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									                                    ECU EMERGENCY MEDICINE NEWSLETTER
                                                   October – December 2007

Special points of            Serving with pride
                             THEODORE R. DELBRIDGE, MD, MPH
    DV Awareness Month       Professor and Chair

    Simulation Lab Report    Servire (to serve). It is the motto of East Carolina University.
    Go-Science               It is certainly taken to heart by members of the faculty of the
                             Department of Emergency Medicine. In fact, one of the more
    Welcome new faculty      interesting aspects of working with my partners is to witness
    and staff                how they capitalize on their expertise, their academic interests,
                             and their philanthropy to serve our region and beyond.
    EastCare opens new
    satellite location       Last year the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies          Theodore Delbridge, MD, MPH
    Faculty and resident     called emergency departments an impressive, public health
    attend EM Congress in    success story in terms of access to care. Americans of all walks of life know where the
    Italy                    nearest emergency department is and understand that it is available 24 hours a day,
                             seven days a week. For anyone who works in such a facility, the notion of serving is
    Alumnus helps to save    embodied within them. After all, they represent universal access to medical care,
    friend’s life            aspiring to provide service without consideration of people’s ability to pay.
    ECU-EM represented       But, many cannot help but to go far beyond that focused notion of service for the
    at Homeless Shelter’s    community. Take for example Dr. Timothy Reeder. For the past several years Tim has
    fundraising event        served on the board of directors of the Greenville Homeless Shelter. The job is not
    EM faculty teach at      perfunctory, but keeps him constantly aware of an important community issue, busy and
    BSOM Mini-Med            on the go. This is a huge program that I cannot justly describe. The Shelter provides
    School                   temporary and transitional housing for dozens of people and families every day. It truly
                             serves people in desperate need.

                             Over the years, Dr. Herb Garrison has devoted some of his expertise and energy to
                             several community boards, including the Boys & Girls Club of Pitt County and the PCMH
                             Foundation. These sorts of commitments help to strengthen important organizations in
                             our community and the resources within it.

Inside this issue:           Dr. John Meredith is working tirelessly to bring a science center to eastern North Carolina
                             from concept to virtual reality to a permanent structure and home. The details of this
Research &                   work are impressive and overwhelming. John is driven by the idea that the world of
Scholarly Activities……...6   possibilities available to children opens exponentially when they are exposed to the many
                             wonders of science. Teachers, both formal and informal, need resources to creatively
Big News………………7-9            engage themselves and their children to ensure that future generations are enthused and
                             curious about physics, biology, chemistry, astronomy, geology, and mathematics.
New Arrivals……………10          Because of John’s work, the effects of developing a science center have already been felt
                             by hundreds of children and teachers in our region.
Birthdays ……………….11
                             Then there is Dr. Peggy Goodman. Her academic interests include domestic violence,
Upcoming Events……...11       including its prevention and society’s appropriate response. As you will read in this issue
                             of The Siren, domestic violence is a serious societal problem. In our job, many of us are
Baby Pics ………………12           exposed to its victims routinely. Peggy is working hard to do something about it. For

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example, she serves on several groups focused on addressing domestic violence issues, including a Governor’s task
force. She is actively engaged in educating community members, including physicians, about what they can do to be
prevention advocates and responsible responders to victims in need. For her work, Peggy has been repeatedly

These are just a few examples of the many ways the faculty of the Department of Emergency Medicine serve our
community. It is amazing to watch and an honor to support. The results are part of what makes eastern North Carolina

Finally, every October we celebrate Emergency Nurses Week. Over the years I have had opportunities to admire
nurses working throughout the medical center. I realize how difficult their jobs can be, physically and emotionally.
Clearly, every nursing specialty has its challenges and demands. Yet, what I know about emergency nurses is that
they often represent the front door to our hospital and the first point of access to needed care. Their reputation for
professionalism, technical skill, compassion, and empathy extends far beyond our walls. Emergency nurses are
special people doing an extraordinary job. We should each thank an emergency nurse for all he or she does to serve.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Associate Professor
Director, Violence Prevention Resources
Medical Director of Forensic Nurse Examiners Program

October is Domestic Violence (DV) month, an opportunity to increase recognition of this
common “invisible” public health issue. In some ways, the issue parallels the evolution
of the alcohol abuse, or “drunk driving” issue. Initially it was seen as a law enforcement
problem involving only one or two people, then a grassroots movement developed to
address the issue, and then the medical community recognized not only the health
effects on those directly involved, but on their families, friends, co-workers and society
in general. Rather than occurring in a vacuum, it is part of the larger spectrum of elder       Peggy Goodman, MD
abuse, child abuse, pet abuse and workplace and school violence, with multiple overlapping groups exposed at some
point in their lives to violence.

While the “typical” DV patient was traditionally considered to be a heterosexual married female with physical injuries,
there is now greater recognition that gender, socioeconomic situation and relationship status are irrelevant, and injuries
only account for approximately 20% of DV-related medical visits, with medical or psychiatric complaints triggering the
other 80% of medical visits.

Medical manifestations of domestic violence are often a physiologic response to chronic stressors, presenting as
asthma exacerbations, palpitations, functional gastrointestinal complaints, gynecologic complaints including sexually
transmitted diseases and miscarriages, and chronic pain syndromes. Medical “non-compliance” may be evident, with
patients who did not take prescribed medications or follow-up with their primary care provider or specialist when
previously discharged from the ED. It is important to determine why the patient did not follow-up as instructed; in some
cases, their abuser may exert control over them by preventing them from obtaining or taking their medications or
following the recommended care plan.

Typical injuries include facial and extremity contusions and fractures; more subtle injuries include traumatic perforation
of the tympanic membrane, injuries to the abdomen and perineum, patterned injuries, and manual asphyxiation or

Strangulation is a potentially lethal mechanism, which leaves deceptively few indications of its occurrence;
approximately two-thirds of strangulation victims will have no symptoms, and fewer than half will have physical findings
to support their allegation. Initially it causes decreased cerebral venous outflow with increased intracranial pressure;
with increased force on the neck, it decreases arterial blood flow to the brain and can cause stroke-like symptoms.
Airway occlusion is actually uncommon due to the force needed to compromise the tracheal rings, but the first two
mechanisms are sufficient to cause unconsciousness and death.

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Recidivism of DV victims in the ED setting is high; while easy to ask, “Why don’t they just leave?”, there are often
social, financial, legal and other aspects of their home life that make leaving difficult or dangerous. Even though our
goal is to fix patients and cure health problems, this is often a long term, complex problem not easily treated. In many
cases, the most important service we can provide to these patients is acknowledgement that the problem exists,
assessing their ability to leave the ED safely, and referring them to the Family Violence Program (Crisis line: 252-
752-3811), which addresses this problem on a daily basis and can inform the victim of the social, legal and financial
resources to help them lead a safer life.

Medical Simulation and Patient Safety Laboratory: No Fall Break around Here!
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Medical Simulation and Patient Safety Laboratory

A variety of activities have taken place at the start of the new
academic year:

      The 2007-8 PCMH Central Venous Catheterization Course
      began in July with the training of first year emergency
      medicine, surgery, and medical resident physicians. A
      collaborative skills workshop coordinated by
      Dr. M.J. Barchman from the Department of Medicine
      and ECU Emergency Medicine has been integrated into
      the M-3 medicine clerkship. These sessions emphasize
      airway management, vascular access, and the team
      approach to cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Twenty-two
      R-2 medical residents participated in airway skills labs
      as part of their October Director’s Month skills activities.
                                                                               Above: Dr. Price instructs students during Mini-Med School.
      Participation in the BSOM Mini-Med School Program in
      September consisted of demonstrations of simulation techniques used in medical education.

                                                             Training and assessment of local EMS providers in In-Field
                                                             Cricothyrotomy using the Melker Device begins this month in
                                                             collaboration with the Division of EMS, Jane Pollock, and Dr. J.

                                                             Rising second year medical students Ben Weinberg and Natalie
                                                             Lucas, working with the MSPSL in the Summer Scholars Research
                                                             Program, developed and piloted a video-based educational airway
                                                             module for medical students that they presented at BSOM Medical
                                                             Research Day in August.

                                                             “Use of a variety of simulation modalities in a graduate medical
                                                             education safety initiative on central venous catheterization” W.
                                                             Robey, D. Musick, W. Price, L. Brunk, E. Toschlog, H. Lane, L.
                                                             Basnight, M. Morano, has been accepted for poster presentation at
                                                             the 8th Annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, San
                                                             Diego, in January 2008.

                                                             The MSPSL and senior EM resident Rachel Allen are working with
                                                             Laura Gantt, Linda Bolin, and Tamara Congdon from the School of
     Above: Dr. Mike Long serves as an                       Nursing on a patient-safety based central venous catheterization
     instructor for the Mini-Med School.
                                                             team development project incorporating nursing students into CVC

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      This month we will move much of our task-training to the first
      floor of the former Health Sciences Library in the Brody building,
      just adjacent to the planned resident lounge area. This will allow
      us to begin to concentrate collaborative simulation-based training
      and assessment capabilities as we move towards simulation
      center development. We continue to move in this direction and
      will soon begin a search for a simulation center coordinator/manager.

  We would like to thank everyone involved, and note that “collaboration”
  has been the key!

Emergency Nurses Week, October 7-13, 2007

The Emergency Nurses Association has designated October 7-13
this year as Emergency Nurses Week. This gives us an
opportunity to recognize and honor the dedicated service of our
                        over 90 emergency nurses who work in
                        the ED, EastCare, and MedDirect. This
                        year’s theme is “Stepping into their lives
                        when they need you the most,” which
                        reminds us that emergency nurses make a
                        difference in people’s lives daily. We
                        appreciate the care, comfort, and
                        compassion that you give your patients.
                                                                     Above are just a few of our emergency nurses that we
                        This is a worthy and often thankless         managed to pull from their duties for a picture. Left to right,
                        profession you have chosen. We want to       Christine Cosalan, Jay Gaskins, Crystal Moore, Anita
                        take this opportunity to say “Thank You!”    Saleeby, and Alicia Gray.

The passing of Chaplain Gary Arnold

We are sad to report the death of Chaplain Gary Arnold on August 9, 2007. Gary was a minister of the Christian
Church, but we know him best from his time as chaplain here at Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Though he served
the whole hospital, his expertise drew him to serve mostly in the emergency department, trauma service, and the
intensive care unit. He also volunteered as chaplain for the N.C. State Highway Patrol. Gary received a B.S. in
social science from Barton College and later earned a master of divinity degree at Lexington Theological Seminary in
Lexington, Ky. He served in the United States Army from 1958-1970, pulling several tours, including Vietnam, Korea,
and Turkey. We will remember Gary most for his wonderful sense of humor, his caring ways, his dedication to
serving others, and his passion for emergency medicine. We wish to extend our deepest sympathy to his wife and

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                                We want to express our sincere sympathy to Marla Lunsford and her family
                                upon the death of her grandmother on July 26, and to Dr. Jason Hack and
                                his family upon the passing of his grandfather on August 26.

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Welcome to ECU Emergency Medicine!
Dr. Ferguson accepted a faculty position as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine this past spring and started with
us on July 16. Dr. Ferguson grew up outside Rocky Mount, Virginia (yes, there is one!). He earned a bachelor of
science degree in biology from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va. He received his medical degree
from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He also completed an EM residency and EMS fellowship, along with
earning a master’s in clinical research, all at the University of Virginia.
He tells us that he has continuously volunteered in EMS in some capacity
ever since he was 11 years old and EMS continues to be one of his
passions. He likes to spend his spare time kayaking, fishing, and shooting.
Welcome aboard, Dr. Ferguson!

Dr. Johnson joined ECU Emergency Medicine on July 16, after accepting
a faculty position as Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine last
spring. Dr. Johnson comes to us from Allegheny General Hospital in
Pittsburgh, Pa., where he completed a combined emergency medicine /
internal medicine residency. The path to emergency medicine was not a
straight one for Dr. Johnson. He earned a bachelor of science degree at
                                                                            Left to Right: Jeff Ferguson, MD, and Reuben
Morehouse College, a bachelor’s in chemical engineering at Georgia          Johnson, MD
Institute of Technology, and a master’s in applied mathematics at Clark
Atlanta University. Dr. Johnson went on to get his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in
Washington, DC, in 2002. His professional interests include pulmonary diseases, critical care medicine, and EMS. In his
spare time he enjoys traveling, cooking, and golf. Welcome, Dr. Johnson!

The friendly face you see as you enter the main entrance to our suite belongs to Tiffany Taylor. Tiffany accepted a
position in our department as Administrative Support Associate. Her first day was August 20. She will be working with
Drs. Courtney, Corcoran, Clement, Hack, and Meggs, as well as picking up some general administrative duties for the
department. Tiffany was born in Currituck County, N.C., but lived several years in Richmond, Va., graduating from
Thomas Dale High School in Chester, Va. She is currently attending Pitt Community College, majoring in healthcare
management technology. Tiffany has one “loving” son, Chase. She enjoys spending time with her father, reading, and
shopping. Tiffany tells us she is “most pleased to be a member of the staff,” and we are happy to have you as a member
of the EM team!

Amanda joined the department on September 19 and will be working primarily in Billing. Amanda describes herself as an
“Army brat,” but we would attest the “brat” part does not ring true. She was born in California, but moved to North
Carolina when she was little and has lived most of her life in Perquimans County. Her father, now retired from the
military, works at a fuel company and her mother works for the newspaper in their hometown. Amanda has a twin sister,
and she is currently living with her younger brother, who is also a student at ECU. She will finish at ECU this spring with
a major in health information management. After graduation the possibilities seem to be limitless. She hasn’t made a
decision in that regard yet. She hopes to settle down in the country with “Mr. Right” some day and raise a family. In her
spare time, she enjoys volleyball, working out, watching movies, baking cookies, and reading a good book, especially on
a rainy day. We are delighted to have Amanda working with us.

Samantha came to us primarily because of the efforts of Casey Holland, who sought out a Work Study student to assist
with the EM residency program. Samantha’s first day with ECU Emergency Medicine was September 9. She is from
Fayetteville, N.C., where her younger brother is a high school junior. Her mother recently earned a bachelor’s degree
and passed the certification exam to be a certified public accountant. Her dad is a mechanic and her stepmother works
as a chemist at Glaxo/Smith/Kline. If all goes as planned, Samantha will graduate from ECU in 2011 with a bachelor of
science degree in nursing. She would like to go on and get a PhD in nursing one day. Samantha has an interest in
forensics nursing, and is thinking about promoting and teaching forensic nursing on the university level here in North
Carolina. In her spare time she likes to “read, write, draw, design, and star gaze, basically anything that is creative
and/or relaxing, even gardening.” We are delighted to have Samantha working with us.
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Research and Scholarly Activities

In Refereed Journals
             Marney N, Johar SK, Allison EJ: Is critical incident stress management effective? Federal Practitioner
             Carter K, Garrison H, Brewer K: Awareness of the bicycle helmet law in North Carolina. North
             Carolina Medical Journal 2007;68(4):225-230.
             Meggs WJ, Brewer K: Weight gain associated with chronic exposure to chlorpyrifos in rats. Journal of
             Medical Toxicology 2007;3(3):89-93.

On Refereed Website
           March J: Counseling about proper use of motor vehicle occupant restraints and avoidance of alcohol
           use while driving. On Southern Medical Journal website:

Accepted for Publication in Refereed Journals
             Hecht C, Hack JB: Emergency physicians’ patterns of treatment for presumed gonorrhea and
             Chlamydia in women: One center’s practice. Accepted for publication in Journal of Emergency
             Bakhtiari P, Hack JB: Emergency medicine residents and statistics, What is the confidence?
             Accepted for publication in Journal of Emergency Medicine.
             Early J, Brewer K, Hack JB: An alcohol oxidase dipstick rapidly detects methanol in serum of an
             animal model. Accepted for publication in Academic Emergency Medicine.


European Association of Poison Centers and Clinical Toxicology, Athens, Greece, May 3
           “Chronic chlorpyrifos exposure increases leptin and TNF-alpha levels in rats,” Meggs W, Brewer K,
           Collier D, Bullers.

American Academy of Emergency Medicine, Fourth Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Meeting,
Sorrento, Italy, September 15-19
              “Vaginal evisceration progressing to peritonitis in the emergency department,” Carter K, Lawson L.

Grant funded – Congratulations!
Drs. Kori Brewer and William Meggs have received a $450,000            Title:   Randomized trial of an
grant to study gulf war veterans illnesses from the Department of               environmental medicine approach to
Defense. The grant is for a two-year period, from October 2007 to               gulf war veterans’ illness.
October 2009. Veterans of the 1991 gulf war who returned with a        Funding Agency: Department of Defense
complex multisystem illness will be studied. The study will be a
                                                                       Principal Investigator: William Meggs, MD
randomized controlled trial of environmental medicine approaches
to their illnesses. Evaluations will include neuropsychological        Co-Investigator: Kori Brewer, PhD
testing, measurements of markers and neurogenic inflammation,          Amount of Grant: $445,865
SPECT scans, and measurements of autonomic dysfunction.

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  Emergency Medicine Congress Meeting in Sorrento, Italy
  EM Resident, PGY III, Co-Chief Resident

  The American Academy of Emergency Medicine held the
  Fourth Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress
  Meeting in Sorrento, Italy, this September. I was lucky
  enough to have my poster accepted for presentation:
  Vaginal Evisceration Progressing to Peritonitis in the
  Emergency Department. There were many visitors
  to my poster from various countries and I was impressed with
  the English skills of the international participants. After my
                                       poster presentation
                                       Drs. Kinney, Patterson
                                       and Lawson and I were                  Left to right: Drs. Lawson, Carter, and Kinney stand in front of the Fourth
                                       able to see many other                 Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress Meeting sign. Dr. Patterson
                                                                              served as photographer.
                                       posters on various topics
                                       providing us with numerous research ideas. We attended a variety of lectures
                                                                                        on topics from CHF to trauma. Dr. Lawson was
                                                                                        a moderator and judge of two separate oral
                                                                                        abstract sessions - pediatrics and airway. Prior
                                                                                        to these sessions we all read the abstracts and
                                                                                        sat in the second row as Dr. Lawson moderated
                                                                                        so we could ask stimulating questions should
                                                                                        there be any moments of silence. During the
                                                                                        conference we saw familiar faces like Dr. Judith
                                                                                        Tintinalli from UNC and Dr. Jeff Kline from
                                                                                        CMC. We also sampled the local food, wine
                                                                                        and limoncello. Thank you to all who made it
    Drs. Kelly Carter and Luan Lawson         Drs. Carter and Patterson climbed
    standing in front of their poster.        Mt. Vesuvius.
                                                                                        possible for me to attend this conference!

Dr. Meredith promotes Go-Science on “Talk of the Town”
If you listen to Talk 1070 there is a chance you heard the interview Henry Hinton had with Dr. Meredith on “Talk of the
Town,” 1070’s morning show. It ran several times at various times during the last week of September. The topic of the
interview was near and dear to Dr. Meredith’s heart -- the Eastern North Carolina Regional Science Center, now being
called “Go-Science.” Dr. Meredith spoke of how the Center will enhance the level of science and math literacy for not
only school children, but teachers and adult learners of all types in the region. The plan is for the Center to include a
“planetarium, temporary and permanent exhibit spaces, a Challenger Learning Center, the East Carolina University
Center for Science Technology, and Math Education, advanced life-sciences and physics-chemistry classrooms, a local
television station with a complete weather department and studio, along with a gift shop and café.” This Center is just
one way Greenville is addressing the growing cultural, educational, and economic demands generated by the ever-
expanding medical, pharmaceutical, and technical industries in the area. (Quotes were taken from the Go-Science Web
site. To learn more, check out this site: http://www.go-science.com.)

It was announced on July 17 by Dr. Murashov, president of the Eastern
Carolina Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience, that Todd Nolan
(Dr. Brewer’s former research technician), was selected by the Society
for Neuroscience and the Membership & Chapters Committee as a recipient of the Society for
Neuroscience Chapters Graduate Student Travel Award. Dr. Murashov stated that the award “is
designed to recognize the promising work of graduate students who have been nominated by their local
chapters for excellence in neuroscience.” As a recipient of this award, Todd will receive $750 to help cover
travel expenses to the Society for Neuroscience 37th Annual Meeting to be held in San Diego, Calif., in
November. His registration fee will also be paid by the Society. A reception to honor the recipients of this
award will take place at the annual meeting. Congratulations Todd!
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                                                                        On July 18, 12:30pm, a baby shower was given for
                                                                        Rebecca Calhoun, a 2006 graduate of the EM
                                                                        residency program, at the Daily Grind. Those in
                                                                        attendance, besides Rebecca, were Chris Courtney,
                                                                        Luna (2006 EM resident graduate) and Eden Ragsdale,
                                                                        Karen Kinney, Peggy Goodman, Christy Bourne, Leigh
                                                                        Patterson, Luan Lawson, Jason Hack, and Donna
                                                                        Morgan. Later that same day a bridal shower was
                                                                        given at the home of Christy Bourne for Chris
                                                                        Courtney. The bridal shower was attended by most of
  Above: Right to left: Peggy Goodman, Luan Lawson, Leigh Patterson,
                                                                        those mentioned above, plus Kay Carney, Alice
  Rebecca Calhoun, Rebecca Calhoun, Christine Courtney, Karen Kinney,   Huggins, and Kori Brewer.
  Alice Huggins, Donna Morgan, Kay Carney, Luna and Eden Ragsdale.

Travis Coates, MD, a 1999 EM residency program graduate, was recently in the news for helping save the life
of a fellow basketball player and friend. “’I heard a loud thud and thought Kerry had just tripped and hit his
head,” Coates said. ‘He wasn’t breathing and he didn’t have a pulse.’” Fortunately, the church where the
basketball game was taking place had recently purchased an automated external defibrillator (AED). Though it
had been a long time since Dr. Coates had used an AED, and never on a live person, he was able to rise to the
occasion. After arriving at a Dallas hospital, Dr. Coates’ friend, Kerry Osborne, found out that he had two
arteries 90% blocked and he needed triple bypass surgery. At 47 years old and not having any close family
members with heart disease, this was a total surprise to Kerry. He is doing well, back at work, and looking
forward to playing basketball again. Dr. Coates is an emergency room physician at Arlington Memorial Hospital
in Arlington, Texas, where he and his family make their home. You made us all proud, Dr. Coates! The quotes
for this piece were taken from the original article (Published on 2007-07-04, Page B3, Fort Worth Star-
Telegram (TX)).

Dr. Delbridge and Dr. Corcoran spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new EastCare Rocky Mount-
Wilson satellite on Tuesday, September 25, 2007. The event began with a “welcome” from Kathy Dutton, vice
president of emergency services at Pitt County Memorial Hospital, and invocation by PCMH Staff Chaplain
James Workman. Remarks were then given by Lawrence Seigler (Chairman, Board of Trustees, University
Health Systems), Robert M. Murphy (Nash County Manager), Kevin Corcoran, DO (Medical Director,
EastCare), Theodore R. Delbridge, MD, MPH (Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine), and Dave C.
McRae (CEO, University Health Systems). The closing remarks were given my Rhonda Reeder, EastCare
program director. The formal portion of the event was followed by the ribbon cutting, refreshments, and tours of
the facility. The satellite station in Rocky Mount – Wilson Airport, which will house an aircraft and transport team,
joins other satellite stations already established in Bertie, Carteret, Duplin and Halifax counties. The opening of
this new satellite station will help to better serve the counties in the western part of EastCare’s service area.

Christy Bourne, MD, was nominated and accepted an appointment as an ABEM oral examiner. The
appointment is for a three-year term, which begins January 1, 2008.

Drs. Robey and Price are teaching in the Brody School of Medicine’s Mini-Med School this year. The Mini-Med
School is a free, non-accredited, six-week program designed for adults over 18 who have an interest in learning
more about the human body -- how it works and how to maintain good health. Participants also get a small
taste of what life is like for medical students at the Brody School of Medicine. The first five years of the Mini-Med
School at the Brody School of Medicine, 1998 to 2002, were funded by a grant from Pfizer. Today, funds from
the Brody School of Medicine have brought the Mini-Med School back as a part of ECU’s centennial celebration.
One reason Dr. Robey and Dr. Price were chosen to join the Mini-Med School faculty was because of their
“ability to make the technical language of medicine understandable.” You can learn more about the program by
going to the following site: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-dhs/minimedschool/index.cfm.

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On Saturday, September 29, Alice Huggins participated in the
Walk From Obesity. She was on Team ECU, which raised
over $2150. Good job, Alice!

Dr. Clement gave us all a scare in September. Feeling
severe pain in his upper, right side, Dr. Clement went to the
emergency room at Heritage Hospital in Tarboro on Friday,
September 14, and was transferred to Pitt County Memorial
Hospital that weekend. After several days on a respirator and
in an induced coma, the diagnosis came back as bilateral
pneumonia. Dr. Clement was released after 10 days of treatment,
many pounds lighter and very weak. We are glad to report that he is on the mend at home. We wish you a speedy
recover, Dr. Clement!

                                  Dr. Reeder sponsored an ECU Emergency Medicine table at the Greenville
                                  Community Shelter’s annual kick-off luncheon for their Christmas fundraising
                                  campaign. The luncheon was held on September 27 at the Greenville Country Club,
                                  and was attended by Dr. Reeder, Kay Carney, Ginger Richardson, Casey Holland,
                                  Alice Huggins, Melissa Bell, and Lorraine Riggins. After a delicious lunch, the
                                  attendees heard an inspiring presentation by William Magnum, an artist from
                                  Greensboro. Mr. Magnum told his story about having befriended a homeless, young
                                  man he met on the streets of Greensboro. It was because of this friendship that Mr.
                                  Magnum later came up with the idea of the “Honor Card,” a means for various
                                  humanitarian organizations in North Carolina to raise funds to help the homeless.
                                  Each year around this time Mr. Magnum unveils a new “honor card.” These limited-
                                  edition holiday cards have been sold by the Greenville Community Shelter for the last
                                  several years, and will be again this year. The expense involved with designing,
                                  printing, and distributing the cards is either volunteered or donated, which means
                                  every penny raised by the Greenville Community Shelter will stay here in Greenville.
     “New Passage, Hopes Journey” Mr. Magnum is inspired by scenes from the North Carolina landscape for his honor
card paintings. What is unique about these paintings, however, is that in each honor card painting you will find a
homeless person. The painting above, titled “New Passage, Hopes Journey,” will be on this year’s card. Regarding
this year’s painting, Mr. Magnum said, “New paths are fun to go down and at times quite rewarding, but many times
they can get us in trouble as we stumble and get lost. It is those times that we have to lean on someone else to help
us get back on track, fix the damage and set us back on the right course…..The Honor Card is a tremendous way to
reach out and support this agency [Greenville Community Shelter] and to share with others your concern for those that
are less fortunate. Your gift enables agencies to provide for the needy, giving them encouragement, love, and direction
as they set a “New Passage” in their life.” If you would like to donate to the Greenville Community Shelter by
purchasing a card or cards ($5/card or $4/card if purchased in units of 5), call the Shelter at 752-0829 and place your

                Youth is like spring, an over praised season more
     remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower
        season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
                                  ~Samuel Butler

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                              New Arrivals
                         Davis Caswell Pittman
                         Born:                July 24, 2007
                         Weight:              5 lb 15 oz
                         Proud Parents:       Richard and Susan Pittman
                         Proud Grandparents: Dick and Kay Carney

                               Isaac Davis Smallwood
                               Born:              July 25, 2007
                               Weight:            7 lb 10 oz
                               Length:            21 ½ inches
                               Proud Parents:     Brandon and Melanie Smallwood

                         Parker Thomas Calhoun
                         Born:              July 26, 2007
                         Weight:            7 lb 15 oz
                         Length:            20 inches
                         Proud Parents:     Kris and Rebecca Calhoun

                               Morgan Addison Davis
                               Born:                  October 4, 2007
                               Weight:                8 lb 1 oz
                               Length:                19 inches
                               Proud Parents:         Scott and Heather Davis
                                                      …and brother Tyson
                               Proud Grandparents:    Marvin and Donna Morgan

                         Clarence Michael Dunagan V
                         Born:              October 8, 2007
                         Weight:            7 lb 2 oz
                         Length:            20.6 inches
                         Proud Parents:     Clarence and Kelly Dunagan

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                                       October                 November                    January
                                       1 Dr. House             7 Dr. Schiming              1 Dr. B. Miller
                                       1 Dr. Price             12 Dr. Kletzing             2 Dr. Peart
                                       4 Dr. Hack              15 Jane Pollock             3 Alice Huggins
                                       12 Dr. Kinney           25 Dr. Dowling              9 Dr. Insana
                                       13 Dr. Nehus                                        11 Dr. Daly
                                       19 Ginger Richardson                                15 Dr. R. Johnson
                                       26 Dr. Benson          December                     20 Dr. Rezaie
                                       26 Dr. Delbridge       1 Dr. Frank                  26 Cheryl Goodwin
                                       26 Dr. Durkin          5 Jennifer Smith             26 Dr. Carmen
                                       26 Dr. Puhr            16 Dr. Russell               27 Dr. Corcoran
                                                              28 Dr. Gough                 30 Dr. Robertson
                                                              29 Dr. Ambrose

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 To register contact Donna Stancil @ 847-4904            Register online: http://www.emspic.org/emtoday/
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                          Answer: Alice Huggins

 The results of those who responded with a guess:

 1 – Dr. Garrison; 1 – Kay Carney; 1 – Cheryl Goodwin; 1 – Leigh
 Patterson; 1 – Dr. Kinney; 2 – Alice Huggins

 Alice had her 15 minutes of fame very early in life. Her father, Tom, was a pilot and operator of the airport in
 Washington, NC. Alice’s proud papa took her, along with two nurses, for a plane ride when she was only nine
 hours old. The local news came out to cover the event, which lead to the story and photo being sent to the
 Associated Press for nationwide publication.

                                 To the left is a picture of someone in ECU Emergency Medicine. It could be of
                                 a faculty attending, resident physician, or a staff member. Who do you think it
                                 is? E-mail Lorraine with your guess. (Answer in next issue.)

We want to thank each contributor to this issue of The Siren. We welcome and encourage all of you to
participate in future publications. Please e-mail your suggestions and/or contributions for the next issue
by January 1 to rigginsL@ecu.edu or send them to Lorraine Riggins, Emergency Medicine, 3ED-315,
Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27834.

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