Saturday, September 20, 2008

Greetings from Los Angeles

Yesterday it was my privilege to give Grand Rounds at the Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Emergency Medicine residency program. I gave a presentation entitled “Risk Management for Residents” to the emergency medicine residents, the emergency medicine faculty, and some very important representatives of the California ACEP Chapter. It was a highly interactive and energetic session, and I appreciate the interest shown by the residents.

I was able to present an update on ACEP activities to the residents , discussing the various initiatives of ACEP. I stayed for their journal club, learning a lot about the evaluation of chest pain and the [lack of ] communication between physicians. Dr. Robert Hockberger, chair of the department gave me a tour of the emergency department. It certainly gives a new perspective to crowding and boarding. He also shared the plans for the new emergency department, slated to break ground soon.

Harbor-UCLA has a host of famous faculty, and a number of them were kind enough to attend my presentation and lend their wisdom to the discussion, including Dr. Diane Birnbaumer,Dr. Marianne Gausche-Hill, and Dr. Roger Lewis. A special thank you goes to Dr. Medell Briggs-Malonson, Chief Resident, for her hospitality and finesse with all the details that make a presentation go smoothly.

I have a great deal of respect for the job that the entire medical community does at the Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. It is evident that everyone on the team works hard to provide great care in an environment that is challenging. Thank you to all for the invitation and for your gracious hospitality.

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