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June 1, 2000

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Hopkins' Emergency Medicine Celebrates 25th Anniversary June 1-4

The Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins will celebrate its 25th anniversary June 1-4 with a high-profile seminar on emergency response to bioterrorism and a black-tie gala. Baltimore philanthropist and former Hopkins Hospital Board Chairman Harvey M. "Bud" Meyerhoff will serve as master of ceremonies for the gala, to be held at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on June 3.

Eric Noji, M.D., deputy director of the Office of Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, and a former faculty member of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will address international disaster response as part of a continuing medical education session 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 3 at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.

Additional talks by the emergency medicine faculty at Hopkins will cover the history and future of emergency medicine, the increasing importance of the Emergency Department as the "front door" to the hospital, and the relationship between alcohol and trauma.

"The field of emergency medicine today has many subspecialties, including sports medicine, medical toxicology and undersea and hyperbaric medicine," says Gabe Kelen, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine. "At Hopkins we also go beyond the emergency department (ED) doors, extending emergency care to treating acutely ill patients awaiting admission."

Declaring the ED training is designed to produce leaders in teaching, research and administration in emergency medicine, Kelen also announced that the nation's first fellowship in acute care medicine is planned at Hopkins in 2001.

Hopkins' Department of Emergency Medicine began as a division in 1973, and its emergency medicine residency program began in 1974. The creation of a cardiac evaluation center, the development of an inter-hospital transport service, a telemedicine program to a cruise ship line and the creation of a Center for International Emergency Medicine Studies are innovations made possible because of the specialty's academic status, Kelen said. Historically, most EDs were strictly hospital based without a research or teaching niche in schools of medicine.

Emergency care at Hopkins has grown from a two-bed accident room in 1889 to which patients were transported by police wagon, into a full department that evaluates and treats more than 50,000 patients a year who arrive on their own or by ambulance or helicopter. An urgent care center next to the main emergency department opened in October to treat patients with more routine health needs. Also planned is a 14-bed acute care unit for emergency patients who need monitoring from six to 36 hours before admission.

A quarter-century ago, the department had one full-time faculty member at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore. Today, there are 34 full-time faculty members at the Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center; the residency program has grown from eight to 36 students; and the annual operating budget from $1.28 million to $12.7 million.

For more information or to interview Kelen or other emergency medicine experts, please contact Karen Infeld at 410-955-1534 or kinfeld@jhmi.edu.

Related Web sites:

Department of Emergency Medicine at Johns Hopkins http://www.acenet.jhmi.edu/emerg/

Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions: http://hopkins.med.jhu.edu

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