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Residents present a research poster on dementia in the emergency department

Your research opportunities at the Mayo Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine are outstanding. The faculty in the Department of Emergency Medicine are engaged in clinical and translational research and enjoy providing guidance and support to residents throughout the process of designing and conducting a meaningful and rewarding research project.

The Mayo Clinic Division of Emergency Medicine Research is committed to introducing residents to the methods of hypothesis-driven research. Residents receive outstanding mentorship and have access to world-class research resources and expertise.

As front-line patient care providers, researchers in the Mayo Clinic Division of Emergency Medicine Research focus on increasing the understanding of acute presentations and management of conditions such as anaphylaxis, fractures, chest pain, head injuries, respiratory illnesses, and more. In addition, researchers are also engaged in innovative studies related to epidemiology, health equity, quality improvement, and medical education.

The Division of Emergency Medicine Research has a strong clinical research unit embedded inside Mayo Clinic's emergency department. Highly experienced personnel include research coordinators, a scientific director and statistical support, allowing the division to support diverse research projects.

Multidisciplinary research expertise

The research team has a high level of expertise and experience in clinical research design, including:

  • Clinical prediction rules
  • Clinical trials
  • Health records reviews
  • Health systems engineering
  • Observational studies
  • Secondary data analysis
  • Systematic reviews

The division's comprehensive teamwork has led to multiple ongoing projects, sponsored by both intramural and extramural grants.

Additionally, researchers in the Mayo Clinic Division of Emergency Medicine Research have expertise in addressing research questions using routinely collected health care information from multiple sources outside typical clinical research settings, including electronic health records, claims, and billing data.

Exceptional research resources

The Mayo Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine has numerous resources to support resident research, including:

  • Weekly Emergency Medicine Research Committee office hours for project guidance
  • Scientific Director, Molly Jeffery, Ph.D.
  • Access to Mayo’s Clinic’s unified electronic health record including all Mayo enterprise sites
  • ED study coordinators (assist with IRB, patient enrollment)  
  • ED Data Analyst to assist with data extraction from the electronic health record
  • ED statistician to assist with study design and data analysis
  • ED small grant program
  • Summer students to assist with chart review
  • National database access (NEDS, NHAMCS, NEAR)
  • REDCap database
  • Survey Research Center
  • Scientific Publications (manuscript editorial and publication support)
  • Medical Illustrations
  • Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Peer-reviewed publications

The Mayo Clinic Department of Emergency Medicine residents have a strong record of presenting their research at national meetings and publishing in peer-reviewed journals. A selection of their publications is available in the following list:

Selection of peer-reviewed publications

  1. Ginsburg AD, Oliveira J E Silva L, Mullan A, Mhayamaguru KM, Bower S, Jeffery MM, Bellolio F. Should age be incorporated into the adult triage algorithm in the emergency department? Am J Emerg Med. 2020 Nov 4:S0735-6757(20)30975-X. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2020.10.075. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33191046.
  2. Wyatt KD, Poole LR, Mullan AF, Kopecky SL, Heaton HA. Clinical evaluation and diagnostic yield following evaluation of abnormal pulse detected using Apple Watch. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2020 Jul 1;27(9):1359-1363. doi: 10.1093/jamia/ocaa137. PMID: 32979046; PMCID: PMC7526465.
  3. Kaisler MC, Hyde RJ, Sandefur BJ, Kaji AH, Campbell RL, Driver BE, Brown CA 3rd. Awake intubations in the emergency department: A report from the National Emergency Airway Registry. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 May 15;49:48-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2021.05.038. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34062317.
  4. McGuire SS, Klassen AB, Heywood J, Sztajnkrycer MD. Prevalence of COVID-19 IgG Antibodies in a Cohort of Municipal First Responders. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2021 Apr;36(2):131-134. doi: 10.1017/S1049023X2000151X. Epub 2021 Jan 5. PMID: 33397545; PMCID: PMC7809218.
  5. McGuire SS, Klassen AB, Mullan AF, Sztajnkrycer MD. A Survey of Tranexamic Acid Use by US Tactical Emergency Medical Support Providers. J Spec Oper Med. 2021 Summer;21(2):72-76. PMID: 34105125.
  6. McGuire SS, Mullan AF, Clements CM. Unheard Victims: Multidisciplinary Incidence and Reporting of Violence in an Emergency Department. West J Emerg Med. 2021 May 7;22(3):702-709. doi: 10.5811/westjem.2021.2.50046. PMID: 34125050.
  7. Klassen AB, Marshall M, Dai M, Mann NC, Sztajnkrycer MD. Emergency Medical Services Response to Mass Shooting and Active Shooter Incidents, United States, 2014-2015. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2019 Mar-Apr;23(2):159-166. doi: 10.1080/10903127.2018.1484970. Epub 2018 Aug 30. PMID: 30118358.
  8. Finn RM, Voelkel J, Bellolio MF, Jeffery MM, Wiswell J. Pediatric Ice Pop Administration to Improve Patient Experience Scores. Mayo Clin Proc Innov Qual Outcomes. 2020;4(4):410-415. Published 2020 Aug 5. doi:10.1016/j.mayocpiqo.2020.04.011
  9. Chiang D, Ade JM, Liu XW, Bellolio F, Lohse CM, Sandefur BJ, Campbell RL. Assessment of ED triage of anaphylaxis patients based on the Emergency Severity Index. Am J Emerg Med. 2020 Oct 29:S0735-6757(20)30952-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2020.10.057. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33176953.
  10. McMurray NS, Bates NA, Fischer S, Schilaty ND, Hewett TE. INVESTIGATION OF PRIMARY AND SECOND ANTERIOR CRUCIATE LIGAMENT TEARS USING A GEOGRAPHIC DATABASE. Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2020 Aug;15(4):593-602. PMID: 33354392; PMCID: PMC7735687.
  11. Jones DD, Thompson MS, Colletti JE, Heaton HA. Impact of scribe utilization on resident education and fatigue mitigation. Am J Emerg Med. 2018 Oct;36(10):1905-1906. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2018.02.028. Epub 2018 Mar 6. PMID: 29525477.
  12. Silva LOJE, Fernanda Bellolio M, Smith EM, Daniels DJ, Lohse CM, Campbell RL. Motocross-associated head and spine injuries in adult patients evaluated in an emergency department. Am J Emerg Med. 2017 Oct;35(10):1485-1489. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2017.04.058. Epub 2017 Apr 27. PMID: 28499787.
Fernanda Bellolio, M.D., M.S.

Fernanda Bellolio, M.D., M.S.

Professor, Emergency Medicine
Research Chair

Medical School: Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile School of Medicine
Residency: Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education
Fellowship: (1) Research Fellowship, Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education; (2) Postdoctoral Master’s Degree in Clinical and Translational Sciences, Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences (CCaTS), Mayo Clinic (3) Post-doctorate in Health Care Delivery, Mayo Clinic Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Center for the Science of HealthCare Delivery
Interests: Translational research, methodology in clinical research, acute ischemic stroke, transient ischemic attack, geriatrics, and palliative

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Faculty research profiles

The Department of Emergency Medicine faculty are also involved in research. Links to a few of their research profiles and publications are below.

Jana Anderson, M.D.

Jana Anderson, M.D.
Research interests: Pain, opioids, and sedation
Research profile

Venkatesh Bellamkonda, M.D. 

Venkatesh Bellamkonda, M.D.
Research interests: Point of care ultrasound, education, healthcare quality, equity, customer satisfaction, wellbeing/wellness, work/life integration
Research profile

Casey M. Clements, M.D., Ph.D.

Casey Clements, M.D., Ph.D.
Research interests: Sepsis and emergency infection, biomarker discovery and validation, practice administration and quality, workplace violence
Research profile

James Colletti, M.D.

James Colletti, M.D.
Research interests: Education, pediatric emergency medicine, academic development
Research profile

Heather Heaton, M.D., M.S.

Heather Heaton, M.D., M.S.
Research interests: Health informatics, ED practice, scribe utilization
Research profile

Tobias Kummer, M.D.

Tobias Kummer, M.D.
Research interests: Contrast-enhanced ultrasound in trauma and acute surgical care, ultrasound-guided procedures, vascular access
Research profile

Neha P. Raukar, M.D., M.S.

Neha Raukar, M.D., M.S.
Research interests: Sports-related head injuries, gender and diversity issues within EM
Research profile

Christopher Russi, D.O.

Christopher Russi, D.O.
Research interests: Prehospital care (civilian and military), emergency medicine telehealth and digital care applications
Research profile

Matthew D. Sztajnkrycer, M.D., Ph.D.

Matthew Sztajnkrycer, M.D., Ph.D.
Research interests: Prehospital medicine, operational medicine, toxicology
Research profile

Laura Walker, M.D.

Laura Walker, M.D.
Research interests: Operations (ED/hospital/system), gender equity in leadership, networks and data science, healthcare quality
Research profile