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Dalhousie Emergency Medicine


Dalhousie Emergency Medicine Research represents a network of university affiliated centres across Atlantic Canada.

The current Dalhousie University affiliated academic and research programs at the Saint John Regional Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine were established with a remit to investigate patient oriented outcomes and to achieve improved patient care through research, education and knowledge translation.

As a designated campus of the Dalhousie University Medical Education Program and through its affiliation with Memorial University of Newfoundland, the Department of Emergency Medicine shares academic responsibilities for CCFP (EM) and FRCP (EM) residency training programs, post graduate residents and medical students with regular teaching, rounds and journal clubs. 

The Department of Emergency Medicine has close academic links with Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB) whose Saint John campus is conveniently co-located with the University of New Brunswick and the Saint John Regional Hospital.

The Department of Emergency Medicine is based in a purpose built state of the art facility that was opened in 2010, with a trauma and critical care, acute monitored care and urgent care area, simulation lab, and ultrasound teaching lab.  Our Emergency Department serves approximately 55,000 patient visits per year including primary, secondary and tertiary emergency medicine and Level One trauma program referrals.  We are supported by the New Brunswick Heart Program and cardiac catheterization lab, as well as our interventional radiology program and neurosurgical unit.

We are staffed by a team of professionals who believe in a culture of trust, ownership and caring and who work hard to provide high quality clinical care, research and medical education.

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 partner closely with the Dalhousie Departments of Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine.

And to top it all we are surrounded by nature at its best. Imagine a playground in Atlantic Canada fringed by fresh waterways on one side and the ocean on the other. Saint John is situated in the picturesque Bay of Fundy and is located on one of the finest inland waterways in North America. Saint John offers numerous social and cultural facilities as well as recreational opportunities including boating, yachting, winter sports, golf and fishing. Being the only official bilingual province, there is access to both English and French school systems.

The Division of Pediatric Emergency Medicine based at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is committed to continuously raising the standard of pediatric emergency care across the Maritimes. We operate in a research-rich environment. With 25 active research projects and 15 publications over the past year, we focus on knowledge translation.

In collaboration with pediatric emergency departments across the country through Pediatric Emergency Research Canada (PERC), we participate in numerous research studies. Most recently, the IWK Health Centre formed a partnership with the Saint John Regional Hospital, Miramichi Regional Hospital and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital to expand knowledge on unscheduled pediatric care in these centres.

We also have a close relationship with Dalhousie's Health Informatics Program. The leadership team is Dr. Katrina Hurley (Site research director) and Ms. Eleanor Fitzpatrick (Research co-ordinator).