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EQuIP Course: Official Pre-Course for ESEM22

EQuIP Course: Official Pre-Course for ESEM22

The Emergency Department Quality Improvement Professional (EQuIP) Certification Course is a 3-day intensive professional development in-person course, with optional certification exam, for EM physicians and nurse leaders delivered by the Department of EM at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The course includes pre-course assignments, 21 hours of case studies, presentations, and interactive, hands-on workshops to provide participants with valuable clinical knowledge and quality process skills. Additionally, this course will impart participants with a shared understanding of the necessity to adhere to agreed-upon standards in clinical quality and encourage acceptance of the importance of tracking quality metrics within the ED and throughout the hospital.

Participants who choose to sit for, and who pass, the final certification exam will receive an EQuIP Certification, issued by the institute.

 

Course Description

The Emergency Department Quality Improvement Professional (EQuIP) Certification Course is a 3-day intensive professional development course, with optional certification exam, for emergency medicine clinicians delivered by the Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Our December 2022 course will be held at the Conrad Abu Dhabi Etihad Towers, in the United Arab Emirates, in collaboration with the Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine and their 2022 ESEM conference.

 

Registeration

  • Early Bird Registration Fee – USD 999 (Deadline 20 September 2022)
  • Standard Registration Fee – USD 1200

Key Course Features

Course participants will learn from world-renowned experts in emergency medicine. The course, facilitated by faculty from Harvard Medical School, will use case studies, presentations, and interactive hands-on workshops to answer the following questions:

  • How can we assure clinical quality in our ED?
  • How can we provide state-of-the-art emergency medicine care for our patients?
  • Why is having an effective quality assurance program essential for all practicing emergency physicians?
  • What are the basic principles of effective ED quality metrics?
  • What are errors and adverse events and how do we appropriately implement the AHRQ severity scale in assessment of these?
  • What is the role of the provider in error assessment?
  • What specific quality metrics are most beneficial in the ED setting?
  • How do we perform a standard case assessment and use this to improve clinical quality?
  • How does a QA committee function and effectively interact with the hospital system?
  • How do we develop and implement a rule-based system of medical error?
  • How can we effectively use leadership and change management skills to implement QA process-driven changes?
  • How do we use a “triggers” system to improve quality by reducing time to interventions?
  • How do we implement standardized clinical pathways and assess their impact on quality of care and reduce variability?

 

EQuIP Course Program

This course will be held for three full days, December 6-8, 2022, as an official pre-course of ESEM2022. Day 3 (December 8) will coincide with Day 1 of the ESEM conference. EQuIP participants will be able to attend plenary conference sessions, and will automatically be assigned an “EQuIP” track to finalize course content. Participants will receive pre-course assignments before the course to allow in-person time to focus on interactive workshops.

8:30-8:45 Welcome and Introduction

8:45-9:45 Keynote Lecture: Why Quality Assurance is Essential to Every Emergency Department

9:45-10:30 Case Assessment: A Structured Approach

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Workshop: Case Assessment

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 Root Cause Analysis: Concept Review

14:30-15:00 Workshop: Root Cause Analysis

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-16:00 Workshop: Root Cause Analysis (continued)

16:00-17:00 Teambuilding Activity and Workshop

8:30-9:30 Clinical Pathways: Concept Review

9:30-10:30 Workshop: Clinical Pathways

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Clinical Pathways Workshop (continued)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Clinical Pathways Workshop (continued)

14:00-14:30 Discussion: Barriers to Pathway Implementation

14:30-15:00 Workshop: From Idea to the Frontline–QA System Implementation and Change Management

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-17:00 Change Management Workshop (continued)

 7:30-8:30 Conference Day 1: Registration

8:30-10:00 Principles of ED Quality Metrics

10:00-10:30 Break

10:30-11:00 Conference Day 1: Opening Ceremony

11:00-11:45 QA Metric Development Workshop

11:45-12:30 Participant QA Implementation Challenges: Proposed Solutions with ED QA Expert Panel

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-15:00 Conference Day 1: Plenary Session

15:00-15:30 Break

15:30-18:00 Exam Review. EQUIP Certification Exam. Grading & Distribution of Certificates.

Course Faculty

Richard Wolfe, MD
Chief of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Jonathan Edlow, MD
Professor of Medicine & Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Barbara Masser, MD
Director, Ambulatory Emergency Medicine, BIDMC Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School Director, The Institute for ED Clinical Quality Improvement

Jonathan L. Burstein, MD
Associate Director, ED Quality, BIDMC Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School State EMS Medical Director, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Shamai Grossman, MD, MS
Vice-Chair, Healthcare Quality, Department of Emergency Medicine, BIDMC Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine,Harvard Medical School

Bryan Stenson, MD
Associate Director of Operations, BIDMC and BID-Needham Clinical Instructor, Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Course Objectives

Our hope is that this course will provide valuable and specific clinical and quality assurance knowledge and skills to practicing emergency physicians and nurse leaders. Additionally, this course will impart participants with a shared understanding of the necessity for practicing emergency clinicians to adhere to agreed-upon standards in clinical quality and encourage hospital-wide acceptance of the importance of tracking quality metrics within the ED and throughout the hospital.

METHODOLOGY
Our course includes 21 hours of case studies, presentations, and interactive, hands-on workshops to provide participants with valuable clinical knowledge and quality process skills, which will allow them to pass the final certification exam and become a part of a community of like-minded attending physicians dedicated to emergency department clinical quality improvement.

WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE?
This course will primarily benefit emergency medicine physicians and nurse leaders interested in improving their own clinical practice, and potentially effecting system-wide change, through optimized emergency care delivery focused on patient safety and quality.

CERTIFICATES & CME CREDIT
Participants are eligible for the following:

  • Certificate of Program Completion from The Institute for Emergency Department Clinical Quality Improvement, The Department of Emergency Medicine at Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital.
  • CME TBA.
  • Participants who choose to sit for, and who pass, the final certification exam will receive an Emergency Quality Improvement Professional (EQuIP) Certification, issued by the institute. Learn more about certification at edqualityinstitute.org/equip-certification.
ECREM Talks
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ECREM|talks – “Emergency Medicine in the UAE” with Dr Saleh Fares

ECREM|talks – “Emergency Medicine in the UAE” with Dr Saleh Fares

This episode of ECREM|talks features an insightful discussion on “Emergency Medicine in the UAE”, with guest speaker Dr Saleh Fares, Founder and President of the Emirates Society of Emergency Medicine (ESEM).

Hosts: Mohammad Anzal Rehman, Mohammed Elkum
Follow us: Twitter: @ECREM_UAE
Music by: Dr Basel Debal , @Baseloud

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ESEM Honored at Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Networking Event in Dubai

ESEM Honored at Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Networking Event in Dubai

The Al Safeer Congress Ambassador Program was established by Dubai Business Events (DBE) in 2010 with the aim to engage Dubai based scientists, business professionals, and organizations that can contribute to emboldening Dubai’s growing reputation as a world class business events destination. DBE, a division of the Dubai Corporation for Tourism and Commerce Marketing, held its annual Congress Ambassador Networking event on 2nd March 2020, honoring members of its ‘Al Safeer’ program for their efforts in helping bring international conferences and events to Dubai.
 
The event took place at the JAFZA One Convention Centre, bringing together over 100 ambassadors, including prominent doctors, scientists, businessmen and government officials from across the Emirates. As hosts of the Asian Conference on Emergency Medicine 2025 (ACEM2025), ESEM received a ceremonial commendation. His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General of Dubai Tourism, presented awards to 20 member organizations, including ESEM, for their efforts in driving awareness about Dubai as a thriving business events destination and global knowledge hub.

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ESEM Participates in PATOS

ESEM Participates in PATOS

The Pan-Asia Trauma Outcomes Study (PATOS) was proposed in 2013 and initiated in November 2015 in order to establish a collaborative standardized study to measure the capabilities, processes and outcomes of trauma care throughout Asia. The PATOS is an international, multi-centre, and observational research network to collect trauma cases transported by emergency medical services (EMS) providers.

In these unprecedented circumstances, the 6th PATOS Research workshop was virtually held between the 24th -25th of Aug and ESEM was invited to be part of the program, represented by Dr Omar Ghazanfar. A significant proportion of the discussion was involved in detailing the epidemiology of trauma in the context of COVID-19. Several upcoming webinars were also proposed and discussions were held on ongoing research projects as well as the challenges of research in the current environment.

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H.H. Saif Bin Zayed Launches “Bin Wareeqah Service” for Emergency Cases

H.H. Saif Bin Zayed Launches “Bin Wareeqah Service” for Emergency Cases

Lieutenant-General H.H. Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior has launched the Bin Wareeqah Service which enhances the speed of front-line doctors’ response when they are called up for emergency cases. It is in line with the vision of the UAE’s wise leadership to become the best country in the world in various fields by providing government services that meet the customers’ needs & exceed their expectations.

H.H.Sheikh Saif launched the service in a virtual graduation ceremony of the first batch of doctors who completed a qualification course on the new service. As a tribute to the first sons of the nation who contributed to protecting our society, this service was named after one of the close companions of late Sheikh Zayed, Saeed bin Wareeqah Al Ameri who excelled in folk medicine. 

The service, proposed by a doctor and adopted by the Ministry of Interior, is provided to a certain category of doctors who are called up by hospitals in emergency cases. Through the service, doctors are assisted in reaching hospitals (by their own cars) as quickly as possible while ensuring their safety and the safety of other motorists. It helps doctors to avoid any delays due to traffic congestion and highlights the Ministry of Interior’s keenness on enhancing the response of medical staff to perform vital duties while observing the highest safety standards during an emergency response on their way to their workplaces.

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AHA Releases 2020 Guidelines for Adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

AHA Releases 2020 Guidelines for Adult Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

The American Heart Association (AHA) released the updated guidelines for adult basic and advanced cardiac life support in October. The AHA noted that while in-hospital-cardiac arrest outcomes continue to improve, survival from non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest has plateaued since 2012. Less than 40% of adults receive layperson-initiated CPR and fewer than 12% have an automated external defibrillator (AED) before EMS arrival.

The new changes in the 2020 version of the guidelines include enhanced algorithms and visual aids to provide easy-to-remember guidance for BLS and ACLS resuscitation. Use of real-time audio-visual feedback, continuous measurements of arterial blood pressure, and end-tidal carbon dioxide during ACLS resuscitation may be useful to improve CPR quality. Early initiation of CPR by lay rescuers and early administration of epinephrine has also been re-emphasized.

The AHA also advocated for a debriefing for lay rescuers, EMS providers, and hospital-based health care workers which may be beneficial for their mental health and well-being. Based on the most recent evidence, the AHA currently does not recommend double sequence defibrillation. For further details and complete updates please visit this link.

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UAE becomes the first Arab nation to pass a ‘Good Samaritan Law’

UAE becomes the first Arab nation to pass a ‘Good Samaritan Law’

Working closely with the Ministry of Health, ESEM proposed a draft for the ‘Good Samaritan Law’ which has been approved by the President HH Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan as federal law. Developed from the international ‘Good Samaritan Law’, it has been tailored for the UAE and states that “no criminal or civil appeal shall be made to any person who has provided, in good faith, assistance or relief to another person who is in an emergency”. It allows bystanders to offer aid in medical emergencies without fear of legal consequences.

ESEM hopes that, with community training in first aid, the outcomes will continue to improve. Receiving widespread public acceptance in the region, the law will boost survival rates and encourage the public to provide assistance before an ambulance arrives as every second matters in life-threatening situations.

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Emergency Medicine Continues to Prosper with Launch of New UAE Residency Programs

Emergency Medicine Continues to Prosper with Launch of New UAE Residency Programs

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD) has announced the initiation of Emergency Medicine Residency training at their institution this year. The addition of successfully recruited candidates in this new program, in addition to the approximately 100 EM residents currently enrolled in existing programs across the UAE, is sure to further augment the rapid growth of Emergency Medicine in the region.

ESEM welcomes the new program and wishes them all the best in their endeavour to bolster the presence and quality of Emergency Medicine training in the country. A reflection of the ongoing demand and opportunity within the field of Emergency Medicine, the existing network of Residency Programs under Rashid Hospital (Dubai), Zayed Military Hospital (Abu Dhabi), Sheikh Khalifa Medical City (Abu Dhabi), Shaikh Shakbout Medical City (Abu Dhabi), Tawam Hospital (Al Ain) and Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), now joined by Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi (CCAD), continues to foster high quality academic growth and learning for young physicians as they develop their skills and knowledge in Emergency Medicine.

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ICEM21 Preparations in Full Swing

ICEM21 Preparations in Full Swing

ESEM is currently preparing for the 20th International Conference on Emergency Medicine (ICEM21), which will be held virtually from 8th to 12th June 2021. In collaboration with IFEM, ESEM is thrilled to host this prestigious event, and the committees have been working vigilantly towards the theme of “Bringing Emergency Medicine Together”. We truly believe, now more than ever, it is vital for us to join hands to share experiences, knowledge and skills in and around the conference to develop our specialty.

The conference has been comprehensively organized to capture the excellent innovations in Emergency Medicine, primarily in the areas of: Trauma, Emergency Nursing, Career Development, Military Medicine, Fundamentals of EM, Wellness, Administration, ED Operations, Disaster Medicine, Simulation, Sepsis, Cardiovascular, Pediatrics, Imaging, Abdominal, Neurovascular, Psychiatry and other sub-branches related to the field of Emergency Medicine. We are also proud to include ESEM’s special tracks like ‘Pick a Clue’ and ‘The Fulcrum’ debates. Moreover, we are also very focused on improving our participants’ skills by introducing pre-conference workshops on the day before the conference (8th June 2021) which we highly recommend to everyone.