Monthly Archives: February 2014

Boston Trauma Fill in the Blank Contest using photo of BMC Ambulance Bay! Be Creative!



Boston Medical Center is staffed 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week by full-time acute care/trauma surgeons whose primary clinical and academic responsibilities are to the critically-ill and injured. The Section of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery invite you to follow Boston Trauma on Facebook, Twitter and our blog to learn more about what’s happening in BMC’s trauma section. 

To enter the Boston Trauma Fill in the Blank Contest complete the following sentence “Boston Medical Center Ambulance Bay is….”  using the photo above. Please submit your entry before Monday, March 10. The best entry will receive a Boston Trauma prize!

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If you have any questions or difficulty accessing the link please don’t hesitate to contact: MIsbah Mohammed Alternatively feel free to submit your response directly to with your contact information. 

Please Note: We will not share your personal information in anyway. This information will solely be used to contact the winner of the contest and deleted thereafter. 

Photo courtesy of Boston EMS Incidents

Governor Patrick underscores importance of anti-youth violence programs in creating opportunity and safer communities

BOSTON – Tuesday, February 18, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary John Polanowicz, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and members of the Boston Safe and Successful Youth Initiative (SSYI) to discuss the program’s success and the continued importance of the Patrick Administration’s efforts to create safer communities by ending the cycle of violence and enabling residents to make better lives for themselves.

“By partnering with local community and civic leaders across the Commonwealth, the Safe and Success Youth Initiative is working to break the cycle of violence and provide the resources to help our young people help themselves,” said Governor Patrick. “We are here today because we share a commitment to making our communities safer; every community, for every resident. Safe communities are what it takes to create opportunity and opportunity is what America is about.”

Building upon his investments in violence prevention, the Governor proposed an investment of $4.8 million to continue SSYI programs statewide through the end of this fiscal year in his FY14 supplemental budget, as well as $9.5 million in his FY15 budget in order to fully fund services across the Commonwealth.

SSYI is a comprehensive, interagency strategy that connects law enforcement, employment, education, public health and youth development agencies to reduce youth violence in the Commonwealth. The program focuses on young men, ages 14 to 24, who have a proven risk for criminal behavior, have been victims of violence or are family members of someone who has. SSYI-supported programs have served over 1,300 young people, connecting them with education and employment opportunities that help them achieve personal and professional success. The 11 participating cities have achieved a 25 percent drop in homicide victims ages 14-24 and a 19 percent decrease in aggravated assault in victims ages 14-24.

“SSYI’s proven track record of results is making our Commonwealth safer for generations to come,” said Secretary Polanowicz. “The program is not only improving the lives of the young people and families directly served, but it also reduces crime and promotes safer and stronger communities.”

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BMC’s Trauma Surgery Department introduces a revised trauma triage activation protocol


Gary O’Neil staff in the ED receives a laminated card with the trauma triage guidelines

The Trauma Program at Boston Medical Center is the longest continuously verified Level 1 Trauma Center in New England. It has earned the reputation of one of the country’s finest trauma programs and is recognized as one of the several Centers of Excellence here at BMC. Our ability to deliver exceptional care to our trauma patients continues to improve and only enhanced though quality improvement initiatives.

All trauma patients need to be identified rapidly and triaged appropriately in order to receive prompt access to definitive care. We recently created a Performance Improvement Project (PIP) that entailed a thorough analysis of patients in our trauma registry to determine our compliance rate to our current trauma triage activation protocol. We further examined the characteristics of patients that were mistriaged and based on the analysis and review of the literature we made recommendations on how to revise our current activation criteria. Recommendations were presented to Emergency Medicine, Trauma Attending Surgeons and Nursing Staff then later finalized for implementation.

Emergency medicine staff received education/training on the new guidelines and in addition to that we laminated the guidelines on cards similar to the size of the ID badges worn by staff. These cards were distributed to emergency medicine staff and enthusiastically clipped onto their ID badges giving them easy access to reference the guidelines. The new guidelines go into effect today, February 18, 2014 and as part of our performance improvement initiative we will continuously monitor all levels of Trauma Team activations to ensure that patients receive the appropriate care at just the right time.

Congratulations to Tracey Dechert, MD, FACS for being selected for Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) induction


Congratulations to Tracey Dechert, MD, FACS for being selected as one of the 2014 Boston University School of Medicine faculty members to be inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA). She received overwhelming support from the AΩA students.

Alpha Omega Alpha is the only national honor medical society in the world, and it is organized exclusively for educational purposes. Its aims are the promotion of scholarship and research in medical schools, the encouragement of high standards of character and conduct among medical students and graduates, and the recognition of high attainment in medical sciences, practice, and related fields. Its motto is: “Be worthy to serve the suffering.” 

There will be a formal induction ceremony during Graduation week to welcome her into the chapter, please now join in congratulating her!

Brian Curry                                                                                         David McAneny, MD                     AΩA President, BUSM Chapter                                                          AΩA Councilor, BUSM Chapter      

Tejaswi Kompala                                                                                 Robert Lowe, MD  AΩA Vice-President, BUSM Chapter                                                                    AΩA Secretary-Treasurer, BUSM Chapter

A little bit about Ingrid Erikson, Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner at BMC for 20 years



Ingrid Erikson, MS, NP is the Pediatric Surgery Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Trauma Program Manager at Boston Medical Center. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Northeastern University and her Master’s in Nursing from Boston College. She previously worked for 15 years as a Registered Nurse at Boston Children’s Hospital. She has been at BMC for the past 20 years as a NP for the Pediatric Surgery Department and the Pediatric Trauma Program Manager for about 13 years now. Her responsibilities include managing pediatric surgery/trauma inpatients and overseeing the pediatric surgery outpatient clinic. She also continues to serve as a mentor to many medical students and residents in the department of surgery. Her clinical interest predominantly focuses on infants with congenital abnormalities.

Erikson’s passion for nursing started at an early age. She always wanted to pursue nursing and came to love the profession even more as she continued to volunteer in hospitals and worked in nursing homes throughout her high school years. She has seen many changes during her years at BMC and remarked that her old office back in 1993 was in the Talbot Building which now currently is the BU School of Public Health building. She even remembers taking the underground tunnel from the Talbot Building to Dowling which back then was the inpatient building. Among all the many structural changes over the years she states that one thing has and will always remain the same about this place, the team of dedicated staff will always strive to provide exceptional care without exception.

BMC is special to Erickson in many ways. She is drawn to the diverse patient population, rich history of the hospital and the collaboration with other departments within the hospital makes her workflow exciting and challenging. She works closely with staff in not only the pediatric surgery department, but with staff in the PACU, nurses in the OR, NICU, pediatric unit, radiology and pediatric specialists and primary care physicians.

Please join in welcoming Robert Schulze, MD, FACS, FCCM, Attending Surgeon in the Section of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery


Robert Schulze, MD, FACS, FCCM

The Department of Surgery is pleased to announce that Robert W. Schulze, MD, FACS, FCCM, has joined the department. Dr. Schulze is an Attending Surgeon in the Section of Acute Care & Trauma Surgery at Boston Medical Center and Associate Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine. He was most recently Director of Surgical Nutrition and Surgical Critical Care at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and Attending Physician of Surgery at Kings County Hospital Center also in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Schulze is a graduate of Boston University (BA, MA, MD). He completed a residency in General Surgery at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in New Brunswick, NJ, and a Fellowship in Trauma and Critical Care at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. In addition, Dr. Schulze completed a research fellowship at New England Deaconess Hospital. 

Dr. Schulze has authored and co-authored numerous chapters and scientific publications and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American College of Critical Care Medicine. His research and clinical interests include surgical education, ARDS, advanced ventilator management, sepsis, pre-hospital trauma care and violence prevention programs.

A little bit about Beda Sarkar, MD, PhD – Trauma & Acute Care Surgeon


Beda Sarkar, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine

Beda Sarkar, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine is a graduate of Columbia University in New York, NY and the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Sarkar completed both his residency in the Department of General Surgery, and his fellowship in the Department of Surgical Critical Care at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. His clinical interests include basic and clinical research and emergency general surgery.

Why did you go into trauma/acute care surgery?

Every operation is different and requires intra-operative decision making.

What makes Boston Medical Center special?

It is a very busy trauma center with a high percentage of challenging penetrating injuries.

Research/Clinical Interests

Emergency general surgery, basic science involving animal models of surgical disease

As the population ages and the number of comorbidities increase patient complexity, it is necessary to investigate surgical therapies to maintain optimal patient outcomes.

Board Certifications

General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care from the American Board of Surgery