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Above and Beyond: IU emergency physician promoted to major in U.S. Air Force

Dr. Gregory M. Taylor, an emergency physician at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, was promoted to major in the U.S. Air Force on September 11, 2022.

Laura Gates  |  Oct 12, 2022

2022 Disaster Day

Residents reflect on the 2022 Disaster Day held at the Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, located near Seymour, Indiana. 

Department of Emergency Medicine  |  Oct 03, 2022

2022 Graduation Awards

The Department of Emergency Medicine presents the 2022 graduation awards. 

IU School of Medicine  |  Aug 08, 2022

Tribute to Dr. Butch Humbert

Butch Humbert, MD always knew he wanted to be doctor. In high school, he worked as a transportation aide in a local emergency department and fell in love with the environment.

“I enjoyed the variety, the pace, the kind of camaraderie and the teamwork you experience in the emergency room,” Dr. Humbert said. “I think it's one the reasons why I still love it today.”

Building and nurturing a sense of team and sharing his love of emergency medicine are two of the traits Dr. Humbert hopes he’s brought to the job of emergency medicine residency program director, a position he’s held for the past seven years. On June 30, 2022, he stepped down from the post, returning to full-time clinical practice at Eskenazi Health. 

Department of Emergency Medicine  |  Jul 06, 2022

2022 Graduates: Where Are They Now?

Congratulations to the class of 2022! Our graduates are nothing short of impressive and we are so proud of each of them. Explore where our amazing graduates are headed next. 

IU School of Medicine  |  Jun 10, 2022

What’s Next for IU’s Simulation Fellowship Grads

On June 30, 2022, three physicians will graduate from the Department of Emergency Medicine’s simulation fellowship program. The fellowship—the first of its kind in Indiana—has graduated a total of eight physicians since it launched in 2019.

What to Do When You Are Out of Bicarb

Imagine arriving at the bedside of a patient who has taken a massive overdose of a tricyclic. Though you are well trained and utterly prepared to treat the wide complex tachycardia that appears before your eyes, your Pyxis is bare and there is no bicarb to be had. Luckily, all you have to do is calculate the equivalent millimoles of sodium found in a “Hot Salt” formulation and give that. Or, keep reading for tips and tricks to avoid the math and find an easier alternative. 

Department of Emergency Medicine  |  Apr 25, 2022

Are You Well?

“How are you?”  
“Oh, I’m fine. How are you?”  

“Good, good, just busy.”  
“Same here.”  

We know how to answer, “How are you?”  It’s a conversation many of us have without any further thought. Yet what happens when you’re asked, “Are you well?”  

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Patient Experience

For anyone who has read articles about the negative aspects of patient experience and satisfaction, such as The Atlantic piece The Problem With Satisfied Patients or the op-ed Death by Patient Experience in the ER, embracing patient experience may seem absurd. As medicine has slowly evolved from paternalism to mutual autonomy or shared-decision making, more and more feel that the pendulum has swung too far. They fear that healthcare now too closely resembles a service industry. Patient experience or “satisfaction” is interpreted to mean “the customer is always right”. You may have heard Burger King’s slogan of “Have It Your Way” (or “You Can’t Have It Your Way”) thrown around jokingly. Having read the aforementioned articles, one would be forgiven for assuming that patient experience efforts will result in mutually assured destruction: poor care for patients and high levels of burn-out for physicians.