Dr. Maria Raven Receives Irene Perstein Award

November 1, 2012
The Irene Perstein Award is awarded each year by the School of Medicine to an outstanding newly recruited junior woman clinician scientist. The recipient of the 2012 award is Dr. Maria Raven, Assistant Clinical Professor, who joined the Department of Emergency Medicine as a faculty researcher in July 2011. She is currently the PI on a research project funded by the Emergency Medicine Foundation to study emergency department payment policies and is participating in an effort funded by the Corporation for Supportive Housing and led by San Francisco Housing and Urban Health and the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation to provide supportive housing for high cost SFHP members who are homeless. In September 2012, Dr. Raven was awarded funding from AHRQ in collaboration with Stanford, the lead applicant, to define indicators of community-level health (e.g., access to care, health education, behaviors, disease burden) using the ED as a window to the health of a community.

Dr. Michelle Lin - Best Physician Blog

October 30, 2012
Education now transcends the classic concept of classroom-based teaching with the advent of web-based technologies, such as blogs (“web logs”). Although blogs initially started as personal journals in the 1990’s, they have become an increasingly popular tool in medical education. In 2009, I was one of the first bloggers in academic emergency medicine (EM) who adopted the platform as a means to reach and teach medical students, residents, and practicing emergency physicians worldwide. It initially began as a means for me to catalog my reflections about lessons learned in EM. By word of mouth, it has evolved and grown far beyond my expectations. The experience has been inspiring, uplifting, and career affirming as a medical educator. Never before have I been able to teach, collaborate, and learn on such a global scale. As of October 29, 2012, the website has had 400,000 visits from over 10,000 cities from 6 continents. Recently, there have been 600-1,100 visits per day. The website features three weekly “columns”: Compiled Twitter pearls of the week on Mondays, Tricks of the Trade in EM on Tuesdays, “Paucis Verbis” (“in a few words”, in Latin) clinical pocket cards on Fridays). Intermittently, posts will feature issues relevant to medical education, issues in academic EM, and social media technologies. The blog has recently named one of Barton’s Best Physician Blogs in October 2012 (, along with some of my blogger idols. I’m humbled, honored, and hope to continue my efforts in this growing blog world.

Dr. Renee Hsia Receives RO1 Award from the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

October 30, 2012
Dr. Renee Hsia was recently awarded a RO1 from the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute as co-investigator with her collaborator from the National Bureau of Economic Research, Dr. Yu-Chu Shen. They will be studying whether emergency department closures or crowding widens racial disparities in access and outcomes at patient-, facility-, and community-levels; and whether improved access as a result of ED opening can reduce such disparities. Because health policies aiming to improve efficiency of care delivery can have unintended consequences of widening health disparities, their results will offer an unusually complete picture of the potential mechanisms through which disparities can occur at different levels of care delivery, as well as inform policies with specific measures that may be applied to minimize disparities.

ACEP 2012

October 8, 2012

Frequent ED Users audiocast

October 4, 2012
Ellen Weber, MD, and Maria Raven, MD, were invited as expert panelists by Dr. Rob Scott, CEO of Phoenix Physicians, to discuss “Frequent ED Users: Latest Approaches to Management.” This was broadcast by Phoenix Physicians on September 27th. To listen to the call in its entirety, the full audio recording is accessible here.

Academy of Medical Educators Excellence in Teaching Award

August 22, 2012
The Academy of Medical Educators has recognized six of our faculty members with the Excellence in Teaching Award. Congratulations to John Brown, MD; Stacy Sawtelle, MD; Nathan Teismann, MD; David Thompson, MD, MPH; Ralph Wang, MD; and Lori Weichenthal, MD. They will be honored at the Annual Celebration of New Members event on September 24 in room N-225 on the Parnassus campus at 3:30 p.m.

Academy of Medical Educators - New Members

August 15, 2012
Congratulations to Dr. David Duong, Dr. Gregory Hendey and Dr. Kenny Banh (picture at left) who have been selected for membership in The Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators. They will be inducted into the Academy on Monday, September 24, at 3:30 p.m. in Room N-225 on the Parnassus campus. The Department of Emergency Medicine has the highest rate of membership in the Academy among San Francisco faculty with 16% of our faculty, followed by Family & Community Medicine (12%), Pediatrics (10%), OB-GYN (9%), and Medicine (5%).

The UCSF Department of Emergency Medicine is currently enrolling patients for the STONE trial

May 25, 2012

The STONE trial is a fifteen site randomized controlled trial comparing CT scan vs. Radiology performed ultrasound vs. point of care ultrasound for emergency department patients with suspected kidney stone.