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Research, Scholarship, Innovation

Research, scholarship and innovation are at the core of what we do as Geisinger Emergency Medicine. Since our founding in 1976 (we are the eleventh oldest emergency medicine residency program), we have a history and legacy of leadership and a unique approach to research, scholarship and innovation. We strive to develop, disseminate and implement best-evidence in the care of patients in the emergency department and to improve the health of the communities we serve.

Our Department’s research and scholarship efforts are led by our System Director of Emergency Medicine Research, Chadd K. Kraus, DO, DrPH, MPH, CPE, FACEP.

The resident experience: Research and scholarly activity

Our goal is to equip emergency medicine residents with the tools to engage in evidence-based, best practices, to explore their unique interests within emergency medicine and to ignite a passion for lifelong learning and self-improvement.

We use “Boyer’s four models” (discovery, integration, application and teaching) as a framework to foster, encourage and support a range of resident and faculty research and scholarship. Residents participate in research and also have encouragement, support and mentorship, using “Boyer’s Models,” to pursue personal interests and to develop into leaders in the specialty, while exceeding Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements for resident and faculty scholarship.

Through a focused curriculum, monthly journal club, an active Departmental Research Committee and faculty mentors with a range of expertise and interest, residents are immersed in an environment of discovery, learning, teaching and application in a longitudinal experience across the three years of residency. Residents can also participate in a research elective. At Geisinger, our residents acquire a foundation in research methodology, become adept at evidence application and dissemination, and build expertise in the critical appraisal of the literature that is necessary to become and remain board-certified emergency physicians.

Current studies and projects

At Geisinger, we participate in EM-led and multi-disciplinary studies across a broad range of topic areas. We also participate in several multi-center studies and clinical trials, including as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded Strategies to Innovate Emergency Care Clinical Trials Network (SIREN) of emergency departments across the United States.

Additionally, our residents and faculty help to shape the future of research and scholarship in the specialty, serving in leadership positions in emergency medicine, including in Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA), Pennsylvania College of Emergency Physicians (PACEP), American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians (ACOEP), National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP), Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) and American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP).

Publications and presentations

Our residents and faculty have given award-winning presentations at regional, national and international meetings, and have published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, Lancet, Academic Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Academic Emergency Medicine, Journal of the American College of Emergency Physicians-Open, Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, Prehospital Emergency Care and other publications such as EM Resident.

Each year, we host the “Royer Scholarly Showcase,” named for Thomas Royer, MD, the founding director of Emergency Medicine at Geisinger. This day provides an opportunity to celebrate our accomplishments in research, scholarship and innovation and to honor our heritage and history as a “first generation” EM residency. Residents also have the opportunity to participate in the annual Geisinger Resident and Fellow Research Day, and in a variety of other institutional research and quality improvement initiatives and forums.

Thomas Royer, MD
Thomas Royer, MD, founding director of Geisinger Emergency Medicine
Thomas Royer, MD and John Skiendzielewski, MD, FACEP
Thomas Royer, MD, and John Skiendzielewski, MD, FACEP, first emergency medicine resident at Geisinger Medical Center

Faculty interests and expertise

Our faculty and staff have interest and expertise in broad topic areas, including:

  • EMS/Aeromedical transportation/Out-of-hospital
  • Resuscitation and critical care
  • Operations and quality improvement
  • Medical education
  • Ultrasound
  • Clinical ethics
  • Clinical informatics
  • Behavioral health and substance use
  • Care coordination and population health

In addition to the above topic areas, interdisciplinary research and scholarship in other areas of interest related to emergency care is encouraged and supported.

Faculty also mentor medical students from Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine through longitudinal and summer opportunities as well as students from other medical schools and several area colleges and universities. Finally, multiple faculty serve as reviewers and editorial board members for indexed, scientific journals. Several of our faculty have received grant funding in support of their research.

Institutional support and resources

As one of the largest integrated health systems in the United States, Geisinger is a learning institution where input from many sources is combined to make the best decisions. At Geisinger, strong research leadership, robust resources and innovative programs combine the brightest minds with the best data to forge new frontiers in clinical care and population health. The Department of Emergency Medicine is an integral part of this larger institutional enterprise.

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