Emory University Department of Emergency Medicine's research program is concentrated in three "laboratories" covering each of the major domains of Emergency Medicine research:
We are currently the #1 NIH funded Emergency Department in the United States. Current clinical research initiatives include an NIH-funded clinical trial of a novel treatment for traumatic brain injury, research on the clinical utility and cost-effectiveness of ultrasound exams, observation medicine protocols, emerging infections, cardiac arrest, and end-of-life care.
Emergency Medicine faculty members are also engaged in a wide range of collaborative community and public health projects to reduce HIV, global warming effects, youth violence, mental health issues, distracted driving, and to increase the use of information technology to screen for intimate partner violence.
We have monthly departmental research meetings open to all faculty, residents, students, and staff who are interested in learning about research as well as brainstorming ideas. We also instituted a departmental review committee comprised of Dr. Jeremy Hess, Assistant Director for Research; Shakiyla Smith, Deputy Director for Research and the Center for Injury Control as well as an annually appointed research staff and faculty member that meets monthly to review all research protocols prior to IRB submission.
There are several exciting opportunities for trainees to get more experience with research. We offer a summer student internship program. Dr. Jeremy Ackerman teaches a course two semesters each year at Georgia Tech for students to gain hands on research experience enrolling patients in studies at Grady and Emory Midtown Emergency Departments. Our department offers a research elective for medical students and residents. Finally, Dr. David Wright, Director of Emergency Neurosciences and Dr. Deb Houry, Vice Chair for Research and Director of the Emory Center for Injury Control, oversee our research fellows. Our Research Fellowship program is one of the official SAEM approved research fellowships. The Emory Center for Injury Control also sponsors an Injury Control Fellowship