the Victoria Emergency Medicine Associates overseeing seven emergency departments of the CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Hospital System of Christus Health. 

Expect the unexpected: How ultrasound can save the day

Erica Peethomnongsin, MD, PhD

Director of Emergency Ultrasound
Department of Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine

As EM Ultrasound Director, Dr. Peethumnongsin oversees emergency medicine resident ultrasound education and launched Duke's first emergency ultrasound fellowship. Trained in an emergency ultrasound fellowship at Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Peethumnongsin is also working to develop a longitudinal point-of-care ultrasound educational curriculum in Tanzania.

A team-based approach to geriatric fall prevention in the ED: the GAPcare Intervention

Elizabeth M. Goldberg, MD, ScM

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine & Health Services, Policy and Practice
Department of Emergency Medicine
The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Dr. Goldberg is a board-certified emergency physician practicing at Rhode Island and Miriam hospitals. She completed her internship, residency, and chief residency at Brown University. She is a graduate of the post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center of Gerontology and Healthcare Research at Brown University (AHRQ T32) and Masters of Epidemiology (ScM) program. 


Her research interests lie at the intersection of aging and emergency medicine. She has lead state-wide and national initiatives to improve population health funded by the National Institutes of Health, foundations, professional societies, and payors. As the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health-funded fall prevention study for older adults in the emergency department (GAPcare-the Geriatric Acute and Post-Acute Fall Prevention Intervention), she developed and tested a multidisciplinary intervention that significantly reduced fall-related ED visits for older adults. For GAPcare, she brought together a team of pharmacists and physical therapists to provide medication therapy management and fall risk assessments to older adults seeking emergency care after a fall. She is currently funded by a Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (National Institutes of Health, NIA K76) to evaluate whether the Apple Watch can enhance fall outcome assessment and linkage as part of the GAPcare intervention. She is the co-creator of, a risk assessment and mitigation tool that has been used over 1 million times. 


Dr. Goldberg is the physician lead for geriatric emergency care initiatives for the Lifespan health system. She is passionate about expanding the physician scientist pipeline, especially for women and underrepresented minorities. She serves on the Board of Brown Emergency Medicine and is a School Board Member for the Providence Public Schools.

Pre-Ox Like a Pro

Steve Carroll, DO, MEd

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Crozer Chester Medical Center
Emory University School of Medicine

Stephen Carroll, DO, MEd, FACEP began his medical career as an EMT-B for ten years in his hometown suburb of Philadelphia before starting residency. After receiving his medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Carroll completed Emergency Medicine Residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center (formerly Brooke Army Medical Center) in 2012. After two years at Fort Hood, TX, Dr. Carroll returned to the San Antonio Military Medical Center residency program as core faculty.


Dr. Carroll is currently Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine with Emory University working at Grady Hospital, as well as a Core Faculty at Crozer Chester Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residency in Chester, Pennsylvania. He is also credentialed at Taylor Hospital, Springfield Hospital, and Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Dr. Carroll's academic interests are in medical education and airway management.  

Lessons from the frontline: both medical and personal

Kate Prior, MD

Military Clinical Director
Joint Hospital Group South East of the Defence Medical Services
Ministry of Defence, United Kingdom

Surgeon Captain Kate Prior is a consultant anaesthetist in the Royal Navy and works at King’s College Hospital in London. From her early career as a ship’s doctor to more recent deployments, her operational military role has taken her to war in Afghanistan and Iraq, Sierra Leone during the Ebola crisis and working for the United Nations in South Sudan. She will share the lessons she has learned about frontline medicine, leadership and being a woman in the male-dominated world of the military.


Outside of the hospital walls, she provides pre-hospital care for the military, for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix and sporting events as diverse as Tough Mudder, the Bramham International Horse Trials and the London Marathon.

Emergency Department Discharge Communication: Improving Patient Care and Reducing Disparities

Margaret Samuels-Kalow, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Emergency Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Samuels-Kalow is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician in both emergency medicine and pediatric emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Samuels-Kalow completed her residency training at the Brigham and Women's/Massachusetts General Hospital Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency program then completed her fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Her work focuses on developing interventions to reduce disparities in emergency care and improving quality of care provided to vulnerable families.

Resuscitative ECMO

Zachary Shinar, MD

Co-director, ED ECLS program
Sharp Memorial Hospital Emergency Department
San Diego, California

Dr. Shinar works full time at Sharp Memorial Hospital in San Diego, California as a board certified emergency physician. He co-directs the ED ECLS program with Joe and is the chair of the Emergency Department. He is involved with medical education with high school students (Emerge), medical students and residents (UCSD and USC). He graduated as chief resident from Los Angeles County/USC Emergency Medicine Program. He studied bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania as an undergraduate. 

Emergency Medicine in Guatemala: A Saga

Daniel Ridelman, MD, FACEP

Assistant Program Director, Global & Urban Health
Department of Emergency Medicine
Wayne State University School of Medicine

Dr. Daniel Ridelman was born and raised in Guatemala. After obtaining his MD degree from San Carlos University, Dr. Ridelman moved to Detroit to complete his postgraduate training in Emergency Medicine at the Sinai-Grace Hospital/WSU residency program. Since then, he has been practicing as an attending physician at the Detroit Medical Center and a clinical assistant professor at Wayne State University.  Dr. Ridelman is also the founding assistant program director of the International Emergency Medicine fellowship program and he was recently appointed Vice-Chief of the Emergency Department at Harper University Hospital.


As the first Guatemalan Emergency Medicine-trained physician, Dr. Ridelman has been working in his home country for the last few years to help develop the specialty, in close collaboration with local institutions and with Dr. Anthony J. Dean of the University of Pennsylvania. Among other key milestones, he has been part of the organization of the first Emergency Medicine conference, the creation of the Guatemalan Emergency Medicine association ( along with content creation and maintenance of its website, the creation and execution of the first 2 Emergency Medicine residency programs and, more recently, the partnership with the UCLA/EMRAP:GO Innovations and Access in Medical Education fellowship program.


Additionally, Dr. Ridelman has established relationships in multiple countries in Latin America and has been invited to speak at Emergency Medicine conferences in El Salvador, Costa Rica, Chile and, most recently, the International Conference on Emergency Medicine 2020 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As part of his efforts to support Emergency Medicine education in Latin America, Dr. Ridelman is currently leading the translation of Rosh Review as well as Dr. Richard Levitan’s EMRA Airway Guide, valuable resources that will be free of cost to all Spanish-speaking EM learners in the region.

Mass Casualty & Disaster Management- Lessons Learned from the Colorado Shootings

Christopher Colwell, MD

Vice Chair and Chief of Emergency Medicine at SFGH
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of California San Francisco

Dr. Colwell received his bachelor of science degree from University of Michigan and his medical doctorate from Dartmouth Medical School. He completed residency training in emergency medicine at Denver Health where he served as chief resident. Dr. Colwell was formerly chief of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Denver Health and professor and executive vice chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at University of Colorado School of Medicine.


He is a leader in Emergency Medical Services (EMS), serving for over a decade as medical director for the Denver Paramedic Division, medical director for the Denver Fire Department, and EMS fellowship director. He was the senior associate EM residency director at Denver Health and is an ABEM oral examiner. He served on the Board of Directors for Colorado ACEP, and serves on a number of state and national EMS and trauma committees. He has been honored with multiple awards for his contributions to EMS and trauma care and has published more than 100 manuscripts or book chapters in the areas of prehospital, emergency and trauma care.


Dr. Colwell will be presenting two lectures: "Mass Casualty & Disaster Management- Lessons Learned from the Colorado Shootings" and "The Agitated, Combative, uncooperative Trauma Patient- A Medical Legal & Ethical Minefield".

Pulmonary Hypertension and Right Ventricular Failure in the Emergency Department

Susan Wilcox, MD

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Havard Catalyst
Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Wilcox is an Emergency Medicine-Critical Care physician with interests in mechanical ventilation, pulmonary hypertension, and critical care transport.

Five Steps Toward Becoming a Delirium Master

Jin Ho Han, MD, MSc

Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dr. Han is an associate professor and has been with the Department of Emergency Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 2005. He completed his emergency medicine residency at the University of Cincinnati and also served as chief resident. He completed a research fellowship and obtained a Masters in Clinical Epidemiology.


In addition to his clinical responsibilities in the emergency department, Dr. Han has been very active in patient oriented research. He has numerous peer-reviewed publications and abstracts in the areas of geriatric medicine, cardiology, and emergency department overcrowding. He is the recipient of the Vanderbilt Physician Scientist Development Grant and Emergency Medicine Foundation Career Development Award and has served as co-investigator on several NIH grants.


Dr. Han recently completed a National Institute on Aging K23 award which validated brief delirium assessments for the emergency department setting and evaluated the consequences of this form of organ failure. He is the Associate Research Director of Emergency Care at Vanderbilt's Center for Quality Aging, is a Research Committee member of the American Delirium Society, and runs the website.

Barriers to a Diverse Physician Workforce

John C. Burkhardt, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of Michigan Medical School

John C. Burkhardt is an Assistant Professor in Emergency Medicine and Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. In addition to Dr. Burkhardt’s clinical work in Emergency Medicine, he has earned both a Master’s and Ph.D. in Higher Education in order to expand his quantitative and policy analytic skills to address large scale professional education issues.


His research focuses on critically reevaluating medical education policy to increase fairness, equity, and ultimately address health care disparities. This interest is grounded in a commitment to bring better alignment across key components of medical education so that, as a profession, we can more fully meet societal needs and the needs of our patients. His scholarship has included areas such as recruitment, admissions, selection of residents, curriculum, and assessment. He has chosen these areas due to a belief that there is a current mismatch between our stated goals of inclusion in the profession and our preparation of physicians to meet looming needs in areas of specialization (especially primary care and emergency care), the documented needs of traditionally underserved medical populations, and the way we select, recruit, and train medical students and residents. To address these issues in a novel manner, he also has expanded his research to include examining the effect of educational diversity on health care delivery in order to reconceptualize medical education as an underutilized lever in healthcare disparities amelioration.

Pediatric EM Pearls

Lainie Yarris, MD, MCR

Residency Program Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
Oregon Health and Science University

Dr. Yarris is a Professor of Emergency Medicine at OHSU, where she has served as faculty since 2005. She currently serves as the Director of the Emergency Medicine Education Section, and Co-Director of the Emergency Medicine Education Scholarship Fellowship. She is also the Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Residency Program. Her academic areas of interest include promoting education research in academic emergency medicine, feedback in medical education, and faculty development in education scholarship. She is Deputy Editor for the Journal of Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Yarris enjoys spending time with her family, and training and competing in triathlons and ultramarathons. She can also be found cooking, reading, and knitting.