The Mount Sinai Department of Emergency Medicine
The Mount Sinai Department of Emergency Medicine has nine divisions:
- Pre-hospital care and disaster medicine/EMS
- Pediatric emergency medicine
- Geriatric emergency medicine
- Global health
Each division is integrated throughout our seven-site consortium: The Mount Sinai Hospital, Elmhurst Hospital Center, The Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, Jersey City Medical Center, Queens Hospital Center,
North General Hospital, and St. John's Episcopal Medical Center.
This consortium treats more than 400,000 patients each year. Elmhurst Hospital Center is one of the busiest level-1 trauma centers in New York. The Jersey City Medical Center emergency department is the only trauma center in Hudson County and is responsible for EMS medical control.
Our four-year emergency medicine residency has 60 residents, 15 each year, making it the second-largest residency training program at Mount Sinai and one of the largest emergency medicine residencies in the United States. Our residents receive their clinical training at Elmhurst Hospital Center, The Mount Sinai Hospital, and Jersey City Medical Center.
The thrust of our training program is to provide a diversified training experience — an experience that is multidimensional and that provides our residents with the skills needed to compete successfully in the market. Bedside education stresses application of classic emergency medicine principles in a humanistic and supportive patient environment. Our didactic program emphasizes basic issues of patient care and cutting-edge emergency medicine practice.
We have new educational initiatives in the areas of ultrasound and high-fidelity simulation. Residents are expected to choose an area of focus by their third year and structure their fourth year around establishing expertise in that area. That is, they construct the fourth year along the lines of a fellowship.
Our clinical research program focuses on:
- Health services
- Health outcomes
- Applied informatics
- Neurologic emergencies
We offer fellowships in:
- Clinical research
- Pediatric emergency medicine
- Emergency department administration
The Department of Emergency Medicine has a commitment to multidisciplinary research, and we collaborate with many other departments at Mount Sinai, including:
- Health Policy
- Critical Care
- Palliative Care
Our faculty have been successful in securing NIH funding, including a Research Project Grant (R01) with four supplements, an R00, and a K23. We also receive grants from:
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- New York State
- R Baby Foundation
- The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation
- The Rosenbluth Foundation
- The Brookdale Foundation
Ongoing research includes:
- Investigating the ethical issues of emergency research without informed consent
- Shared electronic medical records across health care systems
- Glycemic control in sepsis
- Pain management in hip fractures
- Use of ultrasound in the pre-hospital environment as a guide to resuscitation
- Use of procoagulation concentrates in hemorrhagic stroke
- Variations in treatment of geriatric patients associated with emergency department overcrowding
- Clinical and diagnostic predictors of outcome from drug overdoses
- Management of traumatic brain injury
Global health programs
The Department of Emergency Medicine has been instrumental in the development of the Center for Global Health at Icahn School of Medicine. Our faculty have been involved closely with the development of emergency medicine in Italy and in Holland.
We currently have global health programs in Italy, Liberia, India, and Singapore. Our faculty also coordinate a program in Queens that is dedicated to treating victims of torture.
Career growth and professional satisfaction are the overarching goals for our faculty development plans. Faculty at each clinical site are responsible for activities within the five elements that make up our career development matrix. These elements are:
- Clinical service
- Research or other scholarly activities
- Community service
The formula for each faculty member differs according to his or her long-range career goals.
Indicators that this program is working are seen in our low rate of faculty turnover and our large number of faculty awards, books, peer-reviewed publications, and regional and national committee involvement.
Honors and recognition
The Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai has demonstrated impressive growth since its establishment in 1994. All metrics reflect the department’s commitment to quality and excellence. Clinically, our performance metrics are within the top 10 percent of the University HealthSystem Consortium.
As educators, our faculty were awarded more than half of the Mount Sinai Institute for Medical Education Excellence in Teaching Awards in 2009. In research funding, we rank among the top 10 NIH-funded emergency departments.
Health care is in crisis, but the Department of Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai has embraced the challenges of our times and is engaged in training future leaders and finding innovative solutions.
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