Emergency Medicine Faculty and Resident Wellness

by Michael Elliott, MD, PGY-3

Recently, we gathered together for the Carlos Sandfoss Memorial Wellness event to celebrate the great outdoors of eastern Kentucky, remember the life of a resident ended all too early, and focus on wellness within our residency program. The highlight of the day was reflecting on the strengths of our program and discussing our motivations for our work as emergency medicine physicians. Many residents shared their own personal joys of being trainees at the University of Kentucky and gave stories about the struggles and triumphs of working in our field. Residents capped off the day in fellowship with our attendings, program director, and department chair, hiking to the bridge at the Natural Bridge State Park, and feasting on the finest of local delicacies, Miguel’s Pizza.

Dr. Elliott paddleboarding on the lake.

Jojo Smith, MD, PGY-1 enjoying the view from the bridge

Lunch at Miquels Pizza

Everyone made it to the top of the bridge!

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Former UK EM Resident appointed Director of Admissions for the UK RPLP

Congratulations to Ashley Brown, MD, who will be joining the Rural Physician Leadership Program (RPLP), in Morehead, as the new director of admissions and outreach for the RPLP. The University of Kentucky RPLP is hosted by St. Claire Regional Medical Center who  partners with health care providers, hospitals, clinics, and Morehead State University to train rural physician-leaders.

A native of Eastern Kentucky, Dr. Brown completed her residency training at the UK Emergency Medicine Residency Program, where she earned Intern of the Year in 2015 and Resident of the Year in 2017. She is an alumna of the RPLP, during which time she was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Brown now works for St. Claire HealthCare in Morehead and lives with her husband in Greenup County. @DocofEM

Ashley Brown, MD


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Dr. Gleason – STAR (Gold) Award Recipient

Congratulations to Michael Gleason, MD, PGY-2, who was recently presented a UK HealthCare STAR – Gold Award by Colleen H. Swartz, DNP, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nurse Executive & Chief Administrative Officer/UK Healthcare. Dr. Swartz nominated Dr. Gleason for the STAR Award, after speaking with a medical student in the Emergency Department. The medical student was very appreciative of Dr. Gleason’s willingness to teach and provide encouragement to medical students.

The STAR Program recognizes excellence at UK Healthcare. The awards come in three different levels, from Bronze and Silver to Gold, and each represents a step up in terms of scope, effort and impact.

Drs. Roger Humphries,  Michael Gleason, Nicole Battaglioli, Colleen Swartz

Dr. Humphries, Dept. Chair, and Dr. Michael Gleason, PGY-2

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Class of 2018 Senior Grand Rounds

Each year, emergency medicine graduating residents present Senior Grand Rounds to faculty, residents, and guests. The Resident Class of 2018 presented the following topics on May 23, 2018.

Chris Belcher, MD – EM and the Art of War
Lipika Bhat, MD – Reflections on International Medicine
Jordan Brunswick, MD – MVC Tragedy and Influence on Career
Will Crankshaw, MD – Prepper Medicine
Michael Elliott, MD – Marine Envenomations
Linda Katirji, MD – Preparing for a Career in Academics
Nick Mancuso, MD – Best Case Ever: Hypothermia
Aaron Schneider, MD – Down Coded Charts
Jacob Shop, MD – Caring for the Appalachian Patient

Lipika Bhat, MD

Jordan Brunswick, MD

Nick Collins, DO

Michael Elliott, MD

Aaron Schneider, MD




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Faculty, Residents, and Staff attend 2018 CORD Academic Assembly

Drs. Battaglioli, Bronner, Corbo, Desai, Doty, Katirji, Rogers, Thompson, and Wilson, along with Paula Keyes, and Elizabeth McSparin, participated in the educational, networking, and professional development activities at the annual 2018 CORD Academic Assembly held in San Antonio, TX, in April. #CORDAA18  #WildcatEM

Dr. Christopher Doty, our Vice Chair of Education for the UK Department of Emergency Medicine, is this year’s CORD president. Dr. Doty, the CORD Board, and CORD Planning Committee, hosted an excellent academic conference. @PoppasPearls

Dr. Doty also hosted the CORD Awards Reception and was on hand to present the Program Coordinator Award to Paula Keyes, C-TAGME, Medical Education Specialist.

We were proud to have Dr. Slade Thompson, PGY-2, and Dr. Sam Corbo, EM Medical Education Fellow, participate in the Clinical Pathologic Case Semi-Final Competition, and Dr. Jonathan Bronner, Associate Program Director, win the CORD Research Innovation Forum, Best UME Research Abstract. @SKCorbo @Bronski_EM

Dr. Rob Rogers, Vice Chair of Faculty Development, and Dr. Nicole Battaglioli, Assistant Program Director, served as conference presenters, and Dr. Linda Katirji, PGY-3, and Dr. Sameer Desai, Program Director, met for the CORD Student Advising Task Force (SATF) Roundup for the year. Elizabeth McSparin, Program Coordinator, and Ms. Keyes, attended the EMARC Professional Development track, and second-year resident, Dr. Drew Wilson, attended CORD 2018 as our program’s EMRA representative. @EM_Educator  @batt_doc  @gewgly  @sameerdesai00



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