Two Weill Cornell Medicine emergency medicine physicians, Dr. Anthony Rosen and Dr. Neel Naik, were recently recognized by the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine for their contributions to the field.
Dr. Rosen, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine an attending emergency physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, was awarded the 2019 Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) Young Investigator Award. The award, which recognizes a SAEM member who has demonstrated commitment and achievement in research during the early stages of his or her academic career, was presented to Dr. Rosen on May 15 at the society’s annual meeting in Las Vegas.
Dr. Rosen, who specializes in geriatric emergency medicine, was honored for his dedication to research of older adults, particularly victims of elder abuse. His work focuses on improving emergency department identification of and intervention in cases of elder abuse and neglect, which are common but often difficult to recognize.
“Many older adults are on medications that cause bruising, or they have osteoporosis and are more likely to fracture from a minor trauma,” said Dr. Rosen, who is an attending emergency physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “So identifying elder abuse is difficult, particularly distinguishing elder abuse from unintentional injury. We’re trying to make it easier."
Also at the annual meeting, Dr. Naik, an assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine and director of Emergency Medicine Simulation Education at Weill Cornell Medicine, received the 2019 Simulation Academy Innovator Award. This national award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated creative, novel and transformative use of medical simulation.
SAEM honored Dr. Naik for a training program he created to teach telemedicine skills to medical students. “Telemedicine is growing every year, and the clinical aspects of it are growing as well,” said Dr. Naik, also an attending emergency physician at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. “Delivering care online is very different from delivering it in person, so the challenge is how do we teach those skills?”
The program instructs students on the skills necessary for physicians to have professional clinical interactions with patients that they are only seeing on a screen. This includes details like how to light a room so that the physician’s face is never in shadow, and how to place a camera so that patients can see the provider’s hands—critical for nonverbal communication—as well as how to respond to emergent situations from a distance.
“This is a big part of the future of medicine,” Dr. Naik said. “It’s nice to be recognized for efforts to improve patient care.”
"We are so proud of this national recognition for Drs. Rosen and Naik," said Dr. Rahul Sharma, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and emergency physician-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. "They are both outstanding academic emergency physicians who continue to excel in their respective fields and promote our department’s mission of leading emergency care with innovation, scholarship and compassion."