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Saint John Regional Hospital

The research program at the Saint John Regional Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine was established in 2010 with a remit to investigate patient oriented outcomes and to achieve improved patient care through research and knowledge translation.

The research team consisting of several physicians, nurses, residents and medical students has a successful publication record, and has presented original research at local, national and international conferences. We have investigated strategies to reduce burnout in the ED staff; examined protocols to improve outcomes in cardiac arrest and shock. We have also compared Trauma outcomes between advanced and standard systems, as well as looking at clinical issues such as pain control, shoulder dislocation, sedation for children among others. Our current areas of research include medical education, point of care ultrasound, trauma systems and injury prevention, as well as several areas in emergency medicine. Our education research has led to curricular advancements in undergraduate and postgraduate programs.

We provide invaluable research and training opportunities for medical students at Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick, as well as residents in emergency medicine and family medicine. We have also supervised research projects for UNB masters students, nursing staff and prospective medical students. We have developed partners with local, national and international institutions and are involved in several multicenter studies.

We are involved in research administration at regional, national and international levels. Dr. Atkinson served as chair of the CAEP Research Committee and was the first chair of the New Brunswick trauma Program Research Sub-committee. He is currently a member of the International Federation for Emergency Medicine research committee. Dr. French is the current chair of the New Brunswick trauma Program Research Sub-committee.

In 2014, the team received the Grant Innes Award for top research at the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP) national conference, and in 2015 placed second. Students and residents in the program have been awarded Top Medical Student Research Project in Emergency Medicine (CAEP 2015), top family medicine research project (Dalhousie University 2014, 2015 & College of Family Physicians 2015).

The leadership team:

Site research director: Dr. Paul Atkinson, Professor of Emergency Medicine

Research co-ordinator: Ms. Jacqueline Fraser

Researchers and faculty: Dr. James French; Dr. Michael Howlett; Dr. David Lewis; Dr. Chris Vaillancourt; Dr. Jay Mekwan; Dr. Peter Ross; Dr. Joanna Middleton; Dr. Tushar Pishe; Dr. Natasha DeSousa; Dr. Cherie-Lee Adams, Dr. Jo-Ann Talbot; Dr. Rose McCloskey  

Further details about the program can be found www.sjrhem.ca

Dr. Paul Atkinson MB MA FRCEM FRCP(EM)
Professor and Research Program Director
Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University
Saint John Regional Hospital