Winners 2021

Urgent Matters, CORD, and ACEP are pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Emergency Medicine Innovators of the Year Award, a competition to foster innovation in emergency departments nationwide.

The Emergency Medicine Innovator of the Year Award provides an opportunity for multidisciplinary teams to be acknowledged for cutting-edge innovations in emergency medicine. The award provides a platform for sharing effective solutions that address common issues facing the emergency medicine community.

The top-rated innovations were assessed based on their novelty, exportability, effectiveness, clarity, and on their ability to be used by a multi-disciplinary health care team.

Congratulations to Dr. Sarah Foohey, Dr. Dennis Ren, Dr. Pavan Zaveri, Dr. James Leung, Dr. Sam Zhao, and Dr. Brian Lee, for their innovation “The Virtual Resus Room.” An open-access educational tool that uses Google Slides and Zoom to offer online simulation. Home Institution / Hospital Associated: Children's National Hospital.

VRR with a superhero
Meet the Team - photos of the team

Honorable mentions include:

E*Drive: A clinical information hub that provides users with instant access to up-to-date COVID-19 information, clinical guidelines, announcements, and discharge navigation resources.
Team Lead / Presenter: Dr. Nicholas Stark
Home Institution / Hospital Associated: University of California San Francisco / San Francisco General Hospital
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Frontline Suits: Medical-grade reusable coveralls for the pandemic and beyond.
Team Lead / Presenter: Dr. Alicia Lu
Home Institution / Hospital Associated: Mount Sinai & Elmhurst Emergency Medicine
Provider putting on PPE
EMTalk Empowering Difficult Conversation Skills: An innovative training program developed by emergency physicians for emergency providers that delivers a comprehensive approach to deliberate skills practice for communicating serious news, shared decision making for medical treatment goals, and conflict resolution.
Team: Dr. Rita Manfredi, Dr. Lillian Emlet, Dr. Ken Ouchi, Dr. Eric Isaacs
Home Institution / Hospital Associated: University of Pittsburgh / George Washington University
EM Talk collage of images