The Yale School of Medicine‘s Emergency Medicine Interest Group has had a great year with ongoing mentorship, workshops, and collaboration with the Department of Emergency Medicine!


YSM Emergency Medicine Interest Group 2015- 2016


Sim-Wars and procedural skills night with Drs. Moadel, Jubanyik, Liu, Goldflam, and Cook (11/4/15)


Many thanks to the faculty, residents and staff who’ve helped during shadowing shifts & events! For further information email us @

Emergency Medicine Lectures will take place at Yale on Wednesday, February 10th in Harkness Auditorium beginning at 9:00am. Breakfast will be served.


Map: How the Ebola Outbreak Spread through Africa taken from (a href=””>

9am – Operations Update – Dr. Parwani
10am – Trauma Review – Dr. Marcolini
11am – Surviving the Ebola Epidemic – Dr. Ireland
12pm – Thoracic Emergencies – Dr. Boffa
1pm – M&M – Dr. Binford
Dr. Philip Ireland is a Liberian physician who practices in the emergency department of JFK hospital in Liberia. He was the preceptor for students and residents from Yale rotating to JFK Emergency until the outbreak of Ebola.
He both cared for Ebola patients as well as contracted the illness himself while providing that service. He was the only physician from his group to survive the illness. Dr Ireland was profiled in TIME magazine as one of the Ebola Fighters.
We have Phil here for a few weeks doing some training with our department as part of an EM teaching immersion program. He will be sharing an inspiring story with us this week at conference about front-line emergency care in the heart of the Ebola crisis.
He details both the overall crisis as well as his personal journey to the edge of death and back after contracting Ebola. I had the privilege of hearing him present a version of this story to the medical school and he does so with feeling, humor and humility. It’s a talk you WON’T want to miss.

Congratulations to Dr. Jacob Schoeneck for being named Resident of the Month for 2016!
The following are written comments about Dr. Schoeneck’s professionalism and medical care:

    “I have been very impressed with Jake Schoeneck. He works hard, has a great attitude, has good clinical judgement. His plans are well backed up and when we differ we can discuss and get on the same track. He’s pretty fast and can pick up a lot before I start seeing people on my own. “
    “Jake is a hard worker and provides excellent and efficient care to his patients. He has a calming demeanor and great leadership potential. He is always willing to help out a colleague or the residency.”
    “Jake has excellent clinical acumen and I can count on his clinical assessments before seeing patients. Not only is he extremely thoughtful in the medical care he provides, he is also an dynamic learner with a flexible attitude. It is always a pleasure when he is on a shift.”

Emergency Medicine Lectures will take place at Yale on Wednesday, February 3rd at 464 Congress beginning at 9:00am. Breakfast will be served.

Top: Dr. Emily Johnson taken from Women’s Adventure magazine’s Winter 2014-15 issue

9:00am – 11:15am – Small Groups at 464 Congress

    PGY3 – In-service Review Jeopardy – Dr. Roh (SIM Conference Room)
    PGY4 Talk – Dr. Varga (SIM Debriefing Room)

Grand Rounds:
Conference will then move to Harkness Auditorium for Grand Rounds. Our Grand Rounds speaker is Dr. Emily Johnston, MD, an Emergency Physician, professional mountain guide, ski patroller, and whitewater guide. Please join us for a great afternoon of lectures on both adaptation to hypoxia, as well as learn more about Dr. Johnston’s experiences with the evacuation of Mt. Everest after the earthquake last year.

    11:30am – 12:30pm – Lessons from the Mountain
    12:30pm – 1:30pm – Adaptation to Hypoxia
    1:30pm – Lunch will be served

Journal Club Articles:
Current Article: Rosenson, J., Clements, C., Simon, B. et al. Phenobarbital for acute alcohol withdrawal: a prospective randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study. J Emerg Med [serial online]. 2013; 44: (3), 592-598.e2.
Classic Article: Rathlev, N. K., D’Onofrio, G., Fish, S. S. et al. The lack of efficacy of phenytoin in the prevention of recurrent alcohol-related seizures. Ann Emerg Med [serial online]. 1994; 23: (3), 513-518.

Emergency Medicine Lectures will take place at Yale on Wednesday, January 27th in Harkness Auditorium beginning at 9:00am. Breakfast will be served.

Top: Charon by Gustavo Doré for Dante’s Inferno. Plate IX: Canto III: Arrival of Charon via Wikimedia Commons


    12pm – Palliative Care: Conflict Management, Cultural & Spiritual Considerations – Drs. Varga & Steiner

Please join us for the Fifth Annual Point-of-Care Yale Caribbean Ultrasound Conference in Sunny Miami Beach, Florida from March 9-11, 2016!

Top: Biscayne Bay Panorama by Matt H. Wade via Wikimedia Commons; Middle Row images courtesy of Yale Section of Emergency Ultrasound; Bottom image courtesy of Yale Department of Emergency Medicine

This is the same faculty, The Yale Department of Emergency Medicine Section of Emergency Ultrasound, that puts on the New England Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound Course, which just finished its eighth successful year. Keep reading to learn more about this high-yield course.
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Emergency Medicine Lectures will take place at Yale on Wednesday, January 20th in Harkness Auditorium beginning at 9:00am. Breakfast will be served.


    10am – Neuro Review Jeopardy – Dr. Wira
    12pm – Overuse, Head Injury, Empathy and the Medical Interface – Dr. Melnick


Dr. Rachel Liu, Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine, was just named Director of Point of Care Ultrasound for Undergraduate Medical Education at the Yale School of Medicine. In this role she working will be a member of the clinical skills team responsible for the planning and implementation of curricular activities related to the use and application of point of care ultrasound across all four years of the medical student curriculum.
Dr. Liu is nationally recognized for her innovative methods of teaching point of care ultrasound. In 2013 Dr. Liu introduced a popular and highly rated pilot program into the elective curriculum focused on point of care ultrasound for pre-clerkship medical students that was integrated with teaching in the clinical skills program and human anatomy course. This successful pilot is now an elective course in the pre-clerkship period and has been a model for integrating content threads into the YSM curriculum.
Among her many contributions to medical education, Dr. Liu has co-directed two national courses hosted by Yale facultythe New England Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound Course and the Yale Caribbean Island Point-of-Care Ultrasound Course. She has demonstrated national leadership as the Education Officer of the Academy of Emergency Ultrasound for the Society of Academic Emergency Physicians (SAEM), co-chaired the Undergraduate Medical Education committee for SAEM, has been a section leader of the Graduate Medical Education committee for the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)-Ultrasound Section and is on the mentor task force of the medical education section for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine (AIUM). At Yale, in addition to her leadership in the Point of Care Ultrasound elective, she is a tutor in the clinical skills program, received the YSM Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize and was a recipient of a Yale Rosenkranz Award for Pedagogical Innovation in 2015.
Congratulations, Dr. Liu!

Congratulations to Chief Resident, Dan Savage, for winning the Best Resident Paper presented at ACEP in Boston last October for his presentation on, “Emergency Medicine Clinical Practice Guidelines: Evidence Based or Expert Consensus?”
Now get that manuscript to the editors!

The Accountable Care Act has resulted in major changes in access to health care and care delivery, but it is just one of the pieces of legislation helping to shape these changes. Drs. Dr. Warren Perry (PGY-3) and Arjun Venkatesh published a great summary on the impact of these pieces of national legislation impact health information technology in the emergency department in EM Resident last month. Check it out to get up to speed on the changing landscape of health IT.

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