Awarded through a competitive grant process, funds are allocated to Einstein physicians, nurses and staff to explore new ideas in the laboratory, the hospital, and the community. Through their work, we’re discovering better, more intelligent ways to care for our patients.
Primary Investigator: Elizabeth Datner, MD, Chair, Emergency Medicine
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
The purpose of this study is to determine whether a brief mindfulness intervention can decrease physician level of burnout in Emergency Medicine residents. Mindfulness intervention is a structured program that used mindfulness meditation and practices to reduce negative effect and improve vitality and coping. The program is based upon a systematic procedure to develop an enhanced awareness of moment-to-moment experience and has shown to be effective in reducing anxiety, depression and stress. The physician workforce is facing a critical epidemic of burnout rates, with Emergency Medicine physicians reporting some of the highest levels. The goal of this project is to provide Emergency Medicine residents in our institution with an hour-long group mindfulness stress reduction session and self-guided audio recordings of brief mindfulness
Primary Investigator: Eric M. Ghiraldi, DO
Mentor: Serge Ginzburg, MD, FACS
Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia
A radical prostatectomy is the gold standard for treatment of localized prostate cancer. Although an effective treatment, sexual dysfunction and urinary incontinence are common side effects that can be very stressful for patients undergoing this surgery. PDE5 inhibitors, a type of medication that can help improve sexual dysfunction, and absorbent pads, which can help control a patient’s urinary incontinence during the day, are common treatments to help patients cope with these side effects. These treatments are readily available to most patients, but for patients in underserved communities with poor access to care, they can be costly. The goal of this study is to provide these resources and investigate if patients residing in underserved communities will benefit from receiving these resources.
Project Leader: Mariam Mahmud, MD
Staff: Gail Bedell / Don Brogan, MD / Bobbie Hylinski / Maria Jones
Trappe Pediatrics – Collegeville
At Trappe Pediatric Care, we propose a model to improve access to mental health care for patients. There is a national call to integrate care in a fragmented system. The number of children and adolescents seeking services has been increasing. Only 15-25% receive specialty care. Utilizing established models, we seek to achieve a medical home that incorporates mental health needs in the Einstein system. Through the creation of a team, there would be resource coordination and information dissemination. A program will be built with preventative screening, peer training, and patient education. Patient tracking and follow-up will assure care.
Project Leader: Michelle Barcus
Staff: Daryl Stoner, MD / Michelle Djevarian / Melissa Hewitt
Einstein Medical Center Montgomery – OB /GYN
In the US, few options for pharmacologic pain relief are available. Currently at Einstein Montgomery we only have two options available to women desiring relief from pain- IV opioids and epidural anesthesia. While effective in relieving pain, these options may be contraindicated in some women or not readily available. Delay in pain relief or suboptimal relief can cause undue suffering to women. By offering a third option, Nitrous Oxide, we can provide an additional mechanism to provide relief which would enhance patient satisfaction. Furthermore, patient mobility is maintained with nitrous oxide which optimizes the fetal positon in labor, reducing the risk of C-section.
Project Leader: Ning Cao, MD
Staff: Kelly Donahue / Karen Emery / Amanda Charles
MossRehab – Physical
Integration of advanced technology mediated gait training in regulated inpatient clinical practice will promote higher quality, higher intensity training at early post stroke, provide objective measures to rate progress and optimize training protocol for patients and increase community discharges.