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  • Research

    There is a strong research emphasis within the Department of Emergency Medicine at UMMC. While the currently active clinical projects include such diverse areas as toxicology, neurosciences and departmental administration, there is a primary focus on emergency cardiovascular issues. In conjunction with this clinical research is a fully equipped basic sciences laboratory with an experienced research technician.

    Research within the Department of Emergency Medicine has been the recipient of numerous national awards, including the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Basic Science Research Award and the prestigious American Heart Association Resuscitation Science Research Award.

    In addition, substantial grant support has been obtained by our faculty and residents. Currently, our department has more than $5 million in grants funding from NIH and other agencies interested in the delivery of emergency care.

    Other research topics within the departmental expertise are:

    • Shock and resuscitation¬†
    • Trauma
    • Acute decompensated heart failure
    • Acute coronary syndromes
    • Sickle cell anemia
    • Sepsis
    • Telemedicine

    The department uses this strong research foundation as a template for resident training and as a philosophy for the approach to acquisition of knowledge. It is important to balance the Evidence-based Medicine approach with Scientific Reasoning and individual Clinical Experience.

    • Summers, RL. Evidenced-based Medicine vs Scientific Reasoning. Acad Emer Med. 1996 3(2):183-184.

    Resident projects

    In the residency training program, the research curriculum is based on the structure of the Scientific Method. This methodology also drives an organized approach to patient care in which the history and physical is considered observation, the differential diagnosis correlates with hypothesis formulation, and objective laboratory testing of the hypothesis is done to reach a conclusion or final diagnosis.

    • Summers RL, Woodward LH, Sanders DY, Galli RL. Research Curriculum for Residents Based on the Structure of the Scientific Method. Medical Teacher 1998; 20(1):35-37.

    As is mandated of all emergency medicine residency programs by the RRC, our department requires completion of a scholarly project for graduation. A detailed description of the objectives and content of this requirement are outlined in the white paper report as published by the Research Director's Interest Group and approved by the SAEM Board of Directors.

    • Summers RL, Fish S, Blanda M, Terndrup T. Assessment of the "scholarly project" requirement for emergency medicine residents: report of the SAEM Research Directors' workshop. SAEM Research Directors' Interest Group. Acad Emerg Med 1999;6(11): 1160-5.