The Research Co-Directors for the Section of Pediatric Emergency Medicine are Drs. Rakesh Mistry and Lilliam Ambroggio. Dr. Mistry is a PEM physician with a research focus on infectious disease topics in PEM--specifically, antimicrobial stewardship. Dr. Ambroggio is a biostatistician with expertise in infectious disease research and a focus on respiratory illness. Both have extensive experience in mentorship and oversee the research team for the Section.
The Section of Emergency Medicine houses eight research staff, including a full-time research manager, a full-time research coordinator, a part-time biostatistician, and 5 full-time research assistants. The ED research office also houses research supplies, including protocols, manuals of operation, and consent forms. The ED research manager oversees the research infrastructure that is vital to the execution of all clinical research studies in the ED.
Research Group Mentorship
The section conducts bi-monthly research meetings to present new protocols for review, present data from existing projects, and enhance the operational effectiveness of the research team.
Section members raise funds for Children's Hospital each year in the annual Courage Classic bicycle ride. The Section's team, Level One Cycling, raises enough funds each year that a portion is earmarked for the Section's use. Much of this funding goes into an intramural grant program run by the Section: the Elevate Fund. Follow Level One Cycling on Facebook.
Our faculty is heavily engaged in QI at the local and national level. Faculty participate in multiple projects annually with focus on High-Value Care, Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety.Section QI teams are multidisciplinary, and include nursing leaders and primary care and subspecialist colleagues.
Others aim to improve emergency department care for conditions including appendicitis, asthma, fever, fractures, gastroenteritis, headaches, pneumonia, sexually transmitted infections, and trauma. Our QI team leads a program to improve care for patients with bronchiolitis by aligning patient care with the best available evidence, reducing unnecessary variation in care, and helping to ensure that patients get the right care at the right time in the right setting. The QI team is also engaged in a multidisciplinary HIV screening program.
Other projects cut across conditions and include improvement of patient flow and discharge processes.
Many of our PEM faculty provide individual mentorship to faculty and learners who are interested in quality and safety, or who would like to initiate a QI project. Additional training programs are available to all levels of learners and faculty on the Anschutz Medical Campus through The Institute for Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency (IHQSE) program.