Emergency Medicine Research Curriculum

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Congratulations to Nick Harrell, 

winner of the 2017 TCEP Research Forum


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The Texas A&M - Christus Spohn Emergency Medicine Residency provides the resident with a broad exposure to the research process. All residents participate in a research project during their residency. In addition, EM faculty develop and conduct research projects that involve residents, medical students and premedical students as a research team.

Recent Research Endeavors

Kenter J, Blow O, Krall SP, Gest A, Smith C, Richman PB. (June 2015) Prior CT imaging history for patients who undergo PAN CT for acute traumatic injury. PeerJ 3:e963 https://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.963

Westafer L, Hensley J, Shaikh S, Lin M. "Global Emergency Medicine Journal Club: A Social Media Discussion About the Lack of Association Between Press Ganey Scores and Emergency Department Analgesia.”  Annals of Emergency Medicine. 2015; May 20.

Russell, F.M.,Moore, C. L.,Courtney, D.M.,Kabrhel, C.,Smithline, H. A.,Nordenholz, K. E.,Richman, P.B.,O'Neil, B.J.,Plewa, M.C.,Beam, D. M.,Mastouri, R.,Kline, J.A.; “Independent evaluation of a simple clinical prediction rule to identify right ventricular dysfunction in patients with shortness of breath.” Am J Emerg Med. 2015 Mar 15.

McNierney-Moore A, Smith C, Guardiola J, Xu KT, Richman PB. (May 2015) Patient understanding of radiation risk from medical computed tomography A comparison of Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic emergency department populations. PeerJ 3:e937 https://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.937

SAEM 2016

Melkus, K., Richman., P., Leeson, B., Butler, S., Carrasco, L., Smith, C., Guardiola, J.  Simulation Training for the Management of Shoulder Dystocia.   Presented Poster at SAEM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, 5/2016.

Brodeur, M., Carrasco, L., Smith, C., Xu, T., Richman, P..  Exclusion of Non-English Speakers from Emergency Medicine Research.  Presented Poster at TCEP Annual Meeting in Galveston, TX., 4/2016.

Pedersen, C., Miller, M., Xu, T., Richman, P..  Use of a Dental Vibration Tool to Reduce Pain from Digital Blocks- A Randomized Controlled Trial. Presented Poster at SAEM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, 5/2016.

Price, B., Xu, T., Gest, A., Carrasco, L., Smith, C., Richman, P. Comprehension of Video Versus Standard Written Instructions for Patients Discharged With a Diagnosis of Abdominal Pain from an Inner City Emergency Department.  Presented Poster at SAEM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, 5/2016. 

Nguyen, S., Richman, P., Eskin, B., Allegra, J. Intubation rates for adults ages 22-64 years are unchanged from 1999-2014- a multicenter study.  Presented Poster at SAEM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, 5/2016.

Remme, L., Leeson, K., Guardiola, J., Smith, C., Carrasco, L., Richman, P. A comparison of Satisfaction Scores for Patients Admitted vs. Discharged from the Emergency Department. . Presented Poster at SAEM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, 5/2016.

Shriver, Joni., McLaughlin, T., Carraso, L., Smith, C., Guardiola, J., Richman, P.  Understanding of the Affordable Care Act by Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic Emergency Department Patients.   Presented Poster at SAEM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA, 5/2016.

TCEP 2017

Grant DePoy- Patient Understanding of Peak ED hours and Busiest Days of the Week

Emily Schmid-CT Imaging History for Patients Presenting to the ED with Renal Colic—Evidence from a Multi-Hospital Database

Kit Mock-A Comparison of Non-Obese vs Obese Emergency Department Patient Satisfaction Scores

Mary Matthews-Prior Imaging History for Patients who Receive a Pan Scan for Acute Traumatic Injury- A Prospective Study of Patients Ultimately discharge from the ED without Serious Injury

Nick Harrell-Are Patients Transferred to a Trauma Center from Hospitals that Share Common Electronic Radiological Archives (PACS) Less Likely to Receive Repeat Imaging?

Scott Brunson- A Comparison of Hispanic vs. Non-Hispanic Patient Estimates for the Cost of Common Emergency department Tests

Karl Boehm-Emergency Department Visits for Herpes Zoster Have Not Changed Since Introduction of Vaccine in 2006 

Jessica Wentling- Predictive Value of Point of Care Lactate Measurement in Patients Meeting Level II and III Trauma Team Activation Criteria that Present to the Emergency Department: A Prospective Study

TCEP 2016

Kane, E., Blow, O., Xu, T., Krall, S., Johnson, D., Richman, P. Characteristics of Undocumented Immigrant Patients Brought to a Trauma Center by Border Patrol Agents in Southern Texas.  Presented Poster at TCEP Annual Meeting in Galveston, TX, 4/2016. 

Melkus, K., Richman., P., Leeson, B., Butler, S., Carrasco, L., Smith, C., Guardiola, J.  Simulation Training for the Management of Shoulder Dystocia.   Presented Poster at TCEP Annual Meeting in Galveston, TX, 4/2016.

Brodeur, M., Carrasco, L., Smith, C., Xu, T., Richman, P..  Exclusion of Non-English Speakers from Emergency Medicine Research.  Presented Poster at TCEP Annual Meeting in Galveston, TX., 4/2016.

Pedersen, C., Miller, M., Xu, T., Richman, P..  Use of a Dental Vibration Tool to Reduce Pain from Digital Blocks- A Randomized Controlled Trial. Presented Poster at TCEP Annual Meeting in Galveston, TX, 4/2016.

Price, B., Xu, T., Gest, A., Carrasco, L., Smith, C., Richman, P. Comprehension of Video Versus Standard Written Instructions for Patients Discharged With a Diagnosis of Abdominal Pain from an Inner City Emergency Department.  Presented Poster at TCEP Annual Meeting in Galveston, TX, 4/2016. 

Nguyen, S., Richman, P., Eskin, B., Allegra, J. Intubation rates for adults ages 22-64 years are unchanged from 1999-2014- a multicenter study.  Presented Poster at TCEP Annual Meeting in Galveston, TX, 4/2016.

Remme, L., Leeson, K., Guardiola, J., Smith, C., Carrasco, L., Richman, P. A comparison of Satisfaction Scores for Patients Admitted vs. Discharged from the Emergency Department. . Presented Poster at TCEP Annual Meeting in Galveston, TX, 4/2016.

Shriver, Joni., McLaughlin, T., Carraso, L., Smith, C., Guardiola, J., Richman, P.  Understanding of the Affordable Care Act by Hispanic vs. non-Hispanic Emergency Department Patients.   Presented Poster at TCEP Annual Meeting in Galveston, TX, 4/2016.

ACEP 2014

Russell Hill, MD, Peter B. Richman MD MBA, Albert Gest, DO. In Case of a Primary Care Crisis Please Go to the Emergency Room--An Investigation of Patient Referral to the Emergency Department by Non-Healthcare Providers.

Peter B. Richman MD MBA, Evaluating the Potential to Expand Advance Directive Instructions to an Inventory of Specific Procedures--A Survey of Emergency Department Patients.

Krall SP, Cornelius AP, Addison JB.  Hospital Factors Impact Variation in Emergency Department Length of Stay more than Physician Factors. West J Emerg Med. 2014 Mar;15(2):158-64. PMID: 24672604

Wallace RM, Bhavnani D, Russell J, Zaki S, Muehlenbachs A, Hayden-Pinneri K, Aplícano RM, Peruski L, Vora NM, Balter S,Elson D, Lederman E, Leeson B, McLaughlin T, Waterman S, Fonseca-Ford M, Blanton J, Franka R, Velasco-Villa A, Niezgoda M, Orciari L, Recuenco S, Damon I, Hanlon C, Jackson F, Dyer J, Wadhwa A, Robinson L; EIS officer, CDC. Rabies death attributed to exposure in central america with symptom onset in a U.S. Detention facility - Texas, 2013. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014 May 23;63(20):446-9. PMID: 24848216

Kerber KA, Zahuranec DB, Brown DL, Meurer WJ, Burke JF, Smith MA, Lisabeth LD, Fendrick AM,  McLaughlin T, Morgenstern LB. Stroke Risk After Non-Stroke ED Dizziness Presentations: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Ann Neurol. 2014 Jun;75(6):899-907. PMID: 24788511


The research lecture series in the resident’s first year provides the basic knowledge for hypothesis development, study design, methodology, basic statistical methods, and manuscript development.  Subsequent research conferences build upon this knowledge which culminates in the development and completion of a research project. The second year resident, with input of the research director and assigned faculty member, submits a research proposal to the IRB and, following approval, begins data collection. Statistical analysis and manuscript development and subsequent submission to a peer reviewed journal is the last phase of the three year EM research program. In June of each year, all research projects are presented at the senior research forum.

The research process is aided by the Emergency Medicine Residency Associates Program (EMRAP).  This program is a partnership with Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi, in which undergraduate students assist residents and faculty in the collection of research data.  This opportunity allows students to gain valuable research experience, provide exposure to the medical profession by shadowing physicians and obtain university course credit. Biweekly meetings, lectures, and assignments keep these students actively involved in departmental research projects.

Peter Richman, MD, MBA  Director-Emergency Medicine ResearcEMERGENCY MEDICINE RESEARCH CURRICULUM

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