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Four EPS physicians honored as Top Doctors by PHOENIX Magazine

On March 24, 2016, 4 EPS attending physicians were honored by PHOENIX magazine as “Top Doctors” in emergency medicine in the Phoenix area. This annual peer-selected list is a survey of healthcare professionals conducted by PHOENIX magazine.

2016 marks the 10th consecutive year that an EPS provider has been honored as a “Top Doctor.”

Congratulations to Robert Baron, M.D, Moneesh Bhow, M.D., David Cohen, M.D., and David Streitwieser, M.D.


Dr. Robert Baron brings quality medical care & safety awareness to National Park Service

EPS co-founder, Director of QA/QI, and long-time attending physician, Robert Baron, M.D., has proudly served as Medical Advisor for Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (Lake Powell) since 1983. In this role, Dr. Baron oversees medical care provided to park visitors by the National Park Service’s emergency medicine personnel.

After leading an investigation sparked by the deaths of two Colorado boys in 2000, Dr. Baron revealed more than 850  boat-related Carbon Monoxide poisonings including 160+ deaths between 1995 and 2010 in the United States.  Dr. Baron has presented his research and findings at numerous water safety conventions including the International Boating and Water Safety Summit, most recently in 2014.  This research has led to a change in the design of houseboats and the addition of catalytic converters to the propulsion engines on all watercraft. These design changes have decreased the amount of Carbon Monoxide produced by these engines by more than 90%. This work has been recognized by many agencies including the United States Coast Guard when they gave him the highest award bestowed to a non-uniformed US citizen, their Meritorious Public Service Award. Through his service with the National Park Service and investigative research, Dr. Baron helps bring quality medical care and safety awareness to nearly 3 million annual visitors to Lake Powell.

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EPS physicians proctor mock oral board exams for emergency medicine residents

EPS providers are committed to educating future generations of healthcare providers. As a teaching hospital, many of our physicians are also Clinical Associate Professors for the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine – Phoenix.

Last Wednesday, six EPS attending physicians, Drs. Stephanie Campbell, Doug Dang, Jason Grimsman, Aneesh Narang, Geoffrey Schultz, and Casey Solem, proctored mock oral board exams for the Maricopa Emergency Medicine residents. Each of the faculty members were paired with a resident and simulated the real oral board exams that every Emergency Medicine resident graduate must pass in order to become board certified.  After each case, faculty provided feedback to the resident on how well they managed the case, if critical actions were met, and what they needed to improve upon.  Finally, faculty members met as a group and discussed strategies with the residents that they can use to help pass the board certification exam.

As providers in BUMCP’s Emergency Department, EPS is closely involved in Emergency Medicine resident training and education. BUMCP is the main secondary clinical training site for Maricopa Emergency Medicine residents and each resident spends two months of their residency rotation in our ED learning from our seasoned physicians and advanced practice providers. Many EPS providers are also actively involved in resident education during their weekly didactic conferences. Additionally, we have started to initiate research projects at BUMCP with residents’ participation. Our commitment to resident and medical student education is an integral part of our practice.

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Dr. Teresa Wu teaches point-of-care ultrasound in Japan

EPS physician, Dr. Teresa Wu, shares her ultrasound expertise with the medical community. Dr. Wu serves not only as the Director of the Emergency Ultrasound Program and Fellowships for BUMCP, but also as the Simulation Curriculum Director for the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine – Phoenix. Her innovative research has led to advances in both medical simulation and emergency ultrasound. SonoSupport, Dr. Wu’s own company, is helping to improve medical education and enhance patient safety initiatives worldwide. Dr. Wu has been honored as the keynote speaker for numerous international educational conferences. She was most recently invited to teach point-of-care ultrasound at three international multidisciplinary ultrasound courses in Fukui, Yokohama, and Tokyo, Japan. Participants of her course learned how to integrate point-of-care ultrasound into emergency, critical care, surgery, and primary care practices.

Dr. Wu is a graduate of Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed her Emergency Medicine residency at Stanford University. She completed both ultrasound and administrative/simulation fellowships at Stanford University following completion of her residency training.

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EPS physicians teach medical students using state-of-the-art simulation training

Our EPS attending physicians have been working alongside leadership and faculty members at University of Arizona’s College of Medicine – Phoenix to help teach and mentor future generations of healthcare providers.  Medical students have the opportunity to use the latest, advanced medical technologies and high-fidelity patient simulators at UofA’s Center for Simulation and Innovation. Simulation-based training provides learners with the unique opportunity to practice skills and enhance their decision-making processes in a safe, engaging environment.

Drs. Todd Clever, Elliott Cropp, Eric Cummins, Jason Grimsman, Aneesh Narang, Douglas Patton, Casey Solem, Samantha Wu, and Teresa Wu are amongst the group of amazing educators working with medical students in both simulation and ultrasound education at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine – Phoenix.  “We are so fortunate to have so many phenomenal clinicians who are also interested in teaching and paying it forward.” says Dr. Teresa Wu, the Director for the Simulation Curriculum and EPS physician. “Together we can truly make a difference in medical education and the future of patient care.”

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Dr. Mahmood Vahedian leads successful medical scribe program at EPS

Working as a scribe himself while attending medical school at the University of Arizona, Dr. Mahmood Vahedian wished to share his unforgettable and inspiring experience as a scribe with other potential medical field candidates. After joining EPS, Dr. Vahedian initiated a scribe program with a pilot group of only 6 scribes. In less than a year, the program grew to over 40 scribes and now stands at about 100. The program allows pre-healthcare professionals, such as pre-med, pre-PA, pre-nursing, students to gain knowledge and experience of the medical field not taught in the classroom.

EPS scribes currently work at four Banner locations in the metro Phoenix area: Banner University Medical Center – Phoenix, Banner Estrella Medical Center, Banner Desert Medical Center, and Banner Cardon’s Pediatric Center.

Our scribe program affords pre-healthcare professionals with the opportunity to work alongside providers in a capacity that far exceeds any shadowing opportunity. They receive in-depth clinical exposure while honing time management skills, interpersonal skills, etc. Our scribes are responsible for documenting the entire provider & patient counter including: patient’s history, physical exam, test results, consultations, etc. In turn, EPS providers are relieved of administrative tasks and are able to spend more time directly involved in patient care.

Online testimonials about our scribe program show how truly valuable this opportunity is for individuals seeking a meaningful, lasting career in healthcare: http://www.epscribes.com/testimonials.html

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Dr. Cheri Macy serves as ship physician on charity voyage in Antarctica

Gorgeous scenery, chilly temps, and beautiful wildlife! EPS provider, Dr. Cheri Macy, was honored to serve as the ship physician for a 10 day expedition to Antarctica with a tourism travel group.  Dr. Macy’s voyage was on a charter ship dedicated to raising breast cancer funds for an Australian charity. She was among other accomplished individuals, such as notable scientists, renowned polar experts, and even a world-famous Australian painter.  Together the group’s knowledge, accomplishments, and dedication to charity all help to keep Antarctica special. On a continent with no cities, hospitals, government, etc., Dr. Macy was proud to provide emergency medical care in such a remote area.


Drs. Eric Cummins & Beth Ranney speak at PHX Fire Dept. conference

EPS physicians, Dr. Eric Cummins and Dr. Beth Ranney, were honored to participate in the 2nd Phoenix Fire Department’s Continuing Education Conference at Banner-University Medical Center Phoenix. The three day conference was very successful, bringing together approximately 240 local Phoenix Fire paramedics for education from EPS and BUMCP’s very own physicians and nurses.

Dr. Cummins and Dr. Ranney presented demonstrations on Emergency Cardiology Management and had glowing reviews from the paramedics. The conferences also included talks on BUMCP future plans, Phoenix Fire Department updates, our LVAD program and device awareness, and a dedication of artwork designed by some of BUMCP’s ED and Trauma staff, which will hang in the new Emergency Department.

EPS wishes to extend a special thank you to Sara Latham, RN Program Outreach Manager, for her organization of this wonderful Continuing Education Conference. We are proud to have such a strong partnership with EMS and local Law Enforcement in our community.

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Dr. Jessica Monas teaches key emergency medicine topics in CME series and textbook

Jessica Monas, M.D., is proud to serve as a faculty member for the Emergency Medicine and Acute Care series. Currently in their 35th year, this series is a focused, evidence-based course designed to significantly advance a physician’s practice of medicine. Dr. Monas has lectured and participated in panel discussions on key emergency medicine topics such as Diagnostic & Therapeutic Controversies, Important Recent EM Literature, etc.

Additionally, Dr. Monas continues to contribute to academic Emergency Medicine as co-author of several textbook chapters, including “Antipsychotics” in Rosen’s Emergency Medicine, 9th Edition and “Acid-base Disorders” in Scientific American’s Emergency Medicine: https://www.deckerip.com/products/scientific-american-emergency-medicine-individuals/.

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Dr. Todd Clever is proud to promote a pilot paramedicine program

EPS Board Member and long-time provider, Dr. Todd Clever, is proud to promote a pilot paramedicine program in Buckeye, AZ with the goal of not only reducing hospital readmission rates, but also enhancing the patient-provider connection. In January, Dr. Clever was featured on Boston’s NPR News Station and 91.5 KJZZ, a service of Rio Salado College.

As part of a pilot paramedicine program, Buckeye Fire Dept members and paramedics make house calls for patients recently treated at Banner Estrella Medical Center, where Dr. Clever is the EMS Medical Director. Helping patients with issues like taking prescription medications correctly and monitoring vitals have reduced hospital readmission rates greatly at BEMC. Out of 131 patients, only 4 were readmitted within 30 days…just 1/6 of a local hospital’s readmission rate! The program is still in pilot-mode, but Dr. Todd Clever says the goal is to make it a permanent option for more Buckeye residents and continue to bridge the gap between hospital and patient.

Listen to the full story here: http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2016/01/29/paramedics-home-visits 

Read the full store here: http://kjzz.org/content/253588/home-visit-program-reduces-hospital-readmission-buckeye

Devyn Michelotti helps implement resource programs in Honduras

In May 2015, EPS Office Assistant and NEISS Data Coordinator, Devyn Michelotti, helped implement resource programs to an underprivileged community in rural Honduras through Arizona State University.

Devyn blogged about her amazing experience and was published online with the American Student Dental Association: “During our time in Honduras, a mobile medical-dental unit was assembled at Tegucigalpa’s local elementary school. It was there that we had the opportunity to shadow and assist licensed medical and dental professionals. Each classroom provided a specific service, including in-take, triage, consultation, dental, pharmaceutical, gynecology and data informatics for statistical analysis. Although dentistry was my primary focus, it was wonderful to be allowed the opportunity to rotate and practice within each specialty. Working in the other stations allowed me to witness the importance that maintaining oral health has on an individual’s overall well-being. Unfortunately, due to a lack of education and deficit of resources, the majority of the community had serious untreated medical conditions that could have otherwise been prevented. Our goal was to not only provide immediate care, but also to educate in order to make a lifelong impact. We spent time within the community, teaching them the proper way to brush and floss their teeth, as many of them had never learned. We created an enjoyable learning environment by utilizing interactive games and songs. Over the course of three days in the clinic, we were able to provide services to 755 patients, averaging 250 patients a day!”

Read Devyn’s full article here: http://www.asdablog.com/global-brigades-brings-health-and-wellness-to-honduras/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ASDA%2FBlog+%28Mouthing+Off%29


EPS doctors participate in groundbreaking ceremony for BUMCP’s new emergency department

Drs. Moneesh Bhow, David Streitwieser, and Alan Molk were proud to help break ground on a brand new Emergency Department at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix on October 2, 2015. The new ED will include 60 private exam rooms, a new trauma unit, MedLink and 40 observation beds and serve an additional 20,000 patients.

The Emergency Department is scheduled to open in July 2017 with the new operating and observation rooms opening in March 2018.

The two-story building will feature:

  • 5 trauma bays in 3,700 square feet
  • 60 private exam rooms
  • 3 new quick-look rooms
  • 2 minor resuscitation rooms
  • Medical Imaging, including CT and X-ray
  • 40 observation rooms
  • 4 operating rooms and associated support space

We have a long legacy of training the next generation of providers at this hospital and are committed to giving the very best care to our community,” said Steve Narang, M.D., chief executive officer at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. “By building a brand new facility, we continue our journey to provide better service to our community and enhance our reputation as a leader in academic medicine.”

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