WU-EM Plays Key Role in Evaluating Covid-19 Tests

Jamie Mills, a clinical research supervisor who helped coordinate the clinical trials, runs a COVID-19 diagnostic test in the Emergency Department at the School of Medicine.

Starting in spring 2020, as emergency rooms across the country began filling with patients with symptoms of COVID-19, many agreed to participate in clinical trials investigating the accuracy of COVID-19 diagnostic tests. The aim of such trials was to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to quickly approve effective tests, which were in short supply yet necessary to help slow the virus’ spread.

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis played a key role in investigating the accuracy of such tests administered in real-life conditions. Because the department has a strong infrastructure for conducting clinical trials, Washington University researchers, led by principal investigator Stacey L. House, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of emergency medicine, were in an ideal position to enroll large numbers of participants — more than 6,500 — in these trials, compared with other emergency departments across the country. Many patients seen at the Charles F. Knight Emergency and Trauma Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital had the opportunity to participate in these trials.

Read more about the efforts of the ECRC here.

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Dr. Wagner Elected to CORD Board of Directors

We are excited to announce that Dr. Jason Wagner has been elected to the CORD Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 calendar year period. His role as a Member-At-Large on the Board of Directors will offer him the opportunity to shape policy and influence decisions that impact Emergency Medicine Residency Education.

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Trainees gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become outstanding physicians.

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80 Full-time Faculty
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Our programs attract high-caliber candidates eager to receive advanced training in their chosen specialty from nationally recognized educators in the field of emergency medicine.

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EM/CCM is one of the fastest growing subspecialties in the field of Emergency Medicine,  providing state of the art critical care medicine services for our patient population.

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Washington University EMS is Missouri’s first and only physician-based, licensed Emergency Medical Response Agency (EMRA).

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Pediatric Emergency Medicine

Our purpose is to service children and families in crisis to prevent and treat acute illness and injury in children.

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The Emergency Care Research Section (ECRS) is dedicated fulfilling the research mission of Emergency Medicine by performing high quality Emergency Care Research.

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The Toxicology section features a growing faculty consisting of national leaders in the specialty of medical toxicology.  We offer a fun cutting edge, and engaging educational experience to fellows, residents, and medical students.

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The EM Ultrasound section is committed to educating residents and fellows in the newest ultrasound applications within Emergency Medicine.

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