Completed Studies

Resilient Emergency Physicians (EPs): the personal, chronobiologic and organizational characteristics of emergency physicians who are burnout-resistant over their careers

Description: Physician burnout is defined as long term exhaustion and diminished interest in one's career. Burnout has been shown to be prevalent in Emergency Medicine, thus questions have been raised about the sustainability of EM as a career choice. Though previous work has shown high levels of burnout among emergency physicians, in countries where EM is a mature specialty there are many physicians who have spent careers of 20 years or more practicing EM. Resilience is the quality that permits a person to recover from episodes of burnout; and resilience is a teachable skill; yet there has been little research on factors predictive of career resilience in EPs. The goal of this study is to develop a survey to measure factors predictive of career resilience among Emergency Physicians.

This research project explores how the perception that one's work is beneficial to others (or has a positive impact on others) can act as a buffer to burnout, increasing one's tolerance for high job demands (such as workload, work-home conflict, difficult interactions with clients/customers/patients, etc.) and low job resources (such as compensation, social support, opportunities for development).

We are interested in studying a population of nurses and physicians because burnout rates in these professions are high despite the fact that their work revolves around helping others. We hypothesize that it is the perception of having a positive or pro-social impact that acts as a buffer to burnout, rather than the actual extent to which one's work has a positive impact on others.

Current Progress: Our survey of ACEP members is complete and we are currently in the writing phase.

Future Goals: Being published in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Members Involved:Vicken Totten, MD (PI) , Alim Beveridge (Co-PI, Stats), Wyatt Hoch (RA)

Needs assessment of disaster medicine education in 3rd year medical students at an urban university hospital

Description: Objectives were to determine whether disaster medicine education should be a requirement in the medical school curriculum and whether it is an interest to current medical students at Case.

Current Progress: We have written up the abstract.

Future Goals: We plan to submit this to CORD.

Members Involved: Dr. Jeffrey Luk (PI), Dr. Amy Pound, Mary Lee (study head)

International Emergency Medicine

Description: This study was a comprehensive literature review on the success of implementing a program of studying international emergency medicine in residency programs throughout the world. The end goal was to determine if such a program would be plausible in the Emergency Department Residency Classes at UHCMC. The results showed that many hospitals have implemented such programs with high levels of success and positive feedback.

Current Progress: We completed the literature review.

Members Involved: Justin Yax MD (PI), Anna Rosenstone (RA), Anna Hirsch (RA), Upashruti Agrawal (RA)