The BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine research program exists:

“To conduct innovative clinical and translational emergency care research to advance the health of the people of Wisconsin and beyond.”

To achieve this mission, our faculty and staff members develop their original research ideas, obtain funding, and publish high impact papers.  For more detailed information, please see our “Research Programs” pages.

Our faculty and staff are also dedicated to collaborating with academic and industry partners.  If you are interested in conducting research in the emergency department, either as an academic or industry partner, please refer to the “Conducting Research in the ED”  guidelines, or email Dr. Manish N. Shah, Vice Chair of Research at


Recent Research News/Announcements

Department Ranked 9th in Nation for 2018 NIH Research Funding

The 2018 Blue Ridge Rankings are out, and DEM is ranked #9 in national NIH funding for Emergency Medicine, doubling its funding from 2017. An outstanding accomplish from being unranked in 2014!

Congratulations to Manish Shah, MD MPH, ranked #5 in the country, and to Michael Repplinger, MD PhD, ranked #79 – both achieving higher rankings since last year.

Our ranking reflects the dedication and efforts of the faculty and staff of the Department of Emergency Medicine and the staff in the Emergency Department. Every person has contributed, whether through developing, writing, and administering the grants, recruiting research subjects, participating in research studies, answering surveys, analyzing the data, writing papers, or using our findings to improve the care we deliver to our patients and communities. We could never have made it without this team effort.

There are many more research studies to come. We will keep striving until we are ranked #1.

Vice Chair of Research Dr. Manish Shah receives prestigious Gerson-Anders Award from the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine

Manish Shah, MD MPH receives prestigious Gerson-Sanders Award from the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (AGEM) for his significant contributions to improving geriatric emergency care. Dr. Shah's persistence and continuous championing of geriatric patient care in the ED setting through education and research has been committed and longstanding. He has developed an independently-funded research program dedicated to improving acute illness care for older adults, with a specific focus on developing and testing innovative models of care for acutely ill older adults. His goal is to prevent older adults from needing emergency department care or to develop substitutes for emergency department care.

Congratulations, Dr. Shah!

Dr. Brian Patterson featured on AGEM's Author Spotlight

Brian Patterson, MD, MPH named latest Author Spotlight member by the Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (AGEM) for his article on fall risk screening titled "Using the Hendrich II Inpatient Fall Risk Screen to Predict Outpatient Falls After Emergency Department Visits."

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12/19/19: Misunderstanding the Match: do students create rank lists based on true preferences?

Congratulations to Kathleen Ulrich, MD (PGY3); Benjamin Schnapp, MD; Jamie Hess, MD; Aaron Kraut, MD; David Tillman, MD; and Mary Westergaard, MD (Vice Chair, Education) on the publication of their brief research report into the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WestJEM).

The study examines the “stable marriage” algorithm underlying the National Residency Match Program (NRMP) which has been shown to create optimal outcomes when students submit true preference lists. Previous research has shown students may allow external information to affect their rank lists. The objective of this study was to determine whether medical students consistently make rank lists that reflect their true preferences.

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12/12/19: Study examines the influence of post-interview communications on residency program rank Lists

Congratulations to chief resident Dr. Corlin Jewell and our top-notch Education team on their publication in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WestJEM). Dr. David Tillman, Dr. Aaron Kraut, Dr. Jamie Hess, Dr. Mary Westergaard, and Dr. Ben Schnapp.

Thank-you communications represent one of the most common forms of post-interview contact between residency applicants and residency programs, but data on the value of these communications to applicants and program directors are limited.

Are post-interview thank you notes worth the trouble? Read the study results at the links below.

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12/10/19: Diving in: experiential learning about research

Dr. Benjamin Schnapp has a new article in press, published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine (WestJEM).

"Diving In: Experiential Learning about Research"

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12/6/19: Collaborative study with UW Industrial & Systems Engineering published in BMJ Quality & Safety

"Application of human factors to improve usability of clinical decision support for diagnostic decision-making: a scenario-based simulation study"
BMJ Quality & Safety, online November 27, 2019

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9/30/19: Collaborative Research On Pulmonary Embolism Dx Published In Health Tech & Informatics EBook

'The Design of PE Dx, a CDS to Support Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis in the ED'
EBook Series: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Context Sensitive Health Informatics: Sustainability in Dynamic Ecosystems

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8/30/19: Drs. Kuttab & Ward published in Critical Care Medicine

'Evaluation and Predictors of Fluid Resuscitation in Patients With Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock'
Critical Care Medicine: August 7, 2019

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7/22/19: Dr. Shah presents at AAIC19 & mentioned in nearly 100 media outlets

Dr. Shah was presented research on 'Telemedicine for the Dementia Population' at the 2019 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Los Angeles, CA. He was also featured in subsequent interviews with NeurologyLive®MD Magazine®, and mentioned in nearly 100 other media outlets.

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