The University of Maryland Department of Emergency Medicine is deeply committed to promoting the specialty of emergency medicine through research. Emergency Medicine remains a new specialty with great frontiers for new knowledge. By performing research and educating the researchers of tomorrow, we will bring our specialty to even greater heights.
University of Maryland Emergency Medicine faculty and residents staff three emergency departments located within a few blocks of each other – The University of Maryland Medical Center (annual census 48,000), The Baltimore Veterans Administration Medical Center (annual census 33,000), and Mercy Medical Center (annual census 50,000). This environment creates the potential for collaboration within our group.
The Baltimore VA is a leading research institution and has a sophisticated computer system with great potential for retrospective studies. Dr. Karen Hansen, Associate Research Director, oversees clinical research at the VA. Dr. David Jerrard, the Chief of Emergency Services, is also a widely-published researcher.
Mercy Medical Center, a university-based urban community hospital, was rated among the top 100 hospitals in the country. Dr. Michael Witting, Research Director, has published several studies based on data collection from the Mercy ED, and he oversees research in the Mercy ED.
University of Maryland Medical Center, the main residency site, is also a major research institution. Dr. Jon Mark Hirshon, a NIH-funded investigator, oversees research in the UMMC ED.
Institutional relationships allow for a broad range of research activities. The University of Maryland Emergency Department maintains ties to the University of Maryland Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, the Charles “McC” Mathias National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Systems Services, and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.
The University of Maryland Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine (DEPM) has been a major source of research education for our faculty and fellows. EMS and research fellows both take classes in epidemiology and biostatistics offered by DEPM, and University of Maryland Emergency Medicine and DEPM have collaborated on several funded projects.
The Charles McC. Mathias, Jr., National Study Center for Trauma and Emergency Medical Systems was designated by the United States Congress in 1986 to serve as a focal point for research related to trauma, emergency medicine, and emergency medical systems. Based at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Study Center faculty and staff collaborate with clinicians and policy makers who share the goal of reducing preventable deaths and disabilities caused by injury and illness.
The Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Systems Services (MIEMSS) oversees and coordinates all components of the statewide EMS system. University of Maryland EMS fellows obtain education and training through MIEMSS.
R Adams Cowley gave the world the concept of the Golden Hour of Trauma, and the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center is the notion’s only trauma hospital. Part of the University of Maryland, it is the training site for our residents as well as residents from around the world.
Research education is a major emphasis, from training medical students to junior faculty. The “Getting Started in Research” lecture series, adapted from Dr. Ed Panacek’s ACEP Emergency Medicine Basic Research Skills Workshop, is part of the regular residency lecture series and was named as a residency “best practice” during the latest Residency Review Committee visit.
The Department holds an Annual Research Retreat, in which first year residents attend the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine meeting. This program teaches residents to critically review scientific work, reinforces formal research training, promotes enthusiasm for research, and emphasizes the importance of networking. Research Day is devoted to the presentation of residents’ research; each year we invite a visiting professor to give a lecture and hear the presentations. Past visiting professors include Dr. Donald Yealy, Dr. Rita Cydulka, Dr. William Barsan, and Dr. Michele Biros.
Medical students are invited to attend the Emergency Medicine Summer Research Workshop. This program includes didactic research training, research experience with an emergency medicine faculty, and mentored development of a student-generated research proposal.