Dr. Rais Vohra won the California ACEP House of Medicine Award. This award is given to a member of California ACEP who has significantly improved the standing and influence of emergency medicine within the house of medicine and done so through their leadership within and among other organizations, especially other specialty societies and state and national health care organizations. 
Effective October 1, Dr. Manav Sidhu is a Board Member of the Central California Food Bank.
CalACEP's AdvancED 2020
Several of our outstanding faculty, fellows, and residents participated in this year's California ACEP AdvancED Virtual Conference:
  • Dr. Jessica Mason served as Conference Chair
  • Dr. Xian Li served as the Resident Track Chair
  • Dr. Anneli von Reinhart served as the Medical Student Track Chair
  • Dr. Charney Burk, PGY3, presented a lecture, "Are you effective? A learner's feedback on teaching." She also presented a poster, “Maximizing Mentorship: Fostering Growth Throughout Residency”
  • Dr. Jessie Werner, Emergency Medicine Education Fellow, presented a poster: “A Novel Podcast Curriculum for Residents”
  • Dr. Sarah Koser, PGY1, had her poster "Facilitating ED COVID-19 Response with ACEP Standards in a Customizable Free Web-App" win Outstanding Poster on COVID
Research Grants
With the support and assistance of Dr. Rais Vohra (pictured above in Achievements) the Community Medical Centers Bridge Team has received the Behavior Health Pilot Project (BHPP) grant, supporting substance use disorder services at both Community Regional and Clovis Community Medical Centers. The total award amount is 200K over a 12-month period, and over 200 California Emergency Departments will be participating. More information about this award is here:
Invited Presentations

To increase diversity in our emergency medicine workforce, Fred Wu, PA spoke at two PA programs housed within historically black colleges and universities (HBCU): Morehouse School of Medicine and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.
Media Coverage

Dr. Danielle Campagne was interviewed by Univision Fresno about air pollution and the wildfire smoke and how it affects respiratory patients.
The Mobile HeaL team and Medical Director Dr. Kenny Banh have launched the Fresno COVID-19 Equity Project (CEP) in partnership with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to conduct free testing, contact tracing, community education and outreach as part of the City of Fresno’s COVID-19 response to support communities disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.
The 2020 Virtual Mini Med School has begun. Led by Program Director Dr. Sukhjit Dhillon, we have had around 600 attendees view our virtual lectures form all over the United States, and a few from other countries such as Spain and Iran. Drs. Rais Vohra, Jessica Mason, and Jessie Werner presented on “COVID-19 Community Response,” and Dr. Susanne Spano presented during the “Critical Care in the Sky and on Land” session.

Darracq MA. Clinical Utility of Carnett and closed eye sign in emergency department. Am J Emerg Med. 2020 May 27. pii: S0735-6757(20)30439-3. PMID: 32507573

Husain A, Repanshek Z, Singh M, Ankel F, Beck-Esmay J, Cabrera D, Chan TM, Cooney R, Gisondi M, Gottlieb M, Khadpe J, Repanshek J, Mason J, Papanagnou D, Riddell J, Trueger NS, Zaver F, Brumfield E. Consensus Guidelines for Digital Scholarship in Academic Promotion. West J Emerg Med. 2020 Jul 8;21(4):883-891. PMID: 32726260
Kopec KT, Vohra R, Santos C, Kazzi Z, Wong A. The Global Educational Toxicology Toolkit (GETKIT): A 1-Day Course for Teaching Poisoning Essentials in Low- and Middle-Income Countries (LMIC): Course Development and Pilot Data Analysis. J Med Toxicol. 2020 Jul;16(3):255-261. doi: 10.1007/s13181-019-00745-8. Epub 2020 Jan 2. PMID: 31898153; PMCID: PMC7320081.

Mudan A, Repplinger D, Lebin J, Lewis J, Vohra R, Smollin C. Severe Methemoglobinemia and Death From Intentional Sodium Nitrite Ingestions. J Emerg Med. 2020 Jul 23:S0736-4679(20)30580-1. doi:10.1016/j.jemermed.2020.06.031. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32713620.

Rodriguez RM, Medak AJ, Baumann BM, Lim S, Chinnock B, Frazier R, Cooper RJ. Academic Emergency Medicine Physicians' Anxiety Levels, Stressors and Potential Stress Mitigation Measures during the Acceleration Phase of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 Jun 22. doi: 10.1111/acem.14065. PMID: 32569419

Wong A, Vohra R, Kopec K, Brooke N, Stolbach A. The Importance of Continuing Medical Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Global Educational Toxicology Uniting Project (GETUP). J Med Toxicol. 2020 Jul;16(3):340-341. doi: 10.1007/s13181-020-00788-2. Epub 2020 Jun 4. PMID: 32500282; PMCID: PMC7271953.

Werner JL, Lewiss RE, Pensa G, McGregor AJ. Women in Podcasting: We Should Tune In. Perm J. 2020;24:19.241. doi: 10.7812/TPP/19.241

Wu F, Darracq MAPhysician assistant and nurse practitioner utilization in U.S. emergency departments, 2010 to 2017 [published online June 28, 2020]. Am J Emerg Med. 2020. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2020.06.032.
Book Chapter

Schmitt ER. “Fever and Bacteremia.” In Berkowitz CD, Ed. Berkowitz’s Pediatrics: A Primary Care Approach, Sixth Edition. American Academy of Pediatrics. 2020:475-82.
Special Publications

Darracq, MA. "Respiratory depression following Medications for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD)-approved buprenorphine product oral exposures"; National Poison Database System 2003-2019
Residency and Fellowship Activities
2020 saw the Inaugural Virtual Wilderness Medicine Elective! Dr. Erika Falsgraf, PGY3, did an excellent job of running the course. Along with Dr. Michelle Storkan, Dr. Falsgraf helped develop a brand-new curriculum with online didactics that included interactive skills and outdoor activities which students completed on their own. Also involved in the elective were new Wilderness Fellow, Dr. Arielle Filiberti, and Dr. Marie Lutz, PGY3. The 12 students from multiple time zones also enjoyed a virtual talent show and s’mores night.
Dr. Mackensie Yore, PGY4, has developed the UCSF Fresno Health Equity Action Lab. This allows physicians like Dr. Yore to improve health on a community scale and provides the mechanism for many different health professionals to work together to address health inequities. Participants will be given selected readings on health equity issues, and Dr. Yore wants to arrange conversations and collaborations with community-based organizations and local institutions who serve at-risk groups of Fresnans.
Staff Announcements
Marie Martinez has joined the UCSF Fresno Department of Emergency Medicine, effective August 19 as the Faculty Support Coordinator. Marie will support the department with academic affairs coordination, reimbursements, department committee meetings, and other projects. Marie held various positions at The Terraces at San Joaquin Gardens for six years, where she covered administrative, operational, and customer service roles. She currently volunteers at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Bristol Hospice Care. Marie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science – Health Administration from California State University, Fresno, where she was the founder and president of the Student Global Health Initiative. In her free time, Marie enjoys rock climbing, hiking, and fixing up her 95-year-old house.