The frigid cold this week is a reminder of the winter that is upon us and the snow that has yet to come. This brings to mind the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and what we can do to prevent carbon monoxide related injuries and possible death. Lisa Allee, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Boston Medical Center, wants to remind everyone of the importance of clearing your undercarriage and tailpipe before getting in your vehicle this winter, along with the many other ways to prevent CO poisoning. Please see the attached flyer from our Office of the State Fire Marshall for information and ways to protect you and your family.
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.
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.
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.
Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1-12 years old? According to safercar.gov, 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.
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 http://www.bmc.org/traumasurgery/injuryprevention/patients-caregivers.htm.
*Courtesy of Safercar.gov and the Ad Council
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.
Please also visit our website at http://www.bmc.org/traumasurgery 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.