Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month

Today was the kickoff opening ceremony at the Statehouse for Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness Month which takes place November 20th through December 20th.  Boston Medical Center’s Community Violence Response Team (CVRT) was there in support of survivors and to provide education on services offered through the CVRT.  The Community Violence Response Team provides free mental health services to victims of violence and their families as well as those impacted by homicide in and around the Boston community.  For more information, please contact Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW at (617) 414-8007.

Timothy Munzert, MSW, LCSW, clinician with the CVRT and Jennifer Kong, clinical intern with the CVRT at the Survivors of Homicide Victims Awareness opening ceremony.

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Car Seat Check-Up Event!

Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW, Injury Prevention Coordinator in the Sections of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery and Surgical Critical Care at Boston Medical Center will be partnering with Safe Kids Boston on Saturday, October 17 for a Car Seat Check-Up Event.  The event will take place from 11 am – 2 pm at the South Bay Center in Dorchester, Massachusetts.  It will be on a first come, first serve basis or if interested please call Boston EMS at (617) 343-6891 to schedule an appointment.

Car seat event flyer

Boston Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residents’ Class of 2019: A Unity Tour to Meet the Neighbors

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Photo description: Tina Chery (r), Founder, President and CEO of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in Fields Corner.

Boston Medical Center Emergency Medicine Residents’ Class of 2019: A Unity Tour to Meet the Neighbors

By: Jonathan Santiago, MD (PGY 1)

On June 19th, 2015, the emergency medicine intern class of 2019 set out to discover the neighborhoods they will serve for the next four years. For many interns – several coming from as far as Hawaii and Ireland – it was their first time visiting the streets of Roxbury and Dorchester. Led by Dr. Ed Bernstein and Project ASSERT staff, the community tour was first organized three years ago with two purposes: (1) to visit and learn about the community’s resources; and (2) expose BMC’s newest doctors to the social ills that manifest in ED visits. “We wanted to welcome the interns to not only BMC but the community-at-large…to encourage them to be stakeholders in the community’s health. We want them to get involved and not be afraid to enter these neighborhoods because of rumors they hear…they are now a part of us,” said Ludy Young, a Project ASSERT supervisor of twenty-one years and Dorchester resident. With this notion of service and unity, twelve interns would soon begin a day full of inspiration, reflection, and initiation into the greater BMC family.

The morning began with a presentation on the Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) program at BMC, a public health intervention that has become a national model in addressing substance abuse disorders. The knowledge gained during these morning exercises proved helpful in understanding the role of Hope House, a residential treatment center for recovering substance abusers and the first visit of the day. “Visiting Hope House was a nice way to get exposed to some of the follow-up and transition options that are available for patients suffering with substance abuse issues.

Although there’s clearly a shortage of these kinds of facilities, and not enough high quality rehabilitation programs out there, it’s great to know that there are passionate people who are working to improve the lives of folks who are trying to get clean and make a change in their lives,” said Haley Thun, an intern from Atlanta, Georgia. The visit included the touching testimony of a former user, now clean for many years and expressing his gratitude for Hope House. “I can’t imagine how hard it would be to do the right thing for patients with substance abuse disorders in our ED if it weren’t for programs like this one,” continued Haley.

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Child Passenger Safety Week

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1-12 years old?  According to, from 2006 to 2010, 4,028 children (age 12 and younger in a passenger vehicle) were killed and an estimated 660,000 were injured, in motor vehicle traffic crashes – more than the entire population of Boston, Massachusetts.  Many times deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.

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At Boston Medical Center (BMC), the Department of Surgery, Section of Trauma and the Department of Public Safety collaborate on a child passenger safety program.  The program includes trained officers, called Child Passenger Safety Technicians, who complete multiple car seat fit checks and installations each week.  Referrals come from the inpatient wards as well as the community.  For more information please call our Injury Prevention Coordinator, Lisa Allee, at 617-414-8007 or visit our website at

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Boston Medical Center’s Trauma Program 2014 Annual Report

Friends of Boston Trauma:

We are delighted in providing you our Annual Report from the Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Service.  Overall, it was a good year.  Business was up and the renovations around the campus continue to make us more efficient and competitive.  As always we appreciate your support and participation in caring for the ill and injured in our community and region.

2014 Trauma Services Annual Report

Please also visit our website at for copies of our past and present annual reports.

Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) Department of Surgery are seeking a new faculty member in the Section of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery/Surgical Critical Care

Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) Department of Surgery are seeking a new faculty member in the Section of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery/Surgical Critical Care.

BMC is a 496-bed academic medical center located in Boston’s historic South End. BMC provides a full range of adult and pediatric services, from primary care and family medicine to advanced specialty care. Emphasizing community-based care, BMC is committed to providing consistently excellent and accessible health services to all—and is the largest safety-net hospital in New England.

BMC is the principal teaching affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). BUSM is highly ranked and committed to urban and international health and has recognized leader in groundbreaking medical research.

Boston Medical Center includes expertise in both adult and pediatric trauma and has approximately 2,000 trauma team activations per year.  BMC is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. It is the longest continuously verified Level I trauma program in the City of Boston and has earned the reputation of one of the country’s finest programs as one of several Centers of Excellence at Boston Medical Center.

We ask that candidates who wish to be considered send a CV and cover letter describing the experiences that qualify them for our position. The successful candidate will be ABS board eligible or certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. Please send all materials directly to: Gerard Doherty, MD, Utley Professor and Chair of Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine and Surgeon-in-Chief, Boston Medical Center via email to Please include “Acute Care & Trauma Surgery Position” in the subject line.

Boston University and Boston Medical Center are equal opportunity employers, committed to their common mission of improving the health of Boston’s residents while adhering to the highest standards of academic medicine.

BMC and BUSM are affirmative action/equal employment employers.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Heatstroke Safety

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*photo courtesy of Safe Kids Worldwide

As the summer goes on, it seems as though more and more cases of children being left alone in hot cars are flooding the media with tragic stories.  Far too many children are being left in hot cars by themselves, and leaving a child alone in a car can lead to serious injury or even death from heatstroke.  This year, according to, there have already been 12 cases of child vehicular heatstroke deaths.  On average, there have been 38 deaths per year since 1998.

Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash vehicle-related deaths for children, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.  Young children are particularly at risk, as their bodies heat up three to five times faster than adults.  These heatstroke deaths and related injuries are 100 percent preventable.

Safe Kids Worldwide shares tips on how to reduce the number of deaths from heatstroke by remembering to ACT:

A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own.

C: Create reminders by putting something in the back of your car next to your child such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.

T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. They are trained to respond to these situations. One call could save a life.

“Heatstroke prevention is extremely important”, says Lisa Allee, MSW, LICSW, Injury Prevention Coordinator in BMC’s Trauma Section. “I tell parents to leave their purse or briefcase in the back seat as a reminder to check the back of the automobile to prevent heatstroke deaths when I install car seats as part of our Child Passenger Safety Program here at BMC.”

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