Emergency Medicine Research


Our Residency program believes that curiosity is a character trait of all successful emergency physicians.  We believe research is the process of asking and answering questions. We focus on questions regarding the best ways to deliver care to our patients, the most effective ways to teach and learn as healthcare providers, and how to most efficiently work in teams. Every faculty member and resident is engaged in meaningful research – some are focused on quality projects, some on teaching projects, and some on traditional research.


Ongoing areas of interest include diagnostic applications of ultrasound, sepsis, applications of continuous wave-form capnographic monitoring, use of high velocity nasal insufflation, and optimal resource utilization for vulnerable patient populations. Additional areas of interest include research of adult learning techniques and development and participation of free open access educational material.


Resident Awards:


Dr. Michael Dumas and Dr. Stanton Elseroad – 2017 2nd Place Resident Research Award

Dr. Charles Meyer and Jeff Atherton, MS-4 – 2015 Southeastern Regional ACEP Resident Research Award

Dr. Charles Bevan – 2015 Resident Research Award




Venkatesh AKSlesinger TWhittle JOsborn TAaronson ERothenberg CTarrant NGoyal PYealy DMSchuur JD.  Preliminary Performance on the New CMS Sepsis-1 National Quality Measure: Early Insights From the Emergency Quality Network (E-QUAL). Ann Emerg Med. 2017 Aug 5. pii: S0196-0644(17)30872-7.


Martin RA, Wharton D, Barker C, Haivas, CH, Kaur B, Whittle JS. Elderly Woman With Altered Mental Status and Hypoxia. An Emerg Med. 2016 Dec; 68(6):778-779.


David J. Barton BS, Frank W. Tift MD, Lauren E. Cournoyer BS, Julie T. Vieth MBChB & Korin B. Hudson MD. Acute Alcohol Use and Injury Patterns in Young Adult Prehospital Patients, Prehospital Emergency Care, 2016 Mar.20:2, 206-211.


Smith BC 3rd, Avila J. M.mode.ify: A Free Online Tool to Generate Post Hoc M-Mode Images From Any Ultrasound Clip. J Ultrasound Med. 2016 Feb;35(2):435-9.


Clinkscales JD, Fesmire FM, Hennings JR, Severance HW, Seaberg DC, Patil N. The Effect of Emergency Medicine Residents on Clinical Efficiency and Staffing Requirements. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 Jan;23(1):78-82. 


Avila JO, Noble VE. The irregular diaphragmatic pleural interface: a novel sonographic sign facilitating the diagnosis of pneumonia. J Ultrasound Med. 2015 Jun;34(6):1147-57. 


Avila JO, Smith BC, Seaberg DC. Use of echocardiography to identify appropriate placement of a central venous catheter wire in the vena cava prior to cannulation. Acad Emerg Med. 2014 Aug;21(8):E1-2. 



ACEP Expert Panel on Sepsis Member

ACEP liaison to IDSA for Workgroup on Antibiotic Selection in Sepsis

Jessica Whittle, MD, PhD, FACEP


Ultrasound of the Week

Ben Smith, MD, FACEP


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