Advising Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at
1:30 p.m.

USA MC 10th Floor Suite M

Emergency Medicine

Dr. Edward Panacek
Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine

Dr. Panacek earned his medical degree from the USA College of Medicine in 1981. He completed his residency and fellowship in emergency, internal and critical care medicine at UCDMC. Dr. Panacek began his academic career in 1986 as an assistant professor of medicine in the division of critical care and emergency medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He joined the faculty at the University of California Davis School of Medicine in 1992 as associate professor of emergency medicine and was promoted to professor of emergency medicine in 1997, with a joint appointment in the division of pulmonary and critical care medicine.

10th Floor, Suite L USAMC, 251-470-1649


Faculty Advisors to Senior Students

Dr. Edward Panacek
Dr. Frank S. Pettyjohn             
Dr. Michael L. Sternberg      
Dr. Terry N. Rivers                    
Dr. Michael Ambrose
Dr. Randy Lockhart
Dr. Lori Myers:

Informal Description of the Clinical Discipline

The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association defined the emergency physician as a physician trained to engage in:
1.       the immediate initial recognition, evaluation, care, and disposition of patients in response to acute illness and injury;
2.       the administration, research, and teaching of all aspects of emergency medical care;
3.       the direction of the patient to sources of follow-up care, in or out of the hospital as may be required;
4.       the provision when requested of emergency, but not continuing, care to inhospital patients; and
5.       the management of the emergency medical system (EMS) for the provision of prehospital emergency care.

Emergency medicine encompasses the immediate decision making and action necessary to prevent death or  disability for patients with acute surgical or medical disease.  Emergency medicine is practiced as patient-demand and readily accessible care.  It encompasses the critical actions of initial recognition, rapid stabilization, followup, evaluation and treatment.  The patient population is a full spectrum of ages and health care problems.  Emergency medicine is primarily hospital-based, but with extensive prehospital responsibilities.

The specialty involves the continuing assessment of the patient's condition beyond the immediate life, limb, and disability threats.  The use of advanced diagnostic techniques in radiologic, cardiovascular, and pulmonary medicine provides for a multi-skilled specialty.

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