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Scholarly Activity/Research


Residents and faculty in Emergency Medicine are actively involved in a variety of projects. These span Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement (QA/QI) and more in-depth research projects.

Resident research is coordinated per the timeline below. All projects are supervised by a faculty mentor and overseen by the department's Research Committee. A selection of our department's recent publications is presented below too.

  • EM-1
    • July- listen to current 2nd year QI/QA projects and pick one to pair up with
    • August 1st deadline to join existing QI/QA
    • June 1st Create new QI/QA idea
  • EM-2
    • July 1st submit IRB of created QI/QA project with Keller
    • April 1st Expand QI/QA or create new research project idea
  • EM-3
    • July submit new or expanded research idea
    • September 1st vetting completed by resident and faculty
    • October 1st IRB submission
    • January 1st IRB approval
    • January - June Data collection
    • Feb - July national abstract submission
  • EM-4
    • Summer/ Fall manuscript writing
    • Fall/Spring presenting abstracts at national conferences


Below is a selection of our current faculty and residents' recent peer-reviewed publications. In addition to these, our faculty and residents have significant other scholarly activities including abstracts, invited presentations and online works.


1: Goett R, Todd KH, Nelson LS. Addressing the Challenge of Emergency Department
Analgesia: Innovation in the Use of Opioid Alternatives. J Pain Palliat Care
Pharmacother. 2016 Sep;30(3):225-7. doi: 10.1080/15360288.2016.1209612. Epub 2016
Aug 19. PubMed PMID: 27541623.

2: Motov SM, Nelson LS. Advanced Concepts and Controversies in Emergency
Department Pain Management. Anesthesiol Clin. 2016 Jun;34(2):271-85. doi:
10.1016/j.anclin.2016.01.006. Review. PubMed PMID: 27208710.

3: Sánchez JP, Poll-Hunter NI, Acosta D. Advancing the Latino Physician
Workforce-Population Trends, Persistent Challenges, and New Directions. Acad Med.
2015 Jul;90(7):849-53. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000000618. PubMed PMID: 25629951.

4: Smith-Coggins R, Marco CA, Baren JM, Beeson MS, Carius ML, Counselman FL,
Heller BN, Kowalenko T, Muelleman RL, Nelson LS, Wahl RP, Korte RC, Joldersma KB;
Research Committee, American Board of Emergency Medicine. American Board of
Emergency Medicine report on residency training information (2014-2015). Ann
Emerg Med. 2015 May;65(5):584-94. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.03.014. PubMed
PMID: 25910762.

5: Lamba S, Berlin A, Goett R, Ponce CB, Holland B, Walther S; AAHPM Research
Committee Writing Group. Assessing Emotional Suffering in Palliative Care: Use of
a Structured Note Template to Improve Documentation. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016
Jul;52(1):1-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.01.017. Epub 2016 May 27. PubMed
PMID: 27241439.

6: Sánchez JP, Poll-Hunter N, Stern N, Garcia AN, Brewster C. Balancing Two
Cultures: American Indian/Alaska Native Medical Students' Perceptions of Academic
Medicine Careers. J Community Health. 2016 Aug;41(4):871-80. doi:
10.1007/s10900-016-0166-x. PubMed PMID: 26896055.

7: Greenwood-Ericksen MB, Poon SJ, Nelson LS, Weiner SG, Schuur JD. Best
Practices for Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs in the Emergency Department
Setting: Results of an Expert Panel. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Jun;67(6):755-764.e4.
doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.10.019. Epub 2015 Nov 25. PubMed PMID: 26619757.

8: Habeeb H, Ripper JR, Cohen A, Hinfey PB. A case of imported severe plasmodium
falciparum malaria in the emergency department and the current role of exchange
transfusion treatment. J Emerg Med. 2013 Feb;44(2):e211-5. doi:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2012.02.051. Epub 2012 May 18. PubMed PMID: 22609412.

9: Stolbach AI, Nelson LS. Choosing Opioid Policies our Patients Can Live With.
Acad Emerg Med. 2016 Jun 25. doi: 10.1111/acem.13040. [Epub ahead of print]
PubMed PMID: 27343859.

10: Shahidi H, Sickora C, Clancy S, Nagurka R. Community health workers
recruitment from within: an inner-city neighborhood-driven framework. BMC Res
Notes. 2015 Nov 24;8:715. doi: 10.1186/s13104-015-1700-0. PubMed PMID: 26602537;
PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4658807.

11: Grudzen CR, Buonocore P, Steinberg J, Ortiz JM, Richardson LD; AAHPM Research
Committee Writing Group. Concordance of Advance Care Plans With Inpatient
Directives in the Electronic Medical Record for Older Patients Admitted From the
Emergency Department. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Apr;51(4):647-51. doi:
10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.12.318. Epub 2016 Feb 16. PubMed PMID: 26891604.

12: Poon SJ, Nelson LS, Hoppe JA, Perrone J, Sande MK, Yealy DM, Beeson MS, Todd
KH, Motov SM, Weiner SG. Consensus-Based Recommendations for an Emergency
Medicine Pain Management Curriculum. J Emerg Med. 2016 Aug;51(2):147-54. doi:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2016.05.009. Epub 2016 Jun 29. PubMed PMID: 27369855.

13: George N, Barrett N, McPeake L, Goett R, Anderson K, Baird J. Content
Validation of a Novel Screening Tool to Identify Emergency Department Patients
With Significant Palliative Care Needs. Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Jul;22(7):823-37.
doi: 10.1111/acem.12710. PubMed PMID: 26171710.

14: Cole LA, Natal B, Fox A, Cooper A, Kennedy CA, Connell ND, Sugalski G,
Kulkarni M, Feravolo M, Lamba S. A Course on Terror Medicine: Content and
Evaluations. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2016 Feb;31(1):98-101. doi:
10.1017/S1049023X15005579. Epub 2016 Jan 11. PubMed PMID: 26751384.

15: Lamba S, Bryczkowski S, Tyrie L, Weissman DE, Mosenthal AC. Death Disclosure
and Delivery of Difficult News in Trauma #305. J Palliat Med. 2016
May;19(5):566-7. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2016.0022. Epub 2016 Apr 8. PubMed PMID:
27058175.

16: Sugalski G, Murano T, Fox A, Rosania A. Development and use of mobile
containment units for the evaluation and treatment of potential Ebola virus
disease patients in a United States hospital. Acad Emerg Med. 2015
May;22(5):616-22. doi: 10.1111/acem.12664. Epub 2015 Apr 21. PubMed PMID:
25900204.

17: Shutler L, Nelson LS, Portelli I, Blachford C, Perrone J. Drug Use in the
Twittersphere: A Qualitative Contextual Analysis of Tweets About Prescription
Drugs. J Addict Dis. 2015;34(4):303-10. doi: 10.1080/10550887.2015.1074505.
PubMed PMID: 26364675.

18: Charles M, Fontoura R, Sugalski G. Early recognition of intraventricular
hemorrhage in the setting of thrombocytosis in the emergency department. Open
Access Emerg Med. 2016 May 12;8:29-33. doi: 10.2147/OAEM.S98440. eCollection
2016. PubMed PMID: 27307770; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4886302.

19: Callahan EJ, Hazarian S, Yarborough M, Sánchez JP. Eliminating LGBTIQQ Health
Disparities: The Associated Roles of Electronic Health Records and Institutional
Culture. Hastings Cent Rep. 2014 Sep;44 Suppl 4:S48-52. doi: 10.1002/hast.371.
PubMed PMID: 25231788.

20: Calello DP, Allegra SJ, Cochrane DG, Eskin B, Allegra JR. Emergency
Department Visits for Gastroenteritis Before and After Rotavirus Vaccine
Implementation in 2006. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Oct;31(10):699-700. doi:
10.1097/PEC.0000000000000568. PubMed PMID: 26427944.

21: Gosselin S, Hoegberg LC, Hoffman RS, Graudins A, Stork CM, Thomas SH,
Stellpflug SJ, Hayes BD, Levine M, Morris M, Nesbitt-Miller A, Turgeon AF, Bailey
B, Calello DP, Chuang R, Bania TC, Mégarbane B, Bhalla A, Lavergne V.
Evidence-based recommendations on the use of intravenous lipid emulsion therapy
in poisoning (.). Clin Toxicol (Phila). 2016 Sep 8:1-25. [Epub ahead of print]
PubMed PMID: 27608281.

22: Juurlink DN, Gosselin S, Kielstein JT, Ghannoum M, Lavergne V, Nolin TD,
Hoffman RS; EXTRIP Workgroup. Extracorporeal Treatment for Salicylate Poisoning:
Systematic Review and Recommendations From the EXTRIP Workgroup. Ann Emerg Med.
2015 Aug;66(2):165-81. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2015.03.031. Epub 2015 May 15.
Review. PubMed PMID: 25986310.

23: Becker TK, Bartels S, Hansoti B, Jacquet GA, Lunney K, Marsh R, Osei-Ampofo
M, Lam C, Levine AC; Global Emergency Medicine Literature Review (GEMLR) Group.
Global emergency medicine: a review of the literature from 2014. Acad Emerg Med.
2015 Aug;22(8):976-84. doi: 10.1111/acem.12733. Epub 2015 Jul 29. PubMed PMID:
26223901.

24: Sánchez JP, Sola O, Ramallo J, Sánchez NF, Dominguez K, Romero-Leggott V.
Hispanic Medical Organizations' Support for LGBT Health Issues. LGBT Health. 2014
Sep;1(3):161-4. doi: 10.1089/lgbt.2014.0034. Epub 2014 Jun 30. PubMed PMID:
26789708.

25: Zucker J, Cennimo D, Sugalski G, Swaminthan S. Identifying Areas for
Improvement in the HIV Screening Process of a High-Prevalence Emergency
Department. AIDS Patient Care STDS. 2016 Jun;30(6):247-53. doi:
10.1089/apc.2016.0068. PubMed PMID: 27286295.

26: Lamba S, Nagurka R, Holland B, Scott S. Impact of an emergency medicine
clerkship on students' perceptions of emergency medicine. Adv Med Educ Pract.
2015 Feb 11;6:105-12. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S77037. eCollection 2015. PubMed PMID:
25709516; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4329998.

27: Pomerleau AC, Nelson LS, Hoppe JA, Salzman M, Weiss PS, Perrone J. The Impact
of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs and Prescribing Guidelines on Emergency
Department Opioid Prescribing: A Multi-Center Survey. Pain Med. 2016 Mar 19. pii:
pnw032. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26995800.

28: Lamba S, DeSandre PL, Todd KH, Bryant EN, Chan GK, Grudzen CR, Weissman DE,
Quest TE; Improving Palliative Care in Emergency Medicine Board. Integration of
palliative care into emergency medicine: the Improving Palliative Care in
Emergency Medicine (IPAL-EM) collaboration. J Emerg Med. 2014 Feb;46(2):264-70.
doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.08.087. Epub 2013 Nov 25. PubMed PMID: 24286714.

29: Sin B, Nguyen T, Chew S, Caffarini E, Nawaratne U, Kondamudi N. Intranasal
Ketamine in Subdissociative Doses for a 2-Year-Old. Am J Ther. 2016 May 12. [Epub
ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27175895.

30: Almeida DM, Jean MR, Chystsiakova A, Monahan E, Oliveira SB, Monteiro IM.
Levetiracetam-associated acute pancreatitis in an adolescent with autism: a case
report. Pancreas. 2013 Jan;42(1):177-8. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0b013e3182588c91. PubMed
PMID: 23254916.

31: Sánchez NF, Rankin S, Callahan E, Ng H, Holaday L, McIntosh K, Poll-Hunter N,
Sánchez JP. LGBT Trainee and Health Professional Perspectives on Academic
Careers--Facilitators and Challenges. LGBT Health. 2015 Dec;2(4):346-56. doi:
10.1089/lgbt.2015.0024. Epub 2015 Aug 3. PubMed PMID: 26788776.

32: Kondamudi NP, Ayush Gupta, Kaur R. Magnet balls stuck to the frenulum of the
lip. J Emerg Med. 2014 Mar;46(3):345-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.05.066. Epub
2013 Oct 15. PubMed PMID: 24135504.

33: Yehia BR, Cronholm PF, Wilson N, Palmer SC, Sisson SD, Guilliames CE,
Poll-Hunter NI, Sánchez JP. Mentorship and pursuit of academic medicine careers:
a mixed methods study of residents from diverse backgrounds. BMC Med Educ. 2014
Feb 9;14:26. doi: 10.1186/1472-6920-14-26. PubMed PMID: 24512599; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC3922304.

34: Wightman RS, Nelson LS. Opioid Prescribing: How Well Do We Know Ourselves? J
Med Toxicol. 2016 Sep;12(3):221-3. doi: 10.1007/s13181-016-0576-2. Epub 2016 Aug
4. PubMed PMID: 27492362; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4996796.

35: Lamba S, DeSandre PL, Quest TE. Opportunities and Challenges Facing the
Integrated Physician Workforce of Emergency Medicine and Hospice and Palliative
Medicine. J Emerg Med. 2016 Sep 6. pii: S0736-4679(16)30384-5. doi:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2016.06.056. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27613448.

36: Lamba S, Quest TE, Weissman DE. Palliative Care Consultation in the Emergency
Department #298. J Palliat Med. 2016 Jan;19(1):108-9. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2015.0239.
Epub 2015 Dec 10. PubMed PMID: 26651868.

37: George N, Phillips E, Zaurova M, Song C, Lamba S, Grudzen C. Palliative Care
Screening and Assessment in the Emergency Department: A Systematic Review. J Pain
Symptom Manage. 2016 Jan;51(1):108-19.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.07.017.
Epub 2015 Aug 31. Review. PubMed PMID: 26335763.

38: Baghdassarian AA, Donaldson RI, Depiero AD, Chernett NL, Sule H. Pediatric
emergency medical care in Yerevan, Armenia: a knowledge and attitudes survey of
out-of-hospital emergency physicians. Int J Emerg Med. 2014 Feb 7;7(1):11. doi:
10.1186/1865-1380-7-11. PubMed PMID: 24506949; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3932946.

39: Calello DP, Henretig FM. Pediatric toxicology: specialized approach to the
poisoned child. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2014 Feb;32(1):29-52. doi:
10.1016/j.emc.2013.09.008. Epub 2013 Nov 7. Review. PubMed PMID: 24275168.

40: Cole LA, Scott SR, Feravolo M, Lamba S. Preparedness in America's prime
danger zone and at the Boston Marathon bombing site. Am J Disaster Med. 2014
Winter;9(1):17-24. doi: 10.5055/ajdm.2014.0138. PubMed PMID: 24715641.

41: Kondamudi NP, Gupta A, Watkins A, Bertolotti A. Prepubertal girl with vaginal
bleeding. J Emerg Med. 2014 Jun;46(6):769-71. doi:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2013.11.075. Epub 2014 Feb 2. PubMed PMID: 24495936.

42: Elie-Turenne MC, Fernandes H, Mediavilla JR, Rosenthal M, Mathema B, Singh A,
Cohen TR, Pawar KA, Shahidi H, Kreiswirth BN, Deitch EA. Prevalence and
characteristics of Staphylococcus aureus colonization among healthcare
professionals in an urban teaching hospital. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol. 2010
Jun;31(6):574-80. doi: 10.1086/652525. PubMed PMID: 20426580.

43: Lunn MR, Sánchez JP. Prioritizing health disparities in medical education to
improve care. Acad Med. 2011 Nov;86(11):1343. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0b013e3182308e26.
PubMed PMID: 22030642.

44: Lamba S, Strang A, Edelman D, Navedo D, Soto-Greene ML, Guarino AJ. Promoting
interprofessionalism: initial evaluation of a master of science in health
professions education degree program. Adv Med Educ Pract. 2016 Feb 5;7:51-5. doi:
10.2147/AMEP.S97482. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 26917985; PubMed Central
PMCID: PMC4751893.

45: Kim HK, Nelson LS. Reducing the harm of opioid overdose with the safe use of
naloxone : a pharmacologic review. Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2015 Jul;14(7):1137-46.
doi: 10.1517/14740338.2015.1037274. Epub 2015 Apr 12. Review. PubMed PMID:
25865597.

46: Lovett PB, Sule HP, Lopez BL. Sickle cell disease in the emergency
department. Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2014 Aug;32(3):629-47. doi:
10.1016/j.emc.2014.04.011. Epub 2014 Jun 7. Review. PubMed PMID: 25060254.

47: Pillow MT, Hopson L, Bond M, Cabrera D, Patterson L, Pearson D, Sule H, Ankel
F, Fernández-Frackelton M, Hall RV, Kegg JA, Norris D, Takenaka K; Council of
Residency Directors Social Media Task Force. Social media guidelines and best
practices: recommendations from the Council of Residency Directors Social Media
Task Force. West J Emerg Med. 2014 Feb;15(1):26-30. doi:
10.5811/westjem.2013.7.14945. PubMed PMID: 24578765; PubMed Central PMCID:
PMC3935785.

48: Lamba S, Nagurka R, Offin M, Scott SR. Structured communication: teaching
delivery of difficult news with simulated resuscitations in an emergency medicine
clerkship. West J Emerg Med. 2015 Mar;16(2):344-52. doi:
10.5811/westjem.2015.1.24147. Epub 2015 Mar 12. PubMed PMID: 25834685; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC4380394.

49: Lamba S, Wilson B, Natal B, Nagurka R, Anana M, Sule H. A suggested emergency
medicine boot camp curriculum for medical students based on the mapping of Core
Entrustable Professional Activities to Emergency Medicine Level 1 milestones. Adv
Med Educ Pract. 2016 Mar 1;7:115-24. doi: 10.2147/AMEP.S97106. eCollection 2016.
PubMed PMID: 27042155; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4780742.

50: Lamba S, Tyrie LS, Bryczkowski S, Nagurka R. Teaching Surgery Residents the
Skills to Communicate Difficult News to Patient and Family Members: A Literature
Review. J Palliat Med. 2016 Jan;19(1):101-7. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2015.0292. Epub
2015 Nov 17. PubMed PMID: 26575251.

51: Farrugia LA, Rhyee SH, Campleman SL, Ruha AM, Weigand T, Wax PM, Brent J;
Toxicology Investigators Consortium. The Toxicology Investigators Consortium Case
Registry-the 2015 Experience. J Med Toxicol. 2016 Sep;12(3):224-47. doi:
10.1007/s13181-016-0580-6. Epub 2016 Aug 12. PubMed PMID: 27517280; PubMed
Central PMCID: PMC4996797.

52: Mazer-Amirshahi M, Mullins PM, Sun C, Pines JM, Nelson LS, Perrone J. Trends
in Opioid Analgesic Use in Encounters Involving Physician Trainees in U.S.
Emergency Departments. Pain Med. 2016 Apr 14. pii: pnw048. [Epub ahead of print]
PubMed PMID: 27084413.

53: Kondamudi N, Chamdawala H, Monteiro I. An Unusual Cause of Persistent Crying
in a Toddler. J Emerg Med. 2016 Sep 19. pii: S0736-4679(16)30531-5. doi:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2016.07.080. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27658549.

54: Nagurka R, Bechmann S, Gluckman W, Scott SR, Compton S, Lamba S. Utility of
initial prehospital end-tidal carbon dioxide measurements to predict poor
outcomes in adult asthmatic patients. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2014
Apr-Jun;18(2):180-4. doi: 10.3109/10903127.2013.851306. Epub 2014 Jan 8. PubMed
PMID: 24400881.