• Focus Groups

    The Division of Emergency Medicine structures its research activities into four  groups: clinical, education, prevention and quality.

    Investigators participate on a team or teams that best complement their areas of study. The teams meet regularly to support members’ research projects, to collaborate on group projects and to provide educational opportunities to team members. Investigators are required to vet research projects (at any stage) through their respective groups, benefiting both investigator and group. Teams include one or more members from outside institutions or divisions, and often include researchers from the University of Cincinnati Department of Emergency Medicine. 

  • The clinical research focus group conducts patient-centered research in a variety of clinical diseases. Group members have projects ranging from the epidemiology of disease, translational research, clinical trials and implementation of best practice in clinical care. Within the group, there are strong interests in asthma / bronchiolitis, medical resuscitation, traumatic brain injury, child abuse and trauma. This group also coordinates our hospital’s research participation in the HRSA / EMSC-funded national research group referred to as Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network. Lynn Babcock Cimpello and Richard Ruddy co-chair the group.  Carolyn Kercsmar, professor in the Division of Pulmonology and a nationally recognized leader in asthma research, acts as our outside content expert and advises our group about many facets of clinical research.  Our full group meets monthly on the third Thursday of the month.  Our group provides mentorship and guidance to each other to produce high-quality clinical research. 

    The prevention research focus group centers on screening- and intervention-based clinical research.  Our current research areas are tobacco cessation, mental health engagement, sexually transmitted infection notification and injury prevention, many of which are funded by the National Institutes of Health. We have nine faculty and three fellows who along with dedicated research coordinators conduct ED-based research with interventions often extending beyond the ED stay. Jackie Grupp-Phelan leads the group, with content expertise by Bob Ammerman.  The group meets the fourth Wednesday of each month at 11 am. 

    The emergency medicine education research group (EMERG) focuses its research and scholarly efforts on improving the educational experience of medical students, residents and fellows during their training in our Emergency Department. Its membership includes faculty and fellows who have significant administrative roles in the educational mission of Cincinnati Children’s and emergency medicine and are passionate about medical education.  Current group projects are focused on the identification of problems and improvement opportunities in the areas of deliberate practice and the provision of immediate and specific feedback − what many educators believe are the keys to the development of expert performance in any area. This work has resulted in numerous abstract presentations at national conferences and several articles published in peer-reviewed journals.

    EMERG also provides frequent support to faculty and fellows from other research areas in emergency medicine whose own research or scholarly efforts include some educational component.

    The quality research focus group conducts research aimed at improving the care provided to our patients. We are a diverse group, but most spend a significant portion of their professional time improving clinical care. Several of our members have advanced training in QI methodology and QI research. Our current emphasis is developing a portfolio of projects built around the ED care themes of diagnostic accuracy and therapeutic reliability. The group is co-led by Evaline Alessandrini and Scott Reeves.