Harrison Alter

Social Emergency Medicine Is A Two-way Street

Like most readers of this blog, I received a lot of calls and emails about Atul Gawande's recent New Yorker piece on high-cost patients (find it here).  The geospatial element, as well on the incorporation of the effects social pressures on ED use, were direct hits onto some of what Jahan Fahimi and I are working on with the Barometer Project, our effort to measure community stress and well-being from the ED. It was great to see these issues laid out so clearly in a very public forum.  

Belated Report From Phoenix: Still Walking On Air

Hard to believe that I never posted after our amazing panel in Phoenix. I was joined by several members of the Levitt Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee for a didactic session at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine’s annual meeting. It was a bold move on the Program Committee’s part to select our unorthodox proposal.  I think we did not disappoint them.

An Embarrasment Of Riches: A New Fellow, And A Media Spotlight

We have a new Fellow, and a fine fellow he is indeed. The Levitt Center Board agreed to provide seed support for the first year of the first-ever Fellow in Social Emergency Medicine, Dr. Jahan Fahimi. Prior to his position as resident and then Chief Resident in our department, Jahan obtained a Master of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health and an MD from New York University, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society.  Jahan is a Bay Area native, and a graduate of UCSD, summa cum laude.

Saem Faces Advocacy Role In Arizona

The most stimulating emergency medicine specialty meeting of the year, the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, was greeted this year by many of us with less than the usual enthusiasm.  The same mind-expanding content, the same dear and deep people, but this year in Phoenix.  OK, it's hot.  OK, it's paved.  We can deal with that.  But the passage of the recent immigration law had many of us tied in knots.