Resident Program Updates

Resident Program Updates

POSTED IN: Summer 2016,

Saint Louis University
Kayla Donnawell, MD, Resident

Saint Louis University is proud to be graduating another all-star class, with graduates landing from coast to coast. Congratulations!

This year has been another successful year for MOCEP. The state was well represented at ACEP’s Leadership and Advocacy Conference in Washington, D.C. during May. This conference was preceded by a MOCEP Advocacy Day in Jefferson City in January. The 2017 MOCEP Advocacy Day is set for Jan. 25, so save the date on your calendar now! Some of the hot topic items currently up for discussion and in need of advocacy are:

  • Mental Health Reform: seeking out more medical resources for our underserved population with mental health issues
  • Opioids: In what has been called an opioid crisis we are looking for support in our initiatives to prescribe less opioids from the emergency department. In association with this effort there has been a call to remove pain scores from patient satisfaction surveys.
  • EMS Standing Orders: We have recently learned that upon FDA review of the current controlled substances act, the ability for EMS to administer lifesaving medications that are controlled substances may be a thing of the past. We are working to allow our EMS colleagues to continue to provide these necessary and often lifesaving medications to patients.

As EM physician we are part of an ever evolving landscape. We are the front lines of medicine, we see the sickest patients who often have the poorest access to health care, and our continued advocacy for these patients works to improve long-term patient health.

University of Missouri – Columbia

Greetings from University of Missouri-Columbia Emergency Medicine Residency Program!! This has been a busy year for us. Brian Bausano, MD, FACEP took over on July 1, 2015 as Program Director and is humming along in his new role. The program said goodbye to its founding Program Director, Marc Borenstein, MD, FACEP. He departed Mizzou in December to help get another EM program started at Brookdale Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. The program filled in this year’s NRMP Match and will finally have its full complement of 24 residents in July. It’s an exciting time as the program finally realizes it’s full resident quota and will have PGY3s leading the department soon!

Mizzou faculty and residents have had a productive year in scholarly activity, with several presentations at ACEP, CORD and SAEM. Andrew Pelikan, MD, (PGY2) at our program had his second poster accepted at CORD this year. Catherine Parker, MD, (PGY2) got to the finals in a national Trauma Surgery oral presentation competition. Jonathan Ken, MD, (PGY2) had a case report published in the Western Journal of Emergency Medicine.


We continue to build our academic department diligently. We are always looking for energetic faculty who have a passion for teaching and want to help be pioneers in Emergency Medicine in mid-Missouri. We are looking for clinical faculty as well as those who have subspecialty training or experience in Ultrasound and EMS. Please contact the Interim Chair of Emergency Medicine, Matt Robinson, MD, ( for more information.

UMKC School of Medicine
The UMKC Emergency Medicine Residency had an exceptional year. Additional mid-level provider and resident coverage in the department, supported by Truman Medical Center,  has allowed for improved patient throughput and more time for bedside teaching. In addition to bedside teaching and traditional didactics this year, the residents also enjoyed a Wellness Day which incorporated Hula Dancing, Yoga, and a cooking competition! The residents also participated in a well-received EMS/Wilderness Medicine day at a local park; a fun and educational experience for all.

Our department was very honored to have two recipients of the MOCEP RR Hannas Award, recognizing Emergency Physicians in the state of Missouri. Dr. Christine Sullivan and Dr. Brandon Elder PGY-2 were the very deserving faculty and resident recipients. Additionally, Dr. Will Beeler PGY-2 was awarded the Outstanding Resident award among all UMKC housestaff and Dr. Katie Willet PGY-2 was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society.

Several residents also presented abstracts at national meetings:

  • Dr. Brandon Elder PGY-2: “Emergency Medicine Resident and Medical Student Technology Use during the care of Critical Patients: A High Fidelity Simulation Study,” poster presenation at CORD Academic Assembly
  • Dr. Ravi Patel PGY-3: “Creation of an “E-Clerkship:” Utilizing an Ipad Tablet Device to Streamline Course Delivery and Encourage Self-Directed Learning,” poster presentation at CORD Academic Assembly
  • Dr. Robert Edmonds PGY-3: “Prehospital Provider Assessment of “Chest Pain” Chief Complaints as Noncardiac Events,” oral presentation  at SAEM Annual Meeting

As the outstanding class of 2016 prepares to graduate, we look forward to welcoming our new PGY-1 class in July and anticipate another excellent year!