Congratulations to Aaron J. Cronin, DSc PA-C and Michael Perreault, MD for being awarded a 2017-2018 EMF/SEMPA Team Grant for $20,000. Cronin and Perreault will be working on their project titled, “Accuracy of Physician Assistants in Diagnosing Lower Extremity Deep Vein Thrombosis after Focused Ultrasound Training” at Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, Wash. Cronin and Perreault expertly ran the 2017 WA-ACEP Summit to Sound Ultrasound lab during the April meeting in Seattle.
When asked how they hope their grant will change the practice of emergency medicine, they stated, “Emergency Medicine and student PAs are increasingly training and utilizing bedside ultrasound to expedite ED workflow, improve patient care, elevate provider satisfaction, and raise hospital revenues. Barriers still remain, specifically with PAs obtaining requisite hospital credentials and overall administrative acceptance of this rapidly growing PA skillset. Just as ED physicians had to prove their diagnostic accuracy with bedside ultrasound applications in order to justify charging patients for bedside scans, medico-legal mitigation, and intra-specialty confidence (especially from radiology colleagues), the EM PA profession should investigate research-based outcomes proving their diagnostic accuracy with this skillset.”