Emergency Medicine SIG

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Annual Report

SIG Name: Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM)

Co-chairs: Jennifer Marin, MD, MSc & Elizabeth Alpern, MD, MSCE

SIG purpose/mission: The mission of the PEM SIG is to advance the field of pediatric emergency medicine through the presentation of relevant and timely issues in PEM.

Current SIG goals:
Planning for the 2018 PEM SIG in Toronto is underway!
“Pediatric Emergency Telemedicine: Can We Talk?” promises to be an exciting session. We will have telehealth experts share their knowledge, experience, and cutting edge research and implementation findings.

Annual summary:
The 2017 PEM SIG in San Francisco was a resounding success with approximately 180 participants gathering to hear and learn more about the current state of pediatric sepsis.

Specifically, the learning objectives were to:
1. Learn strategies to implement and assess quality improvement initiatives to improve the emergency department recognition and management of pediatric sepsis
2. Recognize current initiatives toward establishing consensus definitions for pediatric sepsis
3. Understand the present and future landscape of clinical and translational research in pediatric sepsis
4. Be familiar with current legislative strategies as they impact care in the emergency department

The 3-hour session included dynamic speakers from PEM and pediatric critical care medicine. Topics ranged from clinical and translational research advances, sepsis guidelines, and quality improvement work. We were privileged to also have as a presenter the Medical Director for Quality and Safety at the NY state Department of Health who provided insight into the recently analyzed data from the NY state sepsis initiative.  We would like to thank our panel of presenters: Fran Balamuth, MD, PhD, MSCE, Marcus Freidrich, MD, MBA, Charles Macias, MD, MPH, Raina Paul, MD, Halden Scott, MD, and Scott Weiss, MD, MSCE

For those who could not attend the 2017 SIG, slides are available by contacting jennifer.marin@chp.edu.

Other groups (other SIGs and other groups not in the APA) that work in your area of interest:
Emergency medicine includes many disciplines and issues relevant to other SIGs.
-Child Abuse SIG
-Injury Control SIG
-Hospital Medicine
-Medical Informatics and EHR SIG
-Patient and Family Centered Care SIG
-Pediatric Clinical Research Network SIG
-Pediatric Emergency Medicine Program Directors SIG
-Quality Improvement SIG
-Qualitative Research SIG
-Simulation-based medical education SIG

April 2016 Newsletter Article

APA Pediatric Emergency and Injury Control Special Interest Groups
Monday May 2nd 2016

Boundaries of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Mission:
What Constitutes an "Emergency"?

This year, the Emergency Medicine and Injury Control Special Interests Groups will have a special, combined meeting. The emergency department, in its role as interface between the hospital and a relatively vulnerable patient population, has always had a multi-faceted mission that is often outside the care of the acutely ill and injured. The fluid nature of the boundary around our mission requires us to regularly re-examine what is included. For example, is Injury Prevention part of our job? Chronic asthma care? Sexual Health? Warm meals?

For pediatric emergency departments, this is all the more true given the vulnerability of children. However, an unfocussed ever-expanding mission that varies from pediatric emergency department to pediatric emergency department is a threat to the cohesion of the field. We propose to use this combined Special Interest Group to look at this dilemma more closely, in a forum encouraging active discussion.

Speakers and Topics

  • Dr. Mark Zonfrillo: Role of the Emergency Department in Injury Prevention
  • Dr. Roger Zemek and Dr. William Meehan: Concussion and the Extension of the Emergency Department Mission
  • Dr. Yaron Finkelstein: Poisoning and Efforts beyond Acute Treatment
  • Dr. Joseph Zorc: Asthma and the Limits of Follow-up
  • Dr. Cynthia Mollen: Role of the Emergency Department for Patients with Sexual Health Issues
  • Dr. Eliot Nelson, Dr. Karen Sheehan, Dr. Stephen Teach and Dr. Cynthia Mollen: Panel Discussion

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Elizabeth Alpern, MD, MSCE
225 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 227-6080

Jennifer Marin, MD, MSc
4401 Penn Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15224
Phone: (412) 692-7692



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