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Walsh Presents Two Research Projects at National Committee of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine



Brian Walsh, MD, MBA, presented two research projects at the National Committee of Residency Directors in Emergency Medicine (CORD-EM) in New Orleans on March 31, 2014. 

Patient-centered communication and disposition are two of the milestones established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and American Board of Emergency Medicine. Since these milestones can be difficult to assess because of variability in individual patient interactions, Dr. Walsh’s research sought to determine how assessing 24-hour return visits can make the evaluation of these milestones more objective. His presentation, titled, “The Use of 24-hour Return Visits to Assess Residents’ Patient Centered Communication and Disposition Ability” concluded that evaluation of 24-hour return visits provides an objective way to begin assessment of patient-centered communication and disposition.

The second presentation was titled, “Assessment of Pre-hospital Care with the Emergency Medicine Milestones.” Advanced Life Support (ALS) patients receiving online medical control or base contact who are triaged by emergency medicine residents for Basic Life Support (BLS) tend to be complex and are associated with increased liability. The research evaluated whether a review of these patients could provide a simple and efficient way to identify proficiency gaps in emergency pre-hospital care. The study concluded there are relatively few ALS patients who are triaged to BLS by emergency medicine residents. These patients tend to be complex and many are admitted to a monitored bed from the ED.

Dr. Walsh is an active researcher in the fields of pre-hospital and emergency medicine. He is a frequent regional and national lecturer on topics pertaining to emergency medicine. He is an attending physician at Morristown (N.J.) Medical Center..

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