Friday, September 12, 2014

Emergency Medicine recognized as HMS academic department


For several years, chairs of Emergency Medicine at hospitals affiliated with Harvard Medical School (HMS) have been making a compelling case that their specialty should be identified as a distinct HMS academic department.

At the MGH, Emergency Medicine was recognized as a full department in 1988; however until this year, it was a free standing division at HMS without appointing privileges. That will all change soon. Jeffrey S. Flier, MD, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at HMS, announced in August, that after an in-depth review, HMS will establish a new academic Department of Emergency Medicine effective Oct. 1.

“The formation of the new HMS Department of Emergency Medicine is a landmark achievement for all of us on the faculty, HMS and the specialty of emergency medicine,” says David Brown, MD, chair of MGH Emergency Medicine.

There are more than 50 Emergency Medicine faculty members working at the MGH. With the formation of this new HMS department, these faculty members – currently appointed academically at HMS in the Departments of Surgery, Pediatrics or Medicine – will move their primary HMS appointment to the Department of Emergency Medicine.  

Brown will serve as the MGH appointing chair, along with Richard Wolfe, MD, chair of Emergency Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Ron Walls, MD, chair of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. These three will work together on the newly created HMS Emergency Medicine Executive Committee.

“This is the result of years of tireless advocacy and collaboration between the leaders of Emergency Medicine at all the HMS-affiliated hospitals,” says Brown. “This decision will be heard and hailed far beyond the walls of HMS as another major step forward for the specialty of emergency medicine.”

Read more articles from the 09/12/14 Hotline issue.


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