Research Fellowship Resources Page

Fellows in the Emergency Medicine Research Fellowship Program will have access to a variety of research resources and infrastructure which will aid in the completion of the fellow’s chosen research project.

Resources for Clinical Research:

Hospital – Barnes Jewish Hospital (BJH) is a 1200-bed non-profit teaching hospital – the largest in Missouri which is consistently ranked among the top U.S. hospitals. The Charles F. Knight Emergency & Trauma Center at BJH is a 70 bed facility (12 bed urgent care area, 12 bed observation unit, and 12 bed critical care area). The hospital is a state and national Level I trauma facility and provides comprehensive care across the full spectrum of medical and surgical emergencies. The emergency department has an annual volume of over 95,000 patient visits. The neighboring St. Louis Childrens Hospital (SLCH) is a 250 bed facility which is consistently ranked among the top pediatric hospitals in the U.S. The Dana Brown Trauma & Emergency Center at SLCH is a 34 bed facility with an annual volume of 60,000 visits.

Emergency Department Research Infrastructure:

The Division of Emergency Medicine employs staff who assists with IRB proposals, queries, and renewals as well grant submissions. In addition, the division employs two full time research coordinators and multiple research assistants. Faculty within Emergency Medicine have also developed a novel screening tool to assist with clinical research in the emergency department. CASE-ED (Computer-Assisted Subject Enrollment for the Emergency Department) is an innovative software system for the purpose of identifying patients for clinical studies based on characteristics of those patients captured in the electronic medical record early in the course of care in the emergency department. The electronic tracking and computerized order entry system in the ED tracks a large number of demographic and clinical variables on every patient and is capable of providing information specific to a large number of search strategies.

Administrative Office Space:

The Division of Emergency Medicine has 4144 sq feet of newly renovated office space with separate offices equipped with high speed computers with access to the on-line resources of the Bernard Becker Medical Library and which can be linked to our electronic tracking system for real-time or off-line queries. There is an additional 1,814 sq feet of space for divisional and IT support technical support staff. Finally, there are large and small meeting rooms within the administrative areas which can accommodate between 12 and 30 people and are equipped with screens and computerized projectors ideal for small group presentations.

Academic Structure to Support Emergency Medicine Research:

There are 54 fulltime academic faculty in Emergency Medicine (44 adult and 10 Pediatric), supporting a 4-year EM residency program with 48 residents. There are 6 distinct sections within Emergency Medicine: Education, EMS, Neurovascular, Research, Toxicology, Critical Care, and Ultrasound. Each section has an administrative structure, and technical and administrative support. These sections allow integration such that stroke research for example would be supported by both the Research section as well as the Neurovascular section. We currently also have 6 fellowship programs: Critical Care, EMS, Pediatric EM, Research, Toxicology, and Ultrasound.

Resources for Basic Science Research:

Washington University School of Medicine houses multiple buildings of bench lab space. Faculty in the Division of Emergency Medicine have collaborative relationships with other Washington University basic science researchers who provide access to bench lab space as well as equipment for biomedical research. Washington University School of Medicine has four separate barrier facilities for breeding and housing of large and small animals including multiple animal rooms with clear air stations, procedure rooms equipped with incubators, necropsy rooms, 2 large animal surgical suites with 5 operating rooms, 2 ICU rooms, and a pharmacy. The Division of Comparative Medicine has multiple animal care technicians and veterinarians on staff to aid in the daily care and health needs of research animals.

Core Facilities Resources:

Washington University School of Medicine supports almost one hundred different core research facilities which provide specialized services to investigators performing clinical, basic science, and translational research. Cores which may hold special interest for emergency care research include cores in anatomic and molecular pathology, biomedical informatics, biostatistics, histology and microscopy, DNA preparation and analysis, metabolomics, mouse cardiovascular phenotyping, mouse genetics and generation of genetic model systems, and proteomics.