Social EM

"Given its critical role as the safety net for the health care system, emergency physicians are uniquely situated to understand the complex interactions between these social issues and the health care received by the often under-served patients we treat. The goal of this FAST is to study the relationships between social issues and emergency department care as well as to develop and test interventions to address these problems" 

- Accommodated Residents: 1

- Combination track? Med edu, Research, EMS

- Institutions: JHH, Bloomberg SPH, Urban Health Institute

Major Objectives

1. Residents will develop an understanding of the importance of the social determinants of health and their relationship to patients, their care and their outcomes

2. Residents will learn to work with community-based organizations to engage in community-partnered or community based participatory research to address issues of import to them

3. Residents will develop an understanding of key principles of health services research and how it is used to study disparities

4. Residents will participate in departmental, institutional, and community centered educational activities



Teaching Opportunities

  • Lecturing in conference about Social EM oriented topics, leading discussion for Social EM series

Recent Research

Ongoing research

  • Safe Streets Hospital based violence prevention program implementation and evaluation

  • Community Trauma Response to address community stress

  • Assessment of current practices for evaluating victims of domestic violence

Primary Research


  • Primary research opportunities related to hospital based violence prevention programs, community trauma response, domestic violence and health services related research (including disparities).

Your Mentors 

Nathan Irvin MD

Assistant Professor 


Michelle Patch PhD, MSN

Patient safety coordinator 


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