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Emmy Schram is the Communications Coordinator for the Department of Emergency Medicine. She earned her MA in English from Ball State where she taught English Composition while working as a freelance graphic/web designer. She brings with her varied professional experiences which she uses to support departmental communications efforts while finding new ways to combine her passions for marketing and education.
At the Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, we strive to deliver patient care of unsurpassed quality and advanced emergency medicine through education, innovation and discovery in a collegial environment that promotes intellectual and professional growth. We not only put in the work to further our mission but also believe in recognizing excellence at all levels of our department. Through research, service, and education, our faculty and learners take great steps toward achieving our goal of advancing the specialty of emergency medicine. In this blog, we’d like to highlight faculty members who exemplify this dedication.
The Division of Medical Toxicology is a multidisciplinary group overseeing the Indiana Poison Center outreach to the public and physicians around the state, inpatient toxicology services, educational opportunities, as well as providing subspecialty expertise in pediatric toxicology, pharmicotoxicology, and neurotoxicology. We are a collaborative and collegial group of faculty physicians, PhD’s, pharmacists, fellows, and Specialists in Poison Information (SPIs). COVID has taught us to be forward thinking, nimble, innovative, and change makers.
We are a global community. This pandemic reminds us that global health impacts each one of us. Never have our lives looked so similar around the world: we’re all experiencing lockdowns, all grappling with prolonged uncertainty, and all transitioning to virtual work and education as much as possible.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Jamie Jones has been awarded the 2020 Fred Osborn Award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine! The Fred Osborn Award is presented annually by the Indiana American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) to “a Hoosier emergency physician who has shown excellence in EM through their leadership, involvement, and contributions to their emergency medicine group, hospital, community and state.”
We are happy to announce that five faculty members in the Department of Emergency Medicine received the 2020 Trustees’ Teaching Award from the Indiana University Board of Trustees. This award was established by the Indiana University Board of Trustees to recognize “outstanding teaching and to emphasize the primacy of learning and of our learners in the medical school.” The Trustee’s Teaching Award recognizes those who “have a positive impact on learning through the direct teaching of students.” You can read more about the 2020 Trustees’ Teaching Award on the IU School of Medicine’s website.
The first ever "Eskenazi ED Virtual Trivia Night" was a smashing success. Fifteen teams, including “Team Front Sort,” “Light Therapy,” “Code 2 LA South,” “Better Late than Pregnant,” and “Beckman’s Chest Hair,” competed for bragging rights and the grand prize of a set of cloth face-masks for all of the winners. The event was sponsored in part by the EM Wellness Taskforce, and was hosted by Matt Hammond from Hambone's Trivia. Hambone’s Trivia hosts live events all over the city during non-quarantine times but now has moved his skills onto YouTube live where people can play from their living rooms. Questions such as “name the body of water with more species of fish than the Atlantic Ocean” and “what are the Tom Hanks movies that have 3 of the top 100 movie quotes of all time” were questions that stumped some of the lesser competitors. Heated arguments over America’s second favorite salad dressing and the world’s second most commonly consumed beverage threatened marital harmony in several households.
Healthy eating is a key contributor to overall wellness and stamina, especially during times of extreme stress, like we find ourselves during COVID-19. Stress is a natural reaction to challenging situations. Small amounts of stress can be helpful in responding to situations, like meeting work deadlines, avoiding danger, or dealing with a significant life event. But effects of stress can subtly build and result in poor physical and mental health. We might recognize the feelings of stress but often don’t realize it manifests in sleep disruption, anxiety, hormonal imbalances, and sometimes poor eating habits.
Indianapolis, like many metropolitan cities across the United States, has always needed to consider what is happening globally. The first to face any worldwide outbreak of diseases – be it MERS or Ebola – would likely be front-line Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics. This reality came true in March 2020 with the global COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, these First Responders were ready thanks to the leadership of the Chief of Indianapolis Emergency Medical Services, Dr. Dan O’Donnell.
With the American pastime of viewing our beloved sports currently on furlough from the pandemic, we can still enjoy the many mantras born out of them to inspire us. Much like a basketball practice, rigorous development of new processes and procedures is alike to training for that critical moment of game-time. At Riley Children's Hospital, the Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (PEM), has been fortunate to have many collaborative experiences to train for a new game, specifically, practicing pediatric emergency medicine in the era of COVID-19.
While COVID-19 has brought sickness and stress to the healthcare system, it has also provided opportunity for innovation and collaboration. The Simulation Center at Fairbanks Hall, led by Dr. Dylan Cooper, Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, has taken on this challenge to deliver on service, education, and research in the battle against this pandemic.