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Emergency Medicine Research

In the effort to develop and foster the specialty of emergency medicine as a respected academic body of knowledge both at Saint Louis University and nationwide, the Division of Emergency Medicine strives to promote and improve our unique focus of patient care.

We know that through research emergency medical patients will receive the most effective and evidenced based care.

Research Committee

The research committee oversees all research done through the Division of Emergency Medicine with the purpose of:

  • Protecting the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities.
  • Reviewing all biomedical research involving human subjects for compliance with federally mandated research guidelines.
  • Preventing redundancy of research and assure the utmost quality of research.
    Assisting and encouraging fellow faculty and residents to participate in research.
  • Recognizing and rewarding the creative efforts of faculty and residents and preventing conflicts of interest.

Research Committee Members

Preeti Dalawari, M.D.
Laurie Byrne, M.D.
Craig Krausz, M.D.
Kathryn Lindsay, R.N.
Jennifer Fitzgerald, Research Coordinator

Undergraduate Research Course: Introduction to Medical Research

The introduction to medical research course is designed to introduce Saint Louis University undergraduate students to clinical research in an academic medical setting. The class addresses a range of topics including medical ethics, research modalities and tools in evaluating research.

Students enjoy the ability to interact with attending faculty, discuss real emergency department scenarios and journal articles, and participate in projects.

Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development of medical ethics as related to clinical studies, including failures in the past and current safeguards ensuring research subjects safety, consent and privacy.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the basic subtypes of clinical studies and how to identify pitfalls and benefits of each.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the process of initiating a research project from conception of a fundamental question to publication.
  • Demonstrate competence in literature search engines to obtain medical articles.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how evidence-based medicine is used to improve and standardize health care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply what they have learned through the course in evaluation of current, published studies.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the need for constant reevaluation of the medical process to ensure improvement in the delivery of health care.

Emergency medicine residents will have the ability to get involved with the class from teaching aspects to using students in their own research projects.

Institutional Review Board: Human Subjects Research

Research projects involving human subjects require review and approval by SLU’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is an ethics committee composed of scientists and nonscientists who serve as advocates for human subjects research. It is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and overseeing human subjects research conducted under the aegis of Saint Louis University.

Saint Louis University has established three IRBs (two biomedical, one behavioral and social sciences) to protect the rights and welfare of human research subjects recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of Saint Louis University.

Visit the Saint Louis University IRB

Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital is part of the National Alliance of Research Associates Programs. This symbiotic consortium of emergency departments and colleges has joined to generate research and quality improvement projects using research associates to enroll large numbers of participants over short time frames with minimal impact on clinical operations and at extremely low cost.

For more information, visit the Emergency Medicine Research Associates Program.